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FAQs about St. John's

Can I get involved in community service projects?

Yes! St. John's offers a wide variety of community service opportunities through our Campus Ministry office. These include afternoon activities like serving a meal in a soup kitchen or visiting a nursing home. We also have weeklong immersion trips to rural Virginia and Duran Ecuador. Students also run walk-a-thons and a host of activities to serve others. Many opportunities exist, and new ones are often added!

Are there coed social activities?

We have dances throughout the year, including one or two semi-formals. Girls often take part in Drama Guild plays, we have coed activities like Laser Quest and service opportunities. And students often bring female guests to concerts or games on campus!

Are there transportation options?

Many students carpool to school. The school directory that is available to families makes it easy to find others who live nearby. St. John's also organizes round-trip bus service to five areas: Chelmsford/Lawrence, Andover/North Andover, Lynn/Swampscott/Marblehead, Medford/Arlington, and Southern New Hampshire/Newburyport. Busses pick up students in the morning, and depart at approximately 5 pm. Please contact the Office of Admission for more information.

How much is the entrance exam weighted?

The entrance exam is considered as part of your overall application, but it does not receive a specific "weight." All aspects on the application are considered by the admissions committee.

I hear it's hard to play sports at St. John's. Is that true?

No! In fact, 67% of our students participate on an athletic team. We offer 20 different sports, including several non-try out sports every season. When they come to St. John's, many students discover a talent for a sport they had never tried before. We have many walk-on or non-tryout sports, including cross country, winter and spring track, fencing, football, swimming, water polo, wrestling, rugby, and Ultimate Disc.  These teams are just as competitive as their tryout counterparts and require a daily commitment to practices and competitions. Try-out sports include baseball, basketball, golf, hockey, lacrosse, sailing, skiing, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Is the significant investment in my son's education worthwhile?

We believe it is. St. John's strives to educate the whole person, and through the development of every student's spiritual, intellectual, moral, physical and creative potential, we prepare students for life beyond St. John's. As a preparatory school, we provide students with the tools to succeed in college. In fact, over 99% of our graduates attend outstanding four-year colleges and universities each year.

What about tuition assistance available?

We provide more than $2.9 million in tuition assistance and merit scholarships. In addition to need-based tuition assistance, we offer the St. Francis Xavier Merit Scholars program. There is no reduced rates for sibilings attending St. John's.

What are the benefits of a single-sex education?

Research shows that boys and girls learn differently. St. John's is geared towards the distinct learning needs of boys and our teachers teach to the strengths of boys. Students feel safe to be themselves and take a sincere interest in their own intellectual, physical, spiritual, moral and creative formation. Furthermore, the unique brotherhood that develops between students here is something that unites them as a student body and carries into their lives as alumni.

What course levels does St. John's offer?

We offer College Prep, Accelerated, and Honors levels. We also offer Advanced Placement levels for juniors and seniors. St. Francis Xavier Scholars may have early access to AP courses, as well.

How much do books and lunches cost?

As a part of our 1:1 student iPad program, every student will be required to own an iPad to use the the classroom and to do research and homework assignments.Rising freshmen and sophomores will purchase eBooks for most of their classes instead of purchasing textbooks. The average cost of an eBook is $17. Read more about the 1:1 iPad program here.

What are the meal options at St. John's?

The meals at St. John's are delicious!  Boys can purchase breakfast, snacks and lunch throughout the academic day.  The average cost for lunch is $8.00 and they pay with cash or their Eagle Express debit card .  If they choose, boys can bring lunch to school.

What is lunch like?

The lunch lasts for 40 minutes. Students may either bring their own lunch or purchase it in the cafeteriawith cash or an Eagle Express Card, a combination ID/debit card. Parents/guardians deposit money into the Eagle Express account for students. The Eagle Express Card may also be used in the bookstore. Daily lunch items include sandwiches, hamburgers, fries, salads, pasta, chicken fingers, a chef's special and other assorted snacks and drinks.

What is the dress code at the Prep?

Students must wear a collared, button-down shirt or a St. John's Prep polo, which is available in the school bookstore. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Pants must be four pocket dress pants of a solid color. Students must wear a belt and dress shoes and socks. During the winter, students may wear boots and a hooded sweatshirt. Sweaters may be worn over shirts at any time. More details are listed in the student handbook which is available to enrolled students.

What is the homework load like?

Freshmen typically have about 2.5 to 3 hours of homework per night. Some nights students may have less, other nights more in the case of studying for a major test or working on an essay or project.

What's the average class size?

The average class size at St. John's is 18 students.

Will I have study periods?

Yes, all students have one unstructured (study) period for one semester during the school year. Students may choose to take an elective course instead of the unstructured period as well.

Shadow a Prep Student

Spending a day on campus with a current student is the best way to get to know St. John's. If you would like to shadow a Prep student, please call the Office of Admissions at 978-624-1301. 




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