- General Admission
- Admission Process
- Applying to St. John's
- About St. John's
- Affording St. John's
- Wait Pool
- Where do I find the Admissions Office?
- At what age can my child start at St. John's?
- What is the tuition, and what financial assistance and scholarships are available?
- Do you offer transportation?
- Are siblings and children of alumni guaranteed admission?
- Does St. John's require students to be vaccinated in order to be enrolled?
Our entry level year (youngest age group) is our K(4) Primary Division Program. This is a four-year-old program. Children must turn four by September 1 of the year they would start school in mid-August. All applicants are encouraged to begin the application process one year in advance of anticipated school start date.
In the St. John's admission process, every effort is made to accommodate qualified applicants who are siblings of currently enrolled students, children of alumni, or children of faculty and staff. However, admission decisions are based primarily upon the composite qualifications of the individual candidate, space available, and gender balancing. Admission preference is given to community applicants if all other qualifications are equal.
All students must be in compliance with the School Immunization Requirements published by the Florida State Department of Health. Click here to view. Accurate medical information must be on file with Magnus Health and medical records must be updated with Magnus Health and the division office notified if a student’s health situation changes. The School shall be permitted to transmit and share vital medical records among School personnel at its sole discretion in order to ensure the safety and well-being of students. The school may consider individual requests for medical and religious exemptions from vaccine requirements and only when the required documentation is provided (see FDOH Forms DH680 DH681). The School retains the sole discretion to determine whether to grant an exemption from the vaccine requirements. Please note that Florida State law requires a copy of the student’s birth certificate and the original HRS Form 3040 and HRS Form 680 (obtained from your pediatrician) to be in the student’s file at the time of enrollment.
- What kind of test scores does my child need to have to be admitted?
- What should my child wear for a Student Visit?
- What should I tell my child about the Student Visit?
- Who is required to sign the Enrollment Agreement should my child be offered admission to St. John's?
There is no specific test score minimum; however, our applicant pool is competitive. St. John’s admission process is designed to admit qualified, mission-aligned students who are capable of benefiting from the school’s college preparatory program and making a positive contribution to the School community. Test scores serve as a piece of the puzzle in determining "academic readiness and fit."
The Enrollment Agreement establishes the legal relationship between St. John's and its families. This agreement includes, among other things, provisions regarding indemnification and legal action. Every parent, without regard to marital status, custody, guardianship, conservatorship, or financial responsibility, must execute the agreement on behalf of themselves and each St. John's student.
- What do you look for in applicants?
- What is the application timeline?
- When will we know if our child has been accepted?
- What testing is required to apply?
- Do you accept or require letters of recommendation?
- What can I do to prepare my child for the admission process?
- Will my child be interviewed as part of the application process?
- Do you require parent interviews as part of the admission process?
- Can we visit campus and take a tour?
The Office of Admission works to identify, attract, and retain a diverse group of mission-aligned students who demonstrate hard work, faith, honesty, and a commitment to excellence. St. John's seeks families who embrace our core values of academic excellence, citizenship, integrity, diligence, and inclusiveness.
St. John’s offers both a regular enrollment season as well as rolling admissions throughout the academic year with a wait pool as needed. We will offer a virtual Open House on Wednesday, October 14th that will give you a glimpse into the academic program at St. John’s and shows you what sets us apart from other local schools.
Personal tours will begin in October, 2020 and can be arranged by clicking HERE or calling the Office of Enrollment Management at 813.600.4348. After your tour we can arrange for your child(ren) to be assessed which will also continue through early February.
Students applying at our Primary Division will be required to submit an additional application for the Bay Area Association of Independent Schools (BAAIS). An additional playgroup visit typically occurs in January, but is currently TBD due to Covid concerns.
All applications are due by February 1st for the 2021-22 school year. Final decisions will be made and communicated in Early March, 2021.
St. John's admission process is designed to give the Admission Committee the best overall picture of your child so that we can best determine the right “fit.” We do not encourage any form of test prep, however, the best thing you can do is to follow the process and be mindful of dates and deadlines. We encourage you to talk to your child about the process and and ask for their feedback on St. John's. Please feel free to contact our office if you have additional questions.
No. However, we value the interactions with our prospective parents during the admission process whether it be during a campus tour, student assessment/visit drop-off, or our Admissions events. We are looking for families that view their child's educational journey as a partnership and those that share our same core values.
Absolutely! Please visit the Inquire & Apply section of our Admissions website to schedule a tour for dates and times offered. We are happy to accommodate individual requests for other times of the year and/or if you are visiting from out of town. It is an exciting time to be an eagle!
- Is St. John's a Christian school, an Episcopal school, or an independent day school?
- What does Episcopal Identity mean at St. John's?
- Does St. John's welcome students of all faith traditions?
- Does St. John's focus solely on academics?
- Does St. John's have a competitive sports program?
We are all three. St. John's is a Christian school as we are founded on and committed to living out the teachings of Jesus Christ as interpreted through the Anglican tradition with its emphasis on scripture, tradition, and reason.
We are an Episcopal school—a mission of St. John's Episcopal Church—in our worship practices, use of the Book of Common Prayer and hymnals, student servant leaders, and participation in Holy Eucharist weekly and/or monthly by division. Our traditions help confirm faith but do not require conversion to Christian doctrine.
We are an independent day school through our accreditation by the National Association of Independent Schools and our institutional practices.
St. John's values every human being as a child of God. We strive to live with honor, integrity, and respect for all. We are committed to creating, maintaining, and nurturing a diverse, safe and inclusive environment as we prepare young men and women for lives of service and purpose. We worship daily to grow spiritually. We gather in Chapel for prayer and thanksgiving for God’s blessings in our lives. We welcome people of all faith traditions. We embrace diversity in our school community. Diversity enhances the quality of the education that St. John's provides and is essential to the development of well-rounded people. We explore Christianity and religions of the world to develop an understanding and respect of people and cultures. Through community service, our students develop a sense of lifelong responsibility. Serving others raises social awareness in our global context and develops compassion, empathy, and a heart open to others.
St. John's is an academic community where excellence is the standard and complemented by a full array of artistic and athletic programs, daily chapel, experiences, and a myriad of opportunities to lead and serve others. St. John's unparalleled education includes a balance of rigor and nurturing to provide a transformative experience and inspires students to maximize their potential and lead a life of purpose.
The philosophy of St. John's Athletic Department follows the Mission and Core Values of the School. Through participation, teamwork, unity, and commitment, we prepare our students for a lifetime of service to others.
St. John's fields more than 14 athletic teams for grades five through eight. Approximately 90% percent of Middle Division Students play on at least one athletic team. With a no-cut policy, all students have the opportunity to be on an athletic team.
In order to enhance and support the School's basic principles, the Athletic Department develops programs which teach sportsmanship, respect for opponents and the rules, and the ability to win and lose with grace. Each student-athlete will learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, competing, and the joy of competition for its own sake.
Our coaches teach, encourage, and propel ESD teams and individual student-athletes to great accomplishments. In the last few years, St. John's teams have won numerous championships in cross country, volleyball, soccer, basketball, track and field, tennis, baseball, and softball.
St. John's competes in the Florida West Coast League.
- What is St. John's mission regarding tuition assistance?
- For which grades is tuition assistance available?
- Should we wait to be offered admission before we apply for tuition assistance?
- If we are a returning family and received aid last year, can we assume we will receive aid again automatically?
- Is the process different for returning families?
- Does tuition assistance cover the cost of other fees such as books and field trips?
- Does St. John's offer academic, athletic, or merit-based scholarships?
No. Family financial situations can change from year-to-year, therefore tuition assistance is offered of an annual basis. Families must reapply for aid each year their child attends St. John's. Aid is awarded based on a family’s demonstrated need and available funds. Meeting published deadlines is paramount to ensure consideration.
St. John's provides a comprehensive tuition, therefore, only the non-included fees listed below are the responsibility of the family.
St. John's comprehensive tuition includes:
- School supplies
- School-issued 1:1 iPads
- Field trips
- Middle Division Athletics Program
- Graduation events
Tuition does not include:
- After School Care and/or Programs
- School uniforms
- Middle Division PE uniforms
- Class trips (travel-based trips)
- Why is it called a wait “pool” and not a wait “list”?
- Is being put in the wait pool a reflection of my child’s ability to succeed at St. John’s?
- What is the likelihood that my child will be taken out of the wait pool and offered admission?
- How will I be notified if my child is offered admission, and how much time will I have to accept?
- What can we do to increase our chances of being offered admission?
- If my child isn’t accepted in March, is it safe to say that it probably won’t happen?
- What if my child is offered admission and I want to accept it, but I’ve signed a contract and/or paid a deposit at another school?
- If I’ve notified the St. John’s office of admission that I want my child to remain in the wait pool, how long will he/she remain there?
- Will I need to re-apply if my child is not accepted from the current wait pool?
At St. John’s Episcopal School, we call it a wait pool because students are not ranked. When a space becomes available, the admission committee considers many factors when selecting an applicant from the wait pool. Each student brings a unique profile. Whenever an opening occurs, we consider all the children in the wait pool and determine which student would be the best complement to the class. We consider both demographic data (i.e. gender, age with respect to the birthday spread of a classroom, etc.) as well as more subjective data (learning style, social fit with a particular class dynamic, etc.).
We suggest the following two steps:
- Keep your child’s file with us up to date. Make sure that your child’s school forwards the most current information, such as spring report cards, progress reports, etc. These can be added to an applicant’s file at any time. When we review wait pool candidates, it’s helpful if we have the most current information.
- Keep in touch. Let us know if you’re still interested, or if you’ve made other plans. You can even let us know if you’ve made other plans, but are still interested. We like to stay in touch!
Yes. To pursue a space for your child the following year, you should contact the office of admission in the fall and discuss your application. You will not need to attend another evening open house or school day tour, although you are welcome to if you choose. All other application requirements remain the same (application, teacher evaluation, school records, parent interview, and student visit.)