McQuaid Jesuit is a Catholic, Jesuit, college-preparatory school that inspires young men to realize their God-given gifts through the pursuit of excellence in all things, service to others, and a lifelong commitment to justice.
A Faith that Includes: The message of the Gospel and the life of Saint Ignatius Loyola empower us to find God in all things and in all people.
A Life of Learning: The pursuit of excellence, and the development of critical thinking skills lead us to actively engage the complexities of our world.
A Spirit of Empathy: Service with and for others fosters a spirit of empathy and a desire for reconciliation and justice.
A Call to Leadership: Students are called to be leaders within our school and in their communities, guided by sound conscience and grounded in humility.
An Appreciation of Diversity: The diversity of the McQuaid Jesuit experience inspires gratitude in our students and prepares them to excel in a global community.
The single-sex model is a tested, proven approach to education popular in hundreds of schools around the country, both public and private. Research confirms that boys and girls learn differently; we know how to embrace those differences through an educational model that is distinctly attuned and beneficial to the rhythms of adolescent life. Competition, rivalry, hands-on learning, and energy are some of the hallmarks that characterize successful boys’ education.
Additionally, adolescence can be a time of turbulence, questioning, and formidable peer pressure. An all-boys setting allows students to be themselves without worrying about what girls think, pursuing interests and talents regardless of social stereotyping.
Of course, simply being an all-boys’ school doesn’t guarantee success. Leadership from adults who understand the responsibility of teaching boys to become Great Men of character is essential. Our Ignatian heritage insists that the process of education take place in a moral as well as an intellectual framework. It calls for the reverence of the dignity of each individual and urges students to uphold integrity and respect in dealing with all people.
Profile of the Graduate
During his four, six, or seven years at McQuaid Jesuit, a student should grow in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He should come to realize he is invited to follow Jesus and work with Him to build God’s kingdom on earth. Just as the motto of all Jesuits is “For the Greater Glory of God,” the students should come to the same orientation of making choices that honor God by doing the greater or better good. Specifically, the student should be marked by a number of characteristics:
A McQuaid Jesuit graduate is highly educated in a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. He is trained in powers of reasoning, imagination, expression, freedom of choice and value formation, and sensitive and appreciative of aesthetics. With this background, he is beginning to become both confident of success and capable as a leader in service to others.
A McQuaid Jesuit graduate is able to move beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in his relationship with others. His relationships deepen as he accepts and cherishes other people, and he begins to integrate his concerns, feelings, and sexuality into his whole personality.
A McQuaid Jesuit graduate is motivated by love of God and others in such a way that his decisions in life are being made more for the glory of God and service to his community than for his own perceived needs.
Open to Growth
A McQuaid Jesuit graduate understands the Jesuit credo that it is more important to learn how to learn, to desire to go on learning through life, and to come to a deeper appreciation of the richness of God and his creation. Consequently, he strives for an ongoing development of imagination, feelings, conscience and intellect, and he recognizes new experiences as opportunities to further his growth.
Committed to Justice
A McQuaid Jesuit graduate understands Jesuit education teaches that the ultimate goal in developing one’s talents – the gifts from God – is not self-gain but the good of the human community. In light of this realization, he is developing the attitude of mind that sees service to others as more self-fulfilling than success.