The "middle years" are a time of great physical, emotional, cognitive, and social change for adolescents. During this critical period, our “tweens” and early teens will start to answer the eternal questions, "Who am I?" and "What should I do?" At St. John's, we are privileged to partner with parents in helping guide our students to answer these questions for themselves. While we know that too much structure can be stifling, not enough can be overwhelming and counterproductive. We provide a challenging, but nurturing and inclusive Christian environment in which all students can safely explore different interests and learn how to pursue lives of service and purpose. As a STEAM school, we continuously strive to create an environment in which each child is encouraged to create, persevere, and have fun. Consequently, our students think critically, are strong collaborators, excellent communicators, and feel empathy.
This year, we implemented an advisory program that builds on the close personal attention that our students already receive. In small groups that meet three times a week, advisors will provide an additional level of support to nurture their advisees’ academic, social, and emotional progress during the school year.
As part of a balanced STEAM education, we believe that all students should be exposed to a wide variety of experiences that encourage engagement and interdisciplinary thinking in a fun learning environment. All middle division students rank their preferences and, depending on the length of the course, will be assigned one Advanced Elective, which will meet three times per week for the year, or three Advanced Electives, which will meet three times per week each trimester.
- Farm to Table Gardening
- Introduction to Programming
- Passion Projects
- Poetry Jam
- Television Production Studio
- Visual Arts
- World Drumming
*Denotes yearlong elective
There are myriad benefits to an arts education, not limited to improving students’ creativity, confidence, perseverance, focus, collaboration, and non-verbal communication skills. Unlike many schools, all students participate in performances, the most notable of which are the Christmas and Spring Concerts. Students rank their preferences and will be assigned one Performing Arts Elective, which will meet three times per week for the year, one period of which will be all grades together.