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A guide to St. Ignatius College Prep

© Andrew Jameson St Ignatius School Chicago IL
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St. Ignatius College Prep enjoys a strong academic reputation, offering an enriched curriculum in literature, language, maths, computer science, art and music, science and religion.

St. Ignatius College Prep is a co-educational, Catholic, college preparatory school, sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits).

It was founded in 1869 by Fr. Arnold Damen, S.J., a Belgian missionary to the United States.

The school’s main building, located on Chicago’s West Side, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was designated a Chicago Landmark on March 1987.

Mission statement

Through outstanding teaching and personal formation, the school challenges its students to intellectual excellence, integrity, and life-long learning and growth to use God’s gifts to promote social justice for the greater glory of God.

Academic departments

The academic departments of Saint Ignatius College include: English, Fine Arts, Health/Physical Education, Language, Mathematics, Instructional Technology, Religious Studies, Science and Social Studies.

Diversity department

The school also has a Diversity Department, which supports programming for diversity education in the Saint Ignatius community.

Various courses at Saint Ignatius help students learn about ethnicity, race, language, religion, gender, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, body image, appearance, personality, intellectual ability, physical ability, and political beliefs.
Applicants may be admitted for available places at the freshmen, sophomore, and junior grade levels.

Transfer students are usually admitted at the beginning of the school year.


To be admitted to the freshman class, one must have satisfactorily completed the eighth grade or its equivalent.

Students must take the entrance exam in January of their eighth grade year. Applicants are accepted on the basis of scores on an entrance exam, previous academic performance and previous standardised testing.

Tuition assistance program

Although the school offers no scholarships, approximately $3 million in tuition assistance is available to students, who demonstrate financial need.

Accepted students receive tuition assistance applications in their enrolment packet.

Every family is invited to apply, regardless of family income.

Campus visit program

All interested eighth grade students are welcome to visit Saint Ignatius as an "Ignatian for a Day" under the Campus Visit Program.

This can help them to make an informed decision, on where to attend high school.

Each eighth grade student will be accompanied by a current freshman, and will attend class, meet teachers and students, and have lunch in the cafeteria to experience a typical day of a Saint Ignatius student.


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