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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

  • Become a ZSJ Falcon

  • 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

  • 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…

  • Welcome Mr. Kirkeby!

    Welcome Mr. Kirkeby!

    Jared Kirkeby is our new principal at Zion St. John. He lives in Cherokee with his wife, Heather, and three daughters. Jared has a plethora of teaching experience from Elementary, Middle School, High…

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.