Students in class

ACADEMICS: EMPHASIZING EXCELLENCE

St. John’s Northwestern develops innovative, curious, resourceful students

Our curriculum provides a solid college preparatory foundation while encouraging students to become lifelong learners. Students take ownership of their path, looking toward higher education as well as other post-secondary passions and pursuits.

Students in classroom

The core: strong academics

Academic excellence is a centerpiece at St. John’s Northwestern. Diploma options include STEM Honors, Humanities Honors and standard high school diplomas. Academic support starts with supervised evening study and includes structured daily tutorial services as well as peer tutoring.

Few students per class

Small classes, big change

Every course is presented in a small-group setting, with a student-teacher ratio of 6:1 and an average class size of 11. Dedicated faculty direct productive classroom interaction and provide individual attention to guide students to subject mastery.

Armer Family Learning Commons

Resources at the ready

The Armer Family Learning Commons offers students an open-concept, flexible study and collaboration space. The learning commons is home to the library, the Totzke Learning Center and the IT Help Desk.

Student getting recognition certificate

Recognition for your hard work

High-achieving students receive Dean’s List and Dean’s List with Honors distinctions, academic stars and ribbons, and induction into the National Honor Society (NHS, grades 10-12) or National Junior Honor Society (NJHS, grades 7-9). Students may also qualify for the Spanish, German or Chinese honor societies as well as the National Art Honor Society.

Students outdoors

Our expanded classroom: the world

We believe in the power of hands-on, experiential learning. Students broaden their knowledge and horizons outside the classroom through field trips, local excursions, service trips and study abroad.

What’s required:

Middle school

Students in grades 7 and 8 take courses in English, mathematics, science, history, physical education and leadership. They also may take fine arts and foreign language electives.

High school

Graduation requirements for grades 9-12 start with a minimum of 23 units of academic course work. Military Academy cadets must complete at least one year of JROTC. Prefect Academy Students must complete at least one year of the Leadership curriculum.

The total credits earned must include at least 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, 4 social studies, 2 foreign language, and 1 fine art.

Testimonial

“We wanted an excellent education, classes on “how to be an adult”, such as leadership, personal financial planning, and college preparedness in a structured environment. We are grateful to SJNA for helping our son find direction and happiness. He is proud of who he is and is excited about his future!”
| Carrie | Parent of 11th grader