Award Year: 2017

St. John Regional Catholic School

8414 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD, 21702-2408

(301) 662-6722

Mrs. Karen Marie Smith, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Baltimore

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To provide a learning environment rooted in the Catholic Church's Gospel tradition that will develop 21st century leaders through academic excellence, service, and Christian values.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 75%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 6%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 0%
STEM Pumpkin Exploration by Kindergarten Students

STEM Pumpkin Exploration by Kindergarten Students

St. John Regional Catholic School (SJRCS) is located in Frederick, Maryland, and serves 550 students from PrekK-3 to 8th grade. As part of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, SJRCS has served the Catholic community of Frederick County for 188 years. It is a school rich in history and traditions while also being a Roman Catholic school for the 21st Century.

SJRCS is an Archdiocese of Baltimore STEM school, due to curriculum initiatives in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. A Makerspace Classroom helps to increase our students' ability to think critically, problem-solve, and collaborate. SJRCS has a state of the art science lab, computer lab, mobile iPad carts, and a 1:1 ChromeBook program for middle school students to use. These programs are made possible, in part, by partnerships that have been forged with area businesses and agencies.

SJRCS is committed to using student data to drive educational decision making. Teachers work in professional learning communities to examine assessment data and identify the strengths and weaknesses of their students. Instructional planning and practice is then dictated by the conclusions drawn from the student data. Teachers differentiate within the classroom to ensure that all students' needs are being met. To accommodate students with learning differences, SJRCS offers the PRIDE program, which provides small group instruction in language arts and mathematics.

SJRCS is shaped by the dedication of a talented administration, involved parents, highly qualified teachers, dedicated staff members, supportive alumni, strong community partners, and truly amazing students, all working together to create opportunities to Inspire One Child at a Time.