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Curriculum Overview

Students at St. John's are educated with a classical curriculum aimed to provide them with the highest standard of learning. The academic program is integrated from year to year, building on developments from previous grade levels and promoting engaged learning, critical thinking and evaluative skills. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, it delivers an academic foundation of extremely high standing, preparing young people for college and university study, work, and enriching lives in the world around them.


What follows is a basic overview of the materials covered at each grade level grouping as part of our curriculum.

Special note: In the summer of 2010 we will be engaging in an internal curriculum development exercise, providing us with the opportunity to take the successes of recent years and refine further our teaching patterns, methods, and scope to ensure our students meet with growth and success at every stage of their education.


Grades K-2

  • Religion
  • English Language
    • Phonics
    • Reading (Phonics based)
    • Spelling
    • Poetry
    • Penmanship
  • Arithmetic
  • Science/Health
  • History/Geography
  • Russian or Greek Language
  • Music Appreciation
  • Art
  • Physical Education

Grades 3-5

  • Religion
  • English
    • Writing
    • Spelling
    • Reading (Literature)
    • Grammar
    • Penmanship
  • Arithmetic
  • Russian or Greek Language
  • Science/Health
  • History/Geography: American & World
  • Music: Theory & Appreciation
  • Art
  • Physical Education
Note: From Grade 3, subjects begin to be taught more and more in dedicated sessions with their own teachers, and students benefit from a variety of different teachers contributing to their studies and growth.

Grades 6-8

  • Religion
  • English Language
    • Spelling
    • Grammar
    • Latin and Greek word roots
  • English Literature
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Poetry
  • Mathematics
  • Russian or Greek Language
  • Science/Health
    • Biology
    • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
  • History/Geography: American & World
  • French
  • Music: Theory & Appreciation, Kliros (Church Singing)
  • Art: Application, Appreciation, and History
  • Physical Education

High School Study Program

  • Continuation of all above subjects
  • Orthodox Seminar *
  • AP American History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP English Language and Composition
  • AP English Literature and Composition
  • AP French
  • AP Government
  • AP Physics
  • Ballroom Dance

Extra-Curricular/additional subjects

  • College Counseling
  • Photography
  • Church Choir Singing

*Orthodox Seminar:

This course is an inquiry into an Orthodox perspective on the individual, society, and the universe. Starting with Orthodox principles, we examine ancient and modern realms of thought and creativity, exploring and analyzing them dialectically with the aim of developing an authentic Orthodox outlook. The course can be distinguished from a Religion class in that it is not presenting information about a subject as much as subjecting various areas of knowledge to an Orthodox critique. The purpose is both to strengthen students’ Orthodox commitment and to deepen their ability to think clearly about the world in which they live. 

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