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Saint John’s Prep Begins 166th year with a Growing and Diverse Student Population

Saint John’s Prep enrolled 287 students in grades 6 through 12 this fall, the largest number since 2014 and nearly 15% more than in fall 2018.


“We enroll a remarkably diverse student body,” said Jon McGee, Head of School. “This fall, our students hail from 16 countries, three states, and 29 different communities in Minnesota. More than a dozen different faith traditions are represented on campus. Our students represent the tapestry of the world, which creates a deep and powerful learning experience.”

Enrollment at Prep now exceeds pre-pandemic levels and continues to grow. In total, the school enrolled 80 new students at all grade levels. New Prep students represented nearly 30% of all students this fall. Boarding students – international and domestic – comprised nearly one-third of enrollment in grades 9 to 12 this fall.

“It is an exciting time at Saint John’s Prep,” said McGee. “Nearly one-quarter of our junior and senior students are enrolled in college classes this fall at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. We will soon complete planning for the largest curricular change at the school in a generation, which will culminate with the August 2023 launch of our Aspire to Excellence curriculum. The new curriculum will challenge our students as deeply creative thinkers, intellectual risk-takers, and imaginative problem-solvers. At the same time, we also are fully engaged in activities that promise to expand student access and opportunity, secure our long-term commitment to global education, support the continuing professional development of our remarkable faculty, and significantly enhance our students’ athletic experience.”

The oldest secondary school in Minnesota, Saint John’s Prep is ranked as the top Catholic school in the state, in the top 25 Catholic schools in the country, and among the top 5% of all private schools in the United States. To learn more about our rankings visit