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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

  • ZSJ B-Ball Team Wins 1st Place

    ZSJ B-Ball Team Wins 1st Place

    The 5th-8th grade students who competed in the Denison Basketball Tournament last weekend brought home the 1st Place trophy! Students won against Clarinda, Denison, and Boone in the tournament play.…

  • ZSJ Becomes Accredited by National Lutheran Schools

    ZSJ Becomes Accredited by National Lutheran Schools

    Wednesday, September 22, during the chapel service, Zion-St.John Lutheran School was presented their National Lutheran School Accreditation Certificate. Pictured left to right- School board chair,…

  • 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…

A special place in my heart

Zion St. John Lutheran School will always have a special place in my heart. I am forever grateful for values that have been instilled in me such as unconditional love and kindness, honesty, hard work, respect for others, cooperation, compassion, and forgiveness. The lessons I've learned and the friendships I've made are life long. Zion is so much more than a school building or a community of faith, it is my home and my family.
Bridget (Hain) Gill, Class of 2003
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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.