Academics

third grade student in science lab

At St. John's, our academic program challenges students to develop their learning potential. Rigorous curricula and mentoring relationships with their teachers create a strong foundation -- academic and developmental -- that remains with students long after they've left St. John's.

That foundation includes preparation based on a traditional academic program implemented in creative ways. Our students study traditional subjects, such as language arts, literature, math, science and foreign languages, but do so in imaginative and inventive ways. They may present to peers in a classroom; create a storyboard, write a script and develop a role play; learn from their peers at partner schools in other cities, states and countries; take and receive assessments; interview an adult about a topic of study; or anchor CrusaderLive, our daily morning video broadcast.

Fully recognizing that our students have a wide variety of interests and talents, we create as many opportunities as possible for them to experience successful learning. Our hands-on, integrative approach to instruction maximizes their ability to internalize and apply what they are learning. And by using differentiated teaching methods in the classroom -- like the Writer's Workshop curriculum taught in Lower School -- we're able to meet students where they are academically and take them as far as they can go. At each grade level, we devise teaching methods that allow students to discover and pursue their passions, but that also enable us to satisfy the content requirements of the subject being taught.

Preparation

We regularly receive feedback from Dallas-area private high schools that our students are well prepared for high school. That's not happenstance. As our students progress from one grade to the next, we attend to the expectations of the future grade, ensuring students are well prepared for their next set of challenges. Faculty members use curriculum mapping as a tool to regularly evaluate the curriculum across grade levels and subjects. This tool helps us clarify not only what students are learning at each step of their journey with us, but also when they've mastered a skill and how their understanding of a subject grows over time.