History

Founded January 5, 1986, St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School serves the elementary educational needs of Catholic families within the northeastern suburbs of the Metropolitan Atlanta area. The first Catholic school opened in the Archdiocese of Atlanta in 25 years, SJNRCS fulfilled the dreams of parents in Gwinnett County and neighboring areas who desired a Catholic education for their children. Operating first in existing classrooms and office space within the St. John Neumann Parish, the school was unique — a regional school serving families in eight surrounding parishes; a school that would be administered independently from the parishes it served. When the school first opened in August 1986, 160 students walked through the doors at SJNRCS.

From this initial enrollment of 160 children in Kindergarten through fifth grades in 1986, the school added sixth and seventh grades in 1987, followed by eighth grade in 1988. Expanded facilities, including a gymnasium, six new classrooms, cafeteria, library, administrative office space, science lab, music and art rooms were constructed and opened in 1989.

Accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools was first achieved in December 1990. In May 1994, the United States Department of Education awarded St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School the National Blue Ribbon School Award for Excellence.

In May 1995, the school began a facilities expansion, enlarging the Library into a full Media Center. In addition, existing terrace space off the cafeteria was enclosed to provide office space for the finance and development staff. This allowed the designation of permanent office space to house the school’s resource and enrichment services.

An Extended Day Program (EDP) for students was licensed by the Georgia Bright from the Start regulatory body in March 2009. The after-school enrichment program provides for trained adult supervision, homework assistance, outdoor play, arts and crafts, board games, organized activities, free play, and a light snack daily. The EDP is available from the end of the school day to 6 pm on all full days when SJNRCS is in session, August through May.

St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School currently offers two classes per grade level, Kindergarten through eighth grade. The initial enrollment of 160 has more than doubled with the majority of our students coming from Lawrenceville, Lilburn, and Snellville. Ninety seven percent of our students are Catholic and their families are associated with twenty seven parishes in the Atlanta Archdiocese.

Faculty and staff hail from many parts of the United States, bringing with them a diversity of educational backgrounds, as well as a richness of culture, Catholic heritage, and Catholic values. Approximately half of the faculty hold Masters degrees, with others pursuing advanced degrees in various fields. The average teaching experience of the faculty is 16 years. SJNRCS has specialized teachers in the following areas: Art, Computer, Enrichment, Guidance, Media, Music, P.E., and Spanish. Also available is a student support program staffed by teachers designed to help students whose needs are not fully met by the regular curriculum. Instructional Aides give valued assistance to both faculty and students throughout the school.

SJNRCS is fully accredited by AdvancEd, the parent company of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). St. John Neumann holds memberships in the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the National Middle School Association (NMSA), the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the National Council of Teachers of Math (NCTM), the National Council of Teachers of Social Studies (NCTSS), and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).

Education is highly valued by families who choose a Catholic education for their children. SJNRCS has consistently maintained high standards of achievement. As a regional school, the educational program at St. John Neumann follows the Archdiocesan Curriculum Guidelines that meet or exceed the state standards. St. John Neumann excels because we have a focused faith-centered curriculum, parental involvement, and high expectations. We integrate faith with knowledge.

St. John Neumann Regional Catholic School is honored to count each family as a member of the community. As a school community, we ask our patron saint, St. John Neumann, who dedicated and devoted himself to the education of youth in a Catholic environment, to bless the efforts of faculty, staff, and parents as we educate our children together.