Learning, Creativity and Exploration
Every day at Saint John’s Prep is full of learning, creativity and exploration. Each day on campus is a little different from the last with guest speakers, assemblies, advising sessions, prayer services, and community mass. We offer a well-rounded experience with opportunities to be involved in our core academic programs and extracurricular activities within and outside of the school day.
We are a Catholic school in the Benedictine tradition, so Saint Benedict’s motto of SAINT BENEDICT’S “ORA ET LABORA” (prayer and work) calls us to be balanced individuals. While we challenge our students academically, we also encourage them each day to develop into community-minded, independent thinkers. At Prep, we are small enough to know our students by name and our teachers are active mentors inside and outside the classroom. Our school is committed to helping students achieve a balance in their academic pursuits and physical, emotional, and character development.
A typical day at Saint John’s Prep starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m. Saint John’s Prep recognizes the importance of community development, so students meet regularly in large and small groups each day and are provided extended class times to complete projects and experiments as needed. In addition, there are specific programs or activities that occur each day of the week as follows:
Monday – Prep Talk, an Upper School meeting to share details about events, athletics and activities.
Middle School Morning Meeting, a meeting for Middle School students to learn about events, athletics and activities
Tuesday – Small group meetings with advisors
Wednesday – Community Formation programs, speakers and activities
Thursday – Campus Ministry Prayer Service or All School Mass
Friday – Community Formation programs, speakers and activities
The school day may run between 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., but there’s a lot more happening on campus than just classes! Many clubs and performance groups will schedule meetings and rehearsals before the school day begins.
Competing athletic and academic teams hold practices after school.
Student Life at a Glance
Our students cultivate a sense of belonging. Our school supports each individual as part of our vibrant community.
Commitment To Community
As both a day school for local central Minnesota students, and as a boarding school for U.S. and international students, Saint John’s Prep is committed to providing an enriching community life for all its students.
Recognizing the importance of community development, students will meet regularly in large and small groups during a Colloquium period each day.
Emergency Preparedness and Safety
The safety and well-being of all members is of the utmost importance to the Prep community. Therefore, a wide variety of programs to provide necessary systems and services to ensure a safe environment have been implemented.