Award Year: 2013

St. John the Evangelist School

10201 Woodland Drive
Silver Spring, MD, 20902-3851

(301) 681-7656

Kathleen Lannak, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

School Website


The mission of St. John the Evangelist School is to integrate Catholic philosophy and teaching with academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 12%
  • White: 69%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 9%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

St. John the Evangelist School, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a parish Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Washington. Students are happy, safe, and academically challenged. Each student is welcomed, regardless of socioeconomic, physical, or academic background. The faculty recognizes and encourages the students to use their unique gifts in the service of others. As students progress through our school, they begin to understand and appreciate the contributions they can make to our school, parish, and community at large. Upon graduation, the students are well-prepared academically and spiritually for the challenges ahead.

For the past sixty-three years thousands of students have had the opportunity to receive a strong Catholic education under the leadership of religious, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and dedicated men and women who see teaching in our school as their vocation. Over these years, the school has always had the support of our pastors, parishioners and parents.

The Service Learning Reflection Program was developed by the faculty and students. The reflection piece of this program sets it apart from service learning per se. Students reflect upon and evaluate the service performed so they can learn from and remember the experience.

We have pioneered an exceptional inclusion program which has been used as a model for several schools that are developing their own programs.

Teachers use differentiated instruction determined by the ages, abilities and needs of the students. They also take into account brain research of the differences in the ways boys and girls learn and modify their instructional methods accordingly. The use of advanced technology has also enhanced their instruction.