Saint John’s Preparatory School
2280 Watertower Rd
Collegeville, MN 56321
SAINT JOHN’S PREP IS AN INDEPENDENT COLLEGE PREPARATORY SCHOOL GUIDED BY
BENEDICTINE VALUES FOR STUDENTS IN GRADES 5-12.
Students in grades five through twelve from diverse backgrounds immerse themselves in a learning environment surrounded by the natural beauty of our pristine woods and lakes shared with Saint John’s University and Saint John’s Abbey.
Students are challenged to engage deeply in learning; foster and participate in an inclusive community; and grow into adults who are intellectually adventurous, ethically sure-footed, and generous of heart and spirit. Students will believe in themselves, aspire to greatness, and view the world with a global perspective.
Saint John’s Prep is proud to have served the families of Central Minnesota and the world for 161 years. Our Benedictine school was founded on the bluff of the Mississippi River in St. Cloud, MN on November 10, 1857.In 1864, Saint John’s Prep moved to its present site in Collegeville. The current academic building, Saint Bede Hall, was built in 1962. The architects built the school on the hill overlooking Lake Sagatagan. The four floors of Saint John’s Prep main building were designed with all classrooms facing the woods and lake. All classrooms in Saint Bede Hall have a wall of windows in each classroom.
In 1998, a fifth floor wing was added with the Weber Center event space. 2000, the Meyers Family Science Center with science labs and classrooms was added. 2008, a 22,600 square foot addition was completed for our award-winning music program and Middle School classrooms.
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SAINT JOHN’S PREPARATORY SCHOOL EDUCATES OUR STUDENTS FOR A LIFETIME OF LEARNING, LEADERSHIP, AND SERVICE IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY, CELEBRATING OUR CATHOLIC BENEDICTINE TRADITION.
Our school is a community, providing hospitality and demonstrating citizenship. Life together in this place is built on trust, love, respect and a genuine interest and concern for one another, which includes welcoming, helping, listening, caring and being present to others. Learning is a communal activity of students, teachers, parents, alumni/ae, friends, board. We embrace the opportunity to work for the common good of the larger community, one that reflects the broad diversity of the real world.
Being true to God and true to self. Truth, justice, sincerity, morality are its hallmarks both individually and communally. Community members strive to integrate the qualities of trust, respect, and civility into their actions, which in turn transform their innermost beings. “That a monk always manifest humility in his bearing, no less than in his heart.” (Rule of Benedict 7:62) Saint Benedict when speaking of the Abbot says, “he must point out to them all that is good and holy, more by example than by words…, if he teaches his disciples that something is not to be done, then neither must he do it.” (Rule of Benedict 2:12, 13)
A commitment to quality. Quality faculty, curriculum, programming, facilities, equipment urge each person, each department, the whole school to seize every moment for doing their very best. Enthusiastically educating and being educated; inspired and inspiring. Learning opens our eyes to what is possible so that we can better strive for the highest standards of performance. “Every time you begin a good work, you must pray to God most earnestly to bring it to perfection.” (Rule of Benedict Prol:4)
Teaching sound principles for our students to live by with the following:
- Weekly prayer service or Celebration of Mass
- Community Formation Colloquium assemblies
- Peer Ministry and Service Program
- Benedictine Presence
- Theology Classes
LEARNING, CREATIVITY AND EXPLORATION
Every day at Saint John’s Prep is full of learning, creativity and exploration. Each day on campus is a little different from the last with guest speakers, assemblies, advising sessions, prayer services, and community mass. We offer a well-rounded experience with opportunities to be involved in our core academic programs and extracurricular activities within and outside of the school day.
We are a Catholic school in the Benedictine tradition, so Saint Benedict’s motto of SAINT BENEDICT’S “ORA ET LABORA” (prayer and work) calls us to be balanced individuals. While we challenge our students academically, we also encourage them each day to develop into community-minded, independent thinkers. At Prep, we are small enough to know our students by name and our teachers are active mentors inside and outside the classroom. Our school is committed to helping students achieve a balance in their academic pursuits and physical, emotional, and character development.
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CHOOSING THE RIGHT SCHOOL IS AN IMPORTANT DECISION, AND WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU ARE CONSIDERING SAINT JOHN’S PREP!
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