St. John the Evangelist School, Long Green Valley – Hydes, MD

Award Year 2017

Exemplary High Performing Schools

St. John the Evangelist School, Long Green Valley

13311 Long Green Pike
Hydes, MD, 21082-9716

(410) 592-9585

Mrs. Christine Blake, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Baltimore

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Student Demographics

  • White: 94%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 5%


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The students of St. John praying around the peace pole.

The students of St. John praying around the peace pole.


St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJE) is an Archdiocese of Baltimore Collaborative School located in Maryland that serves students from preschool through Grade 8. SJE provides a faith-based program that encourages the students to realize their full potential academically, socially, physically, and spiritually by providing a student-centered environment that focuses on the individual child. The school fosters Catholic values through daily instruction and outreach opportunities that challenge all students to soar and make a difference in the world.

The continued academic success of the students centers on a strong belief that one size does not fit all. The students thrive because instruction is individualized and differentiated. Supporting the needs of each child is reflected in the small school setting and small class sizes. Qualified teachers learn innovative approaches that allow them to teach in small groups and have access to online programs that assess and individualize activities and pacing. The teacher is a facilitator, and the student is a creator. Students are able to choose activities for learning in centers that best fit their learning style. Technology supports differentiated learning on all levels, and assessments are also differentiated so student achievement can be more accurately documented. The student-centered learning environment encourages students to become independent learners and ultimately to be in charge of their own education. The "Power of Small" allows the teachers to get to know each student and encourage them to be the person God created them to be.