Admissions FAQ’s

Middle School

Students and parents are encouraged to recognize that each boy adapts at his own pace—one that is appropriate and comfortable to him. As in any new environment, each student should be allowed to explore at his own pace.

As a parent, ask yourself: Does he seem satisfied with his own progress—academically and socially? Is he making friends or taking part at a rate with which he is comfortable? If the answers are yes, he is finding his way. If not, keep in mind that he has both the time and gifts to make his experience better.

McQuaid Jesuit seeks to create young men who through experience and discernment can decide, act, and adapt for themselves. An experienced faculty and staff recognize that our students master those skills with maturity. Therefore, middle school students are given more guidance before making decisions and given less responsibility for fewer decisions. As students mature, they are allowed more personal responsibility but are made accountable for themselves and their decisions.

The majority of middle school classes are held in the middle school hallway, especially in sixth grade. However, a number of middle school faculty members teach classes throughout the building, which causes some overlap. Students in seventh or eighth grade who take an accelerated course of study may enroll in high school math and/or science classes. Also, middle school students have their own separate lunch period every day.

High School

McQuaid Jesuit is one of the finest schools in the Rochester area for forming men who are prepared for the rigors of college; who have examined deeply their own faith and convictions; who are open to loving relationships; and who are committed to seeing justice done in the world—in short, a “whole” man.

McQuaid Jesuit does not seek to find one type of student. Admitted students come from public and private schools, city and suburbs, and have experienced different measures of success. One common factor that all successful applicants share, however, is a well-developed sense that hard work itself yields tangible benefits.

Class sizes vary depending on the course and student needs, but the average class size is 18 students.

Section 3635 of the NYS Education Law requires all non-city districts to provide transportation for students that live within 15 miles of the school they attend. The distances in each case are measured by the nearest available routes from home to school. In order to obtain transportation for their children, parents must file requests with the district in which they live.

Through daily religion classes, annual retreats, and regular opportunities to perform service in the community, students have the opportunity to nourish their spiritual side—one present in all young men. Centuries ago, the Jesuits realized that, in order to teach, they first needed to learn the language of those whom they meant to instruct. In the same way, conversations about faith and spirituality and the tenets underlying them—tenets like integrity, honesty, and faith—are the means by which experienced instructors translate theology for our young men. Throughout their years at McQuaid, students are continuously challenged to discuss, explore, reflect, and express their individual core beliefs. By graduation, students will have developed a bedrock understanding of their own creed upon which they can build the remainder of their lives and through which they can, in the words of Saint Ignatius, “Go forth, and set the world on fire.”

Because McQuaid Jesuit seeks to form the whole man, students are led to recognize the contributions and talents of each member of the community. Students are encouraged to remain at school beyond 2:45 p.m. and to become involved in a number of co-curricular activities from athletics to drama, visual arts to speech and debate, Campus Ministry to robotics. Students can find a variety of options to satisfy their own interests through presentations from club moderators and leaders as well as an annual Activities Fair held early each school year. McQuaid Knights are young men who celebrate the talents of every member of the school community.

Students are instructed and encouraged to be self-regulated, self-directed learners. In order to create an independent young man committed to lifelong learning, McQuaid instructors teach essential study, note taking, and class management skills. As self-regulated learners, students are expected to seek help when needed rather than wait for teacher-required remediation. However, McQuaid faculty, living out the concept of cura personalis, invest themselves both to challenge and support their students. McQuaid has ‘Flex,’ a 35 minute study hall, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays where students have the ability to see teachers for extra help, work independently on their homework, and/or collaborate with their classmates. In addition, upon request and at mutually beneficial times, students and teachers will meet before or after school to collaborate on papers and projects, to reinforce skills, and to help prepare for major assessments. Students requiring more intensive support may be assigned a tutor from the National Honor Society or Academic Center. Also, teachers make available a variety of support material linked to their assignments on Schoology, McQuaid’s online gradebook and campus community.

After school and on weekends, students have opportunities to socialize by participating in interschool clubs and activities like dances and mixers, speech and debate tournaments, play productions, robotics tournaments, charitable events, service opportunities, and even as spectators at school functions and events.

As a key component of our mission statement, McQuaid embraces all forms of diversity and seeks constantly to widen its appeal so as to create a vibrant community of racial, religious, and economic diversity. Presently, students of color make up 29 percent of our school population and students of faiths other than Roman Catholic more than 26 percent. Additionally, our student population is represented by 7 counties and 40 school districts.

For Students

Students must wear the following:

  • dress shirt and tie
  • suit coats (throughout the winter months)
  • dress pants with belt
  • dress shoes with socks

Although students are free to make individual brand and style choices, the dean of students acts as the arbiter of the dress code.

Your participation in co-curricular activities is an effective way of assisting your transition to McQuaid and developing openness to growth. We have more than 40 different clubs and at least one to satisfy the curiosity and interests of just about every student. We encourage students to express their leadership skills by directing and, if desired, creating new clubs and activities. Some of the school’s most vibrant activities, from speech & debate, to habitat for humanity and robotics, are the result of students getting involved in co-curricular activities.
Please visit our Co-Curricular Activities page for a full list of our clubs and activities.

As one might expect, the amount of nightly homework will depend on a variety of factors including class level, sequence in the semester, and free time. Students quickly master time management and use opportunities wisely to study and prepare. For middle school students, a rule of thumb is ten minutes per class year. For example, students in the 6th grade might expect, on average, 60 minutes of homework per night. For high school students, homework for each core subject may average 20–30 minutes, for a total of 2–3 hours per night.

McQuaid Jesuit does not try to take the place of your family house of worship. Our goal is to lead you on a spiritual journey to help you discover for yourself your core beliefs so that you might use those gifts to create a better world. Young men of all denominations and degrees of devotion learn from each other in religion classes, service trips, and class retreats where group discussion and personal reflection lead each person to a better understanding of self. The presence of young men of many faiths enriches the McQuaid community and helps make all present more faithful believers.