Commandant, MAJ George H. Stelljes


Thank you for considering St. John’s Military School for your young man. The challenges he will face will help him mature and grow in ways he has never imagined possible. Whether you are considering this step for academic reasons or to help him become a more well rounded person, he will find the structure and physical demands of St. John’s challenging, but highly rewarding. Through our multifaceted approach, he will discover strengths within himself that will not only prepare him for higher education upon graduation, but also for the life beyond high school. I invite you to visit our campus during one of our open houses, Parents’ weekend’s, or our Commencement Celebration and see for yourself what St. John’s has to offer. During our open houses you will have the opportunity to speak with our President, Commandant, Academic Dean, and Senior Army Instructor. In addition to the availability of our on-campus faculty, staff, and administration, we will give you the opportunity to speak with current cadets in order to give you a firsthand account of life at SJMS. If you would like we can also provide you with contact information for past cadets, parents of cadets, and friends of the school so they may share with you personal stories of success, and their individual accounts of how St. John’s has touched their lives. Thank you for taking the time to consider St. John’s and we welcome the opportunity to speak with you about what the St. John’s family has to offer.

Structured Environment

The school is a living demonstration that prepares each student to become a participating member in society. While academics are designed to stretch the mental abilities of each student, it is the military side of the school in which each Cadet experiences what it means to have self-worth, and develops his latent leadership skills. The school receives young men at a key developmental stage in life; often they are struggling with issues of self-identity and self-discipline. The structured living environment is enhanced by the military lifestyle where peer leadership and peer demonstration are powerful tools with which a young man begins to establish a more mature sense of self.

Integrity & Responsibility

Integrity and responsibility are vital to producing well-developed Cadets. SJMS uses positive reinforcement and encouragement to reward our students for positive behavior. Positive reinforcement motivates each student to excel in our programs and develops confidence that students will carry into their future.

In order to maintain our disciplined, structured environment, it is essential for our faculty and staff to display leadership skills and personal character traits to set strong examples for our Cadets. Although leadership is an integral aspect of our program, additional character traits are necessary for student development: Dependability, courtesy, orderliness, promptness, personal responsibility, and respect and empathy for others.