Elizabeth Cherek, Principal

740 York Avenue
, Saint Paul, MN 55106

651-793-7300 | Get Directions

Principal/School Name

360 Colborne Street, Saint Paul, MN, 55102

651-767-8100 | Get Directions

  • Welcome to JAJ - We LOVE our Jaguars!

    At John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary (JAJ) we are a collaborative community committed to the academic success of all scholars. As an “Achievement Plus” school: education, recreation, wellness and other services are all inside our school for convenience with the goal of eliminating barriers that get in the way of our scholars reaching their full potential. We are committed to best practices and strategies that address individual needs through our Science and Social Studies-themed Areas of Study. We strive to help scholars become self-directed learners through culturally relevant instruction and materials. Through shared leadership with students, families, staff and community partners, we actively participate in student learning and achievement.

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Part—and Heart—of the Community

  • After School Program

    Students have a fabulous opportunity to participate in a variety of academic, creative, and physical after school classes and activities. Programs run 4 days a week!

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  • Jaguar Journal

    Every month, we release our Jaguar Journal to inform families about school events, community resources, and more. Every month has a special message from the principal!

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  • Family Center

    JAJ wants all families to thrive. That's why there is a Family Center in our school. Come here for baby supplies, food, clothing, employment and housing support, and so much more. Our Family Coach would love to work with you on whatever your goals may be!

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  • At School Resources

    JAJ has many and services inside our school like a dental office, a clinic, a paralegal, and family therapists too (we call them Partners)! We all work together to support families.

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  • JAJ School Announcements

    Things change quickly at school! Click the link above for the most up to date news, activities, and information from our school staff, Achievement Plus, and Saint Paul Public School District.

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School Profile

Elizabeth Cherek
  • Our Principal

    Ms. Cherek brings a wealth of experience in helping our youngest students succeed. She has served as a Pre-K, kindergarten and elementary teacher, a staff coach to support early learning programs, and most recently, as a continuous improvement specialist for John A. Johnson to help improve student achievement.

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JAJ/Vento Merger

  • Dear John A. Johnson families, at the end of this school year, our school will be closing and merging with Bruce F. Vento Elementary. The best way to learn if Vento is the right fit for your family is to visit! You may find that we have a lot in common. Learn more about Vento Elementary.

School Information


    John A. Johnson Elementary
    740 York Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55106

    Phone: (651) 793-7300
    School Hours:
    7:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

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MySPPS Bus Status

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    SPPS Transportation

    • bus Questions regarding transportation, please contact Shannon Platzer, school clerk at 651-793-7300.