our heritage

St. John's has been a cornerstone of Christian life in Orange County for more than 130 years.

St. John’s Lutheran School, an extension of St. John’s Lutheran Church, has been in existence since 1882. It is one of approximately 880 elementary schools under the support of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, and is located within the Pacific Southwest District.

St. John’s Lutheran School was the first parochial school founded in the City of Orange and is located in the historic Old Towne District. In 1881, a small group of Lutherans who had settled in the area that would later become Orange agreed to organize themselves into a congregation and search for a pastor. In 1882, the St. John’s Lutheran Church constitution was signed by 13 charter members, and a Lutheran school also opened its doors to nine pupils. In 1883, an old school house was purchased and served as both church and school. Two years later, St. John’s officially joined The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Surrounding land was purchased over the years. In 1929, the corner of Almond and Shaffer was acquired and Building A was built. In 1953, Building B was built and then expanded in 1955. Building C was added in 1958, and the Chapman building opened for instruction in January 2003. Today, St. John’s Lutheran Church is blessed with more than 4,000 members, and school enrollment is over 800 students (preschool - grade 8). St. John’s has played a major role in the development and history of the city and continues to make an impact on the surrounding community.

St. John’s Lutheran School has been accredited by National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) since 1985. St. John’s has had dual accreditation with Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and NLSA since 1991.

St. John’s Lutheran School has a strong partnership with the church and receives support from the congregation in its purpose. The church and school work closely together and share the same mission of creating disciples of Christ who have the opportunity to mature and become stronger in faith by connecting to God and His people in worship, growing together in God’s Word, and sharing Christ with words, service and resources.

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The St. John's Difference

St. John's Lutheran School is located in the community of Old Towne Orange. We are a private Christian school that offers learning opportunities for children preschool through grade 8, and is maintained and supported by St. John's Lutheran Church. Enrollment is open to students of all faiths, nationalities and ethnic origins.

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The Culture experienced at St. John's offers an environment of genuine love and care for students and their families. We are here to partner with parents for the purpose of equipping students to make a difference in the world in which we live. Our school is committed to providing students with a learning environment where they learn about Christ’s saving promise and experience firsthand the love of Jesus Christ. We are here to equip students with the knowledge and skills that will help them lead productive lives within our community. Lives that make a difference in our city, state, country and world!

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Accredited Educational Programs and Credentialed Teachers

Qualified Christian educators teach God's Word together with a prescribed course of study leading from preschool and elementary school through entrance into senior high school. It is through dynamic instruction in all academic areas that our students develop their God-given talents and gain the basic life skills to continue their education experience at high school and beyond. Daily learning experiences nurture the whole child in the following areas: spiritual, cognitive, emotional, social, physical and aesthetic.

St. John’s Lutheran School is accredited by:

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

National Lutheran School Accreditation - Exemplary Award

Pacific Southwest District – LCMS

St. John's is a TEC21 School

Why st. john's?

St. John's Lutheran Church and School has been a part of the Orange community for over 130 years. While our ministry is well established, we are always seeking new ways to reach out in love to people who need Jesus. At St. John’s, we have designed a simple process to help you mature as a Christian: CONNECT • GROW • SHARE. The members and students of St. John’s commit themselves to this process to grow and mature as a follower of Jesus Christ.

We have an amazing community of support at our school, and are incredibly grateful for the legacy that has been created here. Whether it's a family whose generations of children have attended St. John's from the beginning, an adult who was hugely impacted as a child by the compassion and strength found at St. John's, or our students showing their love of Christ and their teachers, St. John's is a great place to connect, to grow, and to share the true love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.