De Smet Jesuit is Expanding its Educational Ministry to Include
Grades 6, 7, and 8, Beginning in August 2025

De Smet Jesuit Appoints Joseph Kilmade as Dean of Grades 6-8

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Most Reverend Mitchell T. Rozanski, Archbishop of St. Louis

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

Rev. Ronny O’Dwyer, S.J., President of De Smet Jesuit

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

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How will this new program impact Catholic parish elementary schools?

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.

Will students in this program have any interaction with De Smet Jesuit High School students?

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.

Where will the program be located?

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.

Will my son have to re-apply for 9th grade at De Smet Jesuit?

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.

When can I submit my son’s application?

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.

The De Smet Jesuit academic program enables a wide variety of students
to realize their God-given potential.

Catholic & Jesuit

Meaningful experiences begin with companionship, an inspiring mission, and a pervasive sense of gratitude.

Academic Excellence

Each person brings valuable experiences to our school community.

Care for the Whole Person

The totality of who we are as humans is honored, respected, and cultivated at De Smet Jesuit High School.

Men for Others

Our motto – men for others — invites us into an education that requires us to be hope-filled and engaged in our vibrant world.