Head of School Message

 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju. As its first Head of School I am honored at the opportunity to work with a world-class faculty in a state-of-the-art facility now operating in its 3rd year.

 We are delighted to be located on Korea’s beautiful island of Jeju and proud of our connection to our home school in Vermont. Founded in 1842, St. Johnsbury Academy is a deeply respected independent secondary school widely recognized as an institution that develops character, academic excellence, and civic awareness in its students.

Here at St. Johnsbury Academy Jeju we follow the same mission statement honored by our home school since its inception: Character, Inquiry, Community. Our entire school community is committed to the values of respect, compassion, integrity, and altruism.

Our growth since we opened has been impressive. This year we welcomed nearly 800 students. Our parents, students, faculty, and staff have helped to build one of the more successful schools in the country. To this end, we’re re now an official “Candidate for Accreditation” by the New England Association of School and Colleges (NEASC). This is the same organization that accredits Harvard and MIT. This year we’ll begin our “Internal Review” with our eyes on the goal of having our full accreditation by the end of 2020.

Academically, our principal objective is to fuse learning with real-world applications. To this end, our educators design innovative curricula that focus on Inquiry/Project-Based Learning (IPBL).

In addition, we offer a unique Capstone Intensive Learning Model (CILM) in grades 5, 8 and 12. It provides numerous opportunities for students to research and present projects that are personally meaningful. Through this we endeavor to engage and encourage each student to discover his or her passion in life.

We are dedicated to assisting our students so that when they attend their future colleges and universities they are ready to pursue their passions with a deep love of learning and are fully prepared to be principled leaders who make a difference in their communities, countries, and our world.

I am truly enthused by the opportunities before us this year and in the future as we prepare our students for success. Please accept my personal invitation to visit us and spend a day touring our beautiful campus.

Peter M. Toscano, Ed.D.
Head of School