As St. John’s near the end of the school year, we are getting closer and closer to welcoming the class of 2025. Through the changes of this year, the St. John’s admissions team has found unique ways to admit students and prepare them for their first year of high school this Fall. Despite this year’s challenges, the class of 2025 will be one of the biggest in St. John’s history.
Although the process has changed, the number of applicants has stayed consistent, with over 1,100 applications. Close to half the applicant pool was admitted, and interest in attending St. John’s was so high that they were unable to take any off the waitlist.
With prospective students not having the opportunity to shadow and no in-person open house, the admissions team offered many different events for potential applicants and accepted students. In the Fall, multiple Welcome Wednesdays were held. On these days, students and a parent could watch videos about St. John’s and hear people speak about their experience at the school. This Spring, accepted students’ days were held. On these Wednesdays, students were able to come on campus to learn about the student life, the Lasallian community, and academics. After these mini-classes, they got a student-led tour of campus.
Mrs. Hinton, head of St. John’s Director of Admissions, would like to continue these smaller events in the future. “I truly attribute that experience as the reason we were able to enroll in such a great class,” she said. According to a future student, these on-campus events were important when deciding St. John’s. “The tour definitely helped in deciding on St. John’s because I was able to experience the welcoming and lively community that I didn’t get at the other schools I applied to,” they said.
Although the admissions team has made the best out of the challenges this year, it has proven difficult to fully prepare students for high school. Another member of the class of 2025 said they are most nervous about being able to manage my time with my classes, homework, and after school sports/activities.
While the transition to high school might be particularly difficult this fall, the admissions team plans to help by distributing iPads early, in June rather than August, and offering free summer prep courses for incoming freshmen.