Saint John's Preparatory School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
2280 Watertower Road, Box 4000
Collegeville, MN 56321
  • "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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  • University of Pittsburgh
    I like smaller schools. SJP is a small school with a big campus and great views. Everyone I met here were so friendly. As a foreigner and international student, I had great time here, and. . .
  • University of California San Diego (UCSD)
    I really like the fact that there were varieties of classes that I could choose from. My school was IB oriented and it was interesting to see the depth and the level of study that. . .
  • University of Iowa
    I think this school is unique in the sense that it is located close to college campus which allow students to use college facilities. The students may also experience some of the college life by. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
Saint John'sBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-12, PG9-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationCatholicNon-denominational
Year Founded18571910
Campus Size2700 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment260 students313 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1320* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score29*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size18 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:91:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered5017
Number of IB Courses Offered17-
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$3,000
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details


Endowment Size$12.5 million$18 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$48,850
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$7,345$23,450
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsLaura Hartog
Associate Director of AdmissionsMary Jo Leighton

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2015
SportsBadminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Diving, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Nordic Skiing, Orienteering, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field


Total Extracurricular Organizations2424
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Circus Arts, Dance Club, Digital Arts/Tech/Multimedia, Entertainment Committee, Feed-a-Friend, Hilltoppers- Male A Capella, HOSTS Program (Community Service), Industrial Arts, International Student Proctor, Lance (yearbook), Music Guild, National Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, SHAE (Sexual Health Awareness Educators), Singing, Student Government, Theatre Arts Guild, Upper School Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Cheer, Intramural Swimming

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Gymnastics, Madhatters (all girls a cappella singing group), NADA, Student Publication of Poetry and Writing

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Pennsylvania State University5
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick3
Harvard University2
Michigan State University2
Northwestern University2
Purdue University2
The George Washington University2
Boston College1
Dartmouth College1
Gonzaga University1
Link to Matriculation Data

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.  
  • Saint John's Preparatory School accreditations: Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association (ISACS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Senator Eugene McCarthy - 1932 - Senator
    • Senator David Durenberger - 1951 - Senator
    • 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.
    • Anton Bacardi ’70 - Notable alumni
    • Emilio Bacardi ’68 - Notable alumni
    • 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
    • Judge R. A. (Jim) Randall ‘58 - Minnesota Judge

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