St. John's Preparatory School

St. John's Preparatory School Photo #1 - Community service opportunities abound at St. John's because students believe in living compassion like an action verb! Prep boys are exposed to a whole world of ways to do, be and make good. Get ready to find your good!
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #2 - St. John's Prep, built on the Xaverian values of compassion, humility, simplicity, trust and zeal.
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #3 - Our classes are different. Creative. Energized. "The teachers don't lecture. They make you think," said Ansh a seventh grader.
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #4 - There is a saying at the Prep that no one walks alone. Here, you'll be part of something a whole lot bigger than a school: the St. John's Prep Brotherhood!
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #5 - Want to learn to fly a plane? Or build a robot? Learn to write code? Good! In and out of class, they are opportunities for boy adventurers. Try everything!
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #6 - Once you're here, you're not going to want to leave. Many students stay on campus after hours, forming study groups or finding a favorite spot to do homework.
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #7 - Mountain biking, crew and jiu jitsu are some of the exciting sports options for students to try at St. John's. The Prep's new Wellness Center opens in September 2017 and will be a hub of activity for the entire community!
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #8 - At the Prep, it's cool to be smart! This is the place where you'll learn how to use your talents and know-how for good!
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #9 - "P-R-E-P, Prep, Prep, Prep!" That's one of the cheers you will hear in the stands at sporting events or drama competitions! Feel the Prep pride! #soarlikeaneagle
St. John's Preparatory School Photo #10 - The arts at St. John's are awesome - from the award winning drama program to music, art and ceramics -creativity thrives at the Prep!
St. John's Prep is the only all-boys school for grades 6 through 12 north of Boston.
With dynamic teachers and in small, lively classes, St. John`s fosters critical thinking, compassionate problem solving, and creativity.
A culture of wellness and a commitment to service energizes student life, from academics and the arts to co-curricular activities and athletics.
A Catholic, Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, St. John's was founded in 1907 and is located on a 175-acre campus in Danvers, Massachusetts.
Recent additions to the campus include a Wellness Center with pool and a high school academic building for science, computer science, mathematics and world languages.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 1,500 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,100
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15

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St. John's Preparatory School places among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
1,500 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade
St. John's Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
Number of AP Courses
23 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Economics, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP German Language and Culture, AP Human Geography, AP Latin: Vergil, AP Physics 1, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP US Government & Politics, AP US History
Classroom Dress Code
(Khaki or dark pants, collared shirt, dress shoes)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Dec. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Grades 9 through 12 tuition: $24,100 Grades 6 through 8 tuition: $22,900
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Ms. Jennifer Glover



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
49 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academic Bowl, Anime Club, Arabic Language and Culture Club, Art and Design Club, Asian Cultural Club, Aviation Club, Best Buddies, Car Club, Celtic Band, Chamber Ensemble, Chess Club, Chinese Ambassador Club, Computer Club, Concordia Newspaper, Cycling Club, Drama Guild, Engineering Club, Environmental Club, Film Makers Club, Future Entrepreneurs Club, Game Design Club, Greek and Latin Club, History Club, Improv Club, Investment Club, Jewish Student Union, Latinos Unidos en Acción, Literary Journal, Math Team, Mock Trial Team, Model UN, Movie Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Pax Christi, Philosophy Club, Photography Club, Robotics Team, Science and Technology Club, Science Fiction Club, Spanish Club, Spire Brass, SwingTown! A Cappella, SwingTown! A Cappella Group, Woodwind Ensemble, Yearbook, Yearbook Staff, Young Democrats Club, Young Republicans Club, Young Socialists Club

School Notes

You'll notice a culture of wellness and a commitment to excellence at St. John`s, both in the classrooms and in the co-curricular activities that are an integral part of the student experience. Founded on the five values of Xaverian Brotherscompassion, humility, simplicity, trust and zealSt. John`s encourages habits of excellence, critical thinking, compassionate problem solving, spiritual growth, leadership and creativity.    
  • Grade-level themes guide teaching and learning at every level
  • Hands-on learning and creativity flouish in small classes
  • World languages include Chinese, German, Latin and Spanish
  • 23 Advanced Placement courses
  • Award-winning fine arts program with painting, sculpture, ceramics, drama, and music
  • Electives at the high school level include Robotics, Neuroscience, War & Peace in a Dangerous World, Current Issues of Race & Gender, The Holocaust, Economics
  • Vibrant Campus Ministry program with opportunities for students to become involved in service work, locally, across the United States and abroad
  • 22+ interscholastic sports plus intramurals and wellness/fitness programs
  • Strong alumni network with resources for career development, internship placements, and mentorships
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
I sent my 2 boys to Saint Johns Prep over 20 years ago and can`t tell you enough how grateful I am for the successful, fine men they are today Saint Johns was truly instrumental in giving them a great foundation.
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Our son started at St. John's Prep with the inaugural sixth grade class. Initially, we thought he may only attend for middle school, but we have been so happy with his experience, he is now in his sophomore year at the high school. He was given the choice to choose another private or public school for high school, but HE wanted to stay. The top selling points for us are the high quality of his classes (challenging and rigorous curriculum with strong teacher support), the variety and unlimited opportunities in athletics, extracurricular, and the arts (basketball, mountain biking, Celtic band, investment club, crew, theater, robotics, etc, etc.), and the character of his peers. The entire school (from administration to students) celebrates and encourages each person's unique talents. His top selling points are the open campus, the friendships and Prep pride, the relationships with his teachers, and the lack of "drama" in the classroom - the students can be themselves. The dining hall food is a plus as well!
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We moved to the North Shore Boston area 5 years ago and were not familiar with St. John's Prep. We met a number of young men from the Prep and we were very impressed with their character and intelligence and began looking at the school for our son. He began at the Prep in their first 6th grade class ever at the new SJP Middle School. Ever since, we have been incredibly impressed with how organized, thoughtful and proactive the school is. The leadership and faculty are fantastic. Our son is now in the 9th grade at SJP and loving it. He is challenged, but also completely supported. This place knows how to teach and grow young men. We couldn't be more pleased.
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My son graduated from "The Prep" in 1989. His education there was top notch and had a great impact on his furthering of his education all the way to his PhD and now being a distinguished political scientist and author. He definitely learned responsibility and dedication from all the teachers. While at STJ, he started a jazz band since there was no music program at the time. His idea was well accepted by STJ which shows the diversity allowed by this great school. Would recommend St. John's to all who want a quality education. Money well spent!
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My son started six grade this year at SJP. It's been amazing!!! The attention to getting the boys adjusted and organized have led to a stress free start. My son comes home happy everyday!!!after our back to school night and covering the curriculum testing and grading I confidently know this was the right choice for my son. At St John's prep they just get it ! How to teach boys to learn and most importantly are learning about themselves as a person. I highly recommended SJP!
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 6-12
  • Students: 1,500 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $24,100
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 15

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