At our academic core, we are a college prep school. More than 98% of our students go on to four-year colleges—many of them with college credit already earned while in high school—and 77% of our seniors earn at least one scholarship.
Our curriculum prepares young men for college. Our education prepares them for life.
Our talented teachers maintain a rigorous, college-prep learning environment for each student, while also sharing their passion and knowledge for courses that range from STEM classes like 3D printing and digital electronics and creative pursuits such as improv theatre and music production.
In and beyond the classroom, our program cultivates intellectual curiosity and experiential grit.
Our 8:30 a.m. start time was established for a reason. So was our modified 8-period block schedule. We want our students to be rested, healthy, and ready to enjoy the energy of a high school experience.
Your son will receive individualized attention and encouragement at De Smet Jesuit. He will not be a statistic in a school district’s files
We know the future work environment for our current students will demand men who can collaborate with others, incorporate technology, and adapt to an ever-changing landscape.
Your son will become a “man for and with others” by learning the value of giving back to his fellow man.
We have a diverse student body of 675 young men.
go on to college or military academies
earned at least one scholarship
5 points higher than Missouri average
Total value of scholarships awarded to Class of 2020
in 7 out of 8 departments
- Science Teacher
It is important to integrate opportunities for sophomores taking chemistry to become a better overall student. Personal organization, self-advocacy, and responsibility are consistent themes throughout the year. And, of course, everything is connected to faith. We start each class with a student-created prayer and a short, faith-related discussion. These prayers often provide means of developing a deeper relationship with God.
- Science Teacher
Our school is not cookie-cutter. What works for one does not work for all, and each student comes with his unique gifts. In order to effectively reach them, we need to know our students in our classroom and meet them where they are. This speaks to our flexible academic placement as we get to know our students, we place them in courses that meet them where they are and help them reach where they need to be.
- Mom to 2018 Graduate
De Smet Jesuit prepared our son for the independence and responsibility of going away to college. He needed an all-male setting. In the four years our son spent at De Smet Jesuit, we watched him grow into a very respectful, well-rounded young man. The relationships and bonds our son formed in high school truly are for life—a brotherhood he will have wherever he may be.
- Class of 2019
If you have a passion for business, De Smet is a great place to be. I was given the opportunity to manage the concessions stand and literature retail projects where I learned a lot about the concessions business such as setting margins and keeping an inventory. Personal finance taught me the fundamentals of how to properly manage my finances and the economics course was challenging and gave me enough knowledge to easily get an A in my first college economics course.
Teenage boys benefit from a high school block schedule including reduced stress, more engaging class time, more first-choice classes, improved mental health, and a calmer pace to the day.
Our academic curriculum aligns with ACT college and career readiness standards. This infographic depicts statistics about how our students perform on the ACT, which can save tens of thousands of dollars in college.
De Smet Jesuit offers college credit courses in seven out of eight departments, and many students take advantage of this cost savings and chance for enhanced academic rigor.
In a community of strong public school options, our teachers and administrators share the benefits of a private high school education and what makes De Smet Jesuit High School different.
AP Physics students work in teams to test calculations, practice with trigonometric functions, and see how far their rockets will go.