St. John's International School is an English-language international school located in Waterloo, Belgium. The school has a student body from a very international background with 60 different nationalities represented. St. John's runs from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade, the final year of high school. It offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, AP programs are also offered by the school.
St. John's International School was established by the FCJ Sisters in the annexe of their pre-existing school in Brussels, Montjoie, which still exists but is under Archdiocesan control. It was founded at the request of American businessmen based around the Brussels Capital Region who were seeking an English-medium Christian education for their children. There were 114 students from grades 1 to 8 that first school year. In 1969 it moved to its current campus in Waterloo. The high school was added gradually from 1971 onwards. The International Baccalaureate program was adopted in 1978. In 2016, the school was acquired by the Inspired Group of schools which has a network of 26 schools. Scholarships are not oferred.
The International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma programs are offered. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are also available.
Along with a prestigious academic program, St. John's also possesses a rigorous and highly successful athletics program. Using the team name "The Lions", the school competes regularly in the ISSTs (International School Sports Tournament), among others. Over the years St. John's has won top honors at the ISSTs for track and field, volleyball, golf, tennis and basketball. The school boasts two state of the art gymnasiums, as well as a new astroturf soccer field. Teams usually compete on weekends.
In Elementary school, students are encouraged to participate in numerous sports and can join school teams such as the Track and Field Team. Once in Middle School, the sports program becomes more competitive and the students can participate in all of the sports that the school has to offer. The Middle School teams are divided into the "A team" and the "B team". The High School Sports program is the most competitive and draws the most school spirit. In high school the teams are divided into JV and Varsity, and compete against schools in Europe and as far away as Cairo. It is the High School teams that compete in the ISST tournaments.
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