Education is more than textbooks, examinations, and report cards, though these obviously play a key role in teaching and learning. The goal at Jesuit High School is development of the total person and Student Activities help to address this goal. Every Jesuit student is encouraged to participate in a co-curricular activity requiring time and commitment on his part. Our goal is that students acquire knowledge about themselves through working with others and cooperating with students of different interests, backgrounds, and personalities toward the attainment of a common goal. This is an extremely valuable experience. Our hope is that there is “something for everyone” in the diverse activities program.
The vast majority of these clubs and activities are formed by students with particular interests and skills. The process for forming a club is very simple. Students pick up a Club/Activity Application in the Main Office, petition a faculty member to be the club moderator, and if the club or activity is approved, it is formed. We distinguish between Clubs and Activities in several ways. An activity is just that: a specific activity that might be seasonal (Food Drive, Holy Rollers, etc.) and does not necessarily require officers, budgets, etc. Generally an Activity is a group of students with common interests. A Club on the other hand, organizes with officers, by-laws or a constitution, and regular meetings. These students may pursue a year-long “agenda” of activity, study, action, etc. (Speech & Debate, Robotics, Math Club etc.).
Student activities are a vital and necessary component of the curriculum and the Jesuit “experience.” These activities are designed to promote the physical and social development of the student, to provide opportunities for leadership, to promote avenues to serve school and community, and to further develop students’ interests and talents.
Jesuit High School is committed to helping young men achieve their potential academically, athletically, socially and spiritually. In order to achieve this goal, Jesuit believes a disciplined and structured atmosphere is necessary. The purpose of discipline, then, is to maintain an environment where students can achieve their potential in an honest and caring manner. Our goal is that these students grow to become “men for others.”