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ST. JOHN’S COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE St. John’s College High School is an independent college preparatory day school located in Washington, D.C. Since it’s founding in 1851, St. John’s has based its philosophy in the Catholic and De La Salle Christian Brothers traditions. As a Catholic school, St. John’s requires courses in Religion and stresses the significance of traditional human and spiritual values as goals of a strong education and the foundation of life. St. John’s is committed to an education in justice and peace, a process based on human dignity that aims at growth in the social responsibility of each student. As a college preparatory school, St. John’s focuses its curriculum on substantial courses in the disciplines of English, mathematics, science, foreign languages, social studies and the fine arts. The academic demands our young men and women experience help prepare them for what will be expected of them in the future. THE STUDENT BODY AND FACULTY St. John’s enrolls a student body that is ethnically and economically diverse. The student population of 1046 students is drawn from many communities in the Washington metropolitan area; a number of international students are welcomed each year as well. The ethnic breakdown of the student body is as follows: Caucasian, 55%; African American, 28%; Hispanic, 8%; Asian, 4%; other, 5%. Currently there are 260 students in the ninth grade; 278 in the tenth grade; 240 in the eleventh grade; and 268 in the twelfth grade. The average class size is twenty-three students. Admission to St. John’s is selective; approximately thirty-six percent of our students receive some form of financial assistance. There are 84 faculty members, 70% of whom hold a master’s degree or higher. COMMITMENT TO CHRISTIAN SERVICE As a school dedicated to teaching students the values of St. John Baptist de La Salle, each student participates in community service projects. Many students work through their home communities and churches, while many others choose to serve through school-sponsored trips conducted during spring vacation and the summer months. Students must complete 90 hours of service to earn a diploma. THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM Students at St. John’s must take 7 credits freshman year, a minimum of 6.5 sophomore and junior years, and a minimum of 6.0 senior year. All students write a five page research paper in each English class senior year. Any student who does not complete this assignment with a grade of C or better must repeat the class in summer school before receiving a diploma. The Benilde Program is a program for students with diagnosed learning differences. Students in this program attend regular classes and participate fully in the co-curricular life of the school, but have scheduled time for assistance and skill building. These students are not grouped together in one class, but are dispersed in their grade. The De La Salle Scholars Program is a four-year academic program that provides opportunities for in-depth study, small group discussion, and interdisciplinary, independent and experiential learning. Requirements for Graduation: Religion 4 years Laboratory Science 3 years Mathematics 3 years English 4 years Social Studies 3 years Modern Language 2 years CURRICULUM Advanced Placement (AP) and Honors (Hn) courses are available in the following subjects: AP 2 Dimensional Des. AP English Honors Algebra II Honors Church History AP 3 Dimensional Des. AP Environmental Science Honors Algebra I/ Geometry Honors English 9 AP Biology AP European History Honors American Literature Honors French 4 AP Calculus AB/BC AP Government Honors Anatomy/Physiology Honors Pre-Calculus AP Chemistry AP History of Art Honors Biology Honors Scripture AP Computer Science AP Physics B and C Honors British Literature Honors Spanish 4 AP Drawing Portfolio AP Spanish Honors Calculus Honors World Literature AP US History Honors Chemistry Students may only take three (3) AP classes each academic year. If a student wishes to take four (4) AP classes they must obtain permission from the principal. All AP students must have departmental approval and an overall GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify for the class. GRADING PROCEDURES There are two semesters in the St. John’s academic year. The final grade earned for a course is the average of the two semester grades. Semester grades are determined using the following formula: Quarter 1 (40%) + Quarter 2 (40%) + Semester Exam (20%). The following scale is used to determine letter grades: A Excellent 100-90 C+ Average 79-75 F Failure Below 65 B+ Very Good 89-85 C Below Average 74-70 W Withdrawn No credit B Good 84-80 D Passing 69-65 I Incomplete No credit SUMMER SCHOOL GRADE CALCULATION Students must repeat a class in which they earned an F for their final grade in the class. Students are also eligible to repeat a class in summer school for improvement if they have earned a grade of D. In each case, regardless of the letter grade that the student receives in the summer school class, they only earn one additional quality point in their GPA. RANK and GPA It is the policy of St. John’s not to rank its students. We feel that a single determination of rank within a class would not be representative of our students’ abilities and achievements. All classes are counted in the calculation of the grade point average. The GPA noted on the transcript is a weighted average; one quality point is added for each AP or Honors class. JUNIOR R.O.T.C. Founded in 1915, St. John’s Honor Unit with Distinction is one of the nation’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious JROTC programs, consistently winning top honors. The United States Congress funds the program, with goals of developing leadership, citizenship, self-confidence, and discipline. In addition to regular classroom instruction, cadets participate in regional and national competitions as members of Raiders, the Drill and Marksmanship Club and Color Guard. The Regiment participates in many high-profile events each year, such as the annual Cherry Blossom Parade. Thirty-two percent of the students participate in the JROTC Program. RECENT COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES American U Columbia U Georgetown U C of Mary Washington Amherst C Cornell U George Washington U Maryland Inst C of Art Auburn U Dartmouth C Georgia I of Tech Marymount U Barnard C Davis & Elkins C Goucher C Mass. Maritime A Barry U Denison U Hampton U McDaniel C Bates C Dickinson C Hofstra U McGill U Boston C Drexel U Howard U Miami U Boston U Duke U Indiana U, Bloomington Morehouse C Bowdoin College Duquesne U Ithaca C Mount St. Mary’s U Brown U East Carolina U James Madison U New York U Bucknell U Elon U Johns Hopkins U North Carolina A & T Carlow C Embry-Riddle Lafayette C North Carolina State U Carnegie Mellon U Aeronautical U LaSalle U Northeastern U Case Western Reserve Emory U Lehigh U Oberlin C Catholic U of America Fairfield U Loyola C in Maryland Ohio State U Clemson U Fordham U Loyola U of Chicago Old Dominion U Coastal Carolina U Franklin & Marshall U Loyola U, New Orleans Parsons S of Design C of Charleston Gettysburg C Lynchburg C Pennsylvania State U C of William & Mary George Mason U Marshall U Princeton U It is the policy of St. John’s not to provide information, or respond to inquiries, regarding a student’s disciplinary record. St. John’s subscribes to the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice. Rensselaer Polytechnic I Rice U Roanoke C Rutgers U Salisbury U Santa Clara U Seton Hall U Spelman C St. John’s C St. John’s U St. Joseph’s U St. Louis U St. Mary’s C of Maryland St. Vincent’s C Stanford U Stevens I of Technology Sweet Briar C Syracuse U Temple U Trinity C Towson U Tulane U U S Air Force A U S Coast Guard A U S Military A U S Naval A U of Colorado, Boulder U of Delaware U of Dayton U of Florida U of Georgia U of Maryland College Park Baltimore Cty. U of Mass-Amherst U of Miami U of Michigan U of North Carolina Chapel Hill Charlotte U of Notre Dame U of Pennsylvania U of Pittsburgh U of Richmond U of Scranton U of South Carolina U of Southern California U of Tampa U of Tennessee U of Virginia Vanderbilt U Villanova U Virginia Commonwealth Virginia Polytechnic I Wake Forest U Washington C Washington U in St. Louis West Virginia U Xavier U-Ohio Yale U It is the policy of St. John’s not to provide information, or respond to inquiries, regarding a student’s disciplinary record. St. John’s subscribes to the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
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