Award Year: 2017

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School

240 Arnold Street
Hapeville, GA, 30354-1530

(404) 767-4312

Mrs. Karen Vogtner, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Atlanta

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SJE strives to prepare students for everlasting life, provides opportunities to put faith into action, and ensures a thorough foundation for success into secondary study.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 41%
  • White: 13%
  • Hispanic: 12%
  • Asian: 24%
  • Two or more races: 10%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 0%
Students lifting their voices in song and worship

Students lifting their voices in song and worship

St. John the Evangelist School celebrates a rich legacy of excellence in Catholic education. Originally staffed by the Sisters of Mercy, their charism of hospitality, excellence, service, and social justice embodies the school's spiritual heritage. The school motto and core values, "Reverence, Respect, and Responsibility," guide daily interactions.

The mission of SJE promotes the formation of courageous and compassionate leaders. Service projects involving students and parents unite the community by putting faith into action and making a difference in the school, the community, and the world. Parents offer over 10,000 service hours annually, exemplifying their dedication to the mission and contributing to the excellence of the school.

Faculty and staff serve with a passionate commitment cultivating the God-given potential of each child. They encourage a growth mindset, inspiring students to reach further than they think they can. Success indicators include student awards in local, state, and national competitions, and valedictorian, salutatorian and Christian leadership awards earned by SJE alumni at various Catholic and private high schools.

Teachers integrate technology throughout the curriculum using Google Classroom, blended learning apps, a one-to-one iPad/Chromebook program in Middle School, and mobile labs in Lower School. Teachers and students embrace the use of technology for collaboration and solving real world problems. A Captain Planet Grant provides a learning garden and cooking cart. Other innovative STEM initiatives include the Cofield Community STREAM project and the student recycling program.

With a sense of family and community, stakeholders work together to fulfill the worthy mission of SJE.