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9-12
Private
West Islip, NY
Students enrolled: 1,717

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1170 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795

(631) 587-8000
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July 21, 2014
St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School is truly a school of academic excellence. It is an amazing school. The family atmosphere you feel the moment you walk through the door is something you will not experience at any other school. The academic program is very challenging and top notch. The teachers and administrators are truly supportive, and always willing to go the extra mile for their students. The students are very thoughtful and respectful - true ladies and gentlemen. Overall, Saint John's is a great school where the students get an excellent education, in addition to their outstanding athletic programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2013
I just completed my first year at SJB. Coming from a public school, I saw a big improvement in both faculty and the students. I became more challenged in my classes, whereas the district I live in makes classes easier, therefore, simple for me. SJB invited the freshmen in, and provided us with all the information we could ask for. The faculty are truly one of a kind. Not only are they great at teaching the students, they are caring and help each individual student's needs, no matter how little it may be. The atmosphere is always friendly and there is never a day that bores me. Overall, the students that attend SJB are well-mannered, and the group of friends I have made are truly one group that I am very close to. A great aspect of St. John's is the arts. Some schools do not fund the arts well, or put any importance in it, but St. John's is quite the contrary. Our musical is top notch, where everyone; students, faculty, and parents are impressed with the show they see. Our music program features great teachers that don't just teach music, but express their love for the arts, and mentor the students to do the same. SJB has truly become a 2nd home to me, as well as my peers.

- submitted by a student
January 14, 2013
AMAZING SCHOOL... This school is beautiful, immaculately clean with fllors so shiny they look like glass, beautiful bathrooms with real tile not the public school industrial tile... Teachers who truly care and give 200 % to the students.. Discipline, pride and sense of community and faith are instilled in every student. Were considering another CATHOLIC HS in area but this one was the more recommended one and now that my child is their I see why. My child is excelling and absolutely loves the school and loves going to school! Best decision we ever made!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
This school has totally gone down hill. Four years ago when my first child attended the school was well run and organized. I would have given the school a 4-5 star rating. Now the school is terrible since the old administration left. Kids are disgruntled and frustrated, teachers are inexperienced and insubordinate to parents. What was once a very pleasant environment has turned stress filled and very unhappy. Plus the school is filthy, and I mean filthy. My daughter fears going to gym because of the mold and slime on the floors. Its disappointing but I can not recommend St. John's anymore. We are switching to St. Anthony's.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2012
Seriously, this school is not very good. It is not Chaminade or St. Anthony's and it knows it. It has great kids though just too bad the admin treats them like 1st graders. I went there because I live in North Bab and my parents didnt trust that school but I wish I went there. SJB tries to squeeze every penny out of u too, it never stops. I was on track and it cost $300 to be on the team, and the charge kids for dress down day's. Its a disgrace but thats nothing compared to how bad the teachers are. They test like its harvard but teach like its 3rd grade. I hated it but made a lot of friends.

- submitted by a student
November 20, 2012
My experience in the school was up and down. The school is disciplined and no cell phones, etc. but i think they treated us like grade school kids instead of teenagers about to become adults. I thought I was getting a decent education until I took the ACT/SAT and realized that this school was way behind in preparing me. I had a b+ average and thought that would get me in a top tier school but the fact that it was from a "prep" school didn't matter. I got accepted to a good school, not great and was shocked how behind I was. I would say go here if your public school is real bad but if its decent, go public, its not worth the money and it probably is not a better education either.

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2012
This school was good. The past principal was able to incorporate a feeling of pride and enthusiasm within a disciplined environment. The new principle can not do that. The balance has swayed to one of absolute discipline without any compassion or care of each students future. The new principal is an over emotional tyrant who doesn't understand why we send our kids to the school. The grading system and the teachers policies make it nearly impossible for students to get grades high enough to be admitted to a good college. 85 in St. John's is a great grade but St. John's isn't Chaminade and the Harvards of the world don't know the difference. If you want your kid to get into a good school, stay away from SJB and save your money. A 95 in public school carries a heck of a lot more weight than an 85 at SJB. Half the teachers are in their mid 20's and they like grading super tough as if it is a sign of a good teacher. STAY AWAY IF YOU CARE IF YOUR CHILD GOES TO A GOOD COLLEGE.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
My daughter was excepted and she loves this high school and we as parents are very proud of how wonderful this school is . We love this high school and will what ever it takes to keep her there. Great staff careing, helpful , you feel like you are a part of a family it's wonderful!!

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2011
Wow! Go St John in being the best HS ever!! As an alumi'1992-yes the 25th anniversay class, SJB was and still is the best educational expericence a student can have. A field of dreams and where dreams do come true. Thank you SJB for your great teaching and support!!

- submitted by a community member
March 31, 2011
My child is getting ready to graduate, and the last 4 years have been WONDERFUL. This school community is molding kids into not only highly intelligent young adults, but responsible, POLITE and courteous, also! Students will go on to stand out as adults and great contributors to society! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
One of the best schools on LI! Great academics, arts & athletics. Far better than any public HS! Zero tolerance for troublemakers (bullies & druggies). Students & paculty have pride in their school and themselves.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
Excellent school full of dedicated and caring teachers. Outstanding athletics program! My daughter loves going to SJB and has made a lot of friends. She is proud of SJB. My son will be attending next year. Worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2009
I'm a parent now and I also went to St. Johns and loved it. You know I read some negative comment about the school and faculty. When I went there was discipline but that was good and yes the teachers cared and I'm sure they still do. We can't make every student happy its up to the individual. We all make our own destiny. I believe when I was there we started the day off with prayer that was the best thing to do. Your day was first God then school work and also great friends. We use to have study groups and help each other out in class and out of class. We all worked together as one unit. We had great team spirit and I believe love for one another even though we did'nt outwardly say it. What did I learn at St. john the baptist; Love,respect,kindness,loyalty,friendship, knowledge,wisdom,discipline,Jesus.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I went to SJB 25 years ago and now I'm sending my daughter. She absolutely loves it! I believe kid's need discipline,safety, structure, Religion in their life, and teachers who really care. This school has all of those things and more! It is like a big family.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
This school is amazing!!! The four years I spent in high school were filled with great experiences and thanks to SJB I was definitely prepared for college! It is 100% worth the money. I had to get a job sophomore year to help pay for my tuition and I do not regret that at all! I would do it all over again! Saint John's is great.

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2009
there are a lot of conflicting reviews here so i'll give it to you straight, if you want a good education from sjb you can get it. we have some great really teachers willing to help you if you're having trouble and so many elective and AP classes i wish we had a longer day so i could take them all (we have 9 periods) But if you dont want to try and you complain about the rules then you won't like the school. its a no BS place, they won't put up with junk if you dont want to be there; it gets in the way of the kids that do. i'll say it again, if you want a good education twhere people really care about how you are doing, both academicly and as a person, hen SJB is the way to go. i personaly love it there.

- submitted by a student
January 08, 2009
I have gone to this school for 1/2 a year now. Already I can tell that though it is a challenging school it will prepare you for college. The Teachers respect you as a person as long as you respect them as well. I'd reccomend this school to anyone who lives on Long Island.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2008
The school will prepare your child for college unlike what you see in public schools, no cell phones,no luches at the deli , sorry cant drive home for lunch. Alot of disciplin but in a soft way , with 2 parents in a household working a real structured school with lots of love, my kids dont come home till 6pm they stay in school huge difference so much to do and teams too join , clubs aaaa plus

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2008
I'm entering Saint John's high school in the Fall, and I personally love it! Everyone is so close and friendly, and i feel like people know you. If you do a sport you will be making more friends, its amazing! we are supaaa gangstaaa foo!

- submitted by a student
January 27, 2008
great school love the dicipline kids can actually learn everyone is involved in something love the top brass of the administration they keep all in line they care about the kids and the school.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 25, 2007
The school is great. My daughter went here and she loved it. The teachers are very respectful to the kids and the principal Mr. Lace is very informative to the parents. THe school does an excellent job with everything and because of them my child was well prepared for college.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
February 14, 2007
My son entered St Johns in 10th grade so it took a little while to make friends. He's involved in sports which made it easier. His comments the first day was that the kids are friendly and everyone is respectful to the teachers in the classroom. The teachers are very responsive and the Principal, Mr Lace is in touch with the kids and very supportive. I'm sorry I waited to take my son out of public school. The work requirements surpasses anything he had in public school. No doubt, he will be prepared for college when he graduates.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
Whoever says the school is run down is wrong. It is a great learning environment. It is safe, and they keep the parents well informed. They have more extra-curricular activities than any school on long island, they are also free to attend. The school offers loads of extra help.

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2006
Two of my children attended this school and received a very good education and graduated and went on to college.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
The school is so over crowded that the kids are just a number to the faculty. Teachers dont know the names of their students, and don't care to know. The halls are a fire hazard! My daughter has gotten detention for being late to class, becouse she physically could not get there in time. They have removed water fountains to make room for more lockers, for more students! When does it stop? The school can only accomodate so many people! All they care about is where the next buck is coming from, so they bleed the parents dry.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
well i think st johns has been a good experience for my child.The school really focuses on a warm frendly enviroment.children can do anything they want in school with out the peer pressure that most public schools have.i know my daughter is safe there.they provide a loving enviroment and a strict one.in todays world kids need some rules.so if your child is not the type to follow them or he or she does not care about going to college dont bother.the best thing about the school is that if a group of kids want to do something,(clubs or a sport) the school backs them as long as there is enough kids to join.they really have so many programms and classes it is like a college but smaller.The parent involement is high.my younger kids go to public school and it amazes me how little parents get involed.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
A great school in every respect: Academics, programs and parental involvement are all excellent!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 10, 2005
I am a graduate of SJB (Class of 2000) and the quality of education at that school is amazing. The teachers have genuine interest in the students, the sports and clubs are varying and very much a part of the school, and the entire envrionment is enriching and welcoming.

- submitted by a former student
January 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2004
I sent my two children to St. John's (one graduated in 2003 and one is a senior now) and truly believe it is a wonderful high school, with a very caring faculty and administration. St. John's attracts some of the brightest kids on Long Island and competition is stiff to get in. The curriculum can be tough depending on the courses you choose, but kids can get a great headstart on college here. St. John's is strict, so if you want to get away with a lot of nonsense, don't send your kid(s) here. If you do however, want a quality education with people who really care, this is the high school for you.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2004
I attended this school, and I can tell you that it is one of the worst Catholic schools on Long Island. For what the tuition is there, the school is run down, and unorganized. The adminstration is inferior, and as usual political. I didn't know that it was in good faith for a principal to work in the school, where his daughter attended. That is a conflict of interest to me. I would never send my children to this school.

- submitted by a former student
April 20, 2004
I am an alumni of St. John's. I would highly recommend this High School to any parent, or student for that matter. The education I recieved from St. John's helped prepare me for my future. I am now a successful adult, and I feel that St. John's, the teachers, counselors and administration had a big role in helping me achieve my goals. -Class 1998

- submitted by a former student
March 03, 2004
I have one child in this school for the past three years. I am totally satisfied with the education as well as the student involvement. It's a wonderful feeling when your child looks forward, every day, to attend school. It is also a wonderful feeling when you don't need to worry about the safety of your children. The teachers and the principle are right on top of things. I am so pleased with the school, my elementary school child will also be attending which is my choice as well as his.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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St John The Baptist Diocesan High School
1170 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY  11795
(631) 587-8000
Last modified St John The Baptist Diocesan High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
St John The Baptist Diocesan High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top