HISTORY OF ST. JOHN’S SCHOOL
In January of 2002, a small group of parents began meeting to discuss the necessary steps to start an Orthodox Christian school to serve the families of Holy Cross Orthodox Church. With the blessing of the Most Reverend Metropolitan PHILIP, the Right Reverend Bishop Joseph, and the Very Reverend Father Joseph, a steering committee was formed. This committee eventually evolved into the school board. In September of 2002, St. John's School became the first Washington State approved Orthodox Christian private school.
The second year, 2003-2004, found the board struggling with questions about staffing and funding. The board decided to devote that year to fundraising only, with no enrollment. In October of that year, the board applied for non-profit status with the IRS and received its 501(c)(3) determination letter. Meanwhile, Dr. Ryan Landvoy wrote a grant proposal to the Virginia H. Farrah Foundation requesting start-up funds. The school received $10,000 for training in fundraising with Stewardship Advocates. With this training, the board was given the tools to create a sustainable funding system for the school.
In September of 2004, the school year reopened with five students, grades K-3. Now offering grades K-7, the school has continued to increase its enrollment, enlarge its community support, and operate successfully within its budget.
St. John's School is managed by a 7 member school board including clergy, educators, community members and parents. At this time the board is focusing on strategic planning for the future and expanding our base of funding support. As you are able, please join us in this worthy effort.