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St. John Elementary



St. John the Baptist Catholic Elementary School is an elementary school with kindergarten through eighth grades. Our families are attracted to our school because we are committed to providing our students with a safe, caring environment with excellent academic programs within the framework of the Catholic Church.  Our teachers, staff and administration work closely with students and their parents as we nurture the spiritual, intellectual, social and emotional development of our children. We hope that you find our website useful, and look forward to the opportunity to educate your children.


St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish (SJB) was founded in 1960 on its current 10-acre site at 12319 New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring. At that time the custom was that every new parish build a school. Accordingly, St. John the Baptist Catholic School opened for the first two grades in 1962. Another grade was added each year and the first diplomas were awarded in 1969. An all-day kindergarten was opened in 1993. 

The parish has had only three pastors. Father E. Carl Lyon founded the parish and guided it until his retirement in 1987. His successor was Father Francis Kazista, later Monsignor Kazista, who was himself a former assistant pastor from 1975-1981 until his retirement in June, 2011 when Father Y. David Brault joined the parish.

The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary from Kankakee, Illinois staffed the school until June of 2000. A house on Brantford Avenue, a nearby residential street, served as the parish convent.

Six principals have administered St. John the Baptist School. They have been Sister Virginia Marie Derk (1962-1966), Sister Catherine Bartlett (1966-1971), Mr. Leo Klagholz (1971-1972), Mrs. Peggy Spalding (1972-1992), Ms. Marianne Moore (1992-2014) and Mr. Brian Blomquist (2014 – present).

St. John the Baptist Catholic School is accredited by AdvancED. In September of 2010, SJB was awarded National Blue Ribbon Accreditation, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Department of Education. SJB was one of only 50 private schools throughout the country to receive the distinction in 2010.