Affordable Christian Education

St. John’s always strives to provide affordable, excellent Christian education. To help accomplish this we keep the cost of education low. Over the last two years, we have increased the cost of education LESS than the rise of inflation. LESS THAN 2%!

St. John’s has also give out over $1.5 million dollars in financial assistance over the last 20 years. Annually, we provide well over $100,000 in need-based assistance. If your family desires a Christ-centered, excellent education, but thinks that St. John’s is unaffordable, we’ve got help!

If you are a current family, financial assistance forms can be accessed through FACTS SIS (RenWeb). If you are a new family, stop in or call our Admissions Direction, Jodi, at (714) 288-4406 for more information! Check out our website too: https://sjls.org. We look forward to serving your family!

Outdoor Education – 1st Grade Style!

Last week all three first grade classes went to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach for a learning experience called Eco Explorers. The children traveled with a naturalist and parent volunteers to various locations within natural settings to learn about ways seeds travel and adaptions animals have to help them survive in their habitats.  The activities were very hands-on! The students were able to dress up as different animals and discussed why that creature needed to live in a certain environment. They were given tiny seeds and were able to scatter them in a spot that had all the essentials they’d learned that plants need in order to grow. The experience also delighted the children’s sense of fun, as they were given time to jump over a creek, climb on rocks, look at tadpoles in the water and just enjoy exploring an outdoor environment. They were asked to think about animal adaptions and creatively imagine how an adaptation might be used to create an invention to help people. They were able to illustrate and share their ideas within their groups. All in all, it was an awesome time of learning and growing together in a very beautiful outdoor setting.

By: Mrs. Cook, 1st grade

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7th Grade Sowers

Inspired by an article in the Seventh Grade literature anthology, students enrolled in Mr. Smith’s LA: 7 course got positively agricultural on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

The article, Hillary Schwei’s “Urban Farming is Growing a Greener Future,” depicts in words and photographs how today’s farmers are often city-based, using any available free space to raise fruits and vegetables.  Students in the class were offered an opportunity to embrace their inner farmer while competing to raise a plant on Mr. Smith’s classroom balcony.  The “Best of Show” winner would receive a $25.00 gift card of their choice.

Suddenly, after a lackluster initial reaction, the students were excited about urban farming.

To compete, students first had to participate in a “Research Race,” using their laptops to scour the internet for articles and pictures that fit several agriculture-specific topics and criteria.  This activity alone took up twenty minutes of class time and was quite competitive, as the pictures show.

The top two finishers in each class received a clay pot, planting soil, and their choice of seeds – both vegetable and floral.  (The students could provide their own pot, if desired.). Once planted, students watered their seeds and hoped – as all farmers do – for a successful growing season.  In a few days’ time, God provided some rain.  And more rain.  And even more rain.

Students who did not “win” were also encouraged to bring a gardening pot and a desire to grow.  While not in the running for the gift certificate, they could (and did!) share in the experience of urban agriculture.  Several students undertook the challenge and their plants (when they break through the soil) will stand proudly alongside the “winner.”

In a few weeks, Middle School teachers as yet unnamed will evaluate the plants students are currently raising.  These unnamed educators – not Mr. Smith! – will make the final decision as to which Seventh Grader has the greenest thumb.

This activity was designed to encourage Seventh Grade students to actively embrace gardening, witnessing for themselves the miracle that occurs each time a seed is planted.  It is hoped that seeing the plants grow, and tenderly caring for them, will serve as a reminder of the manner in which Our Lord plants each of us and tends us every day of our lives.  God is present even in the smallest of miracles! 

Spring helps us all to remember that simple truth.

By: Kevin Smith, 7th grade, ELA

STEM Lab is OPEN!

The first ever STEAM Corridor is opening at St. John’s Lutheran School in Orange. Over the summer the school took a giant leap into the future of education to be the first private school to open a dedicated STEM Lab for Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

The STEM Lab features a 3D printing lab with 4 state-of-the-art 3D printers from local company AirWolf (Fountain Valley), a creation station area for students to build and create, and a direct instruction area for group collaboration. The spaces was designed by local company Tangram (Santa Fe Springs) and has flexible learning furniture from Steelcase.

Across the hall from the STEM Lab is the newly branded music room where students get instruction in the musical arts. These two spaces together create the first every STEAM Corridor for a complete 21st century and beyond learning environment. A new visual arts studio is also across the street to fully compliment the STEAM philosophy and pedagogy of St. John’s.

Over the summer many hours of work went into creating the STEM Lab. Mrs. Grack is now ready to have students and learn all about various elements of technology and integrate their learning with other content areas.

There will be an open house and dedication for the STEM Lab on Sunday, September 9 from 9:00-12:30. Please stop in to see this fantastic blessing to our campus!

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Welcome to the SJLS Learning Blog

Faith-fillled, 21st Century Learning

Learning has never been easier or more complicated! Seventeen years into the 21st century, we know that technology helps us in almost every way we learn and yet it can also make the learning task overwhelming. St. John’s has embraced this dichotomy 100% and our students are immersed in technology-rich learning that is also fully grounded in research-based educational approaches. This learning blog will highlight the faithfulness of our Christian, Lutheran school tradition and our commitment to a technology-infused 21st century learning environment.

St. John’s has taken the next step in 21st century learning with the installation of Active Learning Environments to enhance technology implementation and student engagement! Our Active Learning Environments are in two classrooms (Mrs. Knego, 5th grade and Mrs. Frydendall, middle school). These learning environments not only help students collaborate and communicate (two of SJLS student learning outcomes [SLOs]), but they also enable students to have choice and voice in their learning.

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