“That they may have life more abundantly” is the motto of St. John’s Preparatory School. The motto comes from the Gospel of John and refers to the reason Christ came into the world — so that people could live life to the fullest. It is to this goal of helping young men and women develop their full potential that St. John’s Prep is dedicated.
The school was founded by the Vincentian Fathers in Brooklyn in 1870. It is currently located in the residential community of Astoria, Queens. The school building features large and well-equipped science laboratories, state-of-the-art computer labs, wireless capability, SMARTboards, a well-stocked library, a band room, art room, a magnificent auditorium, beautiful chapel, spacious guidance center, a large gymnasium, a fully-equipped weight room, an outdoor track and its own retreat center.
St. John’s Prep seeks to fulfill its mission by providing a vigorous academic education that prepares students for the challenges they will meet in the 21st century. Advanced Placement courses are offered in all subject areas. Students in the Honor Program take supplementary courses in Latin and art history. To ensure all students at the Prep are successful, courses are offered on different levels of difficulty; placement on the appropriate level is done on a subject by subject basis.
St. John’s Prep has a unique academic affiliation with St. John’s University. The Baccalaureate Program is a special program that allows qualified students at the Prep to complete their senior year of high school at the university. For eligible students this is a great savings of time and money.
The spiritual needs of the Prep’s students are fostered by teaching the values, concepts and practices of the Catholic faith. The values, concepts, and practices are conveyed not just through religion classes but through an extensive retreat program and Christian service opportunities.
The Prep develops the social, cultural and emotional development through extensive extracurricular and co-curricular offerings. Athletic teams are fielded in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball and weight lifting. Performance groups consist of modern dance, African dance, Spanish dance, jazz-rock band, drama, gospel choir and mixed chorus.
The diverse cultural background of the students is celebrated through culture clubs, festivals and opportunities to travel abroad.