Welcome to St. John Central School!


As the 2018 - 2019 school year continues, the students and staff of St. John Central are following in the footsteps of many who have passed through this school since its beginnings in 1956.   We are fortunate in being able to offer more individual attention to our students due to smaller class sizes.  Our building currently houses 85 students in Kindergarten through Grade 8.


There is a real sense of accomplishment at some of the changes that have happened since we celebrated the school’s 60th anniversary. Along with continuing many noted St. John traditions, we are also meeting some challenges at the school, notably the installation and use of new forms of educational technology in our classrooms.   


However, the school still houses the same traditional values that students and staff followed sixty years ago.  Hopefully, that will never change as time passes.  But with the passing of time, we at St. John Central are seeing a second and a third generation of area students who are spending their beginning, formative years with us.  And we certainly hope that these students will be followed by a fourth and a fifth generation as well. 


We want our students to do their best; we will do our best to provide the same—if not better --or greater—opportunities enjoyed by students in other local educational settings. 


With this in mind, please know that we are doing our best as a staff to ensure that our mission statement is being followed.  The education of our students in a Christ-centered environment is important to us at St. John Central in particular and to the Churchtown community in general.  


​Dr. Larry Moegling


Our History
  • In early 1950, pastors from Churchtown, Beverly, and Lowell met to discuss the need for a Catholic School System in this area.

  • In 1955, the necessary funds had been raised and a contract was signed for the erection of a brick building consisting of four classrooms, restroom facilities, and offices. 

  • On September 9, 1956, the inauguration and blessing of the new school with Monsignor Ambrose Schilling of Beverly and Father Charles Highland of Churchtown officiating.

  • In the spring of 1957, an agreement to work with the Sisters of the Assumption of Grahamsville, South Africa, and with Father Charles Highland culminated in the sisters’ arrival in May 1958.

  • St. John Central School was designated a parochial school on August 30, 1959.

  • In June 1961, the Diocesan Office of Education elevated St. John Grade School to the status of St. John Central School with the addition of the parishes of Our Lady of Mercy, Lowell; St. Bernard, Beverly; and St. Ambrose, Little Hocking (formerly Vincent).

  • In recent years, a new wing was constructed which added three primary classrooms and a storage area.  

  • In 2006, a preschool opened in the St. John Parish Hall/Senior Center located between St. John Central School and St. John the Baptist Church.  

  • For over 50 years, St. John Central School has been a pillar in the community and has provided students with a sound education--both morally and academically.  

Our Mission

In the spirit of Catholic tradition, the St. John Central School community is committed to the ongoing total development of spiritual growth and academic learning in a Christ-centered environment.

Our Beliefs

We, the faculty, staff, parents, and stakeholders of St. John Central School hold the following beliefs as pivotal to the mission of our school:

  1. Parents/guardians are the primary educators of their children.

  2. The school exists to serve all families who desire a Christ-centered education for their children and who support the school’s mission and beliefs.

  3. Each student is a unique individual with spiritual, moral, physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

  4. Parents, staff, students and community members will work together to model Christ- centered values.

  5. The school is committed to providing optimal learning for all students.

  6. The school promotes understanding and appreciation of wholesome and true cultural diversity.