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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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ZSJ Falcon News

  • 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,…

  • Pastor Erickson leads his last chapel service at ZSJ...

    Pastor Erickson leads his last chapel service at ZSJ...

    On December 1, 2002, Pastor Donald Erickson was installed as pastor at St. John Lutheran Church in Germantown, Iowa. With that came many duties and responsibilities at Zion St. John…

My most influential years

Out of all my school-years I can confidently say that my most influential years were spent at Zion St. John in Paullina. The nurture I received in both academics and Christianity has stuck with me to this day.

Amber (Hain) Kienast, Class of 2006
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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.