Shrewsbury – Saint John’s High School was recently granted Initial Institutional Accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). In September, Saint John’s hosted a visiting accreditation team from the NEASC for an intensive three-day visit. The visit was the culmination of a yearlong process during which staff, students, board members and parents evaluated the program through the lens of NEASC’s 15 comprehensive accreditation standards.
The NEASC Visiting Committee observed “a school at ‘the top of its game,’ completely focused on the mission: forming young men in the faith and building character by offering a program excellent in every sphere. Clear purpose drives every aspect of life at Saint John’s. It is a marvel to behold. One thousand high school boys move through the day with order and a sense of belonging to a true brotherhood.”
The committee was also “impressed by the drive to consistently ‘raise the bar’ in a model of continuous improvement. That drive has borne much fruit and continues to inspire all engaged in the great mission of Xaverian [Brothers sponsored] schools.”
“The school climate is serious, engaged, peaceful and settled,” according to the NEASC’s report. “The school is clearly balancing program and facilities improvements as the Board of Trustees and headmaster seek the resources necessary to keep Saint John’s in its place as a premier school in central Massachusetts.”
Saint John’s is building a new arts and academics building, scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2015. The school will also focus in future years to continue to build endowment to support programs and to further assist its already existing annual $1 million financial aid budget.