The Jesuit Commitment Program
High school is a time for trying new things. Jesuit High School offers many students their first opportunity to run cross-country, try lacrosse, audition for a play, strum a guitar at Coffeehouse, lead an Encounter, start a club, or go on a homeless immersion.
For freshmen, however, the first days of high school are not a likely time to take a risk and try something new. Freshmen tend to look around to see what “everybody else” is doing. Remember the feeling, “Are any cool people going to the game, the dance, the retreat? If everybody else is going, I’ll go too.” Thus the perpetual question facing parents, faculty, counselors, and administrators, “How can we help Jesuit’s freshmen get involved in the life of the school?”
Students interested in the Jesuit Commitment Program “commit” to engage in meaningful activities on campus and in the broader community. Specifically, students agree to: join a club; learn about other cultures; attend brownbag luncheons, coffeehouses, school plays and ball games; work on behalf of the environment; do service work; go on a retreat or two; read a book; and meet a few times with a faculty mentor.
The Jesuit Commitment program is best described in this way: "We want to help our students see how the fabric of their Jesuit education is woven from many threads: academics, campus ministry, Christian service, and co-curriculars. We also want our freshmen to find a home, become involved, and feel welcome. And we want all Jesuit students to learn more about our world and become leaders."
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