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Where do we go to drop off my son when it's time to shadow?
Admissions Team

Please drop off your student at the Ballas entrance to the school where our staff or a current Spartan will greet him. 

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What time should I arrive to drop off and pick up on shadow visits?
Admissions Team

Shadow mornings begin at 9:45 a.m. (please do not arrive early). Pick-up time is 1 p.m. Because of restrictions, please drop off and pick up at the circle drive near the Ballas entrance.

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What should my student wear to shadow?
Admissions Team

To follow our business casual dress code, shadows should wear a collared shirt with khaki shorts or pants.

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What safety measures are in place for the shadow events, daily tours, and Open House?
Carrie Becher

We will practice social distancing, keep group sizes small, and wear masks. 

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What if we are running late to our evening visit?
Admissions Team

No problem! Head to our Admissions Office and we will get you joined up with a tour right away. 

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Does it matter what we wear to the evening shadow event, daily tour, or Open House?
Admissions Team

No. Although our typical dress code includes any color khaki pants and a collared shirt, you are welcome to dress comfortably.

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Will we have a chance to meet any current students if we visit in the evening?
Admissions Team

Yes. Students ambassadors will be available to discuss sports, arts, clubs, classes, and other activities as well as answer any questions you may have.

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What if we cannot stay the entire evening for the visit and tour?
Admissions Team

We understand our families are busy! You are welcome to take your boxed dinner to go whenever is convenient. 

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Can I bring siblings to our shadow visit and tour?
Admissions Team

Yes. Your entire family is welcome. Please make sure to enter the number coming on your registration form.

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Which part of campus should we enter for our shadow visit and tour?
Admissions Team

Please enter through our main office off Ballas Road. A student ambassador will be waiting to greet you. 

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How do l find out if my family will qualify for need-based tuition assistance?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

In September, prior to the next school year, families may access and submit an online application with FACTS Management. We consider many factors in determining each family’s tuition responsibility. Along with carefully reviewing FACTS Management recommendations through your completed application, and other qualitative information provided by your family, our committee will determine a sustainable need-based award for your family while enabling our ability to maintaining our mission and commitment to our community. In order to better determine a timely estimate of your need-based tuition assistance award, we highly encourage our incoming families to submit their completed FACTS Management application prior to the January 15 deadline.

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What other expenses might my son incur beyond tuition and tuition fees?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

Tuition does not include the cost of books, lunch, or PE uniforms. These costs can vary depending on student needs. Books can range from $150-$350 per year; students can bring lunch from home or buy in the cafeteria; and PE uniforms are a minimal cost during the semesters your son is in PE.

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What if we cannot afford to enroll our son?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

There may be other sources of tuition assistance available to you. We encourage you to review the options listed below for a potential fit.

We are also happy to meet with you in person to discuss flexible payment plans.

We understand that the process of choosing a high school and determining finances is stressful. It is our sincere hope that by providing this information early in the process we will help you make the best decision for your son and your family.

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Do I need to re-apply for need-based tuition assistance each year?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

Each family must reapply annually before the established application deadline for the following school year. Changes in your income and family status may result in and increased or decreased award.

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If I apply for need-based tuition assistance, will it impact my child’s application for admission?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

No. Need-based tuition assistance applications do not affect admission decisions; admissions and financial need are kept strictly confidential and are considered separately by the school’s admissions and business offices.

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Can you provide me a quick estimate to see if I might be eligible for need-based tuition assistance?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

Please link to our free download. This is an estimate and is non-binding. When reviewing our index please keep in mind the number of awards per bracket may be limited. 

Tuition Assistance Index

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What is De Smet Jesuit High School’s need-based tuition assistance index?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

As the needs of our families have changed over time, so has our model in helping families and students from diverse financial backgrounds. Our tuition index tool provides a flexible tuition model designed to remove barriers for families seeking a Jesuit education at our school. Families who previously did not qualify for tuition assistance may now find an education at De Smet Jesuit High School more accessible. Our tuition index is part of our Jesuit mission and allows us, in partnership with our families, to build a school community that reflects the socioeconomic diversity of the greater St. Louis Area.

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What is the need-based tuition assistance program?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

All students qualifying and awarded need-based assistance will be required to participated in our Work Grant program. We contact each recipient the spring prior to the upcoming school year to schedule their required duties (such as emptying recycling bins or sweeping floors). In addition to assigned work duties, each recipient must maintain good academic and discipline standing.

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What are you looking for in a student?
Maria Lang, Assistant Director of Admissions

Some general guidelines for acceptance at De Smet Jesuit are shared here. Please know we always look at the student first and other factors second.

We typically look for students with an A or B average (occasional Cs); test scores in the proficient to advanced range; and little to no discipline issues. If you are nervous about one of these areas or aren't sure if De Smet Jesuit is the right fit for your son but he wants to apply, we strongly encourage you to apply. 

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What is it really like for new students coming into De Smet Jesuit?
Chris Williams, Assistant Principal for Academics

Day one for any student at any school can feel intimidating. We take several steps to reduce stress and ease concerns for all our students and families. For transfer students:

  1. Our homeroom provides an environment that is small, welcoming, and consistent each morning.
  2. Our teachers go above and beyond to connect with young men, and counselors check in on students to ensure transitions are smooth.
  3. Daily activity period provides regular breathing room for new students to meet with teachers or just hang out with classmates for a few minutes.
  4. Casual opportunities before and after school provide easy ways to socialize with laid back fun such as board game club on Fridays, relaxing in Emerson Lobby, ping pong pop-up games, gathering in Campus Ministry, and breakfast in the cafeteria. 
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What impact will this transfer have on my GPA?
Chris Williams, Assistant Principal for Academics

Grades and GPAs from a previous school remain on a student's transcript from that school; we do not recalculate their GPA but rather offer a fresh start. Our office keeps a copy of transcripts on file for future college applications at which point original, official transcripts from each school attended are submitted. 

De Smet Jesuit uses a 10-point grading scale with an additional .5 point weight for grades in the top three percent of each 10-point bracket (e.g., a B+ for 87-89% earns 3.5 points) and an additional 1 point weight for honors courses (e.g., an A in an honors class earns 5 points).

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How will my current high school credits transfer?
Chris Williams, Assistant Principal for Academics

We meet with each student and his family to review transcripts and create a plan that meets individual needs and satisfies graduation requirements.

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What should I do if I’m thinking about transferring to De Smet Jesuit?
Chris Williams, Assistant Principal for Academics
  1. Contact anyone on our Admissions Team to set up a talk, tour, or day to shadow so you can experience what it’s like and ask any questions.
  2. Contact our Assistant Principal for Academics for questions about GPA and how credits transfer (some details provided below).
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Our Family has multiple households. Does each household submit their own FACTS Management Application?
Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator

Yes. In order to obtain a complete financial profile, regardless of marital status, or their financial obligation, De Smet Jesuit requires both of the student’s natural parents/guardians to complete a FACTS application. If you would like to discuss your unique circumstances, please contact Brenda Reinsfelder, Financial Services Coordinator at breinsfelder@desmet.org or 314-785-1225 so we can discuss the potential of moving forward with your request for need-based assistance.

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Do we need to bring anything for our shadow visit or tour?
Admissions Team

No! We will provide everything you need.

Meet Our Admissions Team

Timothy Sullivan

Timothy Sullivan

Admissions Director
B.S., Business Administration, Maryville University
Maria Lang

Maria Lang

Assistant Director of Admissions
BA, Education, University of Missouri - St. Louis
BA, Spanish, University of Missouri - St. Louis
Becky Lane

Becky Lane

Admissions Counselor
BSN, Occupational Therapy, University of Kansas
CPR/AED Certified, Mercy Hospital
Lisa Mosquera

Lisa Mosquera

Admissions Counselor
BS-Paralegal, Paralegal, Minnesota State University
Brenda Reinsfelder

Brenda Reinsfelder

Financial Services Coordinator
BA, Accounting, Lindenwood University