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Collegeville, Minnesota, USA view map
Co-Ed, Roman Catholic
2280 Watertower Road, PO Box 4000, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA
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Admissions Phone:320-363-3321Toll-Free Admissions:800-525-7737Fax:320-363-3322
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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: 75.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 11:1
Number of AP Courses Offered: 7
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.
The Residential Life Program is an integral factor that enhances the academic component of Saint John‘s Preparatory School by building a values-centered community that fosters mutual respect, healthy living, personal growth, multiculturalism, and independence.
The Residential Program is committed to providing an environment where opportunities and experiences for learning outside the classroom exist that challenge and support the development of students in becoming mature, responsible community members. The boarding program (available grades 9-12) brings young people together from around the world creating a vibrant community within the residence halls accentuated with cultural diversity and friendship.
Approx. 30% of our students live on campus.
Department Director: Brett Hendrickson
Number of Dorms: 2
Average Students Per Dorm: 43
No. of Girls Dorms: 1
No. of Boys Dorms: 1
Access to athletic facility at St. John's Univ
Dress Code: Casual
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 two shows per year and is the only school that performs at the historic Paramount Theatre, the local professonal theatre.
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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. Also named Spotlight School for theatre
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
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
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
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,
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.
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