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St. John's Orthodox Academy Annual Gala

posted Sep 27, 2016, 8:47 AM by Yulia Russiyanova   [ updated Sep 27, 2016, 8:53 AM ]

Mark your Calendars: St. John's of San Francisco Orthodox Academy Gala

- An Evening in the Mediterranean - Sunday, October 16, 2016, at 5p.m.

Saint John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church
Address: 900 Baker St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Tickets are available for sale through the office or online:

Purchase Online
Call us: 415-221-3484

Please share the event widely and come to enjoy dinner and appetizers from around the Mediterranean, performances by students, silent auction including hotel stays, Bay Area activities and our students' artwork, and a no-host bar.

After School Program and Extended Care

posted Sep 2, 2016, 11:50 PM by Yulia Russiyanova   [ updated Sep 3, 2016, 12:01 AM ]

Dear Parents,

By popular demand, we are offering both After School Club (until 
3:45pm) and Extended Care (until 6:00pm) this year. Please see details and contact Mrs. Musleh for questions and to obtain the registration forms.

After School Program (2:30 - 3:45p.m.)

Extended Care (2:30 - 6p.m.)

Samar Musleh: /415-221-3484

WASC Re-Accreditation

posted Jul 6, 2015, 9:05 AM by Yulia Russiyanova

St. John's Academy has been granted the maximum term of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC): 6 years of accreditation with a one-day visit mid-cycle. Thank you to everyone, as it is through the constant efforts of students, staff, and families, that we are able to maintain the Academy as a place which nurtures students both academically as well as spiritually.  It is nice to receive this outside recognition!  Thank you again, as this is a great starting point for our next two decades of providing quality education to our community!

In Christ,
Mary Najjarian,
the Principal

Great American SpellCheck at St. John's Academy

posted Mar 25, 2015, 12:40 PM by Yulia Russiyanova   [ updated Mar 25, 2015, 1:09 PM ]

Great American SpellCheck at St. John's Academy

Chosen from all of the schools in the Bay Area, St. John's Academy was featured on Channel 5 KBIX. A film crew was on site for a day to film the Spelling Bee contest and interview students and teachers.

> Great American SpellCheck Spelling Bee - Photo Album

St. John's Academy's 20th Anniversary Fundraising Dinner and Reunion

posted Oct 24, 2014, 2:04 PM by Yulia Russiyanova   [ updated Nov 17, 2014, 5:59 PM ]

St. John's Academy is celebrating it's 20th Anniversary! 

Please join us on November 16th in celebrating our Academy's 20th Anniversary. Tickets are now sold to Fundraising Dinner and Reunion - please contact the office.

415-221-3484   |

"We Made This For You" Experiential Learning/Fundraising Project

posted Oct 22, 2014, 3:37 PM by Yulia Russiyanova

SJA's "We Made This For You" experiential learning/fundraising project this year: using the art of craftsmanship to provide permanency to paper icons. Each newly-mounted icon was made with prayerful, loving hands and hearts. 

Wine, Chocolates & Cheese Fundraiser

posted Oct 22, 2014, 1:24 PM by Yulia Russiyanova

Thank you to those who joined us on October 12th in celebrating the Academy's feastday with a wine, chocolates, and cheese fundraiser! The evening featured good company, elegant decor, local wines and delectable chocolates and cheeses from around the world.

Part-Time Teaching Positions Available for 2014-2015

posted Jun 27, 2014, 10:15 AM by EstherMary Prokopienko-Najjarian   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 4:46 PM by Yulia Russiyanova ]

Interested in being a part of the SJA teaching team?  Apply today!  We are currently seeking talented, enthusiastic individuals to work part-time teaching 1st grade, Mathematics, High School Chemistry and Physics, and Religion.  Visit our 'Employment Opportunities' page to learn more.

Photos Available from Play and Promotional Ceremony

posted Jun 10, 2014, 4:13 PM by EstherMary Prokopienko-Najjarian   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 7:23 PM by Yulia Russiyanova ]

Photos from the June 5 production of "Our Guiding Light" and Promotional Ceremony are now available! Download your favorites today, as they are only available for a few more weeks.

Spotlight on: 6th Grade History at SJA

posted Feb 19, 2014, 5:27 PM by EstherMary Prokopienko-Najjarian   [ updated Oct 21, 2014, 5:00 PM by Yulia Russiyanova ]

February 19, 2014

This year the 6th Grade History class paid particular attention to chapters dealing with Orthodox lands and peoples. This included sections about Imperial Russia; the highlights of the reigns of Alexander I, Nicholas I, Alexander II the Tsar Liberator, Alexander III the Peacemaker, and the Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II.  Recently, we touched upon the Russo-Japanese war, which the US president Teddy Roosevelt helped to end. We also studied Orthodox Russia's support of its sister Orthodox peoples of Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Greece and Romania in their struggles to free themselves from Ottoman rule. We will soon be studying the Great War of 1914-1918 and the Russian tragedy of 1917-1921. The students will learn about how the Orthodox faith helped many survive times of war and revolution and how the Russian diaspora spread the Orthodox Faith around the Globe. 

Today our students took at trip to the Society of Russian Cadets and Veterans of World War I. Here they were able to see relics from Imperial Russia and from the White Russian cause. Bronze busts of the Orthodox Tsars, banners of regiments, sabers, uniforms, photos, medals, shells, and a rare copy of the 1894 Coronation Book of Tsar Nicholas II. They even saw a liturgical book dating from the time of Alexander I. We were reminded that the personal Bible of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II, which includes his own notes and reflections on the scriptures, is housed at Joy of All Who Sorrow Cathedral. This bible was faithfully preserved by the Cadets and is now on loan for safekeeping at the very Cathedral where the students' school resides.  

During the course of our visit, the students were asked, "If something terrible happened here in our own country, the United States, and you and your family had to flee, what would you take with you?" The students replied, "OUR ICONS." I think this is a fitting answer. The White Russians took their most important treasure with them as they evacuated from the Crimea and Vladivostok.... they took their Faith. This is being handed down to a new generation here at St. John's Academy. 

Tikhon Thompson, 6th Grade History and Religion Teacher

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