St. John's Preparatory School (Queens)

St. John's Preparatory School
21-21 Crescent Street
Astoria, Queens, New York 11105
United States
Coordinates 40°46′46″N 73°54′44″W / 40.77944°N 73.91222°W / 40.77944; -73.91222Coordinates: 40°46′46″N 73°54′44″W / 40.77944°N 73.91222°W / 40.77944; -73.91222
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic;
Vincentian Fathers
Established 1870-1972 (St. John's Prep)
1962 (Mater Christi Diocesan High)
Opened 1980 (present school)
Principal William Higgins
Grades 9-12
Gender Coeducational
Color(s) Red and White         
Slogan "That they may have life more abundantly.." (John 10:10)
Athletics conference Catholic High School Athletic Association
Team name Red Storm
School fees $350 registration fees
Tuition $7,200 (2010-11)
Athletic Director Edward Flood
Graduation Rate 100% Graduation Rate with 99% College Acceptance (2010)
Scholarships Over $20 million dollars in scholarships and grants, 7 year Baccalaureate Program with St. John's University

St. John's Preparatory School is a private, Roman Catholic high school in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, New York City, New York. It is located within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn.


St. John's Preparatory School was established in 1870 by the Vincentian Fathers as the Preparatory Department of St. John's College (later University).[1] In 1955 the College moved out to its new campus and the prep school further expanded, taking over its former buildings. Through the early 1970s, St. John's Prep was all-boys, located in Bedford–Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on Lewis and Hart Avenues. The school closed temporarily in 1972 but reopened in 1981 on Crescent Street in Astoria.

Mater Christi Diocesan High School was founded in 1961 through the efforts of Brian J. McEntegart, then the Bishop of Brooklyn. It had separate boys' and girls' divisions which were staffed by De La Salle Brothers and Sisters of Mercy respectively. In 1974 the divisions were merged to become a fully coeducational school. In 1977 it was turned over to a community-based board of trustees and became known as Mater Christi Catholic High School. The school motto was "Ut vitam habeant et abundantius " from the Gospel of John 10:10, "That They May Have Life More Abundantly." In 1980 the school announced an affiliation with St. John's University. St. John's Prep's charter was re-issued and Mater Christi became St. John's Preparatory School.[2]

St. John's Prep is affiliated with St. John's University, but it is run by an independent board of trustees, which includes members of the Vincentian community. The faculty and the administration are lay people and also religious sisters and brothers from several Catholic religious orders, including most notably, the Sisters of Mercy and the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Course Offerings

St.John's Tests offers Standardized Tests New York State Regents, complete selection of college-credit electives, extensive art and music program, modern and in-depth business department: web page design, AutoCAD, C++ and more, comprehensive language department, life skills program, expanded guidance and career center and more. All students graduate with a New York Regents diploma and in 2014 70% of the senior class won an academic scholarship to college.

Baccalaureate Program

St.John's offers a special program of study as a result of its affiliation with St. John's University. Qualified students may in senior year go the university where they take college courses that account for both their high school diploma and their first year of college. Thus, Prep students can complete high school and attain a baccalaureate degree from the University in seven years rather than the typical eight. Students are eligible to apply for this program if they successfully complete the prescribed academic course of study. As underclassmen, students take a number of advanced courses that are specifically designed so students by junior year will have met all the pre-requisites for most degree programs offered by the university. In the middle of the junior year, the students may choose to complete their final year of high school at St.John's University. Students who remain at St.John's Prep may take advantage of the college courses taught at the Prep. The students can earn up to 20 college credits which are accepted at most major colleges and universities.

Schedule Offerings

Grade 9: Religion, Physical Education, English, Global Studies/ A.P. World History, Regents Integrated Algebra, Regents Living Environment, Foreign Language, Latin, Fine Arts, Computer Concepts, Latin Honors. Grade 10: Religion, Physical Education, English, Global Studies/ A.P. World History, Regents Geometry, Regent Chemistry or Earth Science, Foreign Language Two, Art, Health. Grade 11: Religion, Physical Education, Regents English, Regents U.S. History, Regents Algebra2 and Trigonometry, Regents Physics or Chemistry, Regents Foreign Language Three, Approved Electives.

Athletics and Activities

Boys Teams: Varsity- Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Volleyball. Freshmen basketball and Junior Varsity- Baseball, Basketball, Swimming, Track, Volleyball. Girls Teams: Varsity- Basketball, Cheerleading, Softball, Soccer, Swimming, Step Team, Tennis, Track, Volleyball. Junior Varsity- Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Track, Volleyball. Boys and Girls Track: Fall Season- Cross County. Winter Season- Indoor Track. Spring Season- Outdoor Track and Field Events. Competition on Freshmen, Junior Varsity and Varsity levels. Intramurals: Basketball, Bowling, European Handball, Football, Handball, Paddleball, Ping Pong, Swimming Club, Volleyball, Weight Training Clubs and Activities: African Dance Club, Art Club, Asian Culture Club, Band, Caribbean Culture Club, Chess Club, Computer Club, Drama Club, Environmental Awareness Club, Forensic Team, Speech and Debate, French Language and Culture Club, Gospel Choir, Greek language and Culture Club, Interior Design Club, Irish Language and Culture Club, Italian Language and Culture Club, Jazz Rock Band, Junior Ladies of Charity, Korean Language and Culture Club, Literary Magazine, Math League, Modern Dance Club, Mrs. Johnson Appreciation Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Photography Club, Poetry Club, Plish Language and Culture Club, Railroad Club, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Science Club, Spanish Language and Culture Club, Spanish Dance Club, Stage Crew, Step Dance Team, Student Council, Yearbook and more.


The Gymnasium has modern equipment with a multi-use for seating up to 2,200 people. The Physical Fitness Center has modern Weight Stations, the Outdoor Track Field is a 6 lane, 1/8 mile oval track. The Auditorium seats 2,100 people, with a stage, sound and lighting. The Music Center has band and instrumental rooms. The Library has 30,000 books, and over 8,000 audio visual materials. The Library Center is the yearbook and newspaper composing rooms. The Student Bookstore has up-to-date publications, first quality school athletic wear and souvenirs. The cafeteria has a dining and kitchen facility for 800. Each student is required to sell Chance Books in the Fall and Prize Calendars in the Spring. The school has two elevators, although it has only two floors, besides the basement/ground floor which acts as the cafeteria and more.

Notable alumni


  1. SJPS. "About St. John's". St. John's Preparatory School website. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
  2. SJU. "St John's Prep Records". St. John's University website. Retrieved 2007-08-01.
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