The Eighth Grade High School Preparatory Program for the Brother Robert Treanor, CFX Middle School Division of Saint John’s High School offers an opportunity for boys in grade eight to hone their skills in a targeted program while allowing them to grow into young men of academic and moral excellence in the Xaverian tradition that has served the community for more than a century. Saint John’s has developed this specialized program in response to the unprecedented need created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruption of in-person learning in March of the 2019-2020 school year. Participation in this one-year program is intended to streamline the students’ return to on-site learning and ensure that they will be prepared for the rigors of the Saint John’s High School experience.
The curriculum for the Eighth Grade High School Preparatory Program is being designed as a skills-based academic program that will draw on the research done by our School Model Transition Committee to ensure that students enter grade nine prepared with the tools necessary for success. Instruction for these students will be delivered by the dedicated Middle School specialists that have already been selected to provide the individual support and challenge that will promote the skill development that students need to be fully prepared for their high school experience. Saint John’s recognizes the unique challenges students faced this year in terms of both academic and social development given the pandemic, and so curriculum development for this program will focus particularly on identification of skills and content for review at the start of the school year, with consideration given towards any missed instructional and social development during the latter portion of the 2019-2020 school year. As is the case with our rising seventh graders, students participating in this program can expect to receive a thorough and challenging educational experience in all academic departments.
In keeping with the school’s tradition of focusing on the education of the whole person, students will also have the opportunity to develop their talents spiritually, socially, physically, creatively, and aesthetically in addition to intellectually. Extracurricular and athletic programs offered in conjunction with the seventh grade will enable students to grow together as well-rounded individuals and as members of a larger, connected community.
Though this is a unique program for Saint John’s, the Xaverian mission to bring the spirit of Christ to life through a rigorous curriculum delivered in an atmosphere that promotes respect, compassion, and humility remains unchanged. Students will have a five-year opportunity to excel academically while developing a deep relationship with God as well as a profound sense of brotherhood that will last for a lifetime.
We recognize that a rigorous eighth-grade experience is essential to ensure that students are well prepared to embark on a comprehensive college-preparatory high school journey, and that concerns about the pandemic have come at a crucial time for rising eighth-graders, and so we are excited to offer this opportunity to ease the transition for students back to a formal school setting.
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