100% of the graduates of St. John’s Preparatory School go on to college. Counselors begin working with students regarding college preparation as early as sophomore year. All sophomores sit for the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test (PSAT) offered here at St. John's Prep in mid October. In addition, sophomores are invited to attend our annual College Fair held here at SJP in the last week of October. Representatives from over 65 colleges, universities and technical schools participate in this event.
Junior Year begins with the Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test/ National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in October and ends with the Registration for the Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT)
in May. Counselors go over the results of each of these tests with the students and inform them of SAT preparation programs and/or websites that might be of interest to them. In between these two events juniors attend the annual College Fair, attend Guidance Classes specifically tailored to assisting them as they begin to discern what area of study they will pursue and to which college/university they will apply.
Senior year consists of helping the students decide on which specific colleges and or universities they ought to apply, assisting students with their request for letters of recommendation from faculty members, working with seniors to complete their applications and meet all deadlines, as well as following up with students as they receive decisions in the Spring. In December the Guidance Department sponsors a Financial Aid Evening for the parents of our seniors held here at SJP.
On-Site Evaluation and Colleges Visiting SJP
St. John's Prep invites several colleges and universities to hold on-site evaluations during the year. To date the colleges that participate in this program are: St. John's University; Saint Joseph's College, Brooklyn; and Saint Francis College, Brooklyn. Any senior who meets the requirements (Grade Point Average and SAT score) set by the participating college/university may apply in advance of the day and will be interviewed by a representative of the college on the day of the visitation. There is no fee for this application and at the conclusion of the interview the student will receive an immediate response of acceptance, deferral or rejection.
Throughout the course of the year many college representatives visit our school during the lunch periods. The representatives are situated at tables outside the cafeteria and are available to chat with the students about what their particular college has to offer and the GPA and SAT score they require of students who might wish to apply to the school. In addition, at various times throughout the year selected sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to participate in small seminars with an individual representative of a college and or university. These representatives have made it known that they are quite interested in having St. John's Prep students apply to their program. Seminars such as these allow our students to learn first hand what is expected of them academically as they continue here at SJP and anticipate application to these institutions. To date the following colleges/universities have participated in such seminars: Harvard University, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Scranton University, Catholic University, American University.