At St. John’s, we meet students where they are and take them as far as they can go. To help us on the journey, we have a Student Support Team (SST) focused on students’ learning, social and emotional, and spiritual needs. The SST also presents to teachers and parents on social and emotional and learning topics.
CounselorOur school counselor, Dr. Staci Bloom, helps us maintain a healthy social and emotional environment at school. She conducts structured, goal-oriented counseling sessions with students and serves as a resource for faculty members by providing guidance on managing students’ particular needs in the classroom. She assists with crisis intervention and guidance lessons in classrooms and also helps families with the identification of community resources applicable to specific situations.
Dr. Bloom works with chaplain Fr. Thorpe to create the curriculum for our school-wide, weekly Chapel Applied classes, during which we reinforce the week’s chapel themes with small-group discussions related to character education.
Learning SpecialistSt. John’s enrolls diverse learners, including some with diagnosed learning differences. We recognize that the most successful academic support programs are integrated into a school’s regular program rather than treated as supplemental. Our learning specialist, Mrs. Laura Allen, manages the ways in which we offer academic support to students. She helps faculty identify students who may benefit from extra support and assists families with accessing appropriate support systems to meet students’ needs. Mrs. Allen also works with faculty to help ensure students with documented learning differences receive the in-class accommodations they need to be most successful.
ChaplainFr. John Thorpe guides us in the fulfillment of our spiritual mission to educate students in a Christian environment. We worship together as a community (kindergarten through eighth grade) each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesdays, Fr. Thorpe leads a chapel service specific to Lower School students, and on Thursdays, he leads one for Middle School students. On their non-chapel day, students work with their homeroom teachers (Lower School) or advisors (Middle School) on small-group Chapel Applied lessons that focus on character development.
Fr. Thorpe also teaches the seventh and eighth grade religion elective and coordinates the school’s Episcopal Schools Sunday, Christmas, Easter and other celebrations.Through his work, Fr. Thorpe embodies the five tenets of Episcopal education to which we, as a school, are committed:
- Academic excellence
- Corporate worship (Episcopal/Christian chapel)
- Religious studies based on basic Biblical content
- Meaningful and integrated community service and service learning projects
- An inclusive community where the dignity of every human being is respected.