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About This School

St. John of the Cross Catholic School is a private middle school in Lemon Grove. The principal of St. John of the Cross Catholic School is Sr. Marilupe Mier y Teran. 572 children attend St. John of the Cross Catholic School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at St. John of the Cross Catholic School is 22:1. La Mesa Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
Hispanic 57%
White, non-Hispanic 28%
Black, non-Hispanic 2%
Asian 13%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    We just joined this current school year and so far we love it teachers look happy and motivated with college degrees they have this fabulous Valley Forge school trip for Fifth Graders. The kids look happy also the campus is very nice it has a large football field and place where kids can practice volleyball and run around has playsets for the children. Field trips for First Graders that include going to see How The Grinch Stole Cristmas at the Old Globe Theater! Preschool facilities are beautiful also the nuns always have a smile they genuinely seem to want to help everyone...

  • (7 months ago)

    SJOTC is not a great school. It's teaching is antiquated and has not kept up with current research or instructional practices. We have one child who will excel no matter where she is and our other needs extra support and nurturing. I am glad that they no longer attend and I feel sorry for parents who think that this school is able to support their children socially emotionally and academically.

  • (10 months ago)

    St. John of the Cross is not a good school. Most of the students speak spanish and a lot come from Tijuana. Their children are allow to bully other students that don't speak spanish. They constantly pick other students. If you complain about it they do nothing they don't want to lose the money from the large TJ population of students at the school. The teachers are OK but with over thirty students per classroom there is less teaching and more homework to make up for the lack of teaching time. IIf you don't mind your kid getting bullied and teachers without teaching credentials this school may work for you.

  • (1 year ago)

    It is a great school. And it is true that the school caters to Tijuana Mexico families. This should be a plus having the standard to be attractive to successful people willing to cross the border each day and pay the tuition (remember most earn mexican pesos). 99% of the border crossers are US citizens that do not take a dime from the US system they pay their tuition from Mexican business send their kids to school and by 4 pm be back at their home in Tijuana. What the school needs to do is increase the enrollment of English speaking students preferably San Diego residents and capitalize on the potential of having this kids experience an intense exchange of culture way of living knowledge and promote social relations that in the future creates friends and business and cultural relations that can enrich the life and business perspective of the students it could be a regional school and give this San Diego and Tijuana residents a broader knowledge of their region and the opportunities ahead of them. Unfortunally the lack of vision to this date has the school in a behind the curtain battle of "we the poor and hardworking vs. You the rich and spoiled kids from mexico".

  • (2 years ago)

    My son Sergio enjoys this school ! He went to another school in Chula Vista called High Tech Elementary but recently got expelled for his behavior. It's ok though he makes mistakes sometime & so does everybody else. Here he learns from his mistakes & hardly even makes mistakes at this school at all (but he really misses his friends from High Tech) !

  • (2 years ago)

    Not thrilled with the pre-school there. After one month they have determined my three-year old is "not up to par " which practically gave my wife a nervous breakdown (which of course does wonders for a marriage). How on God's green earth can you already label a kid after one month of observation is beyond me. Especially when the kid shows no signs of "below averageness" in my opinion. I guess according to SJOC they can determine a kid's future at the ripe old age of 3 years. Thanks SJOC! Nice to know you keep an open mind there and try to help develop kids.

  • (2 years ago)

    I took my child out of SJOC this year. I kept her in 1 more year to see if any improvements would be made after what was supposed to be an "intense" parent/principal/teacher meeting in the beginning of the year. Nothing changed. Unfortunately attitudes of the majority of the students towards those who don't speak Spanish or who aren't from TJ affect the atmosphere of the entire school. English speaking students are the minority & are ostracized on a daily basis (meanly & blatently). Nothing is done to curb this behavior. In an age where adults are required to go to "sensitivity training" one would think more of an effort would be made. I believe close to 15 students have left this year in my child's grade alone (15 out of 60 students is a lot). SJOC has an uphill battle. I'm not willing to sacrifice my child's well being hoping SJOC will catch up. It's a shame that SJOC will be losing so many students due to a shortsighted school administration that refuses to address the same problems that have been hurting SJOC for years. While the "message" SJOC says they portray is a nice thought how about putting it into everyday practice. Goodbye Crusaders it's been a long 6 years.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent school with high standards. We are not of hispanic decent however I see a few in here commenting on the subject and how they disapprove of the hispanic population at SJCH I believe it's a plus. The world was meant to all not to the select few.. Having gone from Saint John's in Chula Vista to SJCH I have seen a huge improvement in my child in many areas. I give SJCH two thumbs up.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a parent of a child that graduated from SJOC and a child that is still attending. I am sad to say that SJOC has changed for the worse over the past 3-4 years. I would have to agree that it does appear that the school does cater or reach out to families who are from TJ. It has had a negative impact not only in the school make-up (large percentage are from TJ) but also affects the parent involvment. For example PTG meetings have been canceled repeatedly due to very poor attendance (distance for the TJ parents being their reason for not attending). I think this will be my daughter's last year. Many teachers have left and I feel that the current academic standards have fallen to cater to the new school make-up. I'll miss the people but frankly I can be this frustrated for free at public school.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a loving environment with high academic standards. They still hold values morals and manners as a priority. It is a wonderful school with wonderful knowledgeable and caring teachers and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    The management at this school needs to stop catering to the parent's bringing their children from Mexico. It is quite obivious when you attend a function at this school that this is the case. One only has to look at the yearly christmas function put on by the parent's of these children for the 'spanish speaking' staff at this school. This is a sure way to teach their children discrimination. Why don't they extend the same invitations to the staff that doesn't speak Spanish? If I wanted my son to continue to go to school with a high percent of non-english speaking population I would send him to school in a spanish speaking country. Stjc better hope that these Mexican families keep networking and having children so they can keep STJC in business.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have been involved in this school for over twelve years. In the early years the school was not only educational but it felt like a small community. The school now has a population of 600 students as compared to 220 when I first sent my children here. I have had two children gradute here and was pleased during their time here. I have only one child left and if it wasn't for it being the last year to attend I would be going elsewhere. The school is now 75 percent spanish speaking students who look down on those students who do not speak the language. Things will not change until they change the administration. The principal is a great nun but lacks in administration capability. The school has expanded but the staff has not. She needs an assistant and needs to be more open to ideas other than hers.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am very happy with St. John the Principal is very loving and caring and it shows in her involvement but she has a certain limited power in some cases . My only cocern is that tuitions were up much much more that I agreed in the contract and no notce was send to any parent that is not ethical and that made me question the school integrety my children are very happy and done good but readyng comprehention is not that good. It is a loving enviroment but some policies in adminitration has divided the school The art program is wonderfull thanks for the new art teacher that in it self is making me think in not leaving.

  • (5 years ago)

    Overall very happy with the academics and the religion. My only concern is the amount of Spanish that is spoken in the school and many parents don't speak English. In my opinion I don't see a strong support for the school from the families that live over the border I believe they need to be more involved in the school and the church . My son is a little overwhelmed since he only speaks English. Some kids have said to him they won't be around him since he doesn't speak Spanish. We did put him in this school not only for the academics but also so he can learn Spanish but I hope there will be more of a commitment to make sure English is the major language of the school. We will see if there is a change in the coming year if not will have to look elsewhere.

  • (6 years ago)

    this school is great! its efficient for my children and i recommend it thanks st john's keep it up =]

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