Academic Competitions

St. John offers a variety of opportunities for academic competition each year.

National Geographic Geography Bee

Students in grades 5-8 compete to represent St. John in the Geography Bee sponsored annually by the National Geographic Society. They prepare for this by participation in National Geography Week activities each November. Students in grades 1-4 also participate in Geography Week activities and competitions.


Students in 3rd grade build robots and compete in local robotics competitions throughout year.

Spelling Bee

Students in grades 5-8 compete to represent St. John in the annual Scripps-Howard National Spelling Bee. A local competition is held to determine our School Spelling Champion. Students in Grades 1-4 also participate in a Spelling Bee in the spring of each year.


Students in Grades 1-8 participate in the Sci-Fest sponsored each year by the Central Indiana Lutheran Schools. This problem-solving competition involves a team of 2-3 students working to solve a challenge placed before them. Winners of the St. John Sci-Fest represent the school at the district level.

School Scrabble

Scrabble is much more than just a game at St. John. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to participate on the St. John Scrabble team. St. John hosts the Indiana State Scrabble Tournament each year and also sends two or three teams to the National Scrabble Championship each year.