The Gregory Academic Center was founded in 2017 with the goal of better serving and supporting students of all learning abilities. This exciting academic initiative was made possible by an anonymous donation in honor of the Gregory Family, recognizing in a special way Virginia and Stephen Gregory, who dedicated their professional lives to the intellectual and emotional well-being of the students of Saint John’s High School.
As articulated in our mission statement, Saint John's is a college preparatory school that accompanies “students in discovering and developing their God-given talents” and "fosters the formation of the whole person: spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, creative, and aesthetic.” In this pursuit of educating the whole person, the school recognizes that its students achieve success and become Saint John’s Men often through different paths and in different moments developmentally.
The school and its faculty and staff continue to recognize the need to better support and address the needs of students who have documented learning differences, students who struggle to meet, for a variety of social and emotional reasons, the challenging and rigorous academic demands of the school, and students who may need additional study skills support beyond what is offered in the classroom.
The goal of the Center is to create a space on campus where all students can gain access to academic support and assistance before, during, and after the school day. It will be staffed by a full-time guidance counselor/learning specialist and one of the two academic deans. Additional support will be provided by specially trained faculty members assigned to the center during their resource period duties and both adult and student volunteers.
Historically, institutionally and programmatically, Saint John’s High School supports students with a broad range of academic and social/emotional skills and abilities. Through the Gregory Academic Center and its Director, Saint John’s will be able to identify, assist, and support the growing number of students the school sees with these assessments and thus become a more supportive and inclusive place for its current students. “Saint John’s High School is an institution that has historically valued the uniqueness of each student that comes to our campus every day," said Headmaster Zequeira. “This new Academic Center will allow the school to better serve and support the students we traditionally admit to Saint John’s High School, particularly assisting in the transition to a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum.” Besides serving as a drop-in center for any student who wants additional support accessing the school’s curriculum, another primary goal of the Gregory Academic Center is to address and support the needs of students who have documented learning differences, students who struggle to meet the challenging and rigorous academic demands of the school, and students who may need additional study skills and support beyond what is offered in the classroom. “The Gregory Academic Center will create a space on campus where all students can gain access to academic support and assistance before, during, and after school and will be located in an existing, renovated room in the school’s Conal Hall.”
In addition to support from the director, administration, and faculty, students from the Brother Campion Chapter of the National Honor Society will provide opportunities for peer tutoring.