Welcome Upper School Families

Important Information to Help You Get Started

Online Enrollment - Contracts were due on Wednesday, April 5. Please use the same login and password information you used during the online application. In the case of parents living in separate households, both parents must provide electronic signatures on the enrollment contract. 

Important Dates for 2017-2018
  • Health information and forms will be available in the beginning of April. You will receive notification when they become available. All forms for new students will be due by May 15. 
  • Saturday, April 22, 9:00-11:00 a.m. or Tuesday, April 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m. - Algebra Assessment Exam - Location TBA
  • Saturday, April 29, 9:00-11:00 a.m. in the Upper School Library or Thursday, May 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Chao Family Assembly Room - World Language Placement Exam
  • May 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m. - New Student/Family Pizza Night - Flores Hall/Great Lawn
  • Dance Placement Class for US Caprice Ensemble:
          -Friday, May 5 (1st session 3:45-5:15 p.m.) VST 204
          -Saturday, May 6 (2nd session 9:00-10:30 a.m.) VST 204
          -Saturday, May 6 (3rd session 10:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.) VST 204
  • Friday, May 5 (5:30-7:00pm) - Terpsichore Audition - VST 204
  • Schedule a Course Selection Meeting with Academic Dean Judy Edwards by Friday, May 12.
  • Tuesday, May 30, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Used Uniform Sale - Q205A 
  • Monday-Thursday, August 14-17, 3:00-6:00 p.m. each day in VST 110
  • Thursday - Sunday, August 17 - 20 - Class 9 Campus Orientation and Retreat - Camp Lonehollow
  • Sunday, August 20, 2:00 pm - Class 9 Parent Orientation - Lowe Theater
  • Wednesday, August 23 - Opening Day
  • Friday, August 25, 8:30-10:00 a.m., Back to School Coffee - Ligums Practice Facility 
  • Thursday, August 31, 6:30 p.m. - Upper School Parents Night

Schedule and Course Registration
Once you have officially enrolled by submitting your contract, please contact Becky Leakey (rleakey@sjs.org), who will assist you in scheduling your course selection meeting. This meeting is for both parents and students and should occur no later than May 12.

The Algebra Assessment Exam is for newly-admitted 9th grade students. Parents must email Martha Childress (mchildress@sjs.org) by Wednesday, April 19, with the date of their choice to take the required Algebra Assessment. Dates are: Saturday, April 22, 9-11 a.m.; or Tuesday, April 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Location: TBA.

The World Language Placement Exam will be offered on Saturday, April 29, 9-11 a.m. in the Upper School Library, or Thursday, May 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the Chao Family Assembly Room. Click here to register (registration closes on Monday, April 24 at 3 p.m.). Please bring a #2 pencil. You may access the study guides in the "Downloads" section to the right. Please email Aline Means (ameans@sjs.org) with any questions.

From June through July, you will have the opportunity to order books and course materials through the SJS website.  If a class does not require course materials, it will not be listed. Student schedules will be released via the SJS website in early August.

Private Instrument Lessons
For enrolled students, St. John's offers private on-site instruction in piano, guitar, flute, violin, and cello. If you would like to learn more or register for private guitar, flute, violin, and cello lessons, please click here or for private piano lessons, please click here.

US Choir Placement Auditions
US Choir Placement Auditions will take place Monday through Thursday, August 14 through 17, 3:00-6:00 p.m. each day, in VST 110. These evaluations are designed as “vocal interviews,” allowing the choir directors to assess a student's vocal instrument and musicianship skills. The student will be asked to sing one verse of “My Country Tis of Thee” unaccompanied, vocalize a bit, and perform some standard sight-reading exercises. This is not a pass/fail audition.

Six-minute evaluation slots will assigned in grade level order (all freshmen will audition before the Aug. 17 retreat) and students will be notified of their assigned slots in late July. If a student is unable to meet their assigned time, they may trade slots with someone else on the list.

Les Chanteuses: 9th-10th grade girls
Chorale: 9th-12th grade boys; 11th-12th grade girls
Kantorei: 10th-12th grade boys; and 11th-12th grade girls selected from Chorale membership

If you have any questions please contact Scott Bonasso at sbonasso@sjs.org.

Pick-Up and Drop-Off
Cell phone use is prohibited while driving on campus. Gate 1 is the entrance to the Upper School carpool. Parents are asked to proceed to the circle for drop-off. Please have the student ready to exit in a prompt and orderly fashion. No unattended vehicles will be permitted during carpool. Please do not drop students off on Claremont or in the surrounding neighborhood. The exit from Gate 1 during carpool will be a right-turn-only onto Claremont.

Security

The School asks that parents place a small, circular SJS decal on the lower, passenger side of their car front windshield. Decals are available at the reception areas and parents' desks. We have fully implemented the Raptorware Visitor Management System to help track all campus visitors, including parents, vendors, and contractors. When school visitors check in, we will ask for a valid, government-issued form of identification (such as a driver’s license or passport) that will be scanned by the system. The IDs will be matched against the 50 states’ public sex offender databases, as well as data entered by the School on custody issues and restraining orders. The system will alert us to any person who might jeopardize the safety of the campus. This is not a comprehensive criminal background search—no other criminal information (traffic tickets, warrants, misdemeanors, or felonies) can be searched.  In August, at the New Parent and Student Orientation, parents should bring a government-issued ID such as a driver's license or passport that will be scanned by the system. You will also have an opportunity to do this at the Back to School Coffee on August 25. Visitors to St. John's will be directed to park at the Taub Campus Parking Lot at the southwest corner of Buffalo Speedway and Westheimer. Additional parking is also available in the garage on the Taub Campus.

Uniform Information
The St. John's uniform can be purchased at any Sue Mills location. For more information on Sue Mills uniforms, click here. To view the uniform regulations, click here. Please note that there will be used uniform sales on Tuesday, May 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and in August (details to follow).

Directory and Online Access
Access to our online community will provide you with additional information and insight on the school calendar, programs, and resources, including an online directory with the most up-to-date contact information for members of the St. John’s community. Please use the username and password that you used to submit an application or sign the contract. If you have problems, please click on the "Having Trouble Logging In?" link on the login page. Each parent has his/her own profile and login information. Login information will not change for current parents and Alumni who already have an account with St. John’s. We encourage you to get acquainted with the website. A tutorial is available by clicking on Account > Getting Started or to access a handout on SJS website general information click here. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Technology Jeff Ritter at jritter@sjs.org

This summer, you will receive a printed "Family Directory" in the mail with address, email, and phone information for the SJS Community.


Schedule a School Visit -
We would love for you to spend the day with us!

Visits will take place Thursday, March 23
8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Please email Jennifer Bowen by Monday, March 20 to confirm your child’s visit. Students may wear regular school clothes or current school uniform, and lunch will be provided.

Click here to view the US Campus Visit Invitation. 
Join us for a New Student/Family Pizza Night
Tuesday, May 2, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Flores Hall and Great Lawn

RSVP by April 28 to rleakey@sjs.org
KEY CONTACTS
  • Hollis Amley--Head of Upper School--General questions
  • Elisa Inman--Dean of Upper School--Student life (clubs & organizations)
  • Judy Edwards--Academic Dean--Course registration
  • Bill McDonald--Director of Fine Arts--Ensemble placement or private instrument lessons
  • Vince Arduini--Director of Athletics--Preseason schedules, Strength & Conditioning program
  • Becky Leakey--Upper School Administrative Assistant/Registrar (general questions)
  • Shawn Fleck--Upper School Counselor
  • Tesa Stark--Director of Clinical Services