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St. John the Evangelist School

9 Ledyard Street
Wellesley, MA 02482



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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The School strives to accommodate students with various learning styles. The School does not encourage placement of a child who has been referred for special classes, as it does not have special programs to meet these needs.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Saint John the Evangelist School educates children from pre-kindergarten through grade six offering a strong academic program enriched by the arts and deeply rooted in Catholic tradition. The school reflects the ideals of Saint Julie Billart, focusing on joy, respect and kindness.

St. John School is dedicated to developing the whole person within an atmosphere of Christian concern and commitment. As educators, we are devoted to the spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth of the children. While recognizing and affirming each child's uniqueness, we aim to help all children to become well-rounded, self-disciplined, self confident people with respect for themselves and others. Our strong basic curriculum is fostered by our faculty and reinforced by parent involvement.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A close relationship between parents and teachers is necessary in fostering a positive, progressive attitude toward a student's academic and social growth. Parents may, and are encouraged to, arrange privates conferences throughout the year with individual teachers. Such conferences need not be restricted to scheduled parent conference days. These are usually held before or after school, and appointments must be arranged by calling or writing to the teacher. Teachers do have commitments after school, thus prior arrangements for conferences are necessary.

Teachers SHOULD NOT be called at home for school matters as they have their own families. If a note is sent by the parent, the student needs to give it to the teacher IN THE MORNING

Periodically, parents have concerns or suggestions regarding their child. If this is a classroom matter it should be brought first to the attention of the teacher. If the problem is not rectified at this level, it should be referred to the principal. More immediate results are gained if issues are handled within the school. You can always call or come in and make an appointment to see a teacher. It is important that you share your concern and/or problem as soon as possible.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school