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                  “Re-Opening Smart and Safe”
        2020 - 2021 Calendar & Parent/Student Handbook
                     Saint John’s Catholic Preparatory School
                      3989 Buckeystown Pike, P. O. Box 909
                             Buckeystown, MD 21717
                     301-662-4210 | FAX: 301-892-6877
                             www.saintjohnsprep.org
Dear Saint John’s Community,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! As we embark on what is to be an unprecedented and atypical school year, Saint John’s
remains committed to it’s mission to prepare students to be leaders with good hearts and discerning spirits as they pursue truth,
academic excellence and service to humanity.

Please review this entire parent/student handbook. While the general academic and student life policies and
expectations are no different than any other school year, there have been some adjustments and modifications
made to ensure a smart and safe re-opening in this time of the Covid-19 pandemic. These specifics are outlined
in the school’s re-opening plan that was distributed in July, and can be accessed on the school website at
https://www.saintjohnsprep.org/about-sjcp/reopening-plan. Within this handbook, any section/topic that is marked with an asterisk
(*) indicates that there have been temporary modifications in order for the school to re-open as safe as possible this fall. Clarification
can be found in the re-opening plan, summer communication from the school, or by reaching out directly to the front office at
any point throughout the year.

Agreement to the contents of this handbook includes the understanding that the school re-opening plan for this school year has been
read and will be adhered to until otherwise stated by the school administration.

Wishing you a happy and safe school year.

God Bless,

Will Knotek
Principal
ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF

Dr. Thomas Powell – President                                          Ms. Sue Swensen – Website / Database Administrator
Ms. Kathy Crosby – Executive Assistant to the President                Mr. Joe Jancuk – Director of Technology
Mr. Will Knotek – Principal                                            Mrs. Paulette Anders – School Counselor / College Counselor
Mrs. Jill Seaman – Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs            Mrs. Julie Hoehn – School Counselor
Mr. Peter Strickland – Director of Athletics                           Mrs. Diana Seymour – School Counseling Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Laurie Orlowski – Chief Financial Officer / Human Resources       Mrs. Barbara Miller – Receptionist / Attendance
Mrs. Lisa White – Bookkeeper                                           Mrs. Linda Petrie – Registrar and Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Kelly Weeks –Director of Enrollment Management                    Mrs. Amy Foss – Director of Facilities
Mrs. Nancy Fay – Director of Advancement                               Mrs. Janet Ryczko – Director of Seton Program
Ms. Kara Phoubandith – Enrollment / Advancement Specialist             Mrs. Emily Whittington – Athletics Assistant

                                                                   FACULTY
Mrs. Judy Ballenger – Publications                                     Dr. Bernard Mambo – French
Mrs. Susan Belmar – Math                                               Ms. Maddie McConnell – Social Studies
Mrs. Sarah Blackburn-English                                           Mr. Phill Mees – Social Studies
Mrs. Ann Coughlin - Math                                               Mrs. Bernadette Miller- Art
Mrs. Christine Bruce – Theology                                        Ms. Dawn Miller – Theology / Campus Ministry
Mr. Fred Bubbers – English                                             Mr. Brian Nogay - Science
Mrs. Marsha Flowers - ASL                                              Mr. Greg Ross – Social Studies / Music
Mr. Michael Giangrasso – Music                                         Mr. Wayne Rousculp – Math
Ms. Megan Graff – Math                                                 Mrs. Lourdes Rubino – Spanish
Mr. Chris Gunther – AOPA STEM Program                                  Dr. Erin Smith - Science
Mrs. Amy Katz – Science                                                Mrs. Meg Thomas – Mandarin / Social Studies / Technology
Mr. Robert Krajewski – Theology

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
August 2020
      Sun                 Mon                       Tue                    Wed                      Thu                          Fri                   Sat
                                                                                                                                                  1

2                   3                      4                       5                       6                         7                            8

9                   10                     11                      12                      13                        14                           15

16                  17                     18                      19                      20                        21                           22
                                                                                                                         Substitute Orientation
                                                                                           New Teacher Orientation
                                                                                                                     New Teacher Orientation

23                  24                     25                      26                      27                        28                           29

                         All School             Faculty Training        Faculty Training        Faculty Training          Faculty Training
                          Meeting                   and PD                  and PD                  and PD                     and PD

30                  31

                    Freshman Orientation

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
September 2020
      Sun                  Mon                   Tue                     Wed                     Thu                      Fri                 Sat
                                        1                        2                      3                       4                        5

                                         Freshman Orientation    Freshman Orientation        Freshman Retreat       Senior Orientation

6                   7                   8                        9                      10                      11                       12

                        SCHOOL CLOSED       Sophomore & Junior        First Day of
                           Labor Day           Orientation
                                                                        School

13                  14                  15                       16                     17                      18                       19
                                                                      Back to School
                                                                      Night (Virtual)

20                  21                  22                       23                     24                      25                       26

                                                                      SAT School Day

27                  28                  29                       30

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
October 2020
      Sun                 Mon                  Tue                     Wed                Thu             Fri          Sat
                                                                                     1               2          3

4                   5                   6                      7                     8               9          10

                                                                                          Interims

11                  12                  13                     14                    15              16         17
                                                                    Noon Dismissal

                                                                     PSAT Testing
                                                                     (10th & 11th)

18                  19                  20                     21                    22              23         24

25                  26                  27                     28                    29              30         31

                                                                                                                     Halloween

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
November 2020
       Sun                  Mon                Tue                    Wed                  Thu                   Fri              Sat
1                   2                     3                    4                   5                     6                   7

     Open House          Winter Uniform                                                 Quarter 1 Ends
      (Virtual)              Begins

8                   9                     10                   11                  12                    13                  14

15                  16                    17                   18                  19                    20                  21

22                  23                    24                   25                  26                    27                  28
                                                                                         Thanksgiving
                                                                   SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED         SCHOOL CLOSED

29                  30

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
December 2020
      Sun                  Mon                  Tue                   Wed                  Thu                  Fri             Sat
                                        1                      2                   3                   4                   5

                                             Giving Tuesday

6                   7                   8                      9                   10                  11                  12

                                                                                          Interims

13                  14                  15                     16                  17                  18                  19

20                  21                  22                     23                  24                  25                  26

                                                                                                              Christmas

                        SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED          SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED

27                  28                  29                     30                  31

                        SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED          SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
January 2021
        Sun                  Mon                       Tue                Wed           Thu                     Fri               Sat
                                                                                                      1                      2
                                                                                                           New Year’s Day

                                                                                                          SCHOOL CLOSED

3                   4                         5                      6          7                     8                      9

                         School Resumes

10                  11                        12                     13         14                    15                     16

                                                                                     Quarter 2 Ends

17                  18                        19                     20         21                    22                     23
                         Martin Luther King        Second Semester
                                Day                    Begins

                        SCHOOL CLOSED

24                  25                        26                     27         28                    29                     30

                                                                                                            March for Life

31

      CATHOLIC
     SCHOOLS WEEK

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
February 2021
      Sun                   Mon                    Tue                 Wed                  Thu                  Fri                 Sat
                    1                      2                   3                    4                   5                   6
                                                                                                                                     ACT

                          CATHOLIC               CATHOLIC            CATHOLIC             CATHOLIC            CATHOLIC            CATHOLIC
                         SCHOOLS WEEK           SCHOOLS WEEK        SCHOOLS WEEK         SCHOOLS WEEK        SCHOOLS WEEK        SCHOOLS WEEK

7                   8                      9                   10                   11                  12                  13

                                                                                            Interims

14                  15                     16                  17                   18                  19                  20

                         Presidents’ Day                            Ash Wednesday

                        SCHOOL CLOSED                                   MASS

21                  22                     23                  24                   25                  26                  27

28

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
March 2021
      Sun                 Mon                  Tue                      Wed                     Thu                Fri        Sat
                    1                   2                      3                        4                     5          6

7                   8                   9                      10                       11                    12         13

                                                                                                                               SAT

14                  15                  16                     17                       18                    19         20

                                                                    St. Patrick’s Day        Quarter 3 Ends
                                                                                                                              SOIREE

21                  22                  23                     24                       25                    26         27

28                  29                  30                     31

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
April 2021
      Sun                  Mon                    Tue                 Wed                  Thu                   Fri               Sat
                                                                                   1                    2                     3

                                                                                        Holy Thursday         Good Friday

                                                                                       SCHOOL CLOSED        SCHOOL CLOSED

4                   5                     6                    7                   8                    9                     10

      Easter

                        SCHOOL CLOSED         SCHOOL CLOSED        SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED        SCHOOL CLOSED

11                  12                    13                   14                  15                   16                    17

                             Spring                                                                                                ACT
                         Uniform Begins

18                  19                    20                   21                  22                   23                    24

                                                                                                             Noon Dismissal

                                                                                                                 Prom

25                  26                    27                   28                  29                   30

                                                                                          Interims

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
May 2021
      Sun                   Mon                    Tue                     Wed                      Thu                   Fri                Sat
                                                                                                                                        1

2                   3                    4                         5                        6                   7                       8

                                                                                                                                             SAT
                           AP Exams              AP Exams                  AP Exams                AP Exams            AP Exams

9                   10                   11                        12                       13                  14                      15

                           AP Exams              AP Exams                  AP Exams                AP Exams            AP Exams

16                  17                   18                        19                       20                  21                      22

                          Senior Exams          Senior Exams             Senior Exams                               Senior Grades Due

23                  24                   25                        26                       27                  28                      29
                                             Graduation Practice        Noon Dismissal           Commencement
                                                                       Baccalaureate Mass
                                                Class Picture            Senior Dinner          SCHOOL CLOSED       SCHOOL CLOSED

30                  31
                         Memorial Day

                        SCHOOL CLOSED

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
June 2021
      Sun                   Mon                   Tue                    Wed                     Thu                    Fri               Sat
                                          1                     2                        3                     4                     5

                                                                                                                                          SAT

6                   7                     8                     9                        10                    11                    12

                                               Quarter 4 Ends        Noon Dismissal           Noon Dismissal        Noon Dismissal        ACT
                                                                        EXAMS                    EXAMS                 EXAMS

13                  14                    15                    16                       17                    18                    19
                         Noon Dismissal
                            EXAMS                                    Final Grades Due

                         Quarter 4 Ends                             All School Meeting

20                  21                    22                    23                       24                    25                    26

27                  28                    29                    30

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
July 2021
      Sun                 Mon                  Tue                  Wed        Thu        Fri        Sat
                                                                          1          2          3

4                   5                   6                      7          8          9          10

11                  12                  13                     14         15         16         17

18                  19                  20                     21         22         23         24

25                  26                  27                     28         29         30         31

Dates and times are subject to change, please check website.
Table of Contents
                                                                                                              Discipline Policy ...........................................................................10             Student Services........................................................................... 17
Mission, Vision, and Saint John’s History                                                                          Conduct ...................................................................................10              School Counseling Offices .............................................. 17
Archdiocesan Mission Statement ............................................ 2                                      Honor Code ...........................................................................11                   Child Abuse Laws............................................................... 17
Philosophy and Objectives ..................................................... 2-3                                Disciplinary Consequences.............................................11                                   First Aid and Medication Assistance.......................... 17
Parent Information                                                                                                 Off-Campus Conduct .........................................................12                             Liturgy/Prayer Expectations ........................................ 17
     Parent’s Role in Education ............................................... 3                                  Expulsion Policy ..................................................................12                      Computer Guidelines........................................................ 17
     Parents as Partners ............................................................. 3                           Disciplinary Probation/Semester Rev .......................12                                          Uniforms and Dress Code.................................................... 17-19
Academic Policies .......................................................................... 4                     Discipline Review Board .................................................12                                Uniform Guidelines ........................................................... 17
     Academic Requirements ................................................... 4                                   Disciplinary Appeals .........................................................12                           Winter/Fall Uniform ........................................................ 18
     College Preparatory Diploma .......................................... 4                                      Zero Tolerance Policy ........................................................12                           Fall/Spring Uniform ......................................................... 18
     Diploma with Honors/High Honors ............................. 4                                               Searches and Testing............................................................... 13                     Physical Education Uniform .......................................... 19
     Original Credit ....................................................................... 4                     Harassment ...........................................................................13                   Field Trip Dress Code ....................................................... 19
     Graduation Requirements ................................................ 5                               Interscholastic Athletics ............................................................13                        Out of Uniform Code......................................................... 19
     Marking System .................................................................... 5                         Extracurricular Participation ........................................13                                   Senior Privilege Uniform Code..................................... 19
     Honor Roll ............................................................................... 5                  Gymnasium and Locker Rooms ....................................13                                      Principal’s Right to Amend...................................................... 19
     AP Courses / Dual Credit Courses ............................. 5-6                                       Student Activities                                                                                          AUP Agreement
     Academic Probation, Ineligibility                                                                             Importance of Involvement/                                                                             Authorized Use Policy for Technology ............................... 19
           And Failure Policy ...................................................... 6                                  Student Leadership ..................................................13                               Definitions ............................................................................ 19
     Add – Drop Policy ................................................................ 6                          Activities and Clubs ...........................................................13                         Rights ...................................................................................... 19
     Common Classroom Expectations ................................. 6                                             Assemblies .............................................................................14                 Inappropriate Usage ......................................................... 19
     Community Service Requirements ............................... 7                                              Student Government .........................................................14                             Privacy .................................................................................... 20
     Exams ........................................................................................ 7              National Honor Society ....................................................14                              Internet Information Content ....................................... 20
     Field Trips .........................................................................................7        Campus Ministry .................................................................14                        Online Harassment............................................................ 20
     Homework ............................................................................... 7                    School Dance Policy and Regulations.........................14                                             Vandalism Policy ................................................................ 20
     Non-Discriminatory Policy ............................................... 7                                   Transportation.....................................................................15                      Software Installation ........................................................ 20
     Registration and Placement ............................................. 7                                         Bus Transportation ..................................................15                               Computer Usage Policy Enforcement Guidelines .. 20
     Report Cards........................................................................... 7                          Car Transportation...................................................15                               Ownership ............................................................................ 20
     School Hours .......................................................................... 8                          Transportation Procedures ..................................15                                        License Agreements.......................................................... 20
     School Records and Right to Privacy ........................... 8                                             Visitors to the School ........................................................15                          Acceptable Use .................................................................... 20
     Title IX ....................................................................................... 8       Student Life                                                                                                    Liability .................................................................................. 21
     Transfer of Students ............................................................ 8                           Advertising in School ........................................................15                           Damaged Laptops .............................................................. 21
Admissions Information.............................................................. 8                             Cell Phones and Electronic Devices ............................15                                          Lost or Stolen Laptop ....................................................... 21
     Nondiscriminatory Policy ................................................. 8                                  Change of Address..............................................................15                          No Guaranteed Content Privacy .................................. 21
     Procedure for Admission .................................................. 8                                  Daily Announcements.......................................................15                               Disciplinary Measures ..................................................... 21
     Financial Aid ........................................................................... 9                   Faculty Room........................................................................15                 Assumption of Risk ..................................................................... 22
     Ways to Visit ........................................................................... 9                   Emergency Drills ................................................................15
     Scholarships............................................................................ 9                    Food Services .......................................................................16
     Tuition Refund Policy ......................................................... 9                             Fund-Raising Guidelines..................................................16
Attendance ........................................................................................ 9              Home-School Communication.......................................16
     Absence during the School Day ...................................... 9                                        Lockers ....................................................................................16
     Tardiness .........................................................................................10         Lost and Found ....................................................................16
     Closing of School/Early Dismissal ............................... 10                                          Office Records ......................................................................16
     Closed Campus .................................................................... 10                         School Property ...................................................................16
                                                                                                                   Telephone ....................................................................................... 16

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MISSION STATEMENT                                                                                            PHILOSOPHY
  Educating in a joyful Catholic community of faith, hope and love, Saint John’s Catholic             Saint John’s Catholic Prep enjoys a long tradition of service to its students, its
Preparatory school prepares students to be leaders with good hearts and discerning spirits as       community, and to the kingdom of God. That tradition is rooted in the values established
they pursue truth, academic excellence and service to humanity.                                     by its Jesuit founder, Father John McElroy, which in turn reflects both the message of Jesus
                                                                                                    and the way he taught through wisdom, reason, story and personal example.

                          VISION STATEMENT                                                             We believe that our responsibility is to bring knowledge of the past to our students,
                                                                                                    to engage them in the present, and to prepare them for the future. The purpose of our
   As a prestigious, independent Catholic, college preparatory school, Saint John’s is              effort is to create good citizens, sensitive to the needs of others, morally and intellectually
dedicated to the development and education of the total student and sensitive to the needs          responsible for our world and ready to account to God for their lives. To those ends
of each student and a diverse society. Saint John’s fosters a commitment to academic                we strive to offer a strong academic program intended to endow our students with the
excellence, service, and leadership while inspiring lifelong learners.                              intellectual, spiritual, athletic, and aesthetic qualities needed to maintain the world as God
                                                                                                    intended at its creation.
   Saint John’s Catholic Prep’s Vision is shaped by our five pillars:
  Faith, Leadership, Scholarship, Honor, and Service.
                                                                                                                                       OBJECTIVES
                                      HISTORY                                                         • To recognize the Magisterium of the Church in matters of faith and morals;
                                                                                                      • To provide opportunities for prayer, reflection, and service to others as an expression
  Saint John’s has a remarkably long and distinguished history of academic excellence.                  of one’s faith;
                                                                                                      • To maintain a code of conduct that creates an atmosphere of self-discipline and self-
   May 1782 - John McElroy, SJ, founder of St. John’s Literary Institution, is born in
                                                                                                        direction;
Enniskillen, Ireland. He immigrated to America at the age of twenty-one, settling first in
                                                                                                      • To develop within the individual a respect for self and for others in a family
Baltimore, Maryland, then in Washington, D.C., where he entered the Society of Jesus
                                                                                                        environment;
(Jesuits) at Georgetown.
                                                                                                      • To encourage the student to assume a responsible role in the planning of their
   Circa 1787-1803 - Large, elegant mansion, later known as Prospect Hall and future site               academic program;
of St. John’s Literary Institution was constructed on Red Hill.                                       • To guide students as they progress academically to appreciate the relevance of the past
   1829 - Father McElroy founds Saint John’s in Frederick with the Society of Jesus (who                as it applies to their present and future;
also founded the first free school for black children in Washington D.C., and founded                 • Tomotivate students to strive not only for academic excellence, but also for personal
Boston College in 1865). Charter of St. John’s Literary Institution is obtained from                    satisfaction and social fulfillment;
Maryland State Legislature.                                                                           • To support qualified instructors who, through a variety of techniques and experiences,
                                                                                                        assist students to reach their maximum potentials;
  1915 - St. John’s Literary Institution becomes coeducational, and the School Sisters of             • To provide for each student a core curriculum which is regularly evaluated based on
Notre Dame help staff the parish school.                                                                that student’s individual needs;
  1958 - St. John’s Literary Institution moves from downtown Frederick to the Prospect                • To provide resources for students which develop their skills and motivation to pursue a
Hall property.                                                                                          lifetime of learning; and,
                                                                                                      • To enhance the academic program by providing extracurricular experiences which
  1972 - The School Sisters of Notre Dame were no longer able to staff the school, so a                 foster spiritual, intellectual, physical, and social development.
group of dedicated parents and parishioners pool their energies and resources to keep the
school open. St. John’s opens as the first independent Catholic School in Maryland.
  1979 - Prospect Hall Mansion is placed on the National Register of Historic Places. A
                                                                                                                                 ACCREDITATION
Sesquicentennial Celebration Ball is held for St. John’s Literary Institution.                        Saint John’s Catholic Prep is accredited through AdvancED with the Archdiocese of
  2013 –Saint John’s moves to a new campus in Buckeystown, Maryland, January 2013,                  Baltimore.
and continues growing its academic programs and enrollment

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PARENT’S ROLE IN EDUCATION                                                               As partners, we also ask parents:
                                                                                                        • To see that the student pays for any damage to school books or property due to
   We, at Saint John’s Catholic Prep, consider it a privilege to work with parents in                      carelessness or neglect on the part of the student;
the education of children because we believe parents are the primary educators of their                 • To notify the school with a written note (found on website) when the student is
children. Therefore, it is your right and your duty to become the primary role models for                  absent or tardy;
the development of your child’s life---physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and              • To notify the school office of any changes of address or important contact information;
psychologically. Your choice of Saint John’s Catholic Prep involves a commitment and                    • To meet all financial obligations to the school;
exhibits a concern for helping your child to recognize God as the greatest good in his/her              • To inform the school of any special situation regarding the student’s well-being, safety,
life.                                                                                                      and health;
  A good example is the strongest teacher. Your personal relationship with God, with                    • To complete and return to school any requested information promptly;
each other, and with the Church community will affect the way your child relates to                     • To read school notes and newsletters and to show interest in the student’s total
God and others. Ideals taught in school are not well rooted in the child unless these are                  education;
nurtured by the example of morality and by an honest personal relationship with God in                  • To support the religious and educational goals of the school;
your family life.                                                                                       • To support and cooperate with the discipline policy of the school;
                                                                                                        • To treat teachers with respect and courtesy in discussing student problems.
  Once you have chosen to enter into a partnership with us at Saint John’s we trust you
                                                                                                          “As a parent or guardian, I agree to abide by the rules and regulations of the school as set forth
will be loyal to this commitment. During these years your son or daughter needs constant
                                                                                                     in the parents handbook. I understand that the school believes that a positive and constructive
support from both parents and faculty in order to develop his/her moral, intellectual,
                                                                                                     working relationship between the school and the parent or guardian is essential to the fulfillment
social, cultural, and physical endowment. Neither parents nor teachers can afford to doubt
                                                                                                     of the school’s mission. I understand and agree that the school reserves the right to terminate
the sincerity of the efforts of their educational partner in the quest of challenging and
                                                                                                     enrollment of my child if the school concludes in its sole discretion that the actions of a parent or
nourishing the student to reach his/her potential. It is vital that both parents and teachers
                                                                                                     guardian seriously interfere with the school’s accomplishment of its educational purpose.”
remember that allowing oneself to be caught between the student and the other partner
will never have positive results. To divide authority between school and home or within
the home will only teach disrespect of all authority. Evidence of mutual respect between
parents and teachers will model good mature behavior and relationships.
  Students are naturally eager to grow and learn. However, sometimes in the process of
maturation, new interests may cause them to lose focus. As this natural process occurs,
the student needs both understanding and discipline. At times, your child may perceive
discipline as restrictive. Keep in mind that it is boundaries and limits which provide a
young person with both guidance and security. It is essential that a child take responsibility
for grades he/she has earned and be accountable for homework, long-term assignments,
major tests, service projects, and all other assignments. This responsibility also extends to
times of absence.
  Together, let us begin this year with a commitment to partnership as we support one
another in helping your child to become the best person he/she is capable of becoming.

PARENTS AS PARTNERS
   As partners in the educational process at SJCP, we ask parents to set rules, times, and
limits so that your child:
  •   Arrives at school on time;
  •   Is dressed according to the school dress code;
  •   Completes assignments on time;
  •   Shows mutual respect to peers, faculty and staff.

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ACADEMIC POLICIES                                                                                                                    Diploma with High Honors
                                                                                                                                                                                     To be awarded a “Diploma with High Honors” a student must have a weighted GPA of
Academic Requirements                                                                                                                                                              4.0+ .

   In order to graduate and receive a Saint John’s Catholic Prep diploma, a student                                                                                                  For those students who qualify for the Honors Diploma or High Honors Diploma, a
must pass (65% or better) all required courses and fulfill all academic requirements for                                                                                           student may choose a concentration (although not required).
graduation. These academic standards shall be consistent with state requirements for
the granting of a high school diploma. The school reserves the right to impose academic                                                                                            College Preparatory Diploma with Honors
requirements above and beyond those set by the Maryland State Department of Education.
The school offers three diplomas: a College Preparatory diploma, a Diploma with Honors                                                                                               All requirements for College Preparatory Diploma apply with these additions:
and a Diploma with High Honors. The credit requirements for these diplomas are as                                                                                                    Math/Science Concentration
follows:
                                                                                                                                                                                     Science (1 credit each of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) .................................... 4 credits
Standard Diploma                                                                                                                                                                     Electives in Math/Science................................................................................................... 2 credits
                                                                                                                                                                                     Total Credits Earned ....................................................................................................... 28.5 credits
  Theology.....................................................................................................................................4 credits
                                                                                                                                                                                     All requirements for College Preparatory Diploma apply with these additions:
  (1 credit for each year of enrollment at Saint John’s)
                                                                                                                                                                                     Humanities Concentration
  English ........................................................................................................................................4 credits
                                                                                                                                                                                     Social Studies (1 credit each of Government, U.S., and World) ........................... 4 credits
  Mathematics .............................................................................................................................4 credits
                                                                                                                                                                                     World Language (must be continuous unless approved by administration) ........ 4 credits
  (including 1 credit each of Algebra, Geometry, & Algebra II)
                                                                                                                                                                                     Electives in English, Theology, or Social Studies ........................................................ 2 credits
  Science ........................................................................................................................................3 credits
                                                                                                                                                                                     Total Credits Earned ....................................................................................................... 28.5 credits
  (including 1 credit Biology & 1 credit Chemistry)
                                                                                                                                                                                      Individual college and university entrance requirements differ, and these requirements
  Social Studies ...........................................................................................................................3 credits
                                                                                                                                                                                   are constantly changing. It is important that the student keep in touch with the entrance
  (including 1 credit each of Government, US & World History)                                                                                                                      requirements of the college or university he/she plans to attend upon graduation. For
  World Language ......................................................................................................................3 credits                                   instance, some colleges recommend four years of a world language. This information may
                                                                                                                                                                                   be obtained through the college counselor or by contacting the admissions office at a
  (must be continuous unless approved by administration)                                                                                                                           specific university.
  Fine Arts ...................................................................................................................................... 1 credit
  Technology ................................................................................................................................. 1 credit                            Original Credit
  Personal Finance ..................................................................................................................... ½ credit                                    Original credit may not be taken outside the school during the school year if the
  Physical Education ................................................................................................................. ½ credit                                    course is offered as part of our academic program. Original credit may be taken only
                                                                                                                                                                                   with the permission of the administration if the course is not offered at SJCP or there
  Health .......................................................................................................................................... ½ credit                       are extenuating circumstances. Any exception to the policies on academic probation,
  Electives ................................................................................................................................. 1.5 credits                          ineligibility, or failure policy must be the result of administrative action.
  Total.......................................................................................................................................................... 26 credits

Diploma with Honors
  To be awarded a “Diploma with Honors” a student must have a weighted GPA of 3.5 -
3.99.

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Graduation Requirements                                                                                 For the purpose of determining quarter, semester, and year averages, the traditional
                                                                                                      system of 0-100% is used. Student’s grades are averaged in the following manner.
  1. Students will meet all State of Maryland course and attendance requirements                        1st Quarter                 20%                   3rd Quarter          20%
     necessary for graduation.
  2. Students will meet all requirements for graduation set forth by the Archdiocese of                 2nd Quarter                 20%                   4th Quarter          20%
     Baltimore.                                                                                         Midterm Exam                10%                   Final Exam           10%
  3. Students will meet all course and attendance requirements necessary for graduation as
                                                                                                         Each semester has a value of 50% of the total mark for the year. Both semesters are
     set forth by SJCP.
                                                                                                      averaged for the final mark. If a student fails a final examination, it is up to the discretion
  4. Students will not be permitted to take examinations or participate in any graduation
                                                                                                      of the department, together with the administration, to determine whether academic
     activities unless their financial obligations to the school have been met (tuition, fines,
                                                                                                      achievement for the year merits a passing or failing mark for the course.
     uniforms, etc.).
  5. Seniors must participate in an over-night class retreat.
  6. In order to be considered for class Valedictorian or Salutatorian, a student must be             Honor Roll
     enrolled at SJCP for at least two full years.
  7. Participation in graduation activities is a privilege which may be denied to students              At the end of each semester, the Honor Roll is posted in the front office and students
     due to unseemly behavior, discipline record, failure to attend graduation practice, etc.         should check these lists to ensure that they are recognized at fall and spring assemblies, if
  8. Students must complete 80 hours of approved community service as outlined in this                they have earned Honors.
     handbook.                                                                                          • The President’s List or Honors with Distinction is awarded to students who have
                                                                                                          achieved all A’s or a weighted GPA of 4.0 for the semester.
Marking System                                                                                          • Honors are awarded to students who earn a weighted GPA of 3.5 and achieve no grade
                                                                                                          lower than a B in any subject for the semester.
  A student is evaluated through a variety of measures (i.e., quizzes, tests, speeches, oral
reports, essays, lab work, projects, research papers, preparation, participation, homework),          AP Courses
the weighting of each being left to the discretion of the individual teacher. Students will
be informed of the teachers’ evaluation procedures and systems at the beginning of each                  Students at SJCP have the opportunity to request admission into a variety of AP courses.
marking period.                                                                                       Because of the nature of AP courses, with extensive reading and a heavier-than-usual
  Students are marked on a scale of A, B, C, D, and F. A mark of I (incomplete) must be               work load, a student must possess strong skills and aptitude in a given subject in order
made up within two weeks or it becomes an F. Marks are defined by the following grading/              to be admitted into an AP course. Admission into these courses are based on teacher
points system:                                                                                        recommendation and the student’s academic performance in classes with a similar subject/
                                                                                                      or difficulty level.
      GRADE        %       NON-WEIGHTED                   HONORS                A.P.
                                                                                                         Any student enrolled in an AP class is expected to sit for the College Board exam in
                           QUALITY POINTS                    Q.P.               Q.P.                  May. Exams cost $94 each and payment goes directly to the College Board. In some
         A      90-100              4.0                       4.5               5.0                   instances, at the end of the third quarter, the AP teacher may recommend that struggling
                                                                                                      students forgo the standardized, College Board test altogether and instead opt for an in-
          B     80-89.9             3.0                       3.5               4.0
                                                                                                      class, AP final exam given during senior exam week. Any student who fails to show up for
         C      70-79.9             2.0                       2.5               3.0                   the College Board exam will be required to take an in-class AP final exam in lieu of the
         D      65-69.9             1.0                       1.5               2.0                   actual exam. This exam is graded and counts for a final grade exam.

          F     0-64.9               0                         0                 0                       Students with a demonstrated need who are taking multiple AP exams may request
                                                                                                      financial assistance from SJCP. Fees for AP tests go directly to the College Board but in
  Colleges and universities require GPA to be calculated and reported using the                       some cases, SJCP may be able to pay 50% of each exam after the first exam is covered by
UNWEIGHTED GPA scale. College transcripts will reflect the unweighted GPA.                            the family. The application process should be started at the very beginning of the school
                                                                                                      year, once AP courses have begun.

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Dual Credit Courses Through Mount St. Mary’s University                                                *** Should a student be placed on Academic Probation at the end of the school year
                                                                                                    (4th quarter marking period), the student remains on Academic Probation at the beginning
  Students have the opportunity to take dual credit courses through Mount St. Mary’s                of the next school year until the first interim grades or shows significant improvement (i.e.
University which allow them to earn high school credits towards their diploma as well as            summer school) during the summer at the discretion of the Principal.
college credits. These courses are taken at Mount St. Mary’s Frederick Satellite Campus.
Similar to AP courses, admission into these courses require teacher recommendation and              *Add - Drop Policy*
previous success in a course in the given subject.
                                                                                                      In order to add or drop a course the student must secure permission from their parent
Academic Probation, Ineligibility and Failure Policy                                                or guardian, then from the teacher and department chairperson, and finally from the
                                                                                                    Principal. The drop/add date for any year-long course or semester course is two weeks after
  At SCJP, Academic Warning and Academic Probation serve as cautionary measures to                  the first class meeting. Courses dropped or changed after that date (unless initiated by the
impress upon the student the seriousness of their academic status,to help identify strategies       administration) will be designated on the transcript as a WF (Withdraw/Fail).
for improvement, and to provide support for such improvement.
   A student who falls below a 2.0 GPA or receives two or more F’s in one particular                *Common Classroom Expectations*
interim period will be notified by letter and an email, along with his/her parents/guardians,
that he/she is in danger of being placed on Academic Probation. Any student already on                All classes and subjects will share the following common academic expectations:
Academic Warning who continues to have a GPA below a 2.0 or has two or more F’s by the                1. All assignments must be completed in blue or black ink, except in math oriented
end of a marking period will be placed on Academic Probation (see below).                                classes where pencil is specifically permitted. Research papers and major reports must
  Process of Academic Warning:                                                                           be typed.
                                                                                                      2. Assignments presented for a grade must be clean and neat. Papers torn from spiral
  A letter and an email is sent home with the student’s grade report informing parents of                notebooks are not acceptable. Excessive erasures and misspellings are also not
the Academic Warning status earned by their student and the Academic Warning Process.                    acceptable.
     This process includes:                                                                           3. Credit will not be given for work submitted late unless there is a legitimate excuse, i.e.
                                                                                                         absence due to illness. Each department has its own late-work policy, which will be
  • Student is encouraged to attend tutoring or the Academic Prep Center after school.                   followed.
  • Student will be required to meet with the School Counselor at least one time during               4. Students are required to keep all work for their classes in a notebook or portfolio
    the academic warning process.                                                                        approved by their teachers.
  • Student will complete any additional support that may be required at the discretion of            5. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate posture and attentiveness in the
    the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.                                                        classroom. All materials not pertaining to the class in session must be removed from
  Process of Academic Probation:                                                                         desks.
   An email is sent home after the marking period ends with the student’s grade report                6. Students are expected to raise their hands, not call out, and generally not participate
informing parents of the Academic Probation status earned by the student and the                         in distracting or disrespectful behavior.
Academic Probation process.                                                                           7. No eating and/or drinking (other than water) in classrooms unless a student has the
                                                                                                         teacher’s permission or a doctor’s note.
     This process includes:                                                                           8. No cellphones out or in use during class time. Student laptops are to be charged and
  • Student is encouraged to attend tutoring or the Academic Prep Center after school.                   used per teacher instruction.
  • Student and Parent will be notified by the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.              9. Students are expected to be respectful and not record any portion of the class, whether
  • Student will complete any additional support that may be required at the discretion of               video or audio, without permission of the teacher.
    the Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs.                                                    10. The teacher will instruct students as to when class is over; not the bell.
  • Student will be ineligible to compete or practice in school sanctioned extra-curricular
    athletic events or activities until the next interim period at which time the student
    will either continue on Academic Probation or return to full eligibility. This may also
    include field trips.

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*Community Service Requirements*                                                                         8. All monies collected for the field trip are non-refundable.
                                                                                                         9. Students who are participating in the field trip must ride the bus to and from the field
  Community Service is an important portion of the educational process which addresses                      trip with their class.
the moral and spiritual development of our students. Saint John’s, as a private Catholic
school, has set a quota of no less than 80 hours (20 hours minimum each year). Only 40                 Homework
hours may be earned in-house, on the SJCP campus. On-campus hours in excess of 40
hours will not count towards the grand total number of hours.                                            Students are expected to spend an average of 90 to 120 minutes on homework every
                                                                                                       school night. The emphasis should be on careful reading, studying, writing, computation
  No service hours transfer from elementary/middle school. There is the possibility of                 and completion of written assignments.
completing a portion of community service hours at the school, however any service
project completed at the school must have prior approval by the Community Service
Director or the hours may be denied. Community Service forms must be completely filled                 Non-Discriminatory Policy
out online. All hours and projects completed for service will be kept in a student file in the
                                                                                                         SJCP Prep does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, creed, gender,
Office of the Community Service Director. These files are private and confidential and are
                                                                                                       national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions
not open to outside review. Letters of praise or recommendation for students doing service
                                                                                                       policies and scholarships and student aid programs.
can be obtained for college applications by petitioning the Community Service Director.

*Exams*                                                                                                Registration and Placement of Students
                                                                                                          Registration will be held in the spring in order for students to select classes for the
   Semester and final examinations count as one-fifth of the grade. Students are expected
                                                                                                       next academic year. At that time students will select classes needed or electives desired.
to take their examinations on the day and period scheduled. Make-up exams will only
                                                                                                       If the first choice requested cannot be granted, the student will be placed in their next
be given with a doctor’s certificate or special permission from the Principal. Seniors who
                                                                                                       chosen class. Upperclassmen take priority for placing into electives or upper level courses.
achieve a grade of 90 or better in a year course may be exempt from the final examination
                                                                                                       Students who do not submit their registration forms by the required deadline will not be
subject to teacher approval.
                                                                                                       assured placement in their requested courses. Students who do not have contracts for the
                                                                                                       next school year will not be scheduled and will be removed from the active scheduling file.
*Field Trips*                                                                                            Incoming and transfer students are placed by the administration and guidance personnel
   Field Trips are for educational purposes. Field Trips are privileges afforded to the student;       based upon their academic records, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendations
no student has an absolute right to a field trip. Students can be denied participation if they
fail to meet academic or behavioral requirements. There is a generic “blanket” field trip              Report Cards
permission slip that parents will sign at the beginning of the school year for all field trips.
                                                                                                         Report cards are issued four times a year at the end of each marking period. Progress
  No student will be permitted to leave school for a field trip without parental/legal
                                                                                                       reports at mid-quarter, “interims,” will be issued for all. Parents desiring a conference with
guardian approval.
                                                                                                       any teacher are asked to make this request in writing so that records can be reviewed and
  1. Field trips are designed to correlate with teaching units and to achieve curricular goals         available at the time of the meeting. The school requests parents to call the office prior to
     and must be approved in writing by the Principal.                                                 coming to the school without a scheduled appointment.
  2. Field trips are permissible for all grades when advanced planning, location, and the
     experience insure a successful learning opportunity.
  3. Individual teachers, in consultation with the Administration, reserve the right to
     restrict or deny student participation on any field trip due to, but not limited to, poor
     academic performance, poor conduct, and/or attendance.
  4. The general permission slip, signed by the parent at the beginning of the school
     year, is required before a child will be permitted to attend a field trip activity. Verbal
     permission cannot be accepted.
  5. A fax does not take the place of an original signature.
  6. A telephone call will not be accepted in lieu of the proper field trip permission slip.
  7. Parents may refuse to permit their child from participating in a field trip.

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*School Hours*                                                                                                             ADMISSION INFORMATION
  Classes begin promptly at 9:00 AM on Mondays - Thursday. School will conclude at
2:50 PM on all days. Students not in their classroom at 9:00 AM are considered tardy.                  Nondiscriminatory Policy
The school doors are opened for students at 8:15 AM every morning.
                                                                                                         Saint John’s Catholic Prep admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic
   Unless participating in after school tutoring, a sport or a club while under the                    origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made
supervision of a teacher, coach, or moderator, students should not be unattended on                    available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
campus at any time. If there is a sporting event is occurring in the gym or fields, a student          national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions
may attend as a spectator but must vacate the premises at the conclusion of the event.                 policies, or athletic and other school-administered programs.
In cases such as these, there is always a presiding administrator or coach, such as the
Athletic Director, who will be responsible for indirect supervision and is also responsible              SJCP seeks to enroll college-bound students who are motivated to succeed in a rigorous
for vacating the building and securing all doors at the end of the practice, game or event.            academic environment. The Admissions Committee will only review complete application
Spectators or players at extracurricular events should leave campus immediately following              packages.
the conclusion.
  Any student on campus after the building has been locked up and vacated will be                      Procedures for Admission
considered trespassing.
                                                                                                         For the Saint John’s Application for Admission, please attach a recent photograph of
                                                                                                       the applicant to the application.
School Records and Right to Privacy Policy
                                                                                                         A $65.00 application fee and a $40.00 testing fee (checks made payable to SJCP). If the
   Saint John’s Catholic Prep adheres to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act                   student will be testing at another location, only the application fee is required.
(FERPA) regarding access to student records. This act provides for parental access to                    A signed Transcript Release Form: Please return this form to the Admissions Office with
student records and the confidentiality of those records. Records of students transferring             the completed application.
to other schools will only be sent through the US Mail. No official records will be given to
parents to transport to the new school.                                                                  An Admissions/Placement Test: The test takes approximately 3 hours and is given to
                                                                                                       incoming ninth-graders. It will be held on a Saturday in early December. Registration
  Students requesting records/transcripts/recommendations must make a five school-day                  begins at 8:30 AM and testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM. Please call the Admissions
request to the School Office. All forms should be submitted to the Saint John’s Office for             Office to make arrangements prior to testing. Transfer students are required to take a
distribution. Completed forms will be sent via the U.S. Mail. Special handling will require            placement test after they have submitted a complete application package.
that all postal fees be paid by the parents.
                                                                                                          A Recommendation Form: This form must be completed by the student’s teacher,
   No records will be sent to transferring schools of students whose financial commitment is           guidance counselor, or school principal/director. A student enrolled in an Archdiocese
in arrears.                                                                                            of Baltimore middle school must submit the Archdiocese of Baltimore High School
                                                                                                       Information Form distributed by the student’s middle school. Parents must sign and return
Title IX                                                                                               this form to their child’s middle school. Therefore, students enrolled in an Archdiocese of
                                                                                                       Baltimore middle school are exempt from the Saint John’s Teacher Recommendation Form.
   Saint John’s Catholic Prep adheres to the tenets of Title IX: “No person in the United              Students enrolled in an Archdiocese of Washington middle school may submit their school
States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participating in, be denied the benefits of,       issued recommendation form in lieu of the Saint John’s Teacher Recommendation Form.
or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal            Additional letters of recommendation can be submitted.
financial assistance.”
                                                                                                         A Personal Interview: Students will have a scheduled interview prior to the acceptance
                                                                                                       decision. Interviews are scheduled for mid January.
Transfer of Students                                                                                     ***International students are also required to provide an official bank statement
   Notice of withdrawal of a student should be made by the parent in writing to the School             demonstrating proof of finances for tuition and living expenses, as well as demonstrate
Office in advance of the withdrawal date. This enables the school to prepare necessary                 proficiency in English.
information and settle accounts. Students looking to transfer into Saint John’s during their
senior year will only be considered admission under extenuating circumstances. No student
records will be forwarded to another school until Business Office accounts have been settled.

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Financial Aid                                                                                                                    *ATTENDANCE*
   Financial aid is available for students in grades 9-12 and is based on documented need.          A student’s absence from school interferes with his/her academic progress. When a
A family’s need for financial aid is determined each year by the Saint John’s Catholic Prep       student is absent from school, a parent should call the office by 10:00 AM each day of the
Financial Assistance Committee, which uses information supplied by FACTS Grant & Aid              absence. If the office does not receive a call, a parent will be contacted. This policy is for
Assessment.                                                                                       the protection of the Saint John’s students.
  The following paperwork is required in order to complete the financial aid process at              A written statement giving reasons for the absence or tardiness must be brought to the
Saint John’s Catholic Prep:                                                                       main office upon the student’s return. Saint John’s has an on-line form that should be sent
  •       Saint John’s Catholic Prep Financial Aid Institutional Application                      in with the student. This form can be printed from the school web site. It can be found
                                                                                                  under parent information forms and policies. Should absence for any reason other than
  •       FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment – this form must be completed online                       illness seem imperative, parents are requested to consult with the school receptionist and
  •       Copies of W2’s – uploaded online through FACTS Grant & Aid Assessment                   present a written reason for the absence.
  FACTS: (866) 315-9262 or info@factstuitionaid.com                                                 The school calendar provides for extended weekends and other closures throughout the
   Financial assistance is awarded annually, based on need and availability of funds. A           school year. Parents are encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times
family must reapply every year to be considered for the renewal of financial assistance. If       so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a child’s learning process. Missed assignments are
circumstances do not show a considerable change for a family, the school will make every          the student’s responsibility.
effort to continue assistance. For best consideration and availability of funds, families           Students who are absent due to illness have one day for each day of absence to make up
should submit all application materials by the posted deadline.                                   the missed assignments, quizzes or tests. For example, a student who was absent three days
                                                                                                  would be given three school days to complete the missed work. Absences of more than five
*Ways to Visit*                                                                                   (5) consecutive days require a doctor’s note.
  Shadow Program – Prospective students are invited to attend classes with a current                 Any student with more than 10 accumulated absences in a class per semester may be
Saint John’s student. This is a great opportunity to visit the school, attend classes, meet       given credit for a semester class. A student with twenty (20) accumulated absences during
current students and teachers and have lunch on us! Visits are usually limited to Tuesdays,       a year-long class will not be allowed credit for that course for the year. Missing half the
Wednesdays and Thursdays.                                                                         day or more will count as an absence. Absences and tardiness are recorded on the student’s
                                                                                                  permanent record. The President or Principal reserve the right to grant waivers for
Scholarships                                                                                      extenuating circumstances or medical emergencies.
  All scholarships and financial aid will be awarded in the spring semester to be applied           For short absences, students should make arrangement with classmates regarding
toward the upcoming school year. Because a limited amount of aid is available, it is              assignments. Students may also receive missed assignments from their teacher when they
important that families carefully follow the application instructions and deadlines.              return to school. Students are strongly encouraged to check Google Classroom on days
                                                                                                  they are absent.
Tuition Refund Policy                                                                               Arrangements for regular classroom tests missed because of an absence are to be made
  The enrollment contract signed by the parent stipulates that the school does not refund         with the individual teachers. These tests must be completed upon return.
any tuition payments upon a voluntary withdrawal of the student. However, due to                    If a student drives to school, they are permitted to leave (with parent permission).
extenuating circumstances, the school may consider a partial tuition refund for a voluntary
withdrawal if requested.
                                                                                                  Absence during the School Day
  • Families must notify the school in writing if a student is to withdraw from the school
    and state reason for withdrawal.                                                                 Students needing medical appointments during school hours require a written note
  • Registered students who withdraw before the first full day of school are eligible to          (found on the website) by the parent. Parents are required to sign out their child. If the
    receive a 100% refund less the $750 deposit fee.                                              child returns to school during the same school day, he/she must be signed back into school
  • Registered students who withdraw between the first day of school and December 15th            in the office.
    are eligible for up to a 50% refund if circumstances warrant.
  • Registered students who withdraw after December 15th are not eligible for a refund.
  • The school will not forward records for students who withdraw with an outstanding
    balance.

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