About Us

Our Mission

Saint John the Beloved Academy was founded in 1954 to offer quality Catholic education to parish children. Saint John the Beloved Academy continues to provide children in preschool through eighth grade with a Catholic liberal arts education rooted in rich tradition of academic excellence and spiritual formation, captured by the school’s motto, “Fides, Scientia, et Gaudium.” By Faith, children are led beyond themselves to entrust their formation to God. By forming the entire child, we impart the Knowledge for both intellectual and spiritual growth. The Mission of Saint John the Beloved Academy is manifested in genuine Christian Joy– rooted in the Sacraments, self-sacrifice, charity, and service to others.

History

Located in the heart of McLean, Virginia, Saint John the Beloved Academy has welcomed students and families from Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for over 60 years.

Saint John the Beloved Academy is a co-educational Catholic liberal arts school for children in preschool through eighth grade in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Our liberal arts curriculum is rooted in a Catholic humanist tradition, a unique academic and evangelical approach to Catholic education, which instills in students an understanding of their inherent dignity as children of God, and the intellectual freedom to seek and recognize Truth. We strive to fulfill our mission by ensuring that our school motto, “Fides, Scientia, et Gaudium” is woven into every aspect of our curriculum.

 

 

Founded in September, 1954 as St. John’s School, the campus originally consisted of a main building with five classrooms. It first opened its doors to 150 elementary students in Kindergarten through Grade 4. Additional grades were added over the next few years.

In 1956, the main school building was expanded to meet the needs of the school’s rapidly growing, enthusiastic student population. Enrollment continued to increase and, by 1961, it became necessary to expand facilities again with an additional building then called the Primary Building. 

In 1987, our preschool program was launched, and the Primary Building was renamed the Guardian Angel Building. This building features a gym, and spacious rooms for parish and diocesan activities.

Saint John the Beloved Academy also features a fully furnished music room, library, resource and enrichment rooms, a computer lab with fully networked computers for student research, and ActivBoards — interactive whiteboards — in every classroom.

Today, our school consists of a preschool and pre-kindergarten program for 3-4 year olds, and a single class for Kindergarten-eighth grade.  Together with the leadership of our faculty and staff, the support of our school families, the pastor of St. John the Beloved parish, and our many friends and benefactors, we look forward to continuing to educate Saint John the Beloved Academy students for years to come.

Our Mission

Saint John the Beloved Academy was founded in 1954 to offer quality Catholic education to parish children. Saint John the Beloved Academy continues to provide children in preschool through eighth grade with a Catholic liberal arts education rooted in rich tradition of academic excellence and spiritual formation, captured by the school’s motto, “Fides, Scientia, et Gaudium.” By Faith, children are led beyond themselves to entrust their formation to God. By forming the entire child, we impart the Knowledge for both intellectual and spiritual growth. The Mission of Saint John the Beloved Academy is manifested in genuine Christian Joy– rooted in the Sacraments, self-sacrifice, charity, and service to others.

History

Located in the heart of McLean, Virginia, Saint John the Beloved Academy has welcomed students and families from Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. for over 60 years.

Saint John the Beloved Academy is a co-educational Catholic liberal arts school for children in preschool through eighth grade in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Our liberal arts curriculum is rooted in a Catholic humanist tradition, a unique academic and evangelical approach to Catholic education, which instills in students an understanding of their inherent dignity as children of God, and the intellectual freedom to seek and recognize Truth. We strive to fulfill our mission by ensuring that our school motto, “Fides, Scientia, et Gaudium” is woven into every aspect of our curriculum.

Founded in September, 1954 as St. John’s School, the campus originally consisted of a main building with five classrooms. It first opened its doors to 150 elementary students in Kindergarten through Grade 4. Additional grades were added over the next few years.

In 1956, the main school building was expanded to meet the needs of the school’s rapidly growing, enthusiastic student population. Enrollment continued to increase and, by 1961, it became necessary to expand facilities again with an additional building then called the Primary Building. 

In 1987, our preschool program was launched, and the Primary Building was renamed the Guardian Angel Building. This building features a gym, and spacious rooms for parish and diocesan activities.

Saint John the Beloved Academy also features a fully furnished music room, library, resource and enrichment rooms, a computer lab with fully networked computers for student research, and ActivBoards — interactive whiteboards — in every classroom.

Today, our school consists of a preschool and pre-kindergarten program for 3-4 year olds, and a single class for Kindergarten-eighth grade.  Together with the leadership of our faculty and staff, the support of our school families, the pastor of St. John the Beloved parish, and our many friends and benefactors, we look forward to continuing to educate Saint John the Beloved Academy students for years to come.

School At-A-Glance

Our liberal arts curriculum is rooted in a Catholic humanist tradition, a unique academic and...​

Headmaster's Welcome

A message from Jeffrey Presberg, the Headmaster at Saint John the Beloved Academy.

Faculty & Staff

Meet our excellent, mission-driven faculty