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Saint John’s Prep is a premier arts and sciences world school where we prize imagination, creativity and discovery. Prep offers experiences that nurture curiosity and expand horizons. We invite you to discover Saint John’s Prep!
We take learning seriously at Saint John’s Prep. Our outstanding faculty and staff challenge our students to reach beyond the familiar to try something new, to create, imagine or invent. We engage our students not only as they are but in relation to all that they can become.
Saint John’s Prep offers athletic, co-curricular and arts programs that are committed to a quality experience, highlighted by hard work, pride, and teamwork. We encourage students to try new things and challenge themselves to learn and grow outside of the classroom.
Every student takes part in our Fine Arts Program at Saint John’s Prep. Our well-rounded curriculum supports the development of appreciation and passion for fine arts that will last a lifetime.
Saint John’s Prep offers a spirited array of varsity and intramural sports. Our programs are inclusive with a strong emphasis on teamwork. Our sports teams give Prep students the opportunity to grow interpersonal, communication, and leadership skills.
Thank you for making a difference in the lives
of Saint John’s Prep students.
I often am asked what makes Prep distinctive. It’s a question that deserves a thoughtful response. At our opening convocation last August, I challenged our students to approach the new academic year through the lens of four themes:
At Prep, we develop minds with a heart and hearts with a mind. These themes are hardly new. They are rooted in Benedictine spirituality and have always defined the Saint John’s Prep experience, giving it purpose and meaning beyond a constellation of courses and activities. Together, they characterize an extraordinary experience of community and common purpose and serve as our greatest sources of distinction.
We’ve had a very good year at Prep. We enrolled 288 students last fall, three percent more than in 2021-22 and the highest since fall 2014. Our students this year represent 16 different nations and come from 29 different communities in Minnesota. We were again rated the #1 Catholic high school in Minnesota, ranked among the top 5% of all college prep private high schools in the country, and cited as one of only five high schools in Minnesota among the top 500 schools in the country for STEM education. The school is alive with energy, imagination, and creativity.
It is a remarkably exciting time at Saint John’s Prep. This winter, we will complete planning for the largest curricular change at the school in a generation, which will culminate with the August 2023 launch of the Aspire to Excellence curriculum. Designed by our faculty, the new curriculum will challenge our students as deeply creative thinkers, intellectual risk-takers, and imaginative problem-solvers. It will create experiences that are both distinctive and distinctively Prep. At the same time, we also are fully engaged in fundraising activities that promise to expand student access and opportunity, secure our long-term commitment to global education, support teaching excellence, and significantly enhance our students’ athletic experience. As a school, we will continue to dream, to aspire, and to live and act with a forward cast.
Each day, our students provide a glimpse of a remarkable and hopeful future. When I walk our hallways or visit classrooms, I see promise, possibility, and potential. We are deeply grateful for your continuing support of our students and our school.
Head of School
Saint John’s Preparatory School
Thank you for supporting Saint John’s Prep! Your financial support has an enormous impact on our students and, in turn, on our school and community. Your gifts help families make a Saint John’s Prep education possible. Your generosity supports our students and allows them to graduate and succeed in college and life.
Our graduates successfully transition to college and on to careers in technology, the arts, public service, healthcare, business and education. Thank you for continuing our legacy of creating considerate and thoughtful global citizens.
Your support of our students not only makes the difference in their lives, it enriches our community and world for generations to come. For your support, we are very grateful