Frequently Asked Questions

Current as of May 11th, 2019


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Q: What will happen to the buildings and grounds of the school?

A: We have begun initial discussions with community leaders to determine the future of the buildings and grounds of the school. In the near-term, they will be properly maintained and cared for. 

Q: Will the school be selling off its assets? Desks, chairs, sporting equipment, etc?

A: Until a determination has been made regarding the future of our buildings and grounds, there will be no sales of current assets.

Q: I donated an item or artifact to the school. What happens to it now? Can I get it back?

A: All artifacts will remain with the school. The Old Boy Association is working to create the SJMS Historical Museum where these important pieces of St. John’s History will be displayed for generations to come.

Q: When did the school close?

A: St. John’s final Commencement was May 11, 2019..

Q: How can I stay in contact with my SJMS Family?

A: St. John’s has two private Facebook groups dedicated to keeping the St. John’s Family together. The St. John’s Military School Family group is for all members of the St. John’s Family and those who love the school. The St. John’s Military School Alumni group is for Old Boys of St. John’s and Old Boys only. There is also a website for the St. John’s Old Boys Association. We hope you will join one of these groups to stay in touch with your St. John’s family.

Q: How can I get my school transcript?

A: Through the end of the year, you may continue to request your official and unofficial transcripts online.

Order Your Transcript Online

Download a paper Transcript Request Form

Fax to 785.309.5489 or mail to PO Box 5020, Salina, KS 67401.

Instructions for future requests will be posted at a future date.

Q: Is the campus still being staffed?

A: There is a small team who will remain on campus to conduct closing operations and maintain the grounds. This team will remain in place until all activities are completed.

Q: Will there be some sort of museum, monument, historical marker, etc. to celebrate the school’s 131-year history?

A: The Old Boy Alumni Association unveiled efforts for the St. John’s Military School Historical Museum at the final Commencement. Find more information here.

Q: Do I have to continue to make tuition payments?

A: We are honoring our contracts to the end of the year and expect our families to do the same.

Q: Where can I get replacement uniform items, badges, ribbons, and medals?

A: You can order JROTC uniform items direct from the Vanguard website. For St. John’s distinctive items please send an email to schools@vanguardmil.com with a description of the uniform item. School-specific items are limited in their availability.

Q: Who owns the school property?

A: St. John’s is a 501c3 non-profit. All assets of the school are owned by the school itself.

Q: Why didn’t the school reach out to alumni and families for donations and assistance sooner?

A: Many efforts at fundraising have been made over years including the annual Muleskinner appeal, a $400,000 donation match campaign in 2018, local community efforts and events, direct contact with alumni and interested parties, alumni events, grants, direct mail, email, and social media. Unfortunately, these efforts yielded moderate results and the school has only been able to maintain its surplus of funds through a small number of large donors and an endowment fund. These were no longer an option.