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Welcome to the Zion St. John website! I am Jared Kirkeby, 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.

Jared Kirkeby ZSJ Principal

Upcoming Events

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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

  • October Fruit of the Spirit

    October Fruit of the Spirit

    Zion St. John students have been working on JOY for the fruit of the spirit this month! Congratulations to Adeline Magee, Miguel Alba, Stran Dessel, Bentley Wirtz, and John Puhrmann for consistenly…

  • September Fruit of the Spirit

    September Fruit of the Spirit

    The Fruits of the Spirit are a theme this year. Each month we will be encouraging students to focus on one. The month of September was love. Congratulations to Cale Christensen, Harper Kent, Bentley…

  • New Technology for ZSJ

    New Technology for ZSJ

    Through fundraising efforts and generous donations from the Falcon Families, ZSJ has been able to purchase new laptops for the 3rd-6th grade students, 10 new iPads, and 6 vision smartboards. We will…

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.