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About the Project

To continue providing an excellent education rooted in faith, our school campus must reflect the dedication of our teachers, the excellence of our students and the bright future of our school. The aging building is a pressing concern for the future well-being and safety of our students. Remodeling and expanding our facilities will allow us to address essential infrastructure needs and develop important amenities.

Now is our time to invest and build upon the proud tradition of our beloved school.

We envision a renewed building that will fulfill the needs of our entire community. The projected cost for making this extraordinary vision a reality is $7.5 million.

 Building Priorities 

In the renewed school, expanded classrooms will empower teachers to incorporate technology and innovative teaching methods. The flexible learning spaces will keep St. John’s Academy competitive and increase learning outcomes for students.



New Commons Area

As the centerpiece of the new building, the commons area will serve as a gathering place for students to relax at lunchtime and enjoy socializing with their friends.


The addition of the new chapel will underscore the importance we place on faith and the sacraments and provide a space for students to worship and reflect.


The enlarged childcare will provide vital space to expand the early education and afterschool care. These programs are critical to the continued success of the Academy and serve as a feeder program for the school.


Renovated Classroom

Security is a major concern for our school. To protect our students, we will reconfigure the administrative offices at the front of the school to create a more secure building.


First and second floor renovations will accommodate
21st century learning strategies. The second phase of
the project will include the reorganization of
classrooms, increased classroom sizes and improved
heating and cooling measures.




A Prayer for the Future of St. John’s Academy

O God, Father and giver of all that is good.  We thank you for the many blessings bestowed on St. James Basilica Parish and in particular we thank you for our beloved school, St. John’s Academy.

We beseech your continued blessing upon our efforts to renew and build upon the legacy of Catholic Education in our Parish and City.  We give thanks for all the families and benefactors who have come before us.  May they know the fullness of your rewards. 

Today, inspire us to give of your blessings of time, talent and treasure to build and renew our school, so that generations to come may benefit from your Truth, Love, Forgiveness and Grace. We ask this through Christ our Teacher and Lord for ever and ever.


St. John's Academy, 215 5th Street SE Jamestown, ND 58401