Over the last two thousand years, a community of believers have struggled to lead lives modeled on the teachings of their Redeemer Jesus Christ and to spread the “good news” implicit in the New Testament accounts of His life.

For almost five hundred years the Society of Jesus--"the Jesuits"--founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola, has worked in that tradition of the Roman Catholic Church to bring to each new generation an appreciation of the importance of these Christian values in helping all to lead rich and meaningful lives.

Founded in 1851 as a Jesuit secondary school for young men, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School today strives to interpret the Ignatian charism for all of its students, stressing in particular that each one of them is an individual redeemed with a perfectible nature and, further, that all other human beings are similarly blessed and gifted.

With this belief as a cornerstone, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School encourages its students to discover through serious and prayerful reflection not only a strong sense of their own self worth but also a clear responsibility to share their gifts working with, and for, their fellow human beings.

This invitation requires a habit of reflection and resolve that is modeled on the “Spiritual Exercises” of Ignatius and designed to promote the growth of a person who is striving to become more spiritual and loving, more intellectual and open, and, finally, ever more committed to promoting faith and justice.

To promote this growth, the school embraces the Ignatian emphasis on a spirit of cura personalis which affirms the value and dignity of every individual and trusts that students will prosper in an environment where they are nurtured and encouraged to make choices that are a manifestation of their most noble and generous instincts, the signs of the spirit of their Redeemer working within them.

All of our faculty members incorporate the Ignatian tradition and teachings of the Catholic faith into their instruction. Each of our faculty members play a critical and unique role in creating and sustaining our Ignatian tradition. Our faculty shares in our goal of rooting our students in a personal relationship with Christ and basic Christian values. 

"The Grad at Grad"

The Profile of the Graduate at Graduation, a document written by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, offers each student an opportunity to become aware of who they are becoming while in high school, and why. 

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Our Mission

The mission of St. Joseph’s Prep as a Catholic, Jesuit, urban, college preparatory school is to develop the minds, hearts, souls, and characters of young men in their pursuit of becoming men for and with others.

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St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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