Open to Growth
The graduate of De Smet Jesuit has accepted responsibility for personal growth - intellectual, spiritual, emotional, physical, and social. He has learned to accept himself and is open and flexible in his dealings with others.
Although still very much in the process of developing, the graduate already:
- is beginning to take responsibility for growth as a person; desires integrity, commitment and excellence in multiple facets of ones life.
- is learning how to accept self, both talents and limitations.
- is more conscious of his feelings and is freer and more authentic in expressing them; at the same time is beginning to confront responsibilities to oneself and to others to manage one's impulsive drives.
- is open to a variety of aesthetic experiences, and continues to develop a wide range of imaginative sensibilities.
- is becoming more flexible and open to other points of view; recognizes how much one learns from a careful listening to peers and significant others.
- is developing a habit of reflection on experience.
- is beginning to seek new experiences, even those which involve some risk or the possibility of failure.
- is exploring career and life-style choices within a value frame-work.
- is becoming more open to broader, adult issues.
The graduate of De Smet Jesuit exhibits mastery of a four-year college preparatory curriculum, intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new situations.
By graduation the student already:
- has mastered the fundamental skills of language.
- has mastered the fundamental skills of mathematics.
- can read and summarize material at a level of a beginning college freshman.
- has mastered those academic subjects required for entrance into college (or for some other form of advanced education).
- is developing mastery of logical skills and critical thinking.
- is developing greater precision and a personal style in thought and expression both written and oral.
- is developing a curiosity to explore ideas and issues.
- is developing the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new situations, and can adjust to a variety of learning formats.
- is developing an organized approach to learning tasks.
- can present a convincing argument in written and oral form.
- is taking pride and ownership in his school accomplishments and beginning to enjoy intellectual and aesthetic pursuits.
- has begun to develop a general knowledge of central ideas, methodologies, and the conceptual parameters of a variety of intellectual disciplines of knowledge.
- has begun to relate current issues and perspectives to some of their historical antecedents.
- is growing in appreciation of his cultural heritage.
- has begun to understand some of the public policy implications of the uses of science, technology and capital.
- is beginning to understand both rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the United States.
- is beginning to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the United States form and practice of government.
- has begun to develop a repertory of images of the human person as presented in literature, biography and history: exemplars which are shaping in him a more compassionate and hopeful appreciation of the human community in its variety and potential.
- is beginning to develop that critical consciousness which enables one better to analyze the issues facing contemporary men and women and to evaluate the various points of view on these issues.
The graduate of De Smet Jesuit shows a basic knowledge of scripture, doctrines, and practices of the Catholic Church while examining personal religious beliefs. The graduate explores and develops faith through further study, participation in the faith community, and exposure to the spirituality of St. Ignatius, retreats, and prayer.
More specifically, the Jesuit high school student at graduation:
- has read the Gospels and encountered the person of Jesus Christ as He is presented in the New Testament.
- has a basic understanding of the Church's teaching about Jesus Christ and His redeeming mission, as well as the embodiment of that mission in and through the Church.
- has had some exposure to non-Christian and non-Catholic religious traditions.
- is beginning to take more responsibility for exploring and validating one's own faith.
- has had some personal experience of God, either in private prayer, while on a retreat, in liturgical prayer, or in some other moving experience; is learning how to express self in various methods of prayer
- is beginning to form a Christian conscience and evaluate moral choices, and can reason through moral issues with increasing clarity.
- has begun to appreciate the centrality of the Eucharist to a vibrant Christian community
- is learning through his own failure of the need for healing by and reconciliation with friends, family, Church and the Lord.
- is at the beginning stages of understanding the relationship between faith in Jesus and being a "Man for Others."
- is familiar with Church teaching on social justice.
The graduate of De Smet Jesuit has begun to establish his own identity and move beyond mere self-interest by forming deeper relationships with others, valuing personal friendships, and embracing his relationships to the greater community.
More specifically, the Jesuit high school graduate:
- is learning to trust the fidelity of some friends, members of the family, and some adults of the school community.
- has experienced moments when God's love for him as a person began to be felt.
- is coming to accept and love self as lovable and loved by God and others.
- has begun to come to grips with personal prejudices and stereotypes; communicates more easily with others, especially with peers of other races, religions, nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds.
- has experienced the support of various levels of community in the school.
- has made specific contributions to building up the school community.
- feels more at ease with persons of the opposite sex.
- is beginning to integrate sexuality into his whole personality.
- has begun to appreciate deeper personal friendships, but is also learning that not all relationships are profound and long lasting.
- through service of others, is beginning to appreciate the satisfaction of giving of oneself for other people and thereby finding life enriched.
- is more capable of putting self in another person's place and understanding what that person is feeling.
- is more sensitive to the beauty of the created universe and is more caring about life and the natural environment.
Committed to Justice
The graduate of De Smet Jesuit is aware of the needs of the local and global communities and is beginning to use his time and talents to work toward the further development of a just society. The graduate is preparing to take his place in the community as a concerned, compassionate, and responsible "Man for Others."
By graduation the Jesuit high school student:
- is more aware of selfish attitudes and tendencies which lead one to treat others unjustly; consciously seeks to be more understanding, accepting, and generous with others.
- is beginning to see that Christian faith implies a commitment to a just society.
- is growing in awareness of the global nature of many current social problems (human rights, energy, ecology, food, population, terrorism, arms limitations, etc.) and their impact on various human communities.
- is beginning to understand the structural roots of injustice in social institutions, attitudes and customs.
- recognizes the needs of some disadvantaged segments of the community through working with them in community service programs and has gained some empathetic understanding for their conditions of living.
- is developing both a sense of compassion for the victims of injustice and a concern for those social changes which will assist them in gaining their rights and increased human dignity.
- through reflection and study is becoming aware of alternatives in public policy which govern the services provided for various segments of the community.
- has begun to reflect on public service aspects of future careers.
- is beginning to understand one's obligation as a Christian to participate in the building of a humane, civic and ecclesial community in a way that respects the pluralism of that community.
- is beginning to see the importance of public opinion and voter influence on public policy in local, regional, national and international arenas.
- is just beginning to understand the complexity of many social issues and the need for critical reading of diverse sources of information about them.
- is beginning to confront some of the moral ambiguities imbedded in values promoted by Western culture.
- is just beginning to realize that the values of a consumer society are sometimes in conflict with the demands of a just society, and indeed with the Gospel.
Developing as a Leader
The graduate of De Smet Jesuit is aware of his responsibility to be a leader in the Ignatian tradition of service and collaboration. He has had opportunities to exercise leadership in academic, co-curricular activities, and pastoral activities.
As a result of opportunities to develop leadership skills during his
high school years at De Smet Jesuit, the graduate:
- understands that responsibility and a respect for diversity are essential elements of leadership.
- sees leadership as an opportunity for service to others and the community.
- realizes that leadership requires being a good role model.
- realizes that leadership involves collaboration and cooperation.
- understands that reflection and evaluation are important elements in good decision-making.