The Middle School program challenges students in ways appropriate to their increasing cognitive sophistication, their growing emphasis on peer relationships, their soaring interest in questions of morality, and their rapid physical development. Students grapple with broader responsibilities, greater self-reliance, and increased independence. They are engaged in the process of becoming self-directed learners with a passion for learning, a growing awareness of our diverse and complex world, and a sense of responsibility to the larger community.
Students participate in outdoor education projects, travel on day and overnight trips, play on athletic teams, contribute to clubs, and develop the habit of serving the community.
They regularly attend chapel and explore the visual and performing arts, religious studies, and problem-solving. Through seventh and eighth grade electives, they delve into special interests. A Portrait of a Graduate class in eighth grade prepares students for the high school admission process while emphasizing values-driven decision making.
By the time our students graduate from St. John's, they have encountered deep and challenging experiences, many of their own making. St. John's students develop a strong sense of who they are, both as learners and as members of our society.