Saint John’s High School is a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School. A Saint John’s Catholic education is rooted in the commitment of the Xaverian Brothers to bring Christ to life in young men. For over one hundred years, a religious and lay staff has assisted students in discovering and developing their God-given talents. As a college preparatory school, Saint John’s fosters the formation of the whole person: spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, creative, and aesthetic.
At Saint John’s, students pursue personal growth in an environment that recognizes a moral dimension of life. A challenging academic program encourages love of learning as a stimulus for continued intellectual development. Students learn to appreciate the world’s beauty while exploring, developing, and expressing their creativity.
Saint John’s is a Christian community, founded upon the idea of the interdependence of individual members. In that context, students shape their identities as unique individuals with mutual obligations. Respect and appreciation for individual differences and those who comprise the larger community is an important part of the growth process of a Saint John’s student.
In the tradition of the Xaverian Founders, Saint John’s High School has been committed to students from a diversity of backgrounds, and affirms its commitment to providing opportunities to families in need, to the marginalized, and the poor.
Saint John’s is located in the residential Town of Shrewsbury on the border of Worcester, Massachusetts. Because of its geographical position and proximity to major arteries, Saint John’s is well within reach of the majority of towns in Central Massachusetts. The school presently draws from 78 area cities and towns.
Saint John’s is a private college preparatory school for boys founded in 1894 in Worcester, MA and moved to its present location in Shrewsbury in 1961. The school, sponsored by the Brothers of Saint Francis Xavier (Xaverian Brothers).
Why Saint John High School
- The faculty members at Saint John’s stand out for their achievements and their dedication to students. Long Island residents voted teacher Regina Hall “Best Teacher on Long Island” three years in a row.
- Saint John’s is home to three different art studios that encourage learning and creative expression. Students can take classes such as Photography, Advanced Drawing, CGI, Graphic Design, and Advanced Painting. University level art courses are also offered for students who are looking for more advanced classes.
- At the TV and Radio Stations, students utilize state-of-the-art technologies to create, produce, and manage television and radio shows. Students report school-wide announcements and operate cameras, lighting, and sound at a professional level.
The academic curriculum at Saint John’s High School is a demanding college-preparatory program. The program prepares the student to make intelligent decisions regarding his future in higher education. Although much is made of the subject areas covered and even subject choices made during the four years – and this is important – it must be kept in mind that the goal of the academic education at Saint John’s is the fullest development of the intellect of each student using subject matter as tools to attain this end.
The Saint John’s Descriptive Catalog is an overview of our entire Academic Curriculum. It includes a description of the overall curriculum and information on courses, organized by department. The Disciplinary Benchmarks list the goals that each department seeks to achieve in its students throughout the school year. The Academic Curriculum is geared to educating the complete young man – both human and spiritual. Saint John’s is an academic institution whose orientation is toward the preparation of students for success in a college environment. Programs are provided designed to fit the potentials of the students, and in order to maximize the effectiveness of instruction and study, the Administration and Staff have developed three levels of College Preparatory Curricula. Those students who perform exceptionally well are recognized on the Honor Roll, compiled each quarter of the year. Also, students with high academic aptitude may be inducted into the National Honor Society. In the past decade, Saint John’s has had over 500 Advanced Placement scholars and 100 students have received National Merit recognition. Information on specific academic policies and regulations is available in the Parent & Student Handbook. See also the Saint John’s High School Profile and our College and University Attendance.
The faculty at Saint John’s are in the process of creating webpages for their own classes. These Faculty Homepages include information on current projects in the classroom, homework assignments, and some even include tests and quizzes that students can take online. Students are guided in their academic endeavors by their teachers and by their counselors in the process of Academic Counseling.