Fast Facts about JHS
Jesuit High School, established by the Society of Jesus in 1956, is a Catholic, college-preparatory, four-year secondary school. It is located on the west side of Portland, Oregon, which has a growing metropolitan population of approximately two million people.
Inspired by the four-century tradition of St. Ignatius, the school strives to instill five characteristics in its students: The goal is to educate students to be open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. As articulated by the faculty in the "Profile of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation," these precepts guide curriculum development and teaching at Jesuit High School.
- Current enrollment (2016-17 school year) is 1,292 students, grades 9-12.
- Founded in 1956, Jesuit High has been a coeducational school since 1993.
- 31% of students are students of color.
- 71% of students are Catholic; 29% are students of other faiths.
- 26% of students receive more than $2.8 million in need-based financial aid.
Academic and Co-Curricular Attributes
- 99% of seniors continue on to college
- 8 National Merit Scholars in the Class of 2016
- SAT Results (Class 2016)*
- Jesuit: Reading 581, Math 581, Writing 564 (total 1726)
- Oregon: Reading 525, Math 520, Writing 500 (total 1545)
- Nation: Reading 494, Math 508, Writing 482 (total 1484)
- ACT Scores (Class 2016)
- Jesuit: English 27.5, Mathematics 26.2, Reading 27.7, Science 26.0, Composite 27
- Oregon: English 21.0, Mathematics 21.4, Reading 22.3, Science 21.6, Composite 21.7
- National: English 20.1, Mathematics 20.6, Reading 21.3, Science 20.8, Composite 20.8
- Advanced Placement Exams - Spring 2016 (AP)
- 510 AP Exams given at Jesuit to 296 students in 15 different subject areas
- 92% of Jesuit student scored 3 or better (college credit-worthy)
- 71% of Jesuit student scored 4 or 5 (5 is the highest possible)
- Average class size is 23, with a student/teacher ratio of 17:1.
- Class 2014 College Statistics Fact-Sheet
- Class 2013 College Statistics Fact-Sheet
- Class 2012 College Statistics Fact Sheet
- Class 2011 College Statistics Fact Sheet
*Please note that in an earlier version of our 2016 School Facts, class average test scores may have differed slightly. This is due to changes in best available data.
Campus Ministry and Christian Service Activities
- Approximately 750-800 students attend voluntary weekly liturgies.
- 94% of the student body participates in voluntary overnight retreats annually.
- The Class of 2016 volunteered 43,187 hours to local and international agencies. Of those, 22,907 hours were not required.
- Students collected 28,000 pounds of food and more than $15,000 (for perishable food) were collected in Jesuit's 2015 Annual Food Drive.
- 99 faculty members, 84% with advanced degrees (7% have doctorate degrees).
- Jesuit High School's teachers have an average of 17 years teaching experience.
- Three Jesuit priests and three Jesuit scholastics reside on campus. Three Jesuits are full-time teachers at JHS.
Athletics at Jesuit High School
- 989 students (more than 76% of the student body) participated in a sport in 2015-16.
- 68% of Jesuit's head coaches are faculty at the school.
- 12-time recipient of the Oregonian Cup for best overall academic performance, activities, athletics, and sportsmanship in the state (OSAA 6A division).
- During the 2015-16 season, JHS teams won nine state championships and 16 out of 22 varsity teams were Metro League champions.
- In 2015-16, JHS won its 22nd consecutive OACA All-Sports Award (top athletic HS program in the state).
- MaxPreps/CBS Sports.com ranked Jesuit's athletic program #1 in the country for 2015-16. Jesuit has been named #1 athletic program in the nation a total of three times by MaxPreps.
- 22 varsity sports and 57 teams overall (including JV and freshman teams and four no-cut sports).
- 9 basketball teams (more than any other high school in Oregon), 5 volleyball teams, and 7 soccer teams.
- More than 300 athletes participate in track and field each year.
- Mascot: Charlie the Crusader
- Colors: Green & Gold
Jesuit High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition. It serves students of all religious faiths. Jesuit education fosters the harmonious development of the adolescent's gifts: spiritual, religious, intellectual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic. Jesuit High School hopes to accomplish this development by demonstrating a personal concern for individuals, a special concern for the poor, an articulate wisdom, enthusiasm, and a sense of community. In so doing, the school hopes to graduate leaders who are committed to serve God and their fellow men and women. Our hope is that our students develop a profound sense of justice founded in love, i.e., leaders who are "men and women for others."