St. John's Preparatory School (Queens)
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (January 2009)|
|St. John's Preparatory School|
|21-21 Crescent Street
Astoria, Queens, New York, 11105
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic;
|Established||1870-1972 (St. John's Prep)
1962 (Mater Christi Diocesan High)
|Opened||1980 (present school)|
|Vice principal||Maureen Flood|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
|Slogan||"That they may have life more abundantly.." (John 10:10)|
|Athletics conference||Catholic High School Athletic Association|
|Team name||Red Storm|
|School fees||$350 registration fees|
|Athletic Director||Edward Flood|
|Graduation Rate||100% Graduation Rate with 99% College Acceptance (2010)|
|Scholarships||Over $20 million dollars in scholarships and grants, 7 year Baccalaureate Program with St. John's University|
The original St. John's Preparatory School was established in 1870 by the Vincentian Fathers as the prep department of St. John's College (later University). In 1955 the College moved out to its new campus and the prep school further expanded, taking over its former buildings. The original St. John's Prep was all-boys, located in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on Lewis and Hart, and closed in 1972 due to a drop in enrollment and lack of demand for single-sex education.
Mater Christi Diocesan High School was founded in 1961 through the efforts of Brian J. McEntegart, then the Bishop of Brooklyn. It had separate boys' and girls' divisions which were staffed by De La Salle Brothers and Sisters of Mercy respectively. In 1974 the divisions were merged to become a fully coeducational school. In 1977 it was turned over to a community-based board of trustees and became known as Mater Christi Catholic High School. The school motto was "Ut vitam habeant et abundantius " from the Gospel of John 10:10, "That They May Have Life More Abundantly." In 1980 the school announced an affiliation with St. John's University. Mater Christi became the present-day St. John's Preparatory School.
St. John's Prep is affiliated with St. John's University, but it is run by an independent board of trustees, which includes members of the Vincentian community. The faculty and the administration are lay people and members of religious sisters and brothers from several Catholic religious orders, including most notably, the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St. Joseph.
St.John's offers Standardized New York State Regents, complete selection of college-credit electives, extensive art and music program, modern and in-depth business department: web page design, AutoCAD, C++ and more, comprehensive language department, life skills program, expanded guidance and career center and more. There are four education levels in the school designed to keep students within their learning capabilities. Level 4 is for the honors students, Level 3 is for the advanced students, Level 2 is for the students on grade level and level 1 is for students who may need special attention in a particular area. Students are carefully placed in correct level courses by taking placement tests, subject marks, and teacher recommendations.
St.John's offers a special program of study as a result of its affiliation with St. John's University, a seven-year program which leads to a high school diploma and to a baccalaureate degree from the University. Students in level 3 and 4 are eligible to apply for this program if they successfully complete the prescribed academic course of study. The following study courses are designed for the students to achieve college level work. In the middle of the junior year, the students may choose to complete their final year of high school at St.John's University. Students who remain at St.John's Prep may take advantage of the college courses taught at the Prep. The students can earn up to 20 college credits which are accepted at most major colleges and universities.
Grade 9: Religion, Physical Education, English, Global Studies/ A.P. World History, Regents Integrated Algebra, Regents Living Environment, Foreign Language, Fine Arts, Computer Concepts, Latin Honors. Grade 10: Religion, Physical Education, English, Global Studies/ A.P. World History, Regents Geometry, Regent Chemistry or Earth Science, Foreign Language Two, Art, Health. Grade 11: Religion, Physical Education, Regents English, Regents U.S. History, Regents Algebra2 and Trigonometry, Regents Physics or Chemistry, Regents Foreign Language Three, Approved Electives.
Athletics and Activities
Boys Teams: Varsity- Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball. Freshmen basketball and Junior Varsity- Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Track, Volleyball. Girls Teams: Varsity- Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Soccer, Swimming, Step Team, Tennis, Track, Volleyball. Junior Varsity- Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Track, Volleyball. Boys and Girls Track: Fall Season- Cross County. Winter Season- Indoor Track. Spring Season- Outdoor Track and Field Events. Competition on Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. Intramurals: Basketball, Bowling, European Handball, Football, Handball, Paddleball, Ping Pong, Swimming Club, Volleyball, Weight Training Clubs and Activities: African Dance Club, Art Club, Asian Culture Club, Band, Caribbean Culture Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Drama Club, Environmental Awareness Club, Forensic Team, Speech and Debate, French Language and Culture Club, Gospel Choir, Greek language and Culture Club, Interior Design Club, Irish Language and Culture Club, Italian Language and Culture Club, Jazz Rock Band, Junior Ladies of Charity, Korean Language and Culture Club, Literary Magazine, Math League, Modern Dance Club, Mrs. Johnson Appreciation Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Photography Club, Poetry Club, Plish Language and Culture Club, Railroad Club, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Science Club, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Spanish Dance Club, Stage Crew, Step Dance Team, Student Council, Yearbook and more.
The Gymnasium has modern equipment with a multi-use for seating up to 2,200 people. The Physical Fitness Center has modern Weight Stations, the Outdoor Track Field is a 6 lane, 1/8 mile oval track. The Auditorium seats 2,100 people, with a stage, sound and lighting. The Music Center has band and instrumental rooms. The Library has 30,000 books, and over 8,000 audio visual materials. The Library Center is the yearbook and newspaper composing rooms. The Student Bookstore has up-to-date publications, first quality school athletic wear and souvenirs. The cafeteria has a dining and kitchen facility for 800. Each student is required to sell Chance Books in the Fall and Prize Calendars in the Spring. The school has two elevators, although it has only two floors, besides the basement/ground floor which acts as the cafeteria and more.
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