St. Johns Country Day School

Merit Scholarship Program



The St. Johns Country Day School Merit Scholarship Program is a selective, merit-based opportunity designed to attract and recognize students who demonstrate both outstanding academic promise and a desire to make a significant contribution to the life of St. Johns Country Day School.

There is a drive to thrive that is palpable at St. Johns. Our students – your children – are motivated to meet the high expectations of our superior college prep curriculum. This drive and determination is matched by their character, which is cultivated in our inclusive and tight-knit community of faculty, staff, and fellow students, who know and respect one another. By implementing this merit scholarship program we aim to attract and retain more students who fit this description which, in turn, will enhance our already strong academic environment.

Eligibility for a Merit Scholarship

To earn a merit scholarship, a student must:

  • be entering Grade 7 or Grade 9.
  • complete the St. Johns admissions process, or be a re-enrolled St. Johns student.
  • complete the St. Johns Merit Scholarship application, including an essay.
  • take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) and earn a combined stanine score of 28 or higher. (To learn more about the ISEE, please visit
  • maintain a weighted Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher

Merit Scholarship Financial Benefits

The merit scholarship will cover 50% of tuition for one academic year and is renewed for only one additional year for a student earning the merit scholarship in Grade 7, and is renewed annually through graduation for a student earning the scholarship in Grade 9, as long as the recipient continues to meet the eligibility requirements for the scholarship. Therefore, a student earning a merit scholarship in Grade 7 will need to reapply for the scholarship in Grade 9. This scholarship does not cover any additional required fees or expenses including, but not limited to: application fee, building fees, tuition insurance (TRP), digital textbook fee, and school uniforms costs. A detailed description of the program rules and regulations including eligibility, application process, and renewal policy can be obtained from the Office of Admissions, the school website, or the Merit Scholarship Program application.


In order to be considered for this scholarship an applicant must complete all the steps outlined under Eligibility for a Merit Scholarship, on the application, and submit all required materials to the Office of Admissions no later than February 28, 2019.

Selection Process

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Merit Scholarship Selection Committee at St. Johns Country Day School. The number of students who will receive a merit scholarship will be limited to no more than four students entering Grade 7 and four students entering Grade 9. If more than four students meet the criteria for either Grade 7 or Grade 9, St. Johns will award the merit scholarships to the four students in each grade earning the highest combined stanine scores on the ISEE.


Recipients of the scholarships will be notified by March 21, 2019.

If you have any questions about the Merit Scholarship Program, please contact the Office of Admissions at (904) 264-9572.


Download an information and application packet today.


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