Military School For Boys

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St. John’s Military School for boys is a private boarding military school for 235 male students from grades 6 to 12 located in Salina, Kansas. The faculty and staff at St. John’s are dedicated to helping young men develop their leadership and academic skills in a safe and structured, achievement based environment. Our mission is to provide each Cadet with the opportunity to grow spiritually, morally, intellectually, and physically.

The Origin of Our School

Through the foresight and efforts of an Episcopal Bishop, the Right Reverend Elisha Smith Thomas, and a group of prominent Salina businessmen, St. John’s Military School for boys opened in 1887. These men recognized the need for a disciplined educational and living environment for young boys and established a military school to be operated under church auspices. In the more than 125 years since, St. John’s Military School for boys has helped raise young men into outstanding leaders.

The structured and basic environment that Cadets experience at St. John’s allows them to pursue academics without the distractions common to most high school and middle school environments. Our low student-to-teacher ratio and emphasis on controlled study hall environments provide each Cadet with the opportunity to reach their full academic and intellectual potential. Cadets needing special support receive it from the academic faculty, other staff members or high-performing Cadet tutors. St. John’s is one of the few schools in the nation to receive dual accreditation. All these factors, combined with our ability to be involved with every aspect of a student’s daily life, lead to great academic success. We take great pride in the accomplishments of our Cadets and know that they are learning skills that will serve them well in the future.
The Corps of Cadets is organized as a battalion similar to those in the U.S. Army. This structure allows Cadets to learn about and exercise leadership principles and develop self-discipline that will enhance their future lives. Cadets receive practical experience in the organization and execution of daily activities of the corps. This is all done under the watchful eye of the dedicated and caring members of the military staff. Through one-on-one mentoring programs, Cadets learn moral values, reliability, honesty and responsibility to others. The military staff supervises and cares for the Cadets around the clock. We maintain a clean and safe environment where Cadets can explore their capabilities, learn to cope with failures, and develop self-confidence and pride. The bonds of brotherhood are formed and galvanized in this environment. Our Cadets form relationships that last the remainder of their lives. Their commitment to each other helps them navigate difficult times and strengthens them individually.
St. John’s offers numerous varsity, club and intramural athletic programs that emphasize physical health and develop healthy habits that will enhance our Cadets’ lives. Each day, after school, every Cadet must participate in one of these activities. Through them, they become more healthy and confident while learning sportsmanship and teamwork. Our physical activities cater to each boy’s personal capabilities, and the many options available allow Cadets to find one that holds their interest and encourages their innate skills. All physical activities are conducted under the supervision of staff, including adult military advisers and coaches. Each Cadet’s well being and physical growth are of primary concern.
Our Cadets attend mandatory Eucharistic services each Sunday morning and a prayer service on Wednesday evening. Cadets of other denominations can then also attend their own services. While services conducted by our chaplain follow the liturgy of the Episcopal Church, we do not intend to make Episcopalians of all Cadets. We enjoy the diversity that our Cadets bring and have had young men from almost all religious backgrounds. Our programs are designed to encourage each young man to begin on or continue on his own exploration of faith. Small-group meetings and evening devotionals allow Cadets to share their stories, learn from each other and develop their religious beliefs. Our full-time chaplain is present in the classrooms and is involved in all Cadets’ daily lives. He is ever present to provide pastoral care and spiritual uplift.
We provide an environment that is clean, safe and inviting for Cadets. Our staff works selflessly to provide each individual Cadet with their specific needs. Staff become mentors, advisers and confidants, and provide structure when needed. To assist them, we have a campuswide security camera system that provides continuous surveillance of the common areas of barracks and outside campus areas. Our nursing staff is available to Cadets during all waking hours and on call each night. The medical staff is focused on preventive care and the treatment of injuries and illness. In addition to the nursing staff, we offer physicians’ care, chiropractic care, off-campus counseling, and support groups using respected physical and mental health organizations.
Sending your son to St. John’s is not a transfer of responsibility. We view ourselves as being in partnership with parents. Through constant communication from teachers, military advisers, nursing staff and other faculty, we can better provide the unique assistance that each Cadet needs. Your input and involvement in your son’s St. John’s experience is critical to his success. Our dedication is obvious to the parents of current Cadets, as evidenced by their comments on our annual parental survey. The results of the most recent survey are available on our website.

Leadership Through Excellence

The principle objective of St. John’s Military School for boys is to help ensure our Cadets’ future lives are filled with success, happiness, and personal fulfillment. This is achieved through a rigorous academic environment complemented by a structured campus life, promoting the development of personal qualities such as personal graces, confidence, respect, high moral character, and leadership values that will be indispensable to them in their future years. Each Cadet attending St. John’s possesses his own unique personality, personal strengths, challenges and values. As a result, the faculty and staff of the school make every effort to work with each student to develop a tailored and individualized program to allow his personal attributes to flourish. This unique balance of a structured living environment along with the development of academic objectives help each Cadet to develop a high degree of self-discipline as well as self-confidence in their innate abilities. Cadets attending St. John’s come from 32 different states and 7 foreign countries. The opportunity to live together and learn from each other is an invaluable experience. Over time, these young men forge a brotherhood as a result of living in the school’s supportive environment. They also quickly bond with faculty and staff, creating relationships that will be a lasting and rewarding part of their memories of St. John’s.

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