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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 (2014-15 school year) is 1,285 students, grades 9-12.
  • Founded in 1956, Jesuit High has been a coeducational school since 1993.
  • 28% 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

  • 96% of seniors continue on to four-year colleges
  • 9 National Merit Scholars and 13 National Merit Commended Merit Scholars in the Class of 2014
  • SAT Results (Class 2014)
    • Jesuit: Reading 584, Math 587, Writing 573 (total 1744)
    • Oregon: Reading 523, Math 522, Writing 499 (total 1544)
    • Nation: Reading 497, Math 513, Writing 487 (total 1497)
  • ACT Scores (Class 2014)
    • Jesuit: English 26.9, Mathematics 25.6, Reading 26.8, Science 25.3, Composite 26.3
    • Oregon: English 20.8, Mathematics 21.4, Reading 21.9, Science 21.1, Composite 21.4
    • National: English 20.3, Mathematics 20.9, Reading 21.3, Science 20.8, Composite 21.0
  • Advanced Placement Exams - Spring 2014 (AP)
    • 458 AP Exams given at Jesuit to 269 students in 15 different subject areas
    • 91.4% of Jesuit student scores – 3 or better
    • 69.6% of Jesuit student scores – 4 or 5 (5 is the highest possible)
  • 63% of students are involved in drama, choir and band programs.
  • 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.
  • 49 seniors in the Class of 2014 served as Eucharistic Ministers and 15 served as Sacristans.
  • 93% of the Class of 2014 attended the Senior Pilgrimage in fall 2013.
  • The Class of 2014 volunteered 39,531 hours to 209 different programs and agencies, including local and international service projects (an average of 128 hours per student). Of those, 19,576 hours were not required.
  • 37,000 pounds of food and more than $15,500 (for perishable foods) collected for 360 families in Jesuit High's Annual Food Drive in December 2013. In addition, around $17,000 was raised for adopted families (gifts). Over the past eight years, Jesuit High School has donated to hunger relief agencies our excess food drive funds, totaling over $30,000.

Community Characteristics

  • 99 faculty members, 75% with advanced degrees (3% 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.
  • 64% of Jesuit's head coaches are faculty at the school.
  • 10-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.
  • Over 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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