Why De Smet Jesuit

What Makes De Smet Jesuit Unique?

The St. Louis metro area is rich with high school choices: public schools; secular and religious private schools; charter schools; co-ed Catholic schools; and single-gender Catholic high schools, such as De Smet Jesuit. This number of options is indeed one of the unheralded assets of our community.

So how does a school distinguish itself in a way that makes a meaningful impact on the life of the student and his family, while justifying the investment in tuition?

• Our students are in a top-tier academic program. Compare our performance numbers to other high schools, and you’ll see where we deliver academically, and some options fall short. Our school average ACT score is over 25. We offer more than 130 college credit hours. Our student-teacher ratio is under 10:1, so our students receive more individualized attention. Seventy-seven percent of the Class of 2015 earned a college scholarship.

• Our students graduate prepared for college. They know how to study; how to do homework; how to manage their time; how to collaborate with classmates; and when to turn to teachers or other resources for help. Moreover, they have the grades, skills and resume that will help them get into the college of their choice, and get into the academic major of their choice.

• Our students receive a balanced high school experience. Homework is part of the learning process, but too much homework is a disservice to our students and their families. Too much of a good thing applies to co-curriculars, too, such as athletics. De Smet Jesuit’s balanced approach to academics, religious formation, community service, athletics and clubs helps us form well-rounded graduates.

• Our students are educated in a positive, focused atmosphere, free of the distractions found in many of today’s high schools. Their classmates share their values in academics, faith, recreation and family, and they understand that college is the next step. Our students' education is taken seriously.

• Our students receive individualized attention and encouragement. One guiding characteristic sums up our approach at De Smet Jesuit, which enables the school to provide an outstanding education and four-year experience for young men: Cura personalis. It’s a Latin term that means “care for the whole person.” Not every student comes from the same background, or shares the same interests. Not every student learns at the same pace, or through the same teaching method. If, for example, he enters our school with lackluster math grades, he will have the opportunity and guidance to work his way to honors math courses. Our students are not a statistic in a school district’s files.

• Our students receive a Jesuit education. “I didn’t understand the benefits of a Jesuit education for my son until after he settled in at De Smet,” said one parent. “They get it,” she added. Jesuits believe that prayer is complemented by actions of love. They are pragmatists and problem solvers. They’ve been called “God’s Marines.” A Jesuit-educated student develops a perspective well suited for today’s evolving challenges and opportunities.

• Our students discover new talents and learn new skills outside the classroom. With 53 teams in 19 different sports, more than 50 student-led clubs and organizations, plus our four-year service program, there are ample opportunities for our students to meet new friends, discover untapped talent and find leadership potential.

• Our students become “Men For and With Others” by learning the value of and personal reward from giving back to their fellow man. Students are led to understand that talents are gifts to be developed, not for self-satisfaction or self-gain, but rather, with the help of God, for the good of the human community. De Smet Jesuit offers a four-year, comprehensive service program, which encourages students to become other-centered.

My sophomore year Theology teacher, Mr. Place, really challenged me. He made me think harder… ask why. It was hard for me at first, but then I started meeting with him after class, where we had some really awesome conversations.
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Jacob Linomaz, St. Louis University