St. John’s Community Services

2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Suite 120
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-5459

St. John’s Community Services (SJCS), a non-profit agency operating since 1868, supports people with disabilities to realize their dreams, develop relationships, and become contributing members in communities of their choosing. As part of the core mission of SJCS, classrooms are located in community public schools and staffed by SJCS personnel. This allows the necessary individualized services to be delivered, as well as provides opportunities for inclusion in activities with general education peers. This approach meets immediate needs and helps to ease the transition back into general education when appropriate. Students are assessed and IEPs are developed in conjunction with the families, students and the “IEP team.” The IEPs are as closely aligned as possible to the DC standards and curriculum to best accommodate students’ abilities. By collaborating closely with students and families, we strive to empower, educate, and advocate for our students to achieve their full potential and to be productive citizens through full participation in the community.

These special education and related services are provided by highly qualified SJCS staff, with opportunities for inclusion in regular public school activities and classes: physical education, recess, lunch, library, art, assembly, and clubs. SJSC teachers and administrators also attend staff meetings and DCPS trainings, fostering strong relationships with the local school staff to develop and enhance opportunities for community participation and integration.

We serve children between the ages of 4 and 22 with developmental disabilities, cognitive disabilities (mental retardation), autism, learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, emotional disturbance, cerebral palsy and other health impairments. We provide a safe and nurturing environment that fosters cognitive, social and psychological growth, with maximum opportunities for inclusion with peers without disabilities.