Welcome New Students

Upper School

Welcome to St. John's!

Important Information to Help You Get Started:
Scroll down for important dates, links, and downloads. More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available.

Events for Accepted Upper School Students and Families

Course registration is due by 4pm on Friday, May 7, using the online course selection system. Information provided via email by Jennifer Kuhl. 

New Class 10 & 11 Student Orientation: Tuesday, August 24th from 10:00-11:45 AM (more details to follow).


  • Hollis Amley: Head of Upper School—General questions
  • Bailey Duncan: Dean of Students—Student life (clubs & organizations)
  • Jennifer Kuhl: 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)
  • Tesa Stark: Director of Clinical Services (health information, questions regarding physicals, electronic health form (Magnus) questions, prescription medication protocol questions)


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  • SJS Online Community

    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. To access a handout on SJS website general information click here. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Technology Akram Anoushehi at aanoushehi@sjs.org.

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  • Textbook/Course Materials

    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 in the online ordering system. Student schedules will be released via the SJS website in early August.

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  • Uniform Information

    The St. John's uniform can be purchased at Sue Mills: online or the store located at 3465 West Alabama, Suite A. Information regarding the Used Uniform Sale will be announced at a later date. For more information on Sue Mills uniforms, click here.

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  • Health and Information Forms

    Once your student has officially enrolled, electronic health forms and form due dates will be available to you via the student and parent portals.


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  • Summer Reading 2021

    Rising Class 9: Click here for book summaries.
    • 1984 (ISBN: 978-0452284234)
    • The Parable of the Sower (ISBN: 978-1538732182)
    • Station Eleven (ISBN: 978-0804172448)
    Rising Class 10: Click here for book summaries.
    • The Nickel Boys (Doubleday, ISBN: 978-0345804341)
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude (Modern Classics, ISBN: 978-0060883287)
    • Pride and Prejudice (Oxford World's Classics, ISBN: 978-0198826736)
    Rising Class 11:
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (ISBN: 978-0743273565)

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  • Algebra and World Language Placement Exams

    Algebra Exam: Saturday, April 17, 9:00am-11:00am
    The test and instructions will be sent electronically at 9 a.m. on April 17 to newly-admitted Class 9 students. After scoring the exam, Math Department Chair Martha Childress will email the department's recommendation for Class 9 course selection to individual families.

    World Language Placement Exam: Saturday, April 24, 9:00am
    The test and instructions will be sent electronically at 9 a.m. on April 24. Please email World Language Department Chair Aline Means at ameans@sjs.org with any questions. After scoring the exam, Mrs. Means will email individual exam results.


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  • Cheerleading Try-outs

    If you are interested in trying out for '21-'22 Cheer, please click here to sign up by Friday, April 9th. After you submit the form, Coach Everett will send you a packet with the information that you need for virtual tryouts. All questions should be directed to Coach Everett (jaeverett@sjs.org).

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  • Private Instrument Lessons

    For enrolled students, St. John's offers private on-site instruction in piano, guitar, flute, violin, and cello. More detailed information will be posted soon. 


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  • Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program

    All Upper School students are required to bring a laptop computer to school. Click here for more information and FAQ about the program.

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  • 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.

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  • Carpool Information

    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.

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