Activities and Clubs
In addition to the core curriculum, St. John's students have many opportunities to participate in activities and clubs outside of the classroom!
Service Learning and Student Leadership and Service
All students participate in service learning - from the youngest Lions in preschool, to the eighth graders who are preparing to enter high school - supporting and serving our community is an integral part of the St. John's Experience. Seventh and eighth graders are eligible to join student leadership and service (SLS). SLS members plan, organize, and pop-up and off-campus service experiences for others students throughout the year. SLS members are motivated to develop leadership skills; they have a passion for serving the community; and they strive to be role models for other students.
In Middle School, students are excited to participate in clubs for the first time. They are encouraged to propose ideas for clubs that address their interests, find faculty sponsors, and meet during the Lions Den period on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. There interests range from the Rock, Paper, Scissors Club to the Chess Club to the Art Club, and many more. Clubs are a fun and engaging way for students to demonstrate their leadership and creativity and learn from one another outside of the classroom.
Starting in fifth grade students have an opportunity to represent and serve the St. John's student body. This group of elected students work together with a faculty advisor to assist in School life and are the leaders in the student community. From organizing events to holding drives for relief efforts, through their actions, Student Council members work to represent the St. John's Code of Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Care.
Starting in the fourth grade, students have the opportunity to participate in Global Elementary Model United Nations (GEMUN), which provides real-world scenarios for students to play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country so that they can learn about cooperation and collaboration in a global context. In 2021, 13 Lower and Middle School students participated in GEMUN XXXII, and they were successful at learning how assemblies at the United Nations operate. They learned about other countries, cultures, and international relationships, while developing a global perspective on real issues we face today. The life skills they learned will serve them well in the future. Students made speeches, prepared videos, and discussed key topics while serving in a variety of roles including Ambassadors and Security Council delegates among others.
Red Hot Peppers
The Red Hot Peppers jump rope team is a long standing tradition at St. John’s. The team is open to first through eighth graders and is an amazing opportunity to engage with students across the School. Members learn over 50 tricks that can be used while jumping individually, with two students in one jump rope, or while performing Double Dutch. The team often performs for the school and community stringing together their tricks and flare into awesome routines. In March 2020, the Red Hot Peppers were selected to perform at the SMU basketball game during half-time.