"Opening Minds, Unlocking Talents, Building Leaders. We are St. John's."
Students enrolled 1060
Hours 8:10 AM - 2:40 PM
School leader Jeffrey Mancabelli
Transportation options Yes

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2607 Military Rd NW
Washington, DC 20015

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(202) 363-2316
(202) 686-5162
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4 stars
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August 06, 2014
We've had a daughter go through all four years at SJC and a son that transferred after freshman year into SJC. Our daughter's high school years were exceptional. She saw her grades continually improve, finished with a 3.5, took some challenging courses and got a very broad academic experience. She rowed on the crew team, a sport she knew nothing about , and participated in a number of other extracurricular activities, including chorus, clubs and SGA. Our son attended one the most "elite" prep schools in the area for his first year. Bullying, drugs and nepotism were all issues. He transferred to SJC for his sophomore year and thankfully, we got our old kid back. SJC is built around "community", unlike the rote discipline, over achievement or status symbol orientation found at other schools. It is easily the most diverse private school in DC. metro area. Emphasis is on the student as an individual, with a focus on development of integrity, service and leadership. You will be hard pressed to find a better private high school than SJC in the entire Washington area. Check it out. We have no regrets, nothing but praise and travel from Virginia to have our kids attend it.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2013
Our experience with St, John's was very bad. They make promises they don't keep, the athletic emphasis is not backed up by healthy attitudes on the part of the coaches, and the teachers range from excellent to robotic (more of the latter). On back to school night all the teachers gave the same intro speech VERBATIM. Organized? Yes. Honest? No. They have a minimum standard of performance for the teachers, administrators and students, and if you're willing to settle for it, go ahead any waste your money. But if you live in Maryland the public school system - if used wisely - can provide a much better education.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
We left SJC for good. As the others mentioned below the indifference and arrogance of the administration makes us to take the decision to leave when our kid was bullied and nothing was done about it. The drug use after school at the school premises is also a very bad problem but I guess that is similar to the public schools in the area. Teachers are ok, you have the ones that care and the ones that not. This is a preparatory school and my kid counselor didn't even know that my kid was planning to go to college, maybe she though that we were paying that much just for high school diploma. One think I didn't like it was that your kid has a different counselor each year, so really they will never get to know your kid.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2013
My husband is an alum of SJC and we are very happy with the education that 5 of our children have received. Our youngest will attend a year from now. We are especially impressed with the teachers that St. John's is able to retain. To have 2 PHD teachers on the staff who have been there each longer than 25 years is remarkable. In our experience, teachers across the board will meet with students before, after or during lunch to help out a student. You won't find that in a public school. We love the Christian Brothers and the atmosphere they engender. We had 2 students with health issues that the school bent over backward to help out. My higher achieving students were challenged with honors courses and AP courses. My children who graduated from St. John's have done well in their college classes. All my children connected with most of their teachers and my husband and I are very happy about this. One of our children did the ROTC program and learned leadership skills from the fine men who run the program. We are also excited about the new Robotics program for our youngest child. This school has been a great joy for us.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2013
My son went to Catholic School grades 1-12. He graduated from St Johns 4 years ago and just recently completed college and has a fabulous job. St Johns was the perfect fit for him. He was in JROTC which really helped him become more confident and the JROTC instructors were superb! He had many terrific teachers during his 4 years. I found his teachers very responsive to any questions that I had. My son became involved in the club ice hockey team and I was happily surprised to see administration and some teachers attend a few games even though they were off campus. I was surprised at some of the reviews below. My son applied at 6 colleges and was accepted at all of them including Drexel. His guidance counselor really helped him start the search and his English teacher helped him with his essay. When his SAT scores were not what we hoped his counselor suggested the ACT and he blew it away! We never would have thought of it. My son became ill during exams and missed several. One of the administrators came in Sat and Sun to give them to him so he would not fall behind. I love St Johns and really appreciate the great job they did getting my son ready for college and life.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2013
This review is from a non Benilde, non athletic and non ROTC family. The comments below on the lack of communication from the school and administration are exactly what we experience. A student here,we found, will need a very healthy dose of self direction and self confidence going in because that may be all she/he will receive. Two stars for some teachers who were indeed very good and gave personal attention. The music program is good.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
My kids went to private school from 1st to-9th grades. They were challenged in classes but were missing sports, drama, band and music. Same kids every year - All the private schools care about was the grades and not making sure the kids learn in many ways. In the end very few graduates from these private schools are going to IVY league colleges considering they only put emphasis on academics. In addition, the DC private schools are full of many rich kids with no economic diversity. SJC offers strong academics if you are on an honors path just as challenging as GDS, Potomac School & Maret but they also have diversity with kids who actually graduate with w/scholarships in sport or ROTC getting into the same schools. The kids are forced to be balanced & challenged on many levels rather than just academics making them more attractive to colleges as well rounded kids. At 16k a year my 2 kids were much happier and had way more at SJC over the private schools and they actually made friends they bonded with who understood the value of money, academic, sports, leadership and structure. Go SJC!!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2013
Teachers for the most part are excellent. They connect very well with the students. Academically rigorous enough for students in the honors class. AD does a great job with providing an opportunity for all students to participate in a sport. Other extracurriulars are lacking because the focus is sports heavy. Administrators are arrogant and deaf to concerns. Do not expect any sort of reasonable engagement with them if you have a concern about academics or a teacher. They would rather deny there is a problem or spend their energy arguing with a parent than solving simple issues. The principal in particular does not seem to know how to manage parent's concerns and is very rude. Drug and alcohol use among the students is a concern as it would be at any high school but the school does not handle it judiciously or wisely.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
I Wannna Go Here But I'm Not Catholic So Can I Still Go and Will IT Be k

- submitted by a community member
September 12, 2012
My child just started and so far the teachers, coaches and staff have spent more time patting themselves on the back for their reputation and achievements than expressing an interest in our student. Academically, our student is mostly repeating work from last year even though grades were mostly A's then. Jury is still out, but it's not an impressive start.............

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
St John's College High School is both an academically challenging and academically supportive environment. They believe in educating the whole person and therefore encourage all of their students to participate in at least one activity in addition to academia, such as athletics, arts, clubs, etc. The school also has a long tradition of a JROTC program for both boys and girls which teaches them strong leadership and organization skills.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2012
I just graduated from SJC last month and I say that I'm so glad I went here. SJC has really change these last 4 years because of the amazing leadership! We're getting a new cafeteria/library, uniforms, everything. The teachers are great. They actually care about the students and they do help us! I was in the Benilde program, which is a program for learning-disabled students. It helped me a lot and if it wasn't for Benilde and their arrangements, I would flunk math. The class choices are great. As for student life, it has dramatically changed. For the first 2 years, the clubs were nothing. But, during my last 2 years, mostly everyone is involved with something! We also have amazing athletic and performing arts (music/theatre, which I was in both of them) programs! Most of the students here are very friendly. Yes, there are cliques and thankfully, they're welcoming and warm. But again, there are bad ones, obivously (I didn''t experienced any though). I made amazing friends here and I thank SJC. The spirituality program is pretty good though. My only major complaint is sometimes in certain programs of the school, they pick favorites and that isn't fair.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2012
The sense of community is very strong at SJC. As a parent of a transfer student, the teachers, coaches and principle of this school greeted us with open arms. They strive for excellence in all of their students. Any resources needed to help with homework and skill building is provided by the school. This is one place were everyone feels apart of something big!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
Our son is in his freshman year at SJC. His teachers are caring and very supportive. They notice when their students are not academically challanged. SJC offers a wide range of courses, including honors and AP. We feel in love with this school the day of Open House. We went to a few others opens houses in the area and when we walked through the doors at SJC, we felt such good energy and we still feel this way. As a 9th grader, it was an balancing act with school, sports and then homework. But he has managed it all with the support of his parents and his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2011
This is a great school. I have 2 daughters who attend and the academics are top notch. For those that say the school is easy and mediocre am wondering if your children are taking honors and AP classes. The academics here are very challenging if you chose the appropriate course load. The faculty and administration is outstanding. And above all, the people are very welcoming and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2011
I wrote this review on 3/27/11. I am currently a senior at St. Johns I do not regret choosing St. Johns. The teachers are great they are always willing to work with you if you are struggling with a particular subject. Of course there are also bad teachers but this is true with any other school. I highly recommend a future student to participate in some extracurricular activity be it a sport or a club. Most of my closest friends are from the activities I have participated In. It is also a great way to meet people and develop lifelong friends. St. Johns offers a program for the students who have learning disabilities called the Benilde program. It has taught me study habits and ways to cope with my disability skills that I will use for the rest of my life. St Johns also offers a program for students who excel academically. The only thing negative I have to say about St Johns is the fact that they are too strict. Some rules are just plain pointless for example if I have a free period I cannot hang out in the parking lot or retrieve a book from my car. If I do so I can get a Saturday detention. Other than that the school is great and I highly recommend attending St Johns.

- submitted by a student
October 08, 2010
SJCHS is a place where our daughter does well academically, takes her work seriously, loves the school's diversity amd has great teachers. She gets to school early every morning becasue she likes it so much. Her home work is challenging, and students are taught to think of their larger community. This is in contrast to her elementary school experience where she so often lacked enthusiasm , felt repressed by the rules and routines, and had to be dug out of bed to get to school more or less on time. It is a perfect fit for her. She is now a thriving sophomore. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2010
St. John's is a cut above any other school in the area. The teachers tailor their classes to fit the students' needs; there is a program for those with learning disabilities and a program for those who excel academically. Students are encouraged to get involved in clubs and sports. There are many opportunities for spiritual growth. The performing arts program is excellent, and there is a place for anyone who sings, acts, or plays an instrument. It is one of the best in the area, and definitely one of the hidden secrets at the school. However, what sets SJC apart is the JROTC program. It fosters young adults who are eager to lead, and creates students of character. JROTC cadets are expected to maintain good personal appearance and act with integrity, and it really shows. If you send your child to this school, I highly recommend that they join JROTC.

- submitted by a student
no rating February 22, 2010
I am a student at SJC and I can't say how much that you bond with the students at this school. I am also in the JROTC program and it is one of the best things at this school. Even though not every single student does it, it is one of the classes that will help you get into a really good college. Some parents think that the JROTC program is forcing kids into the academy's. I am here to tell you that is a lie and it is not true. I am having the best time of my life and receiving the best education that any student could ever receive. At this school and if u are in JROTC u have a choice to go to one of the academy's. The students are not pushed to make a decision.

- submitted by a student
January 29, 2010
I cannot say enough about the wonderful experiences my daughter gained at St. Johns. I am shocked to read some of the academic assessments of the school - my daughter is in the St. John s Scholar s Program, a curriculum designed to challenge these dedicated students using tenets of Socratic learning, has had the pleasure of learning from a committed faculty, access to many AP level courses, participated in an acclaimed music program, and has been accepted at a top 5 nationally ranked engineering school - as have a number of her peers. Most important though to me is the Christian Brothers philosophy that emphasizes honor and respect and a commitment to the SJC community, evidenced by the strong alumni support program, and unmatched by other local private schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
Academically, I have found St. Johns to be average. If my student was more academically motivated, I would not choose SJC. My student has attended public schools in the DC suburbs that are superior. I noticed that topics my student learned in middle school are covered in 9th at SJC. For a so-so student, the slow pace can be a good thing. Additionally, they have a system called PowerSchool wherein, parents and students can get up to the minute status of student's grades for each class; therefore, a parent who checks this system regularly can intervene early if their student is struggling in a subject. No surprises at the end of a quarter. Certain sports program at SJC are known for being good; however, I would agree with other writers that the win at all cost attitude of particular coaches can be to the detriment of the athlete.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2009
St. John's exceeded all of my expectations in my four years there-- I can honestly say that I enjoyed myself, learned, and grew, contrary to the review of the prior student who transferred so suddenly. I was a part of the band program for all of my four years, and they will be a defining part of me for the rest of my life. I feel however, that St. John's puts a much higher emphasis on their sports teams than other clubs. The academic experience I had at St. john's was stellar-- the secret is to take the right teachers in honors classes. There are a number of teachers that can simply take your breath away with their grasp on certain knowledge, and all of them are always open to talk to you-- the teachers have a way of relating to you like an adult. To round it out-- it's a great school.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2009
This school is great for an average student who expects to be paid for the rest of his/her life. Academically it's average and doesn't push students to achieve to the best of their potencial. I went to this school for just one year and had to change, i maintained an easy 3.8 gpa with the school in honors and was not challenged. The sports teams are Not united as a team, and do not influence working together to win. The student body is definitely split into many different cliques and the amount of bullying i witnessed to students that were younger and less popular than I, was just awful. Please trust me when i say that spending 15,000 dollars on this school is not an investment for your child, it's a waste of money, and would be much more of an investment if spend on University or a better school. Thankyou.

- submitted by a student
July 27, 2009
Forget about GC, AHC, and Gonzaga! I finished up my freshmen year here, and i love this school. The teachers and faculituly are caring, everyone here is nice, the classes choices are great, and the food is good. SJC has a lot of oppturnites for everyone. The campus is pretty, and the extracurricular activities are ok and the activites had improved over the months of this school year. ive made a lot of friends here, and lets say some of them will be my bridemaids in my wedding. Also, SJC has a good problem that helps people w/ learning disabilites, like me. So, forget about other schools like GC and Gonzaga and go here. Go SJC!

- submitted by a student
April 28, 2009
Leaving aside its AP/Honors courses, SJC is very average academically. Even some of the better teachers are totally dependent on textbook-generated standardized materials. Critical thinking is not encouraged. Nor is parental involvement. It's a generic Catholic High School, with few extracurricular activities, and a sports program that emphasizes winning above everything else.

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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2008
St. John's has provided an excellent opportunity for my son. He was a transfer from another school and immediately fit in. The facilities are extraordinary and the teaching staff is excellent and very responsive. All homework, assignments and handout are posted on line. Academic performance is also posted on-line and updated instantly allowing the parents instant progress reports. The President and principal of this school has done an excellent job and I would rank this as one of the top schools in the DC area.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 15, 2008
Scholastically excellent---underrated in my view academically-- extra curricular activities good but not great and sports programs are very successful in terms of win/loss but are very misguided in terms of what high school sports should be about. Baseball program particularly is ranked highly but is undoubtedly successful at the expense of and to the detriment of the majority of the participants developmentally. Nepitism and alumni manipulations abound and new coach is a legacy youngster who has yet to figure out how to communicate effectively. Given the cost involved for tuition, there are other options available that are quality in both academic and athletic terms. Athletics at St John's are definately program focused programs and not student focused programs. They are successful at obtain some scholarship help for some kids but it comes at a definate price to the kids in other ways.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2007
We have been very pleased with the quality of leadership, caring, academics, athletic opportunities, that have been afforded our daughter. We have also been impressed that the spiritual dimension is always acknowledged in activities.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2006
Great academic programs, limited extracurricular clubs, excellent atheletic programs, and parents are highly involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
St. John's has provided an excellent education to my daughter. Faculty and administration are highly qualified and committed to the education and personal growth of the students. SJC offers an environment, which encourages students to reach within themselves to grow by taking on new challenges. The Scholar's Programme is especially noteworthy. During their junior year, all Scholars participate in this class, which provides a thorough understanding and practical application of the Socratic Method. Over the year, each student creates presents and defends their personal theory on education using the Socratic Method. I have not found a class like this one anywhere else. My only regret is that I do not have additional children to send to SJC. Additionally, they offer quality sports, music, and theater programs. Finally, the JROTC, which is one of the oldest in the nation, has left an indelible mark on the school and with the Christian Brothers philosophy creates an environment where students demonstrate respect to oneself and others that sets SJC apart other schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2006
This school has it all--excellent leadership, a dedicated faculty, motivated students--all united by a common vision of the development of the whole person--spiritually, academically, athletically, and sociallly. The JROTC program is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
Great school. Excellent academics, good location, very affordable (for a non-public school in DC). Good athletic program. The schools leadership is superb - very involved and interested in parents involvement. Safety and discipline are very good.

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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
This school has a ton of school spirit, and the kids seem happy. The religion program, however, is a bit watered down for my taste. Academically, it's very good. The teachers are very accessible and work hard to help parents and kids. Homework is posted online, which is a huge help.

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St. John's was founded in 1851, and has been located on a 30 acre campus in Chevy Chase, DC since 1959. We have recently completed a new library and cafeteria, Science & Technology Wing, a second gymnasium, a remodeled Arts Center and turf football, baseball and soccer fields.

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St. John's College High School
2607 Military Rd NW, Washington, DC  20015
(202) 363-2316
Last modified St. John's College High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
St. John's College High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top