St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School

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St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
1170 Montauk Highway
West Islip, New York, (Suffolk County) 11795
United States
Coordinates 40°41′44″N 73°17′32″W / 40.69556°N 73.29222°W / 40.69556; -73.29222Coordinates: 40°41′44″N 73°17′32″W / 40.69556°N 73.29222°W / 40.69556; -73.29222
Type Diocesan-Coeducational
Motto in fide et lenitate
(In Faith and in Gentleness)
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1966
CEEB code 335898
Dean Patrick McKevitt
Principal Nan Doherty
Chaplain Fr. Robert Ketcham
Grades 9-12
Average class size 26-32 students
Color(s) Red and White         
Fight song Let's go Cougars!
Athletics conference NSCHSAA & NSCHSGAA
Mascot Cougar
Team name Cougars
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Publication Voices and Visions (Literary Magazine)
Newspaper The Prophet
Yearbook The Forerunner
Tuition $9400 (2015-16)
Athletic Directors Ralph Dalton, Lorraine Bouklas

St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in West Islip, New York. It is operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.


Faculty members at St. John’s are required to possess a master's degree, and have New York State Teacher Certification. St. John's student to teacher ratio is approximately 16:1.[3]


All students must wear the official school uniform appropriate for season, grade year, and gender to school. School shoes can be purchased through White Cross and uniforms through Lobel's in Massapequa, NY. If a uniform is worn improperly, a uniform infraction or a detention will be issued. Skorts are worn by the female class body and must be worn at an appropriate length or detentions will be issued by the faculty. Also introduced during the 2007-2008 school year were identification cards. All students and faculty must wear their ID card with an official lanyard around their neck when they enter a building as a safety precaution. If a student forgets their ID cards three times, detention is issued.

School layout and building[edit]

The high school features five floors. The first three floors hold all of the classrooms. The fourth floor houses a conference center. St. John's also has a dance studio, large library, newly renovated lecture hall (as of September 2011), new athletic stadium bleachers (as of September 2009). The school contains the newly renovated gymnasium (as of September 2012), cafeteria, and a 1300-seat auditorium. The school now also has a new library (as of September 2016).


The basic curriculum includes required courses in Science, Math, Religious Studies, English, Social Studies and Physical Education. French, Italian, or Spanish; Health, Fine Art or Performing Arts and Computer Science. All students graduate with a New York State Regents diploma after successfully completing the Regents examinations and coursework.

Grades Served 9-12
Gender Coed
Library Yes
Total Teachers 110
Total Students 1565[4]

A student receives a report card 4 times during the school year, as well as 4 Progress Reports. Final grades for full year courses are determined by calculating 20% for each quarter and then 10% for the midterm/regents exam and 10% for the final/regents exam.

Three levels of classes are offered at St. Johns. Honors, Advanced Placement and regents courses. Also, College credit courses are offered through St. John's affiliates such as St. John's University, Molloy College and the New York Institute of Technology. Students placed in the SJB College extension program can work to earn 30 college credits (one year of college) before graduating from St. John’s.[5]

Over the past six years, over 99% of St. John's graduates have gone on to college. St. John's graduates have been accepted to and graduated from such prestigious schools and universities as Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Carnegie-Mellon, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Columbia, Notre Dame, Boston College, Emory, Johns Hopkins and all major military academies and more.[6]

Music and arts[edit]

The seven performing instrumental groups are the Concert Band, Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble, Percussion ensemble, and Wind Ensemble. The three performing vocal groups are Women's Chorus, Himphonix, and the Bel Canto Chorale, which has won various awards and performed in Carnegie Hall. The three vocal groups perform at concerts twice a year, in December and in the spring, and perform extra concerts outside of St. John's. The annual Dance Show showcases the talent and work of students in Danceworks, the Company (the competitive dance team) and the students from each of the dance courses as well as the student choreographers. The school Pep Band performs during half-time of varsity football and basketball games.

St. John's has a dedicated student art gallery for student work to be displayed in student themed art shows four times a year.

St. John's has a musical and a drama production program. Some musical productions put on by SJB include Crazy for You, Oliver!, Godspell, Anything Goes, Bye Bye Birdie (musical), Footloose, Peter Pan, The Sound of Music and "Thoroughly Modern Millie. The most recent drama productions were Neil Simon's Odd Couple, Rumors, Arsenic and Old Lace, and most recently, Just Another High School Play.

Clubs and activities[edit]

St. Johns has many extracurricular activities, all are moderated by faculty members.

  • Astronomy Club
  • Art Mural Club and Art Gallery Club
  • Bands- Jazz & Concert
  • Big Brother/Big Sister
  • Chess Team
  • Bel Canto Chorale
  • Women's Chorus
  • Computer/Technology Club
  • Culinary Club
  • Danceworks & Dance Company
  • Drama Production Club
  • Earth Club
  • Ethics Bowl Club
  • History Club
  • Kickline
  • Knitting Club
  • Voices and Visions- literary magazine
  • Liturgy Committee
  • Mathletes
  • Mock Trial
  • The Prophet- school newspaper
  • Orchestra
  • Peace and Justice Group
  • Peer ministry
  • Pep Band
  • Video Production Club
  • WRSJ and WJSB Radio
  • Spring Musical Production
  • SJB Service Corps
  • Spanish Club and Italian Club
  • Irish Club
  • Caribbean Club
  • Speech and Debate
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.)
  • Student Council
  • Table Tennis Club
  • The Forerunner- school yearbook
  • Wind Ensemble


The Cougars won the 2008 NSCHSAA baseball championship.[7]

The St. John’s athletic program competes on freshman, JV and varsity levels. The men’s and women’s teams compete at regional and state levels in 18 sports. St. John the Baptist is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association (NSCHSAA)of New York. Common competitors of St. John the Baptist High School include other high schools in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre.

SJB's new field


Notable alumni[edit]


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