Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas offers young men an excellent, Catholic education in the classical Jesuit tradition with the purpose of forming a community of men with high moral principles and service to others.The mission of Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas draws its inspiration and vision from St. Ignatius Loyola and seeks in all it does to work ad majorem Dei gloriam, to the greater glory of God.
- Jesuit Dallas offers young men an excellent education.
- Jesuit Dallas offers young men a Catholic education.
- Jesuit Dallas offers young men an education in the classical Jesuit tradition.
- Jesuit Dallas offers young men an education that forms a community.
- Jesuit Dallas offers young men an education of high moral principles.
- Jesuit Dallas offers young men an education for service to others.
In offering a college preparatory education, Jesuit emphasizes academic excellence and intellectual challenge. The interaction of students and faculty introduces each student to the various fields of human knowledge, invites him to a mastery of particular skills, teaches him how to learn for himself, and encourages him to think critically. Thus, the program of studies looks to develop in its students “perfect eloquence,” having something worthwhile to say and being able to express it effectively and persuasively.
Jesuit recognizes the importance of educating the whole person, and thus every aspect of the school seeks the fullest possible development of every dimension of its students. Such a liberal education frees the student to develop fully the human potential God has given him. Jesuit’s education seeks to inspire a joy in learning and a thirst for greater and deeper knowledge.
Jesuit exists as part of the apostolic mission of the Roman Catholic Church. It thus takes as its cornerstone an attitude of thinking with the Church, remaining faithful to its teachings and presenting clearly and honestly its fundamental beliefs.
As a Catholic institution, Jesuit draws spiritual strength from its liturgical life in celebrating the sacraments, especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Jesuit likewise incorporates communal prayer as an integral part of the school’s regular order and offers its students opportunities to develop and deepen their personal prayer lives.
Jesuit’s commitment to drawing students from all ethnic backgrounds flows from its participation in the Church’s mission to make disciples of all nations. Its respect for diversity rests on the understanding of the common origin and goal of all human beings in God. Moreover, Jesuit’s Catholic identity, drawing on the Church’s defined teachings on religious liberty, likewise insures a proper respect for the conscience and convictions of all.
Jesuit stands committed to the religious development of all students and thus — in ways proper to a school — makes concrete experiences of church life available to all.
Jesuit’s education program flows from a tradition of schools that stretches to the work of St. Ignatius Loyola and the first Jesuits in the 1540s. This tradition seeks to form students on the classic model of the Greeks—in its Christian version: balanced, serene, and constant. This heritage demands a structured and sequential program of studies that calls for an active role of the student in learning.
The Jesuit educational tradition centers its curriculum around the person rather than the material. Therefore, a guiding principle is personal care of the individual, whereby teachers have personal knowledge of, care for, and close rapport with their students.
Both academic education and religious formation in Jesuit schools draw their vision from St. Ignatius Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises. This vision sees our human goal as the praise, reverence, and service of God and seeks to free us for the proper use of all other created good as means to this end. Furthermore, in its program of retreats and spiritual formation, Jesuit takes the Exercises as a privileged way of better knowing, loving, and following Christ. Inspired by the vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the school assists its students to appreciate the richness of God's creation, to wrestle with the basic questions of human existence, to listen for God's personal call, and to respond with a generosity beyond the ordinary and commonplace.
Drawing from its Catholic foundation and its Jesuit focus on personal care for the individual, Jesuit calls its students to a diverse but cohesive community that builds solidarity with others and that transcends race, culture, or religion. Jesuit strives to form this community in service of a positive culture of life, wherein each person both as an individual and as a member of larger groups may live faithfully and consistently according to God’s plan.
The principle of personal care for the individual looks to the development of relationships among students and also among administrators, teachers, and staff; this care extends also to former students, to parents and to the students within their families.
Jesuit offers continuing guidance and ongoing formation to its alumni in applying the principles of their high school education to their world of family and work. In forming the wider school community, Jesuit also recognizes the importance of communication and cooperation with parents, who in turn are called upon to accept the world view of Ignatius.
Jesuit thus stands as an educational and religious center for students, alumni, families, and the local Dallas community.
The school’s Catholic identity and Jesuit educational heritage make character formation an essential element of its mission. Both in classroom instruction and in the larger context of school order and rules, Jesuit demands that each student learn to make informed, responsible decisions and to accept the consequences of his decisions. Jesuit seeks not merely to inform the student but also to form him.
Thus, Jesuit calls from each student a growth in self-discipline, manifested in intellectual rigor, persevering application to studies, and conduct toward others that recognizes the human dignity of each individual.
At Jesuit, then, education takes place in a moral context in which knowledge is joined to virtue.
Jesuit’s foundations of Christian principles and Ignatian spirituality hold that a living faith will be expressed in works and that true love of others ought to manifest itself in deeds.
Since a faith that does justice is an essential element of a Jesuit institution, the school requires of its students a systematic service program with reflection on the larger issues and principles behind the individual acts of service. This service program stands as an integral part of the larger formation of character and spirituality; Jesuit calls on its students to see that works of justice and service are ultimately done in imitation of Christ. In short, Jesuit strives to form its students into “men for others.”