HIGH school FAQ
Browse this page for the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Prep experience for students in grades 9 through 12. If you have questions we haven't covered here, please feel free to call the Office of Admission at 978-624-1301.
St. John's organizes round-trip bus service along five different routes, serving the areas listed here. There is an added fee for this service.
Andover/North Andover Route
Southern New Hampshire/Newburyport Route
In addition, many students carpool to school. The school directory that is available to families makes it easy to find others who live nearby.
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.
Students in grades 9 through 12 are required to own an iPad for use at home and school. The iPad specifications outlined below meet school requirements. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 will use school-owned and managed iPads; they will not be allowed to bring their own iPads to school.
- New Students: Minimum of an iPad Air with 32GB of space
- Returning Students: Minimum of an iPad 3 with 32GB of space
The iPad Mini does not meet our qualifications. All iPads support WiFi and will be able to access the SJP wireless network everywhere on campus. Although it is not required, you may purchase iPads that will work on 3G or 4G cellular networks for connectivity everywhere.
St. John's works with Apple to provide a discount purchase opportunity in late spring and/or summer. The program also offers an extended 3-year AppleCare+ policy. In addition, St. John's is authorized by Apple to perform on-campus, walk-in, warranty repairs on iPads purchased through the school. iPads purchased through St. John's may also be brought to any Apple store for repair. iPads purchased at the Apple store, from Apple online, or at a retailer such as Best Buy, must be brought to an Apple store for warranty repair.
Protecting Your iPad
We recommend that you purchase a case to protect your son’s iPad from accidental damage.
SJP recommends that families consider insurance coverage for accidental damage. The device is covered by most homeowners’ insurance policies, but the repair costs for accidental damage typically do not exceed the deductible, which makes separate coverage a good idea. If you want to pursue extra coverage, check with the retailer where you purchase your iPad or contact your family insurance broker.
In addition, Apple offers AppleCare+ which extends the standard technical support and hardware warranty to two years and adds coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage due to handling, each subject to a service fee. More information here on the Apple site. You may also consider third party warranty coverage like that offered by the Worth Ave Group.
The meals at St. John's are delicious! Boys can purchase breakfast, snacks and lunch throughout the academic day. The lunch lasts for 40 minutes. Students may either bring their own lunch or purchase it in the cafeteria (the average cost for lunch is $8) with 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.