Frequently Asked Questions
Choosing a high school is a major family decision. Making the right choice will first involve understanding your son's needs and your family's values and expectations, then examining the distinct features of each school you are considering. Below are some of the questions we often hear while prospective parents and students are making their decision. We are here to help make this decision as easy as possible. If you have a specific question please call us at (562) 920-1734 ext. 313 or email us here.
- What is St. John Bosco's tuition?
- What charges are not included in the price of tuition?
- What is required to receive an admission decision?
- What is the educational philosophy of St. John Bosco High School?
- What are the qualifications of the faculty of St. John Bosco High School?
- Who are the graduates of St. John Bosco, and where do they attend college?
- How is St. John Bosco High School accredited?
- What AP courses are offered?
- What sports are offered?
- What extracurricular activities are offered?
- What is the admission process?
- Can students transfer to St. John Bosco after the traditional admission process?
- What can I do to prepare my son for admission in terms of studies in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades?
- Is summer school offered?
- How are freshmen placed in academic courses?
- Is the school open to students of all religions? Are all students required to take religion classes?
- What kind of counseling is offered to students?
- How long is the school day? The school year?
- Can food be purchased on campus?
- Are service hours required of parents?
The official campus visit, main application ($50 non-refundable fee), recommendations from the applicant's current principal, English teacher and math teacher, a personal recommendation, school transcript, interview and High School Placement test results. The steps and deadlines involved in our application process are outlined in the admission packet and on this website, but your child will need your assistance and guidance along the way. Our admission counselors also are available to assist throughout the process.
Based on the teachings of St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order, St. John Bosco focuses on the importance of educating the whole person: mind, body and spirit. We provide a caring, nurturing environment where students are encouraged to develop their skills and talents while completing a rigorous, college preparatory course of studies.
The graduates of St. John Bosco High School are compassionate, well-educated men of character and service in the spirit of our founder and saint. Our young men embrace learning in a diverse and competitive environment. Ninety-eight percent of our students over the last 10 years have entered institutions of higher learning.
Advanced Placement courses are offered in Art History, Music Theory, Chemistry, Biology, U.S. History, World History, American Government and Politics, Comparative Government and Politics, Human Geography, Statistics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Spanish Language, Spanish Literature, English Literature, English Language, French Language and Culture, Chinese Language, Japanese Language and Physics.
The athletic program offers 15 sports and 42 athletic teams. It includes Cross Country, Football, Water Polo, Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Baseball, Swimming and Volleyball at the interscholastic level and a Lacrosse, Rugby and Hockey club. We are a member of the Trinity League.
St. John Bosco High School provides a variety of activities which complement a student's scholastic work and help him to develop and express his talents and interests. Students may join a full range of clubs and organizations in the areas of community service, youth ministry, drama, rocketry, fitness, paintball, the arts and honor societies, to name a few.
Students may apply to St. John Bosco High School in the fall and winter of their 8th grade year. Students will need to complete the online application, including an essay about why they wish to attend St. John Bosco High School. Recommendations from the applicants current principal, math teacher, English teacher and school transcripts are required. Students must take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) which is offered in January. Early Commitment application documents must be submitted to school by October 31, 2016. All traditional application documents must be submitted to the school by January 31, 2017. The application fee is $50 which includes the cost for the High School Placement Exam.