Welcome to St. John’s – a faith community formed in the tradition of educational innovator St. John Baptist de La Salle. Throughout the years, St. John’s has become synonymous with quality, diversity, leadership and service. All St. John’s programming derives from our Lasallian mission to learn from and serve one another. What makes Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition exciting and unique is that it emphasizes holistic personal growth and innovative thinking, which strengthens and continually transforms the school community. Viewing today’s world through a Lasallian lens creates compassionate, forward-thinking individuals who are prepared to excel and make meaningful contributions to the greater community.
When you visit St. John’s, you will walk in the footsteps of past and present leaders – graduates and current students who understand service as a way of life. One unique aspect of St. John’s is its historic, century-old Cadet Corps leadership program, which has produced distinguished alumni such as Kevin Plank ’90, founder and CEO of Under Armour; Gen. Stanley McChrystal ’72, USA (Ret.); VADM Manson Brown ’74, USCG (Ret.); MAJ Mary O’Donnell ’02, MD, Chief of the Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery, Ft. Belvoir Army Hospital; and John Veihmeyer ’73, former chairman of KPMG. For more than 100 years, St. John’s Cadets Corps has forged young men and women into leaders. This elective, values-based program is grounded in our Lasallian mission and focuses on the importance of leadership and service through four pillars: leadership, cadet culture, character, and health and wellness. Through this program, young men and women become leaders in the classroom and in their communities.
In November 2015, we unveiled the 20-year vision for St. John’s – a vision that encompasses both the facilities our students require and a forward-thinking curriculum to secure their success in college and in life. One aspect of the master plan, launched in the fall of 2015, was the new Entrepreneurial Center for Innovation and Leadership, a one-of-kind four-year curriculum at the high school level. Built upon the success of our alumni and St. John’s core values of leadership and service, our students have the extraordinary opportunity to further develop their creative and innovative thinking skills.
Furthermore, in May 2017, the first phase of the master plan was completed. The new facilities include the Donatelli Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, a 15,000-square-foot space that includes renovated and expanded professional art studios, classrooms, individual practice rooms and elevator access; the Cap Mona Family Student Center and Gletner Courtyard, which provide multiple places for our students to gather as a community to create, explore their passions and put their faith into action; the blackbox theater complex, which encompasses a director’s office, dressing rooms, storage and the Gene Morrill Black Box Theater for small, intimate rehearsals and performances; and the Lasallian Center for Mission and Ministry, which supports our ever-expanding Christian service and retreat programs with a shared student lounge, conference room and private offices.
Whether you are a prospective student or an alumnus who graduated several years ago, I invite you to visit our campus and experience firsthand the mission-centered, innovative spirit and academic excellence that is St. John’s.