In 2013 - 2014, the St. John's Middle Division Latin Team took first in the regional Latin Forum for an unprecedented 10th year in a row and first for an amazing fourth year in a row at state. Nationally, only 447 7th graders received perfect scores on the National Latin Exam in 2014, and five of them were at St. John's. Less than 1.5% of the over 140,000 students who took this exam in 8th grade received perfect scores, and four were at St. John's.
St. John's students in Form V (3rd grade) and up take the challenging ERB (Education Records Bureau) standardized test each year, as do thousands of students at the nation's best independent schools. In 2014, our students overall scored in the 91st percentile in Writing Concepts & Skills and in Writing Mechanics, and in the 92nd percentile in Quantitative Reasoning. Our Form X students (8th grade) scored in the 94th percentile in Quantitative Reasoning and in the 95th percentile in Vocabulary, as well as in the 90th percentile in Mathematics.
St. John's second Odyssey of the Mind team took gold at the regional competition, second place at state, and went on to the World competition in summer 2014, where they placed 10th.
Beginning in Form V (3rd grade), St. John's students compete in the WordMasters Challenge, a difficult 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 2013 - 2014, two of St. John's 4th grade classes placed among the top ten teams in the nation in the second meet of the year. In addition as an example of individual St. John's students' success, two of the 66 third graders (out of 6,588 who took the test) in the nation who achieved perfect scores were St. John's students, as were three of the 28 fourth graders (out of 8,110), and one fifth grader out of 30 nationally (out of 8,676) who had a perfect score.
Thirty-five Form IX (7th grade) students qualified to take the ACT or SAT for the national Duke University Talent Identification Program in 2014. Eighteen took one of the tests, and of that eighteen, eleven students received state recognition for their scores and two received national recognition.
Seventeen students in Forms VII through X (5th through 8th grades) received perfect scores on the National Mythology Exam in 2014.
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' and Boys' Soccer
- Girls' Tennis
- Girls' Swimming
In addition, the St. John's athletes as a group have won the League's Sportsmanship Award for four 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 3,200 pounds of food to the homeless families of Metropolitan Ministries for Thanksgiving 2013.
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 2014.
- 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) worked to clean up and improve their Middle Division campus, and went to Feeding America Tampa Bay and Metropolitan Ministries to help feed the hungry and homeless.
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. To read more about the work we do at St. John's to encourage kindness and empathy, click here.
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 raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the School each year and which has more than 60 committees to create and run fun and enriching 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 February, and dads and kids work together to give back to our community through service to the needy, collections of items for underprivileged students, and letter-writing campaigns.