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Principal's Welcome


Welcome to our website! St. John Regional Catholic School in Frederick, Maryland, an Archdiocese of Baltimore school, has been serving the Catholic community for more than 187 years. It is a school that is rich in history and traditions. St. John is accredited by the Southern States Association of Colleges and Schools and currently serves eight Frederick County parishes and the Catholic community of Fort Detrick. We have approximately 550 students in grades Pre-K – 8 who come to us not only from our regional parishes; but from Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.


One of the oldest schools in continuous operation on the eastern seaboard, St. John traces its roots to Father John McElroy, a Jesuit who laid the initial cornerstone. The school was originally located in the historic district of downtown Frederick on East Second Street. But in the summer of 2005, the dream of a new, more modern building for our school came true. We have moved to our new location on Opossumtown Pike. We share the twenty-seven acre site with St. Katharine Drexel parish. The parish is currently building a new church on the same grounds.


Our efficent "Green School" has provided us with the ability to offer three classes at each grade level as needed. The new building provides us a state-of-the-art media center, a science lab, a computer lab, art room with a kiln, a music room, and a modern gymnasium.


St. John Regional Catholic School provides a Christ-centered environment and an exemplary education to each and every student within the framework of the Gospel and the traditions of the Catholic Church. The goal of our faith community is to develop future leadership for the 21st century through academic excellence, faith in action, and a firm foundation of Christian virtues.


Our students live their faith each day through daily prayer, special liturgies, and school Masses. All students, Pre-K through grade 8, receive religious instruction on a daily basis. The students, teachers, and staff all follow the Values Code that reminds us of how we should live our lives every day.


We hope that you will take some time to explore our website which provides information about our strong academics, our social activities, volunteer opportunities, and sports program. But the only way to truly experience the spirit of our students, the dedication of our teachers, and the enthusiasm of our parents, is to visit our school in person. Hopefully, you will have a chance to do just that in the very near future and learn a little bit more about what St. John’s has to offer.



Karen Smith





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