Andrew T. Cavacos named New Principal

PHILADELPHIA -- St. Joseph’s Preparatory School President Rev. John W. Swope, SJ announced to the school community that he has named Andrew T. Cavacos as the new Principal of St. Joseph’s Prep. Mr. Cavacos will begin his position effective July 1.

“I am thrilled that Mr. Cavacos will join us as Principal,” says Fr. Swope, the Jesuit priest in his fourth year as President of the Prep. Fr. Swope and Faculty Chair Scott Mullen helmed a search committee of eight colleagues that included faculty, staff, and administration, plus a member of the Board of Trustees. “Andy is well versed in educational leadership and theory, and he is more than familiar with Jesuit education. It was clear to me that the ideals we value at the Prep are a vital part of his identity.”

Cavacos comes to the Prep after spending nearly his entire teaching career at the all-boys McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, NY. He started at McQuaid in the classroom, working as a Math Teacher. He kept his hand in teaching while also assuming the position of Dean of Students in 1999. In 2011, Cavacos moved into his current position as Assistant Principal for Academics, overseeing the academic instruction for McQuaid’s 820 students as well as supervision of the 70 teachers. Most recently, Mr. Cavacos was a key organizer of McQuaid’s academic course review and slate of offerings, seeking to balance the school’s classical curriculum with the need to enhance the students’ 21st Century skills.

Cavacos’ roots in Jesuit education began as a young man when he attended Loyola Blakefield High School in Towson, MD and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Fordham University. “I am both a product and proponent of Jesuit education,” says Cavacos. “In my time at McQuaid, I have grown personally, professionally and spiritually by willingly accepting roles of responsibility and leadership. I believe that my experience at McQuaid will benefit the St. Joseph’s Prep community as I seek to bring the qualities of honesty, a diligent work ethic, and a student-centered approach to the school with a dedication to mission, collaboration and reflective discernment.”

Cavacos holds an M.S. in Secondary Mathematics Education from Iona College and a Catholic School Administrators Program Certification from the University of Rochester. He and his wife Karen have three children.


  1. Starts every day with a run. Has not missed a day of running in a very, very, very long time.
  2. Served as a leader for the first Kairos retreat at McQuaid in the Fall of 1997 and has attended more than 70 Kairos since then.
  3. Played lacrosse at Fordham and coaches varsity, JV and modifies lacrosse at McQuaid for thirteen season. Has coached CYO girls basketball (grades 5-6 and 7-8) for 10 seasons.
  4. Loves history, especially WWII, Cold War and 1960s civil rights/Vietnam-era books and documentaries.
  5. Remains lifelong Flyers fan having grown up rooting for the Broad Street "Bullies." He is also currently rooting for the Phillies and 76ers (& is considering options for a pro football team). 

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