At the heart of everything we do at St. Joseph's Prep stems from our Catholic faith and our Ignatian - Jesuit tradition.

Founded in 1851 as a Jesuit secondary school for young men, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School today strives to embrace a spirit of “cura personalis,” the Ignatian ideal which affirms the value and dignity of every individual and trusts that students and adults alike will prosper in an environment where all are nurtured and encouraged to make choices that manifest their most noble and generous instincts, the sign of the Spirit of God at work within them.

All of our colleagues play a critical and unique role in creating and sustaining our Ignatian tradition, sharing in the goal of rooting our students in a personal relationship with Christ and confirming basic Christian values.

St. Ignatius saw education as an end in itself believing that one can "seek God in all things." The lifeblood of any Jesuit institution is its guiding principle, its mission. We in the Mission and Ministry Office, together with our colleagues seek to empower our students to be ambassadors of the mission here at St. Joe’s Prep. The Prep is proud to be a part of a worldwide network of Jesuit schools that promotes "a faith that does justice" and that forms out students to be "Men For and With Others."

Mission Statement

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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