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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.

Student Population

  • Current enrollment (2015-16 school year) is 1,299 students, grades 9-12.
  • Founded in 1956, Jesuit High has been a coeducational school since 1993.
  • 29% of students are students of color.
  • 71% of students are Catholic; 29% are students of other faiths.
  • 26% of students receive $2.6 million in need-based financial aid.

Academic and Co-Curricular Attributes

  • 99% of seniors attend two- or four-year colleges
  • 12 National Merit Scholars in the Class of 2015
  • SAT Results (Class 2015)
    • Jesuit: Reading 599, Math 601, Writing 589 (total 1789)
    • Oregon: Reading 523, Math 502, Writing 521 (total 1546)
    • Nation: Reading 495, Math 484, Writing 511 (total 1490)
  • ACT Scores (Class 2015)
    • Jesuit: English 27.7, Mathematics 26.5, Reading 27.6, Science 25.7, Composite 27
    • Oregon: English 20.8, Mathematics 21.4, Reading 22.1, Science 21.4, Composite 21.5
    • National: English 20.4, Mathematics 20.8, Reading 21.4, Science 20.9, Composite 21.0
  • Advanced Placement Exams - Spring 2015 (AP)
    • 561 AP Exams given at Jesuit to 332 students in 15 different subject areas
    • 89% of Jesuit student scored 3 or better (college credit-worthy)
    • 66% of Jesuit student scored 4 or 5 (5 is the highest possible)
  • Average class size is 24, with a student/teacher ratio of 18:1.
  • Class 2014 College Statistics Fact-Sheet
  • Class 2013 College Statistics Fact-Sheet
  • Class 2012 College Statistics Fact Sheet
  • Class 2011 College Statistics Fact Sheet

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 2015 volunteered 41,281 hours to local and international agencies. Of those, 22,018 hours were not required.
  • Students collected 32,000 pounds of food and more than $32,000 (for perishable food) were collected in Jesuit's 2014 Annual Food Drive.

Community Characteristics

  • 100 faculty members, 83% with advanced degrees (4% have doctorate degrees).
  • Jesuit High School's teachers have an average of 12 years teaching experience.
  • Three Jesuit priests and two Jesuit scholastics reside on campus. Three Jesuits are full-time teachers at JHS.

Athletics at Jesuit High School

  • Over 868 students (70% of the student body) participate in athletics during their time at Jesuit High.
  • 73% of Jesuit's head coaches are faculty at the school.
  • 11-time recipient of Oregonian Cup for overall academic performance, activities, athletics, and school sportsmanship
  • During the 2013-14 season, JHS teams won six state championships and 14 out of 22 sports were Metro League champions.
  • In 2013-14, JHS won its 20th consecutive OACA All-Sports Award (top athletic HS program in the state).
  • MaxPreps/CBS Sports.com has ranked Jesuit's athletic program #1 in the country twice; JHS has remained in the top 25 athletic programs in the nation (ranked #2, #4 and #23 in the country in past eight years).
  • 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), 4 volleyball teams, and 7 soccer teams.
  • More than 300 athletes participate in track and field each year.
  • Mascot: Charlie the Crusader
  • Colors: Green & Gold

Mission Statement

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."

[Fast Facts - updated fall 2014]

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