Excellence

"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

2 Corinthians 10:31

St. John’s Lutheran School should continue in its pursuit of academic excellence; status quo should not be acceptable. A commitment to a quality education program allows our school to be a "school of choice” for many students and families. 

Participation in an accreditation program should not be voluntary; it should be expected. The National Lutheran School Accreditation program and other accreditation programs demand a standard of excellence through self-assessment and the implementation of school improvement action plans. Our school has strengths and weaknesses, and we need to build into our culture the challenge for excellence in all areas and the desire to get better at our teaching and learning. In the accreditation process, St. John’s will reflect on our mission, assess our performance, and develop goals and strategies for improvement.

Excellence in education is defined by the quality of the teachers in a school. Good teachers make a good school. Great teachers make a great school. Schools can have a variety of programs, an abundance of equipment and resources, new facilities, and all of the latest technology gadgets … and while all of those things can benefit a school, it is the teachers in the classroom that determine the quality of a school. Excellence is found in the quality of the teachers.

Keeping our teachers focused on excellence means equipping them with training to impact student learning with current teaching strategies, technology integration, and collaboration with other staff. Our teachers must seek ongoing improvement as "instructional leaders” who are in touch with the best practices in the ever-changing educational landscape.

The curriculum of St. John’s is distinctly Lutheran incorporating the practices and teachings of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and assimilating the objectives of the Concordia Curriculum Guides. The curriculum is based upon sound learning benchmarks. We study and use materials that align with our school philosophy on education from multiple sources, such as Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) and Missouri Learning Standards. Student learning is further supported by ongoing efforts to integrate technology for teaching and learning.