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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

  • Roundin' Up a Victory

    Roundin' Up a Victory

    Last week was South O'Brien's 2021 Homecoming. On Friday, ZSJ students were included in some of the fun! High school students who participate in football, cross-country, volleyball, band and…

  • Parade Float Fun!

    Parade Float Fun!

    The Labor Day celebration in Sutherland always draws a big crowd for Monday's parade. ZSJ families were encouraged to join in the fun and ride on a float for the school! PTL president, Georgette…

  • 2021 Paullina Gemboree 5K & 1 Mile

    2021 Paullina Gemboree 5K & 1 Mile

    The 2nd Annual Paullina Gemboree 5K & 1 Mile walk was a blessing in many ways. First and foremost, the day brought some much needed rainfall to the area! Second, though it was drizzly, many…

Foundations for Faith and Career

ZSJ is the best start for a child both spiritually and academically! It laid the foundation for both the faith and career I have today. It’s filled with a staff that is fun and loving who will care about your student for life!

Emma (Sweeney) Elsner, Class of 2010
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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.