St. John’s Jesuit High School was founded in 1898 and re-established as a four-year, college preparatory high school at the present location on Airport Highway in 1965. Since then, generations of young men have been instilled with a strong work ethic and upstanding moral character through rigorous academics and Ignatian spirituality.
A Jesuit Schools Network
St. John’s belongs to the Midwest Province of Jesuit schools in the U.S., part of the largest international, oldest educational network of almost 4,000 schools sponsored by the Society of Jesus and rooted in the principals of Ignatian Spirituality, educating close to three million students. In the United States alone, the religious order founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola known as the Jesuits, sponsor 28 colleges and universities and 59 high schools. Opportunities extend beyond Toledo, as graduates become part of the worldwide Jesuit tradition. This Jesuit network opens doors for alumni wherever they go in education, religion, social and business.
From the first day a young man enters, he becomes familiar with important foundations of all Jesuit schools. Daily inspired by our mission of forming Men for Others and key foundations of the Society of Jesus, your student will embark on more than education at St. John’s, he embarks on an experience.
Cura Personalis, Latin for “care for the entire person,” is a hallmark of Jesuit spirituality and educational philosophy. It inspires teachers to listen to students and build relationships with them – to guide them in taking responsibility for their learning.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
Whether a science project, athletic competition, or meeting the needs those underserved in our community, we strive to do all things for the Greater Glory of God, or in Latin, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.
Magis is a Latin word meaning “the more we can do for Christ.” We want students to do everything to the best of their abilities, and we hope they leave here with a clear mission to build a better world.
“St. John’s Jesuit is a place for everyone. We strive to serve the needs of each student and come to know him and his family on an individual basis. The term cura personalis, care of the whole person, is personified by the relationships we build here every day.”
– Chris Knight ’78, Vice President and COO
The Grad at Grad
Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation.
From the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.
open to growth
The Jesuit high school student at the time of graduation has matured as a person – emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, religiously – to a level that reflects some intentional responsibility for one’s own growth. The graduate is at least beginning to reach out in his development, seeking opportunities to stretch his mind, imagination, feelings and religious consciousness.
By graduation the Jesuit high school student will exhibit a mastery of those academic requirements for advanced forms of education. While these requirements are broken down into departmental subject matter areas, the student will have developed many intellectual skills and understandings which cut across and go beyond academic requirements for college entrance. The student, moreover, is beginning to see the need for intellectual integrity in his personal quest for religious truth and in his response to issues of social justice.
By graduation, the Jesuit high school student will have a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. The graduate will also have examined his own religious feelings and beliefs with a view to choosing a fundamental orientation toward God and establishing a relationship with a religious tradition and/or community.
By the time of graduation, the Jesuit high school student is well on the way to establishing his own identity. The graduate is also on the threshold of being able to move beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in relationships with a significant other; in other words, he is beginning to be able to risk some deeper levels of relationship in which one can disclose self and accept the mystery of another person and cherish that person.
committed to doing justice
The Jesuit high school student at graduation has achieved considerable knowledge of the many needs of local and wider communities and is preparing for the day when he will take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned and responsible member. The graduate has begun to acquire the skills and motivation necessary to live as a man for others.