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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?

For the 2017-18 school year, Bosco tuition is:
9th - 11th Grades: $13,500
12th - Grade: $13,640

What charges are not included in the price of tuition?

Uniforms, books, processing fees, late fees, extra-curricular activities, voluntary trip fees and Campus Store charges. Click here for more information


What is required to receive an admission decision?

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.

What is the educational philosophy of St. John Bosco High School?

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.

What are the qualifications of the faculty of St. John Bosco High School?

Our faculty are a highly trained and certificated community. A majority of the faculty have earned advanced degrees; all teach within their specific disciplines. They continually challenge and encourage students academically while providing a nurturing atmosphere in which to grow.

Who are the graduates of St. John Bosco, and where do they attend college?

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.

    How is St. John Bosco High School accredited?

    St. John Bosco High School is fully accredited through 2021 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

    What AP courses are offered?

    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.

    What sports are offered?

    The athletic program offers 15 sports and 42 athletic teams. It includes Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Water Polo, Basketball, Wrestling, Soccer, Golf, Tennis, Track & Field, Baseball, Swimming and Volleyball at the interscholastic level and a Rugby and Hockey club. We are a member of the Trinity League.

    What extracurricular activities are offered?

    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.

    What is the admission process?

    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, 2017. All traditional application documents must be submitted to the school by January 31, 2018. The application fee is $50 which includes the cost for the High School Placement Exam.

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    Can students transfer to St. John Bosco after the traditional admission process?

    Yes, St. John Bosco is always looking for students interested in an exciting college preparatory education. Contact the admissions office as soon as possible as spaces in upper grades fill quickly.

    What can I do to prepare my son for admission in terms of studies in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades?

    Students interested in attending St. John Bosco should be diligent with their studies, involved in their community and a role model to their peers.

    Is summer school offered?

    Yes, a summer program is offered to incoming 9th grade students. Details will be made available after admissions. Click here to learn more

    How are freshmen placed in academic courses?

    After a complete review of a student's sixth through eighth grade course work, recommendations from his school and his placement exam results, the counseling staff will assign a freshman curriculum that will both challenge and nurture the student academically.

    Is the school open to students of all religions? Are all students required to take religion classes?

    Yes, the school is open to students of all religious denominations and faiths. However, because St. John Bosco is a Catholic school, students take four years of religion courses (graduation requirements) and will be actively involved in a prayerful religious community.

    What kind of counseling is offered to students?

    Both academic and personal counseling are available to students every day.

      How long is the school day? The school year?

      Regular school days run from 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. The year begins in mid-August and ends by the last week of May.

      Can food be purchased on campus?

      Yes, students can purchase food before school, at break, and at lunch from several venues.

      Are service hours required of parents?

      Yes, we have the opportunity for families to get involved in daily school life. Fifteen service hours are required from each family per student.