I am grateful for De Smet’s leadership in our Archdiocese to conduct the extensive research and dialogue necessary to strategically address the important mission of Catholic education.
Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Archbishop of St. Louis
De Smet Jesuit is Expanding its Educational Ministry to Include
Grades 6, 7, and 8, Beginning in August 2025
We know that ages 11-14 are pivotal years for faith formation and character development, and we specialize in these areas because we know how boys learn.
Rev. Ronny O’Dwyer, S.J., President of De Smet Jesuit
We are currently searching for a Dean of Grades 6, 7, and 8.
The results of the feasibility study indicated that De Smet Jesuit’s expansion to grades 6, 7, and 8 would have a negligible effect on parish elementary schools. The study also indicated significant interest from families with boys enrolled in public schools.
Yes. We will bring grades 6-12 together whenever it makes sense for our community (i.e., all-school Masses, spirit assemblies). We will consider/evaluate all opportunities made possible by this expansion of our Catholic, Jesuit mission including but not limited to mentoring and service. We are excited to discern the possibilities and choose what is best for all students.
Students enrolled in grades 6, 7, and 8 will learn in a “campus within a campus” in De Smet Jesuit’s current building. Their classrooms will be located in a hallway dedicated to the program, and they will enjoy community spaces designed specifically for them.
Eighth grade students with good academic standing and no disciplinary concerns will be automatically accepted to De Smet Jesuit High School’s 9th grade class.
The admission cycle for grades 6, 7, and 8 will begin in August 2024. We will share much more information about the admission process by June 2024.