Bill Rothe, Head of Middle School
Our motto at St. Johns middle school is "Head, Heart, and Hands" drives leadership, character development, and love for learning!
In middle school, St Johns focuses on the development of the whole student through an engaging and challenging curriculum that balances traditional and innovative teaching strategies, an athletic program that begins in Grade 6, and wonderful opportunities in the performing and visual arts. These opportunities, together with our robust character education and student advisor programs help us prepare our students for a seamless transition to Upper School — and to their lives beyond St. Johns.
Enhancing skill development, promoting creative thinking and problem solving, and supporting personal growth are at the heart of our middle school life at St. Johns Country Day School. Foreign language, performing and visual arts, and physical education are all integral components of our middle school education, and our talented Apple Vanguard Certified faculty blend iPad technology into problem-based learning to provide learning experiences that translate to the demands of the 21st century. It’s not just “college-prep,” it’s life prep.
Developing a culture of thoughtful and caring young leaders who will serve the world around them starts with character development. Character education and our robust advisory program are woven into the culture at St Johns Country Day School. Students begin to take on more responsibility for themselves, their school work, and their school. Weekly student-led meetings celebrate positive moments and build community. Students’ pledge to our Honor Code of “Honesty in All Dealings.”
A drive to help others moves students to participate in a variety of community service projects throughout the year. Our annual Brown Bag Drive gives a local food pantry the supplies it needs to collect organize, and distribute needed food aid. Last year, St. Johns middle school students also did book drives, food drives, and continued to search for opportunities to help our local community.
Our beautiful campus provides the perfect landscape to navigate these formative years. St. Johns features a number of memorable spaces, perfect for learning or building friendships. Our beautiful, flexible library gives students a place to turn for study hall, interactive class periods, or after school homework, and St. Johns’ MakerSpace is a place where imagination takes charge and creative ideas come to fruition. During break, lunch, or after school, students are free to make themselves comfortable in our Middle School courtyard.
2016-2017 Middle School Honesty Board