St. John’s Episcopal School, a coeducational Episcopal school for students from early childhood through grade 8, seeks a mission-driven, student-focused, experienced and forward-thinking leader to serve as elementary division principal starting July 2020. The school is organized into three divisions: early childhood, elementary and middle. It is highly regarded in the Southern Orange County area and known for its strong community, a joyful and family feel for the students and faculty and staff who are highly committed to their young students as well as to each other. There is genuine care and warmth on the school campus, which is palpable.
The elementary division principal is responsible for all day-to-day operations of the K-5 division. The next elementary division principal has the opportunity to lead in a dynamic teaching and learning environment where the faculty and administrators are committed to the continuous improvement of the program and curriculum.
Founded in 1988 by the Reverend Canon Ernest D. Sillers, the school has grown from its initial enrollment of 250 children to 432 today. The seven-acre campus, situated at the base of Saddleback Mountain in Southern Orange County, houses five buildings: a church and enrichment center; a gymnasium that doubles as auditorium and performance space, with a second story suite of administrative offices; an early childhood center for nursery through kindergarten and administrative offices; a classroom building housing grades 1 through 5 on the lower level, and grades 6 through 8 and the middle division administrative office on the second level; and a specialized building, the Johnson STEAM Center, housing a Maker Space, Robotics lab and elementary science classroom. In 2017, the School installed a new turf athletics field and PAR course and in 2018, the Bishop John Harvey Learning Commons was unveiled. In 2019, the School initiated its Making Space for the Future to transform the learning environments across campus to create modern, flexible spaces that inspire and engage teachers and students, fostering superior academic and social – emotional outcomes. The campaign’s progress will enter... the elementary division this spring and summer, with the goal to complete all elementary division classrooms by winter break of 2020. The campus setting is beautiful, clean, safe and well maintained.
The vast majority of students live within 10 miles of the school and most of the parents are professionals, with a significant number working in various technology industries. Although Southern Orange County is not particularly diverse, the school’s families represent many religious, racial and ethnic backgrounds. Including international students, 24% self-report that they are from underrepresented backgrounds.
The School has a close relationship with the Church and is a not-for-profit institution incorporated under the auspices of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. There is a school committee which is responsible for the long-term strategic vision and financial health of the school.
St. John’s Episcopal School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), and is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools (NAES) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).