Saint John's Preparatory School

2280 Watertower Road, Box 4000
Collegeville, MN 56321
Tel: 1-800-525-7737
  • "Established in 1857, Saint John`s Prep is a Catholic/Benedictine co-educational International Baccalaureate boarding school for students in grades 6-12, with boarding available beginning in 9th grade.
  • We also offer a post-graduate program. Emphasizing academic rigor and spiritual growth, Saint John`s Prep attracts students from across the United States and from around the world.".

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2016 School Data
Saint John's Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12, PG 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Catholic Non-denominational
Year Founded 1857 1910
Campus Size 2700 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 265 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1853 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1650 - 1990 -
Average ACT score 29 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 16 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:9 1:7
Number of IB Courses Offered 17 -
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $12 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(includes room and board)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(all extra-curricular activities fees are included)
Tuition international students $45,974 $47,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$33,537 $38,000
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $7,345 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
Associate Director of AdmissionsLaura Hartog


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field


Total Extracurricular Organizations 24 23
Extracurriculars"Project X" service opportunities, Art Club, Campus Ministry, Chemistry Club, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Creative Writing Club, Cycling Club, Dance Club, Environment Club, German Club, Indoor Sports, Jazz Club, Knowledge Bowl, Math Honor Society, National Honor Society, School Newspaper, She's the First, Spanish Club, Student Government, Theater, Volleyball, World Club, Yearbook, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pennsylvania State University 5
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick 3
Harvard University 2
Michigan State University 2
Northwestern University 2
Purdue University 2
The George Washington University 2
Boston College 1
Dartmouth College 1
Gonzaga University 1

School Notes

  • Celebrating our 160th year of educating students, Saint John`s Prep is a Catholic/Benedictine co-educational International Baccalaureate boarding school for students in grades 6-12 and offers a post-graduate program.
  • Boarding is available for students in grades 9-12. Five day and seven day options are available.
  • All students receive school-issued iPad during the academic year. 
  • All weekend breaks can be covered by trips or host family stays, except for Christmas.
  • With an emphasis on academic rigor and spiritual growth, Saint John`s Prep attracts students from the local area, across United States and from around the world.
  • The high school shares the campus with Saint John`s University, a premiere liberal arts college. The resulting additional opportunities include the chance to take authentic college classes, and provides full access to the athletic facilities, the college library, dining facilities, etc.
  • Saint John`s Prep is located on 2,700 acres in central Minnesota, 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • Incoming 9th grade students may apply for one of five Headmaster Scholarships based on their academic, athletic, leadership and extra-curricular activities. A science scholarship and theatre scholarship are also available.  New resident students attend week-long Orientation Program to become familiar with campus, register for classes, meet other students and more.  
  • School accreditations: Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association (ISACS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Sossina Haile, Ph.D. '83 - Ms. Haile was named by Newsweek among twelve prominent individuals to watch in 2008 for her work on developing a new type of fuel cells, which produce energy through chemical reactions; their chief emission is pure water.
    • Jennifer Waldron, Ph.D. ’92 - Ms. Waldron is an Assistant Professor and conducting research at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Rapids’ School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services.
    • Abbot John B. Klassen, OSB '67 - Abbot of Saint John's Monastery, Collegeville, MN
    • Julius C. Smith ’48 - Lawyer and founder of the Minnesota Renaissance Fair
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