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Welcome to the Zion St. John website! I am Jeff Schouten, the principal at Zion St. John Lutheran School. It is my belief that all children deserve a quality education and have access to all learning opportunities. At ZSJ we have high expectations in the classroom and around the school. We are a community of learners that promote academic excellence. We provide a safe, welcoming, and Christian environment for our students.

Jeff Schouten ZSJ Principal

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  • We know there are many options when it comes to choosing a school for your children.  This can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience. We want to answer any questions you have, as well as, explain why we feel a Christian education meets the needs of the whole child. 

ZSJ Falcon News

  • Field Day 2022

    Field Day 2022

    God truly blessed us with a gorgeous day for Field Day this year. Three other Christian schools joined ZSJ for the annual event: Iowa Great Lakes Lutheran, St. Paul's of Sioux City, and Worthington.…

  • 2022 Spring Fling & Fundraiser was an absolute success!

    2022 Spring Fling & Fundraiser was an absolute success!

    ZSJ Spring Fling and Silent Auction update: Thank you for all of the awesome support this year! Thank you to the business donors, all those that donated auction items, everyone who bid on items and…

  • Briann Williams gets baptized into God's family!

    Briann Williams gets baptized into God's family!

    The teachers and student body witnessed the Baptism of Briann Williams (4th grade) on April 20th, 2022 during chapel service. Briann expressed her desire to be baptized to her parents and teacher,…

Like having a second family...

Being part of the Zion St John school was like having a second family. The smaller classroom provided more opportunities to get to know everyone, including the teachers, on a more personal level. Having this level of comfort helped me to open up and be active in the classroom. My favorite part of Zion was being able to study and learn more about God and His plan for all of us. In our classes we were able to talk about how Gods hands are involved in our lives and see how God could be incorporated into real life events, which has translated into life long learning traits.

Dillon Hain, Class of 2009
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Zion-St. John Providing a Christian atmosphere that strives to develop each student's spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth.

Zion-St. John's roots can be traced back to the 1800's.  St. John Lutheran Church of Germantown founded its school in 1879.  Twenty-five years later, Zion Lutheran Church of Paullina organized its Christian day school.  Both schools provided excellent opportunities to give daily instruction in Christian teachings for its students from Kindergarten through Grade Eight. In 1976 the two schools consolidated to form Zion-St. John.  Though the schools have a long history, the education provided is definitely not old-fashioned.