Saint John's Preparatory School - Review #1

Saint John's Preparatory School

About the Author:

College Enrolled University of Pittsburgh
Home Town, State (Country) Shenyang, none
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School I joined the tennis team, the soccer team, and the concert band. Many students did more, I prefer balancing it with my classes.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
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 I made awesome friends. My English also improved a lot. I miss my days in SJP.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I definitely became more mature and more open minded. My Chinese friends all think that I became more thoughtful and caring. I began to think more and think deeper. I also feel that I was well prepared for college.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I would spend all four years there. I regret so much that I did not have the chance to go through the IB program. I did not participate in many of the activities available to me, like the honor board. If you let me choose again, I will be more active, and try different clubs every year.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I love the feeling that everyone was friendly and nice to each other. The community was awesome, and the environment was great.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Go walk around the lake, hike in the woods, and go see the Abbey Church!


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I like smaller classes. We can talk freely and discuss about problems. Teachers were very skilled and prepared me well for college. There were multiple subjects with different levels, designed for students with different level of knowledge. Many courses were very challenging and difficult. There were also fun classes like music and art. The IB courses were very good. I regret taking only a few of them. All the teachers were very willing to help me with almost any problems I had. I learned a lot from them, and I'm very thankful. The college classes offered at the St. John's University were also very enjoyable. I got to know what classes were like in colleges before applying. There were more courses for us to choose. All the classes available to college students were available to us. I took an accounting class and it was fun and more challenging.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Participating in sports was mandatory. Some students might enjoy it, some students might not. I find it necessary. Personally, I think playing sports is good for our health, both mentally and physically. In my opinion, we are not super competitive. This enables us to play for fun.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The theater program was awesome. I've went to two of them, and they were amazing. The plays were well designed, well organized, and well performed. The costumes were beautiful. That was one of the most interesting activities to do in SJP. I don't know too much about the art. But I've seen students' paintings from the IB art class. They had very deep and meaningful paintings. I participated in the concert band. We had a lot of events to do. We played for our soccer game, our basketball game, and our plays. We had great holiday concerts twice a year. We also compete within the state. We won the superior prize for most music we played. Our students are very talented, and our teacher was funny and good at teaching.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were a lot of different activities. I enjoyed the math team that I joined in my second year. It was competitive. We spent a lot of time after class practicing math problems and competed with other schools. We were the best in the region.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorm was big. I had a big room just for myself. It was almost twice as big as my dorm in college. The dorm was clean. But one short coming is that we only have windows towards the inside. I guess it was the problem of how the building was designed long time ago.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
I missed the food in SJP. I usually ate in the college cafeteria. It was ranked one of the best cafeterias in the US. Manu changes everyday, offering American food, Chinese food, Vietnamese food, and some daily specials. It was way better than my the cafeteria my university has. I highly recommend it.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Our school is in a small town. It was not easy to go anywhere. We took the school bus to the Target in town quite often. It takes an hour and a half to get to the Twin Cities. But the beautiful woods and lakes we have are astonishing.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Since it is a small school, we basically know every one in the school. I loved that feeling that we all knew each other. Not to mention that I got to know many good friends that we still keep in touch and visit each other.

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