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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 (2013-14 school year) is 1,283 students, grades 9-12.
  • Founded in 1956, Jesuit High has been a coeducational school since 1993.
  • 25% of students are students of color.
  • 74% of students are Catholic.
  • 26% of students receive $2.315 million in need-based financial aid.

Academic and Co-Curricular Attributes

  • 96% of seniors continue on to four-year colleges.
  • 10 National Merit Scholars and 13 Commended Merit Scholars in the Class of 2013
  • SAT Results
    • Jesuit (Class 2013): Reading 584, Math 591, Writing 576 (total 1751)
    • Oregon (Class 2013): Reading 520, Math 520, Writing 499 (total 1539)
    • Nation (Class 2013): Reading 496, Math 514, Writing 488 (total 1498)
  • ACT Scores (Class 2013) 
    • Jesuit:  English 27.3, Math 26.4, Reading 27.3, Science 25.9, Composite 26.9
    • Oregon:  English 20.8, Math 21.6, Reading 21.9, Science 21.3, Composite 21.5
  • Advanced Placement Exams- Spring 2013 (AP)
    • 443 Exams given at Jesuit to 257 students
    • 88.9% of Jesuit grades – 3 or better
    • 68.6% of Jesuit grades – 4 or 5 (5 = highest possible score)
  • 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 2012 College Statistics Fact Sheet
  • Class 2011 College Statistics Fact Sheet

Campus Ministry and Christian Service Activities

  • Approximately 800 students attend voluntary weekly liturgies.
  • 1,177 students (93% of our student body) participate in voluntary overnight retreats annually.
  • 64 seniors in the Class of 2013 served as Eucharistic Ministers and 16 served as Sacristans.
  • 95% of the Class of 2013 attended the Senior Pilgrimage in fall 2013.
  • The Class of 2013 volunteered 45,583 hours to 329 different programs and agencies, including local and international service project (an average of 147 hours per student). Of those, 25,433 hours were not required.
  • 41,100 pounds of food and more than $14,600 (for perishable foods) collected for 361 families in Jesuit High's Annual Food Drive in December 2012. In addition, $16,700 was raised for adopted families (gifts).

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.
  • Six Jesuit priests and two Jesuit scholastics reside on campus. Five Jesuits are full-time teachers and two Jesuits are part-time teachers at JHS.

Athletics at Jesuit High School

  • More than 804 students (74% of the student body) participate in athletics during their time at Jesuit High.
  • 73% 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 2012-13 season, JHS teams won six state championships and 14 out of 22 sports were Metro League champions.
  • Won 19th consecutive OACA All-Sports Award (top athletic high school program in the state).
  • For the past seven years, MaxPreps/CBS Sports.com ranked Jesuit’s athletic program #1 in the country twice, and Jesuit has remained in the top 25 athletic programs in the nation (ranked #2, #4 and #23 in the country).
  • Offers 22 varsity sports, and has 57 teams overall (including JV and freshman teams).
  • Offers nine basketball teams (more than any other school in Oregon), four volleyball teams, and seven 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 August 2013]


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