Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Every summer, Saint John's is proud to offer summer courses and programs for both Saint John's students and students throughout the community.

We have expanded our program offerings by partnering with Notre Dame Academy and Venerini Academy and offering a newly expanded, robust catalog of courses for students of all ages in a variety of interests. 

Whether your student is interested in academics, arts, athletics, college prep or any other topic, we have courses available to meet the interests of everyone! 

We are finalizing new courses every day in preparation for Summer 2022! Be sure to fill out our Course Interest Form to help us shape this summer's course offerings and be sure to check back often as courses are continuing to be added!

The 2022 Summer Programs at Saint John's will run in-person on the Saint John's High School campus in Shrewsbury from June 20 to July 22 in a variety of 1-, 2-, and 4- week options. 

Should you have any questions relating to Summer Programs at Saint John's, please e-mail our Directors at sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org

Saint John's Students Only

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  • SJ Pre 7th - Math & English (Full Program)

    COURSE NAME: SJ Pre-7th: Math & English (Full Program)

    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s students entering 7th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-7th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the seventh grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is strongly recommended to and encouraged for all incoming members of the SJ Class of 2028.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.  

    Lastly, a focus on community building will be present in this course to help rising SJ 7th graders begin their journey into the SJ Brotherhood. This will help them enter St. John’s with a greater sense of confidence and comfort due to the relationships created with fellow classmates and staff members.  

    Pre-7th Program - Math:
    This course is designed to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the 6th grade mathematics curriculum and also to extend their knowledge into various Pre-Algebra topics that they will encounter in 7th grade.  This will give students a true “leg up” for their 7th grade math course. 

    The goal of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation of mathematics prior to starting at Saint John’s as a Grade 7 student in the fall but also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. The topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and to reinforce skills and knowledge prior to entering 7th grade. 

    Topics include: Order of operations, evaluating variable expressions, one-step equations, two step equations, Positive/Negative integer operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), and introduction to exponents rules. Additional topics may include more exponent rules, combining like terms, the distributive property, multi-step equations, and linear inequalities. 

    Pre-7th Program - English
    The primary focus of Pre-7th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

     SCHEDULE: June 20 - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. 

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org
     


  • SJ Pre 8th - Math & English (Full Program)

    COURSE NAME: Pre-8th Math & English
     
    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s, Notre Dame, and Venerini students entering 8th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-8th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the eighth grade at Saint John's High School, Notre Dame Academy, and Venerini Academy in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is recommended to and encouraged for all members of the SJ, NDA, and VA Class of 2027 .

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.

    Lastly, a focus on community building will be present in this course.  This will help them enter 8th grade at Saint John’s, Notre Dame, or Venerini with a greater sense of confidence and comfort due to the relationships created with fellow classmates and staff members.  


    Pre-8th Program - Math:
    This course is designed to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the 7th grade mathematics curriculum and also to extend knowledge into various Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 topics that students will encounter in 8th grade.  This will give students a true “leg up” for their 8th grade math course. 

    The goal of this course is to solidify the students’ foundation of mathematics prior to starting their 8th grade math course and also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. The topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and to reinforce skills and knowledge prior to entering 8th grade. 

    Topics include: Order of Operations, Evaluating Algebraic Expressions, Solving Linear  Equations (One & Multi-Spep), Operations with Rational Numbers, and Operations with Exponential Numbers & Expressions. Additional topics may include Graphing & Interpreting Linear Functions, Graphing & Interpreting Linear Inequalities, and Solving Nonlinear Equations (Square Root, Quadratic, etc.) 

    Pre-8th Program - English
    The primary focus of Pre-8th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

     SCHEDULE: June 20th - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. 
     
    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (Full Program)

    COURSE NAME: SJ Pre 9th - Math & English (Full Program)

    AGE GROUP:  Saint John’s High School students entering 9th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-9th Math & English Program, for students entering the ninth grade at Saint John's in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum. 

    It is highly recommended and encouraged to all incoming members of the SJ Class of 2026.

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory high school curriculum, students will engage in  cross-curricular lessons and skills which prepare a student to excel in a wide range of academic subjects.  Students will focus on 'Reading and Writing' college preparatory skills, including developing/discerning point of view, organizing paragraphs, finding and sorting facts, structuring sentences with proper grammar, and building vocabulary.  Lastly, students will read Read, Reflect Upon, and Master their assigned SJ 9th grade Summer Reading text.

    The Math portion of the SJ Pre-9th program will have a two-fold purpose.  First, depending on the student’s prior knowledge, teachers will develop, solidify, and advance the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the important Pre-Algebra and/or Algebra 1 topics that are essential for success in high school mathematics.  Next, teachers will introduce and develop the students' conceptual understanding and skills for the major Algebra1 and/or Algebra 2 topics that students will encounter in 9th grade.   This will give students a "Leg Up" for their Freshman math class and put them in a much better position for success.  When necessary, teachers will remediate any lessons for students in order for them to achieve mastery.  Likewise, for those students ready for more advanced material, teachers will move them at a challenging pace that allows them to interact with more advanced Algebraic concepts and skills. 

    Finally, the teachers' ability to scaffold their lessons will be enhanced by their access to SJ upperclassmen who will be serving as classroom teacher aides.  These SJ peer tutors will not only help students academically, but they will also develop social relationships with them as they become members of the Saint John's Brotherhood.  

    The 4-Week version of the Pre-9th courses allow teachers to go into greater depth with the different topics covered and at a pace that helps each student to achieve mastery. Likewise, this added time also allows for the possibility of a greater breadth of topics to be covered, developed, and mastered. 

    NOTE: SJ students looking for “Level Placement Adjustment” for their freshman Math and/or English courses MUST take the 4-Week program in order for this to be an option.

    TWO WEEK PROGRAM: 
    • COST: $495
    • DATES:
      Session One: June 20 - July 1. Weekdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1.5 hours for Math & 1.5 hours for English) OR Session Two: July 11 - July 22. Weekdays 1:00 - 4:00 PM (1.5 hours for Math & 1.5 hours for English) 
    FOUR WEEK PROGRAM: 
    • COST: $695
    • DATES:
      June 20 - July 22 (No classes the week of July 4-8). Weekdays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (1.5 hours for Math & 1.5 hours for English)
    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org
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  • SJ Leadership

    COURSE NAME: SJ Leadership

    AGE GROUP: 
    Sessions 1 & 3: Current & Incoming St. John’s students entering grades 8-11.

    Sessions 2 & 4: Current & Incoming St. John’s, Notre Dame & Venerini students entering grades 8-11
       
    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop as Saint John’s leaders. Student participants will think critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities: at home, at school, and in the world.  More specifically, the students will understand how a good leader possesses the 5 spiritual values of the Xaverian Brothers (humility, trust, zeal, compassion, and simplicity). Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, guest speakers, reflections, and service opportunities as COVID restrictions allow, students will grow in harmony with God, themselves, and others as they work on becoming the best version of themselves. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE:

    Session 1: June 20 - June 24. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4 PM.
    (For Saint John’s Boys entering Grades 8-11 Only)

    Session 2:  June 27 - July 1. Weekdays from 1 PM -  4 PM.
    (For Saint John’s, Notre Dame, and Venerini Boys and Girls entering Grades 8-11 Only)

    Session 3:  July 11- July 15: Weekdays from 9 AM -- 12 PM
    (For Saint John’s Boys entering Grades 8-11 Only)

    Session 4:  July 18--July 22: Weekdays from 9 AM -- 12 PM
    (For Saint John’s, Notre Dame, and Venerini Boys and Girls entering Grades 8-11 Only)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Foley grew up surrounded by the legendary leaders of Saint John’s. A son of a veteran SJ teacher, coach, and leader, Michael has been surrounded by the Pioneer spirit his entire life. He graduated from SJ in 2007 where he was the president of his senior class and captain of the football team. He went on to be a 2 year captain of the football team at Assumption College and returned to Saint John’s right after his graduation in 2011. He has served in many roles here at his alma mater, including campus minister,  history teacher, Global Encounter leader (Haiti, West Virginia, New Jersey), Class Dean, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach.   

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • SJ Robotics and Engineering: Developing STEM Skills

    COURSE NAME: Robotics and Engineering: Developing STEM Skills

    AGE GROUP: Current & Incoming Saint John’s Middle and High School students through Grade 9.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Students work in small (five students or fewer), guided groups on CAD, Building, modifying, and Programming of robots and machines. Task groups will be led in workshop-style by leading members of our world-class Pioneer Robotics (FTC) team.  For programming, we will use Arduino; for building, we will use Actobotics parts OR an Elegoo Uno R3 car kit or its equivalent. You will also have direct access and use of our MakerSpace’s laser cutters, 3-D printers, and CNC routers. The equipment in the Saint John’s MakerSpace is state-of-the-art.   Even if you are experienced in Arduino or have used Actobotics parts or an Elegoo kit, this course will offer many creative challenges.  Our ultimate goal is to build or modify a machine and program it for tele-op and autonomous activity which might include in-house competition. Other foundational Engineering exercises are included in the curriculum as well. In addition to learning career skills in engineering, participants will have ample time to “get to know” a small crew of highly motivated and successful Saint John’s students.  

    Links for needed equipment to be furnished later this month.  Expected cost of parts is $100 - $125.  

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks, Afternoons from 1:00 - 4:30 PM.    

    COST: $325 (Plus Approx. $100 for Elegoo R3 kit and extra parts.  Financial assistance may be available.)  

    SCHEDULE: June 20 - July 1. Weekdays from 1 PM - 4:30 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Dr. Tonelli has taught physics and engineering through project based learning for 25 years, and has mentored Saint John's Pioneer Robotics (FTC Team 12589) for the last 4 years. The team has participated in the State Championship tournament all four years, and has made it to the finals twice and won the finals once.  This course’s student instructors include members of the Pioneer Robotics Team team that placed 20th (of 7,000 teams) in the world in 2019.  All of the course’s instructors are members of Pioneer Robotics FTC team 12589.  These team members represent the rising Saint John’s Eighth Grade through Senior classes, and are excellent students, teachers, and role models.  

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO

Notre Dame Academy Students Only

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  • NDA Pre 7th - Math & Humanities

    COURSE NAME: NDA Pre 7th - Math and Humanities

    AGE GROUP: Notre Dame Academy Incoming 7th Graders 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course is designed to reinforce the mathematics covered in the 6th grade mathematics curriculum but also extend knowledge into Pre-Algebra concepts and topics. The goal of this course is to solidify the student’s foundation of mathematics prior to starting at Notre Dame as a Grade 7 student in the fall but also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. Through our experience teaching middle school mathematics, the topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and reinforce skills and knowledge prior to the fall. The course is open and designed for students entering Pre-Algebra in the fall. 

    Topics include: Working with all operations involving positive whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, order of operations, evaluating variable expressions, one-step equations, two step equations,and introduction to exponents rules if time permits. Most students take this in conjunction with the Pre-7th Humanities program.

    Students taking this course will be required to bring their own device (laptop or tablet) to class each day. 

    This program is open to and strongly encouraged for any incoming Notre Dame 7th-grade student.

    The Pre-7th Humanities course is open to and strongly encouraged for any rising and incoming Notre Dame Academy 7th-grade student. Over the course of the two-week program students will review grammar principles, complete their summer reading assignments, improve their writing skills, and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to begin the rigorous 7th grade instruction at NDA.  (Students must obtain a copy of The Radium Girls: Young Reader’s Edition by Kate Moore before the start of class. Amazon.)
     
    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

    SCHEDULE: June 20 - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHIES
    TBD

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • NDA Pre 8th - Math & English

    COURSE NAME: Pre 8th Math & English
     
    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s, Notre Dame, and Venerini students entering 8th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-8th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the eighth grade at Saint John's High School, Notre Dame Academy, and Venerini Academy in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is recommended to and encouraged for all members of the SJ, NDA, and VA Class of 2027 .

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.

    Lastly, a focus on community building will be present in this course.  This will help them enter 8th grade at Saint John’s, Notre Dame, or Venerini with a greater sense of confidence and comfort due to the relationships created with fellow classmates and staff members.  


    Pre-8th Program - Math:
    This course is designed to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the 7th grade mathematics curriculum and also to extend knowledge into various Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 topics that students will encounter in 8th grade.  This will give students a true “leg up” for their 8th grade math course. 

    The goal of this course is to solidify the students’ foundation of mathematics prior to starting their 8th grade math course and also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. The topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and to reinforce skills and knowledge prior to entering 8th grade. 

    Topics include: Order of Operations, Evaluating Algebraic Expressions, Solving Linear  Equations (One & Multi-Spep), Operations with Rational Numbers, and Operations with Exponential Numbers & Expressions. Additional topics may include Graphing & Interpreting Linear Functions, Graphing & Interpreting Linear Inequalities, and Solving Nonlinear Equations (Square Root, Quadratic, etc.) 

    Pre-8th Program - English
    The primary focus of Pre-8th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

     SCHEDULE: June 20th - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. 
     
    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • NDA Pre 9th - Math & Humanities

    COURSE NAME: NDA Pre-9th Math & Humanities

    AGE GROUP: Notre Dame Academy Rising and Incoming Freshman 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course is strongly recommended for Notre Dame students entering Grade 9.  This course will focus on the prerequisites for Algebra I (H) or Algebra II (AH), including but not limited to Integers, Slope, Linear Forms of Equations, Coordinate Plane Graphing, Solving Multi-Step Equations, Exponents, Matrices, and Imaginary Numbers.

    Students taking this course will be required to bring their own device (tablet or laptop) to class daily.

    The Pre-9th Humanities course is open to and strongly encouraged for any rising and incoming Notre Dame Academy 9th-grade student. Over the course of the two-week program students will review grammar principles, complete their summer reading assignments, improve their writing skills, and develop their critical thinking and analytical skills. At the end of the course, students will be prepared to begin the rigorous 9th grade instruction at NDA.  (Students must obtain a copy of The Radium Girls: Young Reader’s Edition by Kate Moore before the start of class. Amazon.)

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

    SCHEDULE: June 20 - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHIES
    TBD

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • NDA Leadership

    COURSE NAME: Leadership

    AGE GROUP: Current & Incoming Notre Dame, Saint John’s, & Venerini students entering grades 8-11
       

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop as leaders for the Notre Dame community. Student participants will think critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities: at home, at school, and in the world.  More specifically, the students will understand how a good leader practices Love-in-Action, grounded in faith and service. Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, guest speakers, reflections, and service opportunities as Covid restrictions allow, students will grow in harmony with God, themselves, and others as they work on becoming the best version of themselves. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE:

    Session 1: June 28 - July 2. Weekdays from 1 PM -  4 PM.
    (For Notre Dame, Saint John’s, and Venerini Girls and Boys Only)

    Session 2: July 19 - July 23. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.
    (For Notre Dame, Saint John’s, and Venerini Girls and Boys Only)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Foley has been associated with the Notre Dame Academy for many years, as both of his sisters were graduates of NDA in ‘06 and ‘11.  A son of a veteran SJ teacher, coach, and leader, Michael has been surrounded by the Rebel and Pioneer spirit his entire life.  He graduated from SJ in 2007 where he was the president of his senior class and captain of the football team. He went on to be a 2 year captain of the football team at Assumption College and returned to Saint John’s right after his graduation in 2011. He has served in many roles at his alma mater, including campus minister, history teacher, Global Encounter leader (Haiti, West Virginia, New Jersey), Class Dean, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach.   

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    mfoley@stjohnshigh.org

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  • Venerini Pre 8th Math & English

    COURSE NAME: Pre-8th Math & English
     
    AGE GROUP: Saint John’s, Notre Dame, and Venerini students entering 8th grade

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    The Pre-8th Summer Studies Program, for students entering the eighth grade at Saint John's High School, Notre Dame Academy, and Venerini Academy in the Fall, is designed to solidify the educational background in English and Mathematics and to acquaint students with the demands of a college preparatory middle and high school curriculum. 

    It is recommended to and encouraged for all members of the SJ, NDA, and VA Class of 2027 .

    In addition to acclimating students to the demands of a college preparatory middle school curriculum, students will engage in further curriculum, lessons on study skills, and a library orientation.

    Lastly, a focus on community building will be present in this course.  This will help them enter 8th grade at Saint John’s, Notre Dame, or Venerini with a greater sense of confidence and comfort due to the relationships created with fellow classmates and staff members.  


    Pre-8th Program - Math:
    This course is designed to reinforce the concepts and skills covered in the 7th grade mathematics curriculum and also to extend knowledge into various Pre-Algebra & Algebra 1 topics that students will encounter in 8th grade.  This will give students a true “leg up” for their 8th grade math course. 

    The goal of this course is to solidify the students’ foundation of mathematics prior to starting their 8th grade math course and also give opportunities to extend and challenge their conceptual abilities and skills. The topics chosen for this course are some of the most important to review and to reinforce skills and knowledge prior to entering 8th grade. 

    Topics include: Order of Operations, Evaluating Algebraic Expressions, Solving Linear  Equations (One & Multi-Spep), Operations with Rational Numbers, and Operations with Exponential Numbers & Expressions. Additional topics may include Graphing & Interpreting Linear Functions, Graphing & Interpreting Linear Inequalities, and Solving Nonlinear Equations (Square Root, Quadratic, etc.) 

    Pre-8th Program - English
    The primary focus of Pre-8th English is strengthening basic skills: grammar, sentence structure and composition, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and study techniques. We will use a variety of short stories, poetry and other types of writing  in order to explore the different elements of English literature and language.

    This course provides students with the skills that will enable them to meet the challenge of a college preparatory English program with confidence and ability. 

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks 

    COST: $495

     SCHEDULE: June 20th - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM. 
     
    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • Venerini Leadership

    COURSE NAME: Leadership

    AGE GROUP: Current & Incoming Venerini, Saint John’s, & Notre Dame students entering grades 8-11.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    In this course, students will develop as leaders for the Venerini Academy community. Student participants will think critically about their personal leadership styles and strengths, while also reflecting on the purpose of “leadership” in their lives and in their communities: at home, at school, and in the world.  More specifically, the students will understand how a good leader possesses the spiritual values of faith and service.  Through small and large group discussions, team building activities, guest speakers, reflections, and service opportunities as COVID restrictions allow, students will grow in harmony with God, themselves, and others as they work on becoming the best version of themselves. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE:

    Session 1: June 28 - July 2. Weekdays from 1 PM -  4 PM.
    (For Venerini, Saint John’s, & Notre Dame Boys and Girls Only)

    Session 2: July 19 - July 23. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM.
    (For Venerini, Saint John’s, & Notre Dame Boys and Girls ONLY)

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Foley grew up surrounded by the legendary leaders of Saint John’s.  A son of a veteran SJ teacher, coach, and leader, Michael has been surrounded by the Pioneer spirit his entire life.  He graduated from SJ in 2007 where he was the president of his senior class and captain of the football team.  Mike’s family has also been a part of the Notre Dame Academy Community for many years, as both of his sisters graduated from NDA (‘06 and ‘11). After High School, Mike went on to be a 2 year captain of the football team at Assumption College and returned to Saint John’s right after his graduation in 2011. He has served in many roles here at his alma mater, including campus minister, history teacher, Global Encounter leader (Haiti, West Virginia, New Jersey), Class Dean, and Assistant Varsity Football Coach.   

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO

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Athletics

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  • Intramural Sports

    COURSE NAME: Intramural Sports

    AGE GROUP: All boys & girls entering grades 5 -10 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you want to make new friends?  Do you want to get out and get some exercise playing sports that you love and finding new sports to try? Join us on campus for one or for several weeks with a fun and recreational approach to athletics.  “Pickup basketball”, flag football, and many other games will be set up and supervised by our intramural team here on campus.  Prepare yourself for good times and good fun!!

    LOCATION: This course will be held in-person on the Saint John’s campus.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $150 per week

    SCHEDULE: 

    Session 1: June 20 - June 24. Weekdays from 1 PM to 3 PM.

    Session 2:  June 27 - July 1. Weekdays from 1 PM to 3 PM. 

    Session 3:  July 11 - July 15. Weekdays from 10 AM to 12 PM.

    Session 4:  July 18 - July 22. Weekdays from 10 AM to 12 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Sean Hastings is the assistant Athletic Director and Class Dean at Saint John’s.  He is in charge of the intramural program at SJ and is excited to offer this program for all students of all abilities.  He has taught Biology at SJ for over 20 years and also serves as an assistant Freshman Football coach.  

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO


  • Pioneers Basketball Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Basketball Camp

    AGE GROUP: Boys entering grades 6 - 10.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Players will learn the fundamentals of the game from Assistant Varsity Coach Michael Curran and recent Saint John’s players. Through various competitions, skill instruction, and games, each camper will develop as individual and team players in a fun and competitive environment.  

    Basketballs: If campers plan to bring their own basketball, they should make sure to put their name on it. Outdoor basketballs will also be available for campers. 

    Lunch: Students may bring their own lunch or purchase lunch in advance through the SJ Summer Program. Lunch and free time will occur in the air-conditioned cafeteria during the middle of each day. 

    Snack Station: Snacks, waters, and gatorades will be available for cash purchase. 

    What to Bring: All campers should bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Campers are encouraged to bring drawstring bags or backpacks to keep their water, sunscreen, and other personal items together. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $350 for 4-day camp / $400 for 5-day camp

    SCHEDULE: 
     
    Session 1: June 27 - June 30 from 9 AM - 3 PM.
    Session 2: July 18 - July 22 from 9 AM - 3 PM.


    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Coach Curran has been an assistant for the Saint John’s Varsity for the past nine years, working under legendary coach Bob Foley, the all-time wins leader in New England high school basketball history. Over those nine years, Coach Curran has been a part of three district championship teams, including one state finalist, and the Pioneers have compiled a 157-44 record. He also spent seven seasons as the Saint John’s Freshman coach where his teams competed against public, private, and prep schools and put together a combined 119-25 record. Prior to Saint John’s, he worked with the Fairfield University basketball team under Coach Tim O’Toole, the current Associate Head Coach at the University of Pittsburgh. He also worked summer basketball camp for Coach Ed Cooley, the current Head Coach of Providence College. In addition, he spent a year on the Millis High School basketball staff. He played his high school basketball at rival Xaverian Brothers High School. An English teacher for the last ten years at Saint John’s, Coach Curran currently teaches freshman, junior, and senior English working with every level of student from college prep to AP.  

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
  • Pioneers Soccer Camp

    COURSE NAME: Pioneers Soccer Camp

    AGE GROUP: Boys & Girls entering grades 5 - 10

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Saint John’s Summer Program and Head Varsity Coach Kurt Swanbeck are excited to offer this soccer camp to rising 5th - 10th grade boys and girls.  Members of the Saint John’s soccer team and current college soccer players will serve as camp counselors to help give campers a great experience and learn how the game is played at higher levels.  Join us on the Saint John’s campus for a one week intensive training in the fundamentals and the fun of this great sport. Train for a week with us to learn how to improve your game.
     
    Each camper will need to bring their own soccer ball - campers will receive a T shirt. Bring plenty to drink for the day.  Campers have to bring their own drink and snacks.

    Limited space available--please register early.  
    (Note: This course will be held LIVE on the Saint John’s campus at Pioneer Field.)

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $350

    SCHEDULE: 
    July 11 – July 15 for Co-Ed Camp. Weekdays (Saturday - rain date). Times TBD
     
    July 18 - July 22 for Boys Only. Weekdays (Saturday - rain date).  Times TBD

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY:
    Kurt Swanbeck comes to Saint John’s after serving 11 years as the Associate Director of Admissions and Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine.  Prior to that, Kurt served as the Men’s Head Soccer Coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY (2002-2009), Berry College in Mount Berry, GA (1993-2002), and at Clark University in Worcester (1988-1993).  During that time he also served as a staff coach for men’s and women’s teams in the United States Olympic Development Program and was named collegiate coach of the year a number of times.  

    Kurt was born and raised in Franklin, MA, and earned his BA, MA, and MEd from Columbia University.  

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  • Tennis Camp

    COURSE NAME: Tennis Camp

    AGE GROUP: Boys and Girls Entering Grades 3-9. 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This tennis camp is for boys and girls entering grades 3-9. Kids will be separated by age group and skill level and should bring a tennis racket and water with them to camp. The kids will learn the exact technique on how to hit a forehand, backhand, volley, overhead, and serve. They will also learn tennis strategy and how to play a tennis match.

    The purpose of this camp is to excite joy within the kids so that they associate joy with tennis and make tennis a lifetime sport. Each drill and game is designed to keep the kids engaged, smiling, and excited. The atmosphere will be one of enthusiasm, mutual support and fun. Joy is the main objective.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week 

    COST: $225

    SCHEDULE: July 18 - July 22. Weekdays from 3:30 - 5:00 PM.

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Chris says, “I finished my junior tennis career ranked #1 in New England in the 12’s, 14’s, 16’s, and 18’s. During that time, I was coached by Francisco Montoya who coached both Serena and Venus Williams. I went to Bates College where I finished a two-time All-American. After college, I received a scholarship to law school where I finished #2 in my first year. In my third year, I found out that entrepreneurship, writing, and joy were my true passions. So, I stopped law school, and created a tennis academy at Saint John’s High School called The Win-Win Tennis Academy with the one goal of creating a community where everyone is supporting each other in being the best tennis players they can be. We train players ranging from three year olds and beginners all the way to the professional level. I am also currently writing a book called “Joy” incorporating all my research into The Academy. Embodying and spreading joy is my purpose, and right now, tennis is my vehicle.

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    sjsummer@stjohnshigh.org 

Arts

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  • Fine Arts Fun

    COURSE NAME: Fine Arts Fun

    AGE GROUP: All Boys & Girls entering grades 4-9 

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    Do you like to draw? Do you like to sing? Have you ever improvised a scene from a show or told a joke? Want to develop your creative talents and see how much fun you can have in the process? Join us on campus for one or for several weeks with a fun and recreational approach to the fine arts. Drawing, singing, theater, improv and music will be introduced and supervised by our talented staff here on campus. 

    LOCATION: This course will be held in-person on the Saint John’s campus.

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week    

    COST: $175

    SCHEDULE: 
    June 20 - June 24. Weekdays from 1 PM - 3 PM. 

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
     
    Ms. Christine Petkus

    I teach in Saint John’s Middle School and have a Masters in Music from the New England Conservatory and extensive performing and training experience, both regionally and abroad. A Summer introduction to the fine arts is a great way to hone skills, gain valuable experience and confidence to grow in one’s love of the arts which can be enjoyed throughout life.  

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College Prep

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  • College Essay Bootcamp

    COURSE NAME: College Essay Bootcamp

    AGE GROUP: All students entering grade 12
    (NOTE: Eight student max)

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course, intended for rising seniors, will take students through the process of composing engaging, authentic, well-written personal statements. Students will consider how they wish to brand themselves as they move through the process of brainstorming, drafting, and editing. They will read and discuss samples that work, share and workshop their own writing, and receive regular feedback from the instructor. Students will finish this course with a completed College Essay, ready for submission to the Common Application in the fall. 

    COURSE LENGTH: One Week (Remote) 

    COST: $500

    SCHEDULE: 

    Session 1: June 21 - June 25th. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.
                 
    Session 2: July 12 - July 16th. Weekdays from 6 PM - 9 PM.
              

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    I have been teaching literature and writing at the high school level, both here in the States and abroad, for nearly three decades, and I currently teach senior English at Notre Dame Academy. Through my undergraduate studies at Holy Cross and graduate degree at Middlebury College, I became passionate about the power of the written word as both communication and artistic expression. Exploring the writing of others helps us not only to gain knowledge and understanding, but also to become more effective communicators ourselves. A self-proclaimed grammar nerd, I love exploring the intricacies and logic of expression.

    INSTRUCTOR CONTACT INFO
    dchristie@nda-worc.org 
  • SAT Prep

    COURSE NAME: SAT & PSAT Preparation

    AGE GROUP: All students entering grades 10 - 12.

    COURSE DESCRIPTION
    This course provides students with the tools they need to achieve their highest SAT (or PSAT) scores as well as practice in writing College Application Essays. In addition to overall test strategies, students will be taught the specific Concepts and Skills that are tested in the Math, Reading, & Writing portions of both the PSAT and SAT. Through direct instruction, peer collaboration, and individual work, students will benefit from a variety of effective learning strategies to help them accomplish their college prep goals.  Mr. Hughes and Mr. Kelly have extensive experience in running SAT courses both Remotely for the past three years and In-Person since ‘03.  Both courses will feature all of the key aspects of their highly effective SAT preparation program … Direct instruction with guided practice, collaborative peer to peer learning activities with tutorial help, and individualized practice based on students’ areas of weakness.

    COURSE LENGTH: Two Weeks

    COST: $450 (Session 1-Remote) or $500 (Session 2-In Person)

    SCHEDULE:

    Session 1: Remote 
    June 21 - July 1. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12:30 PM  

    Session 2: In-Person
    July 11 - July 22. Weekdays from 9 AM - 12 PM  

    INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY
    Mr. Michael Hughes has been a member of the Saint John’s High School Religious Studies Department since 1998. Mr. James Kelly has been a member of the Leominster High School Mathematics Department since 2003. In 2008, we began offering SAT Prep courses and have continued to do so every year since with great success. Our students have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars in merit-based college scholarships and have secured more college acceptances due to their score increases.  We have extensive experience in running our courses both Remotely for the past three years and In-Person since ‘03.  Both courses will feature all of the key aspects of our highly effective SAT preparation program … Direct instruction with guided practice, collaborative peer to peer learning activities, and individualized practice based on each student’s areas of weakness.

    For more information, please visit www.KellyandHughesSAT.com or contact us at KellyandHughesSAT@gmail.com.

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