Providing a quality education based on Catholic and Mercedarian tradition, collaborating with parents as educators since 1948.

St. John of the Cross Catholic School represents an educational ministry of St. John of the Cross Catholic Parish.
The school is affiliated with the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, California.

St. John of the Cross Catholic School is a comprehensive Preschool, Elementary, and Middle School accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association.

Campus News and Updates


Tis the Season!

Christmas is in the air at SJC! As we prepare for Christmas, students and staff are getting into the spirit and enjoying many different events and activities. Mrs. Grimes’ 1st grade class attended The Old Globe’s production of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. SJC Student Ambassadors are hosting a Christmas PJ and Hot Cocoa day on Monday, December 17th. PTG is planning a wonderful “posada” for students and families on December 20th. And everyone is busy practicing their songs for the SJC Advent Prayer Service.

The Faculty and Staff at SJC wish you all a Merry Christmas! Christmas Break is December 21st, 2018 through January 6th, 2019. School Resumes on Monday, January 7th, 2019.

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SJC OPEN HOUSE - Please join us on Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 9:30am to noon for our annual Open House. Take a tour of our campus, meet our teachers, and find out why SJC Crusaders are the best! This event is open to the public.


Alumni Spotlight


Alexis Hernandez SJC Class of 2016

Alexis is currently a junior at Eastlake High School where she is part of their award winning Show Choir. She is currently performing with San Diego Young Actors’ Theatre in their production of Elf Jr. Tickets are now available If you would like to check out Alexis in this fun performance!


Why St. John of the Cross?


St. John of the Cross Catholic School is an award winning school that prides itself on it's Catholic Identity. Our school has an excellent academic curriculum and offers a wide variety of on-campus activities and sports teams. We believe in providing a safe, nurturing, and faith-filled environment for every student, teacher, and parent.

Tour of the School


We are located at 8175 Lemon Grove Way in Lemon Grove, CA. Please contact our school office during business hours to schedule a tour of our school. Our school office is open Monday - Thursday from 7:30am to 3:30pm and on Fridays from 7:30am to 2:30pm (first Friday of the month until 12:30pm). You can reach us via phone at 619-466-8624 or email our school secretary at 

Join Our SJC Family


Now accepting enrollment applications for students from Preschool through 8th grade. Please contact our school office for more information.


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Saint John of the Cross Catholic School 8175 Lemon Grove Way Lemon Grove, CA 91945

School Hours
Office Hours 7:30am - 3:30pm

School Hours 8:00am - 3:00pm (Fridays 8:00am – 2:00pm)

Extended Care Hours 7:00am - 7:45am  
3:00pm - 6:00pm (Fridays 2:00pm – 6:00pm)