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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great academic programs, limited extracurricular clubs, excellent atheletic programs, and parents are highly involved.
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.
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.
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.
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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