St. John's students in Form V (3rd grade) and up take the ERB (Education Records Bureau) standardized test each year, as do thousands of students at the nation's best independent schools. In 2011 - 2012, our students scored in the 90th percentile in Verbal Reasoning and in Writing Concepts & Skills, and in the 89th percentile in Quantitative Reasoning.
Beginning in Form V (3rd grade), St. John's students compete in the WordMasters Challenge, a vocabulary competition based on completing analogies which develops verbal reasoning abilities, addresses higher-order thinking skills, and emphasizes logic and reading comprehension. Competing in the difficult Blue Division of the Challenge in 2011 - 2012, the school's Form V placed third in the nation in the school year-end cumulative standings. Also competing in the WordMasters Blue Division, the School's Form VI (4th grade) placed fifth in the nation in the year-end cumulative standing among 698 competing teams. Form VIII (6th grade) placed second in the nation out of 403 schools in the first WordMasters competition and sixth in the nation in the second competition. This class then placed fifth in the nation for the year among 403 teams.
In 2013, the St. John's Middle Division Latin Team took first in the regional Latin Forum for the ninth year in a row, and first in the state of Florida for the third year in a row. Of the 69,000 students worldwide who took the National Latin Exam in 2012, 752 received perfect scores. Seventeen of them were St. John's students.
Thirty Form IX (7th grade) students qualified to take the SAT for the national Duke Talent Identification Program. Twelve students received state recognition for their scores, and one student received national recognition.
Twenty-two students in Forms VII through X (5th through 8th grades) received perfect scores on the National Mythology Exam in 2012.
Five of the 2012-2013 semi-finalists for National Merit Scholar in Tampa were SJE alums.
St. John's student athletes have won League or Tournament championships in all of the following sports in the past three years:
- Boys' Basketball
- Girls' Basketball
- Boys' and Girls' Cross Country
- Girls' Tennis
- Girls' Swimming (first year in existence)
In addition, the St. John's athletes as a group have won the League's Sportsmanship Award for three years in a row, an unprecedented success.
In partnership with St. John's Church, students on all three campuses collected canned goods and donated more than 1,300 pounds of food to the homeless families of Metropolitan Ministries for Thanksgiving 2012.
During Lent 2013, the students raised more than $3,000 of their own money for the construction of a medical center that will serve the students of our sister school in Uganda.
Students also participated in the annual Dads’ Club Day of Service in February 2013.
- Form I (K4) brought in donations of school supplies and assembled pencil boxes for Hillsborough County Education Foundation, while Form II (K5) assembled snack/care bags for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House.
- Forms III through VI (1st through 4th grade) conducted a letter writing campaign to our troops, and collected socks to send overseas with the letters.
- Forms VII through X (5th through 8th grades) cleaned up our local parks, for which they were commended by the Hillsborough County Parks Department.
At the Primary Division every year, students are "Bucket Fillers" of kindness, love, and good deeds for each other. This concept is based on Dr. Donald O. Clifton's metaphor of the "bucket" and the "dipper," or those who add to a person's happiness and those who take away from it, and as illustrated in the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids" by Carol McCloud, required reading for Primary Division students.
At the Lower Division, Forms VI and III pair up as Reading Partners and read together every Friday for 40 minutes, enhancing the skills of our 1st graders and encouraging compassion and mentoring skills in our 4th graders.
In the Primary Division, parent readers join the classrooms each week to read a special book. In the Lower Division, parents volunteer in the library during lunch and recess through the Friends of the Library program.
We have an active Parents’ Club that raised over $170,000 for the School again this year and which has more than 60 committees to create and run events throughout the year like Lower Division Reading Partner Parties, Primary Division Circus Day, Middle Division dances and socials, fundraising "Spirit Nights" at local businesses, and our largest annual Parents’ Club fundraiser, Celebratio.
Our Dads' Club joins the students for an annual Day of Service in January, and dads and kids work together to give back to our community through park clean-ups, collections of items for the needy, and letter-writing campaigns.