“The educational philosophy of Jesuit High School is Catholic and, therefore it is based on a faith response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ; it is Jesuit and, therefore it is formed by Ignatius of Loyola’s vision of Christ and the world. The school’s purpose is to lovingly serve the young men of the wider Sacramento area, from every ethnic and socio-economic background and a broad spectrum of academic achievement. Our role, in support of parents as primary educators, is to help our students realize the fullness of their spiritual, intellectual, artistic, physical, and social potential. The spiritual dimension of the students development is fostered through their incorporation into a community where Catholic beliefs, morals and values, inspired by faith in the Gospel and a belief in the full brotherhood / sisterhood of the human family, are taught, professed and experienced, and where personal action is proposed as a response.
The intellectual dimension is developed through a curriculum which is oriented towards college-bound students and an environment which fosters academic excellence, nurturing reflective analysis and creative expression. The students are encouraged to develop their artistic and affective nature through exposure to and participation in the Fine Arts. Thus they come to an appreciation of the creative Spirit which is within and around them. The students should learn to respect and care for their bodies as gifts from God. Thus, the physical education requirements, the intramural and the interscholastic athletic programs are an integral part of the total curriculum. In response to the Gospel message, all members of the Jesuit High School family, that is parents, faculty, administrators, staff and students, share in the mission of nurturing in each other the social skills and cultural awareness necessary for Christian community. This is accomplished through the school s various activities and events, especially those which stress community outreach and personal interaction. In this way, all are encouraged to address the social needs and injustices in the world around us. Therefore, all the young men who enroll in Jesuit High School are encouraged to use their spiritual gifts, intellectual talents, artistic qualities, and physical abilities to be of help to those they encounter. Ultimately, the students are to be “agents for change,” “men for others.”
The goals of a Jesuit High School education are expressed in its “Profile of a Jesuit High School Graduate at Graduation,” which identifies five essential qualities—becoming Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice—in the formation of “leaders of competence, conscience, compassion, and commitment to God in service who will work for justice and quality of life for all.” The English Department addresses each of these qualities in its curriculum.
The philosophy of the World Languages Department at Jesuit High School reflects the general philosophy of our school. The Department has as its goal the development of “men for others” through a creative and vigorous world languages program that seeks to develop a better understanding of different languages, cultural backgrounds, and diverse value systems. It transposes the student into a global setting, thereby allowing the student to acquire a multi-cultural appreciation, communicate in another language, and develop intellectually.
The mathematics curriculum is based on the Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLR’s) for Jesuit High School. The five ESLR’s are the basic learning outcomes expected for each student upon graduation from Jesuit High School. These include being open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. The development of each of these qualities is spread throughout the entire curriculum of Jesuit High School.
Physical Education at Jesuit High School requires Freshmen take one semester and Sophomores take one semester. Phys. Ed. is an elective for Juniors. In accordance with the policy of the school, the Physical Ed. Dept. Endeavors to contribute to the development, maturation, and fulfilment of its students, as characterized in the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation.
The Jesuit High School science department believes that to become informed citizens and leaders in the world everyone should have a basic understanding of science. The world is increasingly dependent on scientific knowledge and technology which makes an education in science essential. The science department hopes that all of our students will gain a better understanding of current events, new technology, and healthy decision making through our science curriculum.
The Social Science Department consists of ten instructors six of whom are interdepartmental. The department chairman is a member of the Academic Board, which meets monthly. The chairman is the formal liaison between the administration and the department faculty. The department functions as a unit in approximately three formal meetings per semester. Meeting agenda is determined by the chairman, with departmental input, in association with the Principal and the Academic Board.
In keeping with the goals of Jesuit High School, the Theology Department supports the development of the total person for each student: intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual. As a Jesuit and Catholic institution and a department formed in Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy, our mission is to inform and form young men of faith, a faith founded on our belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ.