Saint John's Preparatory School

Collegeville, Minnesota, USA view map
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic

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Strong academic rigor, a welcoming community of diverse students, and the Benedictine philosophy make Saint John's Prep an outstanding choice for motivated students. Small class sizes, International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, Advanced Placement, honors & authentic college classes are offered. A distinguishing feature is the shared campus with Saint John's University, a private liberal arts college. Students take authentic college classes and access many of the university's facilities and the 2700 acres of woods/lakes. New facilities include a science wing. A 26,000 sq ft music and classroom wing opened in the 2008-09 year.

2280 Watertower Road, PO Box 4000, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA 56321

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Director of Admission: Jennine Klosterman
Admissions Phone:320-363-3321Toll-Free Admissions:800-525-7737Fax:320-363-3322
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $25
  • International Application Fee: $250
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Saint John's Prep to offer IB Diploma Programme

Posted on March 7, 2011
Saint John's Prep, Minnesota's oldest secondary school, has been accepted by the IB World Organization to offer the IB Diploma Programme, beginning in the 2011-12 academic year.

  • Founded: 1857
  • Campus Size: 2700 acres
  • Grades Offered: 6th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: ISACS
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 6th-post-grad
Girls     32 118 150
Boys     55 90 145
Total     87 208 295

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $33,870
  • 5-Day Boarding: $30,352
  • Day Tuition Fee: $15,095
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 36.00%
  • Average Awarded: $7,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 10.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $1,000
  • Current Endowment: $9,030,980
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: Saint John's Preparatory School is a Catholic/Benedictine, co-educational, day and boarding International Baccalaureate college preparatory school for students in grades 6-12, with boarding options beginning in the 9th grade. Saint John's Prep is located within the 2,700 acres of woods and lakes of Saint John's University's campus in central Minnesota.

Department Director: Matt Reichert

Average Class Size: 16

Full Time Teachers: 32

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 65.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1

Number of AP Courses Offered: 7

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • 5-Day Boarding
  • AP Courses
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Post Graduate Year
  • Math Lab and Writing Center available
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Writing Center
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • AP English, English Language and Composition, ESOL
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Economics, Law and Government, World Affairs: Pol
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • German
  • Spanish
  • The Bible
  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
  • Peer Ministry, enedictine Tradition, St. Paul and
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Conceptual Physics, Engineering Physics, Independe
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Independent Study
Computer Studies:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Orchestra
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Sculpture
  • Theater Arts
  • Tech Production, Independent Study
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Study Abroad:
  • Our exchange program with Melk, Austria was begun
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma

AP Courses Available:
  • Calculus AB
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • German Language
  • Spanish Language

Summary: The Upper School students (grades 9-12, & PG) include day students from the area, along with 5 and 7-day boarding students from Minnesota, across the United States and from around the world. Due to the fact that we have 25% of our students that have families scattered throughout the world, our school streams video of school events throughout the year. Visit our website for additional information.

Department Director: Brett Hendrickson

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 2

Average Students Per Dorm: 43

No. of Girls Dorms: 1

No. of Boys Dorms: 1

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
Access to athletic facility at St. John's Univ 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life

Summary: All students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities while at Saint John’s Prep. Participation in either an athletic or non-athletic extracurricular activity enhances a student’s high school experience. Recreational facilities include: fitness center, swimming pools, basketball/volleyball courts, racquetball courts, indoor climbing wall, indoor track and indoor/outdoor tennis courts. The performing arts include band, choir, string ensemble, jazz band and individual instruction in these areas. The theatre department performs three shows per year and is the only school that performs at the Paramount, the local professonal theatre.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Sand volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Racquetball court(s)
  • Indoor pool
  • Indoor climbing wall

Clubs and Organizations

  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Computer Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook

Summary: Saint John's Prep offers a robust arts program; including visual arts and performing arts. Our theatre department performs two plays each year. The students also perform one-act plays to area elementary schools. These one-act plays are student written and student directed.

Arts Department Director: Paul Menard

Athletics Department Director: Bryan Backes

Notable Achievements: Our Upper School band, choir and strings earn the , highest rating of "Superior" when judged by the, MSHSL.

  • Art Club
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Racquet Ball
  • Rock Climbing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Saint John's Prep strives to assist students with their college search process resulting in admission to the student's first choice college or university.

Department Director: Mary Jo Leighton

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Harvard College
Dartmouth College
University of Wisconsin - Madison
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Carleton College
Macalaster College
University of Washington
Gonzaga University
Purdue University
Pennsylvania State University
DePaul University
St. Olaf College
Saint John's University
College of Saint Benedict
Macalester College
Lewis & Clark College
Boston College
Georgetown University
Augsburg College

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Sossina Haile, Ph.D. (Class of 1983) was named by Newsweek among twelve prominent individuals to watch in 2008 for her work on developing a new type of fuel cells, which produce energy through chemical reactions; their chief emission is pure water. Sosinna’s family fled Ethiopia during the coup in the mid-'70s, after soldiers arrested and nearly killed her historian father, then settled in rural Minnesota where Haile graduated from Prep and then MIT. She is a Professor of Materials Science and of Chemical Engineering at Cal Tech.

Jennifer Waldron, Ph.D. (Class of 1992) is an Assistant Professor and conducting research at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Rapids’ School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services. Her research involves investigating the extent and the consequences of hazing in the world of high school sports. Jennifer earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University (2003), her M.A. at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (1999) and her B.A. from the University of St. Thomas , St. Paul (1996).

Anton Bacardi (Class of 1970)

Emilio Bacardi (Class of 1968)

Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall (Class of 1958)

Abbott John B. Klassen, OSB (Class of 1967) Abbot of Saint John's Monastery

Julius C. Smith (Class of 1948) Lawyer and founder of the Minnesota Renaissance Fair

Quotes from Alumni

Saint John's Prep is such an amazing place. Here I first lived in a dorm, with fifty other students from around the world to form one community. This place also shows me what a great artist God is.

-Kei Y., Class of 2009,


"While there is no doubt that Prep prepared our son academically for any college, it is more important and of greater value that he learned self-reliance and self-discipline and developed a true sense of loyalty, integrity and commitment.

-Parents of John T., Class of 2008,


























Summary: Saint John’s Prep began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Fall 2011, with the 2013 graduating class the first eligible to earn a full IB diploma. Saint John’s Prep (SJP) shares the facilities and campuses of both Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict; two of the top-rated Catholic liberal arts colleges in the United States. • Approximately 30-40 SJP students each semester take at least one college class at CSB or SJU and receive college credit for the courses. • Six of our SJP classes receive college credit from CSB/SJU. These classes are Spanish and German levels IV & AP, and Pre-Calculus. Students receive SJP high school credit and CSB/SJU college credit for these classes.