St. Johns students learn not only within the four walls of the classroom but also beyond the classroom. Students of all ages participate in field trips, assemblies, clubs, and community service events related to the academic curriculum and character education programs.
Each grade level experiences extra-curricular learning through organized and age appropriate field trips. These field trips dove-tail with the curriculum and provide enriching opportunities for the students.
Lower School students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 have the opportunity to participate in the Lower School Student Government organization. This organization schedules and organizes humanitarian projects, solicits input from the student population, and provides leadership opportunities for the officers. The Lower School Student Government meets monthly.
Students in Grades 4 and 5 may serve as Safety Patrols. These students use leadership skills to assist with morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up.
All Lower School students have an opportunity to perform on stage in the Performing Arts Center. This promotes both confidence and creativity.
Middle School activities outside the classroom are integral to the curriculum and vital to the growth of Middle School students. Grade 6 students participate in a three-day outdoor education program at Camp Montgomery in Keystone Heights. Grade 7 students travel to Charleston, South Carolina, and stay aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown for four days. Grade 8 students head to North Carolina for a week-long mountain trip. Day field trips include visits to the theater, museums, an Earth Day movie, and other special exhibits as they become available.
Upper School trips take students abroad to France, Spain, Italy, England, and Germany. Thanks to long-standing exchanges with schools in France and Germany, Upper School students enjoy ongoing friendships with students around the globe. Local excursions and field trips complement the curriculum in all Upper School disciplines. An annual Service Day, sponsored by the Interact Club, provides all Upper School students the experience of learning through service to others.
St. Johns' flagraising ceremony has marked the start of each school day since 1953. Led by the headmaster and student council president, this morning tradition is a time for daily announcements and recognitions -- from sports victories to academic accolades and college acceptances.
Each first grader is paired with a senior who becomes “my senior” as they celebrate events together during the year. There is a very special relationship that grows between the first grader, just beginning his elementary school education, and the senior, who is completing his years at St. Johns. Special activities include lunches, yearbook signings, and a spring trip to the Jacksonville Zoo.
At various times throughout the year cookouts are held by all level Student Councils. Parent and faculty volunteers help by setting up, cooking, and serving at the cookout. These cookouts provide an opportunity for student, and faculty to mingle and socialize among one another in a relaxed backyard barbeque-like atmosphere.
This tradition was instituted by the school's founder, Dr. Edwin Heinrich, after he attended a similar service at Agnes Scott College, when his daughter was there. Senior Presentation is held on the last day of school before Thanksgiving break. The purpose is to present the senior class to their peers, family and the world as an adult coming of age.
Each grade participates in a number of assemblies held in the PAC and at the Chapel Oak throughout the year. Students are exposed to current events, world religions, and character development focused assemblies, often with well know experts in the specific field of interest. Past guest speakers have included renowned religious leaders, senior government administrators, successful business leaders, school alumni, motivational speakers, and well known authors .
Baccalaureate is a service which honors the graduating seniors class on the day preceding Graduation and features a farewell address to the seniors by a guest speaker.
This reception is an opportunity for the senior class to look back on their time at St. Johns and share memories, laughs, and plans for the future with their classmates.
This all-night party is sponsored by the Parent Teacher League for seniors and their guests on the night of Graduation. Food, music, and activities are provided. Upper School parents and faculty volunteers chaperone and participate in the evening's activities.
Because fostering ethical responsibility and sensitivity to the needs of the community are central to the mission at St. Johns, community service is encouraged at all grade levels.
Service projects are coordinated through the Lower School Student Government for our youngest Spartans. In the middle grades, the Middle School Student Government coordinates projects for the division and engages the help of all students in the Middle School. In addition, the Junior National Honor Society sponsors a project each year.
In the Upper School, most service projects are coordinated through the St. Johns Interact Club. All students in the division are welcome to join the club which meets weekly. A variety of projects are planned and executed each year, ranging from those supporting national causes such as the American Cancer Society and the March of Dimes to local programs like the Clothes Closet and Ronald McDonald House serving our local community.
Many of the Interact Club projects involve the entire student population, so students at all levels can join in the effort to make a difference. Participation often ranges from donating a dollar to bringing in canned food to stock the local food pantry to creating the annual Mr. St. Johns Contest to benefit the club’s ACS/Relay for Life team. Other clubs such as Girls’ Club and National Honor Society also organize service projects in the Upper School.
Regardless of the activity, students at St. Johns are practicing gratitude for the many blessings that they have been given and learning the importance of giving back to the community to help the less fortunate.
St. Johns sponsors a variety of co-curricular activities and clubs to complement its academic program. Additional activities may be added, depending on student interest and the availability of an advisor.
Grades 6 - 12 ATHLETICS
V, JV Football
V, JV Volleyball
V Girls/Boys Golf
V, JV Girls/Boys Basketball
V, JV Girls/Boys Swimming
V, JV Baseball
V, JV Softball
V, JV Girls/BoysTennis
V, JV Girls/Boys Cross Country
V, JV Girls/BoysTrack
V, JV Cheerleaders
V, JV Girls/Boys Soccer
V, JV Girls/Boys Crew
Club Girls/Boys Cricket
Dance/Cheer Spirit Team
Cum Laude Society
National Honor Society
National French Honor Society
National Spanish Honor Society
Quill and Scroll Journalism Society
Student Council Interact (Service) Club
The Chalice - yearbook
The Afterthought – literary magazine
State French Congrès
State Spanish Contest
District and State Latin Forums
National JCL (Junior Classical League) Competition
National French, Latin and Spanish Exams
Florida Vocal Association’s District and State Festivals
Local, District and State juried art exhibits
National Social Studies/Current Events Exam
STUDY HALL/ACTIVITY/LAB PERIODS
Study hall/lab periods are scheduled during H periods on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Students are assigned to a study hall and may choose to enroll in the activities offered each semester. Attendance is required and absences are treated the same as absences from class. Most teachers are available for extra help, and students may be assigned to subject specific study halls.
After School ACTIVITIES
A variety of after school activities are provided for students to sign up for throughout the year.
Lower School Soccer
Lower School Swimming
Lower School Tennis
3D Design and Printing
Technology and Electrical Engineering