Dear Saint John’s Community,
We are writing to share the exciting news that Saint John’s has announced the addition of a middle school division set to begin in the fall of 2020.
Nearly three years ago, we began a strategic review of our educational model. That process resulted in a clear and renewed commitment to our mission of being the best Catholic school for educating young men. During this process, a consistent theme in our research was the question raised by alumni and families of whether Saint John’s would consider opening a middle school program for boys. Now, after years of focused research, strategic planning, careful discernment and community outreach, we are pleased to be able to expand our educational model to further fulfill our mission and meet the needs of our community. As a Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, we take seriously our commitment to serve the local Catholic educational community, and with this expansion, we are proud to provide a middle school experience exclusively for boys, an option that is not currently available to families in Central Massachusetts.
Beginning in fall 2020 with the addition of a seventh grade class, we will be able to reach more young men earlier in their educational journey and uniquely prepare them not only for the rigors of our college preparatory curriculum, but also for lives of meaning and purpose. The middle school will be expanded the following year to also include eighth grade as the first class advances in the fall 2021.
Having high school students together on campus with middle school students presents opportunities for both groups. For our high school young men, the presence of middle school students on campus will provide mentorship and leadership opportunities that currently are sought off campus. For middle school students, the benefits include having your sons as additional role models academically, personally, and spiritually. For both groups of students, the opportunity to build a larger and stronger Saint John’s will ground them in our community of academic excellence and faith.
We want to stress that the things you and your students love about their Saint John’s experience will not change. High school faculty and coaches will remain dedicated to the high school. Our college preparatory efforts and support structure will remain a fundamental part of these students’ experience. The middle school will have its own faculty and staff, along with a new assistant principal who will shepherd the development of the middle school program with the best interests of both middle and high school students as a top priority.
More importantly, our mission will not change. In fact, the expansion of our model is rooted deep in our school’s history and tradition. While well-known currently for excellence in high school education, Saint John’s was first established by the Xaverian Brothers as a grammar school for fourth, fifth and sixth grade boys. We later added a three-year high school program, and eventually included a fourth year when the College of the Holy Cross ended their college preparatory program. Our legacy of generational investment also includes our move from Temple Street in Worcester to Main Street in Shrewsbury in 1961, which paved the way for the pivotal growth that continued to enhance the Saint John’s experience and allowed us to serve a wider community.
We remain committed to the mission established by the Brothers nearly 125 years ago. Our middle school expansion will allow us to better to fulfill our promise to help students reach their full potential, beginning at an earlier age. Saint John’s remains true to our mission of academic excellence, development of the whole person and bringing Christ to the lives of young men. We are blessed to be a growing and financially strong institution supported by dedicated and committed alumni, families, friends, administrators, and educators. We are pleased to now be able to extend the Saint John’s experience to include middle school students and further expand Catholic education in our region.
We encourage you to read more about the middle school division below in the FAQ section, and we welcome all to reach out with any questions.
We look forward to the transition to a seventh–twelfth grade environment on our Shrewsbury campus and are excited at the possibilities of welcoming more sons, brothers, cousins and friends into the Saint John’s community even earlier. Thank you for being part of Saint John’s as we begin this next step in service of our mission.
Alex Zequeira P'19
Carl Rapp '78
Chair, Board of Trustees