We recently interviewed Sherry Lewis, Principal at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Madison. SJS opened its doors in 1996, and is one of the premier Catholic schools in north Alabama. This year, the school board received the “2013 Outstanding School Board Award” from the National Catholic Education Association, a recognition awarded to just ten schools in the country.
Name: St. John the Baptist Catholic School
Location: 1057 Hughes Rd., Madison, AL 35758
Grades/Ages of Students:
We serve students ages 4-14 or preschool (K4) through 8th grade.
School Mascot & Colors:
The SJS Crusaders wear gold and green.
Current Enrollment: over 450 Students
Student/Teacher Ratio: 17 to 1
Religious affiliation: Roman Catholic
St. John the Baptist Catholic School is committed to Catholic formation and academic excellence, preparing students to be productive citizens and faith-filled servants of God.
What is your school’s predominant educational philosophy?
Children must be provided hands-on educational experiences that are rooted in faith filled experiences. Home and school work in partnership to provide a strong foundational support system for the education of our children. Catholic schools have always focused on the whole child; providing an environment that supports spiritual, academic, emotional and physical growth. The staff at St. John’s works very hard every day to create a positive and welcoming school climate for our students. We want to make strong connections with them, offer them an engaging curriculum, and help them to grow into responsible, respectful, and faith-filled people.
What extracurricular opportunities exist for your students?
A child’s education does not take place only in the classroom during regular school hours. The home, the playground, and the school campus are all be invaluable settings for a child’s personal and scholastic growth. At St. John’s we understand that connecting with other students is one of the most important parts of a great school experience. That’s why we offer clubs and activities for our students.
Our wide range of clubs and activities let students:
- Easily make friends,
- Connect with other students,
- Develop leadership skills,
- Explore new interests and expand their knowledge,
- Participate in fun contests and competitions,
- Have fun!
St. John’s students are expanding their educational horizons while interacting with friends. Our program offers:
- Soccer, Indoor & Outdoor
- Book Club
- Math Team
What advice do you have for parents looking for a school for their child(ren)?
Be certain on your priorities for your children. School selection becomes evident at that point.
Describe your admissions process:
Families submit the following: an application, latest report card and standardized test scores. After review, an acceptance letter would be issued to complete the admission process. Upon acceptance, copy of birth certificate, copy of social security card, immunization record (blue card), and registration fee ($110) are due. More information about admissions can be found on our website.
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