St. John Christian Heritage Academy


St. John Christian Heritage Academy was founded by Rev. Dr. W. K. Jackson, the late Pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.  His vision became a reality on August 28, 1989, when the school opened its doors for the first time, and offered instruction to students in kindergarten through the third grade.  Currently, the Academy is a privately accredited institution, providing academic and biblical instruction to pre-kindergarten students through fifth grade.  The school is operated under the leadership of its Superintendent, Mr. Elton Matthews, Principal Orlene Grant-Chaney, an eleven member Board of Directors and Dr. M. L. Jemison, Senior Pastor of St. John Missionary Baptist Church.


The pastoral leadership, board members and administration of the St. John Christian Heritage Academy believe that children who enroll in the academy have the right to a solid and well-rounded education within a Christian atmosphere.  We believe the students should have role models before them that exemplify Christian principles.  We believe all children can learn, and the aim of the academy is to work toward the highest principles of education for the benefit of our students.

Recognizing that parents are the primary educators of their children, the staff’s purpose is to constantly encourage, sustain and reinforce parental support while providing the best education possible for the children.  Further, the Academy seeks to develop students who are caring, self-disciplined, respectable, respectful and responsible citizens who relate well to their peers and adults.  We are committed to preparing our students to move on to their next level of learning with unwavering confidence. 



The mission of St. John Christian Heritage Academy is to enable students to be successful life-long learners.  The faculty and staff at the Academy are professional, college-trained, competent, and talented individuals who plan, direct, and appraise the learning experiences of every student.  Each faculty and staff member is available to assist students, confer with parents and do whatever is necessary to accomplish the mission and support the philosophy upon which the Academy was founded.


The Academy operates out of facilities located at 5700 North Kelley Avenue that are adjacent to St. John Missionary Baptist Church.  Attached to the east side of the church’s educational facilities, the Academy enjoys approximately 17,000 square feet of new floor space constructed in 2008 that includes six new classrooms, a suite of administrative offices, a library/media center, a science lecture/lab room, and a fully equipped computer training facility. The new construction also includes a state-of-the-art conference center with seating for approximately 300 persons. 

Exit Outcomes

Students who attend St. John Christian Heritage Academy will successfully demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in reading, writing and verbal skills
  • Critical and logical thinking skills
  • Knowledge of self and others
  • Positive interactions with others
  • Disciplined learning
  • Literacy in quantitative and technical skills

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Chapel Services

 The Academy conducts weekly chapel services each Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.  A guest speaker delivers a special message to the students each week.  All students are expected to attend chapel services with their class each week and to actively participate in chapel activities.

School Song

(Words by Linda Walker; Music by Dr. Kenneth E. Kilgore)

At St. John Christian Academy,
We have a creed,
To live by every day,
To nurture all our needs.

We stand tall,
We think tall,
We live tall,
And we remember Thee.

At St. John Christian Academy,
I can accomplish anything,
Because I believe in God,
And I believe in me.

At St. John Christian Academy,
I can accomplish anything,
Because I believe in God,
And I believe in me. 

Academy Honors Choir


Auxiliary Classes, Special Programs and Extracurricular Activities

 The St. John Christian Heritage Academy believes that many educational and enrichment opportunities should be available to our students.  We offer the following auxiliary classes and extracurricular activities:

  • Computer Classes
  • Media Education
  • Spanish                       
  • Physical Education
  • Student Leadership Council
  • Spelling Bees
  • Science Fairs
  • Talent Shows
  • After School Choir        
  • Boy Scouts / Girl Scouts

 Other after school and enrichment activities are made available to our students as volunteers and resources become available.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

The St. John Christian Heritage Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, athletics and other school-administered programs.  

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its Customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race,Color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, Sexual orientation or all of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send you completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202)690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339, or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.




For more information, please call the Academy Office at 405-478-8607 or email us at