Academics

Learning Expectations

A St. John’s student is a faith-filled Catholic who:

  • Participates actively and consciously in liturgical celebrations and the sacraments.
  • Makes use of a variety of prayer forms.
  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Serves others as guided by the social teachings of the Catholic Church.
  • Uses effective strategies for moral decision-making

A St. John’s student is a life long learner who:

  • Demonstrates competency in subject matter as defined by state and diocesan standards.
  • Analyzes, and evaluates information to solve problems in an effective and creative manner.
  • Utilizes technology responsibly to gain knowledge through research.
  • Writes articulate, compelling, imaginative compositions in a variety of genres.
  • Speaks to an audience with confidence and poise.
  • Listens attentively, asks questions and responds appropriately to teachers and peers.
  • Communicates using different forms of expression, including music, visual arts, performing arts, literature and technology.
  • Sets goals, uses organizational tools, and evaluates progress.
  • Demonstrates a desire for learning through enthusiastic and steadfast pursuit of knowledge.

A St. John’s student is a responsible citizen and self-respecting person who:

  • Demonstrates self-control, good sportsmanship, and a cooperative attitude.
  • Understands and respects basic civic rights and responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of global events and social issues and their implications for social justice.
  • Responds to challenges with confidence and recognizes personal strengths.
  • Takes pride in their school, academic endeavors, and personal integrity.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the tenets of our country.

A St. John’s student is a healthy person who:

  • Makes healthy choices regarding nutrition, drug use, and personal hygiene.
  • Maintains a personal level of physical fitness.

Accreditation

St. John the Baptist is proud to be accredited by the following:

  • Western Catholic Education Association 

The Western Catholic Educational Association is a private educational accrediting agency established under the auspices of the Bishops of the Catholic (Arch) Dioceses of California.

The Mission of WCEA is to maintain and improve the quality of elementary and secondary Catholic schools as educational environments that assist students in their faith formation and academic needs.

The major purpose of this agency is to coordinate the accreditation process by assisting schools in their self-evaluative programs, to establish general standards for excellence, to grant WCEA Accreditation, and to cooperate formally with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and other accrediting organizations as determined by the WCEA Board of Directors. In California and Hawaii, WASC (Western Association of Schools & Colleges) co-accredits the school together with WCEA.

  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of six regional associations that accredit public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. The Western region covers institutions in California and Hawaii, the territories of Guam, American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, the Pacific Basin, and East Asia, and areas of the Pacific and East Asia where American/International schools or colleges may apply to it for service.

St. John's was last visited on February 14-16, 2006 by theWestern Association of Schools and Colleges for the seventh time in its forty-seven year history. In early August 2006, Sr. Vianney received the letter confirming that St. John's had received, for the seventh straight visit, the highest term of accreditation possible ("six years, clear"). And this in a time when less than twenty percent of schools receive such a term.
       
Something good is happening at St. John's. This has been objectively confirmed again and again by the national agency designed to make that judgment.We celebrate the dedicated teachers, staff and students who make excellence at St. John's a daily reality. We also say a special "thank you" to teacher Paula Viles, chairperson, and the other members of St. John's WASC steering committee.