St. John the Evangelist School 

is a private school based on Christian values drawing on the Orthodox Christian tradition and teaching. The school was created on the initiative of the parishioners of the St John the Baptist Church in Nõmme, Tallinn.

The school opened in September 2013 with 34 first grade students (one class for boys and one for girls). Eventually, with new intake of first-graders, the school will grow into a school of general education covering grades 1-12 (age 7-18). 

Admission takes place on the basis of a registration list and an interview with the students and parents. St John's School welcomes families from a variety of faith traditions as well as those with no denominational affiliation. There is no requirement for the students to be baptised. However the teaching of the school is anchored in the Orthodox Christian Faith. 

St. John the Evangelist School provides teaching in Estonian.

Parents pay a tuition fee of 1100 euros/year.

Goals of St. John the Evangelist School

• Creating a friendly home-like environment for the growth and development of children from Christian families and for those who respect the Christian worldview

• Creating supportive conditions for the holistic personal development of children, including the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual aspects, focusing on the living Image of God within each child 

• Creating appropriate conditions for teachers who wish to work in a contemporary school environment while holding a Christian worldview 

• Creating conditions for learning about one’s own and the others’ ethnic and cultural identity in order to promote better cooperation and integration based on Christian ideals 

• Continuing the tradition of Orthodox Christian schools in Estonia

• Developing an environmental consciousness

Why is the school special?

• Conceptual and actual simultaneity with the Orthodox Church

• The striving of teachers, as carriers of the Christian spirit, to create a school atmosphere that, in a non-verbal manner forms the student better than a religion class would

• Instead of egocentric self-development and self-realisation, the emphasis is on the meeting, harmony and unity with the Other - with God and with one's neighbour, something that paradoxically and in a mystical way helps the person to find oneself

• Created on the initiative of parents and teachers of one Orthodox parish and open to all

• Unites the timeless, living church tradition and contemporary life, the two realities that are part of the life of today's Orthodox families

The school's pedagogy is based on the Orthodox anthropology of finding an answer to the question "who is man, how is he formed and how is he transformed?" This is the Orthodox understanding of man translated into the school environment.

Our pedagogical aim is to put into practice at once timeless spiritual truths hidden from the superficial viewer and a vision of the school of tomorrow. Today we hear a lot about schools lagging behind other spheres of life and how difficult it is to bring about change in the existing system. 

The school defines its place in the Estonian school landscape as somewhere between the Collegium Educationis Revaliae (Vanalinna Hariduskolleegium) and the Rocca al Mare School. Both of the abovementioned have in one way or another prompted and inspired the creation of our school. We have been inspired by the Christian values and emphasis on creativity in the Collegium Educationis Revaliae, and the innovative approach to education in Rocca al Mare School. Both schools serve as examples with their supportive and friendly atmosphere as well as by tight and efficient co-operation with parents.

One of the aims of St. John's School is to exchange the best practices and be open to co-operation with other educational institutions.

Why does the school carry the name of St John the Evangelist?

The founders of the school are members of the Orthodox Christian parish of St John the Baptist in Tallinn. The patron saint of our church, St John the Baptist, was a great ascetic and a precursor of monasticism. Another St John, the Apostle and Evangelist, is closer to the central ideas of the school: he was Christ's disciple and His closest friend. Later he wrote down and passed on His teaching. He was like a son to the Mother of God after the crucifixion of Christ. St John has been called the apostle of love and his symbol is a humble eagle with a halo around its head. An eagle flies high and can see everything from above; it can see the whole picture.