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9-12
Private
Chicago, IL
Students enrolled: 1,382

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1076 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608

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(312) 421-5900
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November 30, 2014
This school has changed a lot in a generation, but it has changed dramatically over the last 5 years. Between the iPads, disillusioned faculty (resulting from poor pay and decreasing freedom), incompetent leadership, a growing disparity in the socioeconomic status of our students, and declining academic standards (resulting from a desire to pander to wealthy parents), I would not choose to send my child here. At this point, Saint Ignatius is simply resting on its laurels: a stellar reputation, and beautiful architecture. At some point, only its beautiful architecture will remain.

- submitted by a teacher
June 30, 2014
There are some excellent teachers, but also others who don't do much, yet are lauded by blind administration anyway. The school does not support students who struggle, which is a real shame. I hate to say it, but for the most part, parents are much better off saving their money and sending their kids to a good public school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 25, 2014
The staff at this school are some of the rudest individuals I have ever met. Extremely unprofessional. I would never send my child here, especially talking to the older white man that works in the treasury department. That man is one unsavory and unhappy person.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
I am a recent alumna of SICP. I highly recommend attending this fine college prep to any student that is willing to make a serious commitment to personal and academic excellence. I look back on my years there with fondness and remain in contact with my friends that I made there. The St. Ignatius community and education gave me the foundation I needed to thrive later in a University setting. The academics are extremely rigorous, but prepare you well for demanding college coursework. (In fact, I found obtaining my B.S. in a science field at a VERY prestigious University with the intent of medical school less demanding than I did coursework at SICP. My University GPA is higher than the GPA I struggled to keep up at Ignatius. Don't let that scare you though! It's well worth every second.) As for legacy, you don't need it to get through those big wooden doors. I did not have a legacy and I was still accepted due to high marks on my entrance exam. I had a blast at Ignatius. The students, faculty, and staff are incredible. The location is worth the commute. The building reminds you that you are somewhere special. Five out of five stars for me. I wish I could give it six!

- submitted by a student
October 13, 2013
First rate education, very solid theological instruction, much broadening of young horizons. It's not the place for everyone. It is an undertaking in every way to attend this school. Ignatius prides itself on this quality. One of the hallmark traits of graduates is that they are not afraid of hard work or rising to a challenge. The school loves this aspect of its reputation. It is extremely tough. Ignatius kids are mostly high aptitude types; the majority of students were rockstars of some kind in grade school whether they had to try hard or not. Here, everyone has to do the work. Approaching one's studies mindful of the gifts one has been graced with is part of the paradigm. I experienced this school as a student myself and also as a parent of a student recently. It is challenging. It is sophisticated. It is expensive: tuition, fees, books, pledges are one thing, but it also costs more than just that to go there. As I beheld the whole person of my learned, poised, capable, compassionate, grounded, faithful young adult at the exceptionally beautiful baccalaureate mass, I knew totally that it was completely worth it. It is a privilege to be a part of St. Ignatius.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
I have been agonizing for four years over whether to write this review, and I have finally decided to do it (after my son has graduated). On the positive side, my son has received a good education here. He scored very, very well on his ACTs and SATs. On the negative, this school really is a "sink-or-swim" place. This does not get emphasized enough, so I will restate it -- this school will eat your kid up and spit him out if he is not organized, has ADHD, or a learning disability, or is just not intellectually mature enough. There are no services for kids like this. The Ignatius way is to punish kids like this until they see the light. I know that people who are thinking of sending their kids to high school are not thinking so much about college, but you have to. It is really hard to get As at Ignatius, and, with today's grade inflation, colleges are expecting to see As. Even though your kid had to score in the 90th percentile to get into this school, Ignatius will give your kid a B-/C+ is he/she is average for Ignatius. This will impact your son/daughter's chances to get into his/her choice of college, and his/her ability to get scholarships (which have grade cutoffs).

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2012
I am an alumni of Saint Igatius and continue to have the upmost respect and most wonderful memories of this school. I loved it as a student - the focus on men and women for others, the strong academics, the extra-curricular and just everything. I continue strong friendships with friends I made back then and now as a new mom I only hope my sons can be fortunate enough to have such an amazing experience as I did. I can not say enough good things about this school. It prepared me amazingly not only academically but as an Ignatian - part of the wider world. It truely changed me for the better.

- submitted by a community member
April 14, 2012
I am an incoming freshman at Saint Ignatius. So far I love the school. I already have a older brother who goes there. The reason why I chose Ignatius is because it is so diversified, and accepting. There academics are outstanding and they really give every student I chance to grow. Every time I have gone to Ignatius, or any event for the school everyone is so welcoming. I am really excited about starting school next year!

- submitted by a community member
February 18, 2012
Thrilled to be a parent one of the fortunate accepted students, class of 2016. I wrote the review 12/30/11. Hard work and prayers got my son in!

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2012
I graduated st. Ignatius in 1959...at that time it was an all boy school. Over the last 50 or so years it changed to boys and girls and it seems to have gotten much better as far as education and in every facet I can think of..looking back I have to say this school was and is the best high school in Chicago and probably one of the best in Illinois. I have gone to a few class reunions over the years and hopefully will go to a few more

- submitted by a community member
December 20, 2011
i amin 5thgrade and i really want to go there the highschool is sooo beutiful inside it is not a ordaniry highschool at all it is soo nice inside it seems like your in a mansion

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2010
I am a freshman at Ignatius and I honestly believe that this is the best school in Chicago! Every student is loving and when someone new comes in we welcome them like they've been at the school the whole time! All in all, the school is great and I don't think that any school can top us in academics.

- submitted by a student
December 16, 2009
I really enjoyed my time at Ignatius. I am a sophomore in college now and I've found that I am much more prepared for the critical thinking and assignments my professors are seeking than most of my peers. On most topics, I have at least a cursory idea or understanding of what's going on before we study the material. The academics are challenging in high school, but they force students to really grow and learn in ways that are invaluable after. A big part of this is the excellent faculty who all express a real passion for their subject and are very willing to help students who need further explaination. Another great thing about Ignatius is that not all the learning takes place in the classroom. Its location really helps prepare students for being part of the real world.

- submitted by a student
November 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Wonderful education- both academically and ethically. I can't think of a better school to send my future children to.

- submitted by a student
January 30, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 25, 2009
From a student's perspective this school has all of the tools one could need to go to a great college. The teacher's are dedicated to teach and the student body is friendlier than anywhere I have previously been. The list of more than a hundred clubs also helps students get to know each other and find common interests.

- submitted by a student
January 15, 2009
My son transferred here as a sophomore and he says it was the single best decision he made about his education.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2009
I'm a junior at St. Ignatius and this is a great school for kids to attend. The curriculum is excellent. This is really a school for kids who are willing to work hard and learn. The teachers are great and the students are very friendly it wasn't hard for me to make friends on the first day of school. There is diversity and everyone is accepting. After attending St. Ignatius most alumni say that college is easier because this school really pushes you to work hardest and achieve the excellent reputation that still stands. Go Wolfpack!

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2008
I shadowed at this school i knew i wanted to go there since i was in 4th grade and once i came there for a day i fell in love with it ,i didn't want to leave, the classes are great, so are the teachers and the principal. Everyone there is nice and welcoming. I highly recommend St. Ignatius College Prep its an awesome high school.

- submitted by a student
July 21, 2008
I could not recommend this school more highly. It challenges your mind in ways I feel most of friends at other selective high schools have not yet been challenged. SICP teaches you to think, not to cram information into your head just before the test. Yes, I spent many midnight hours awake finishing homework, but it was worth it. I'm moving onto college in the fall at my top choice, a school I am in love with that I don't think I would've discovered had I gone anywhere else. Also, the teachers here are fabulous and I could not say bad things about any of them (at least, now that I'm done with their tests and assignments ). Extra-curriculars were great, but not the emphasis. Service was an important part of our education. The school truly lives out its motto, 'Men and women for others.' I loved my experience here.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2008
In my time here at St. Ignatius I have found the opportunities unbelievable. The emphasis on the humanities and liberal arts was extremely welcoming after visiting so many schools that consider them secondary, at best, to the sciences. While I have had some sub par teachers, overall the quality (particular in certain departments like Social Studies) of education is ubelievable. Furthermore, while the band is decent and the choir only somewhat above average, the orchestra goes far beyond expectations. As for extracurriculars, I have only good things to say. The Model United Nations team is, in particular, an amazing asset to the school, as demonstrated by its consistently achieving top honors in international competitions across the country. Overall, I see very few ways in which my experience here could have been better.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2008
In my experience, the only peopl who do not like Ignatius are those who do not get in or do not do well. It does get stressful, keeping up with the assignments and extracurriculars, but it is completely and utterly worth it. I am sure other schools can have, say, a more advanced music program, or art program, or so on, but could they rival Iggy's on the curriculum, or amount of various ways for students to get involved in their school? I'm in seven different clubs and 2 sports, and love it! The school gets students involved, and not only prepares us for college, but also for life after education. AMDG

- submitted by a student
February 16, 2008
My time at SICP was the toughest and most rewarding time in my educational career. I'm in grad school now, and I still don't feel as challenged as I was back when I was a student at St. Ignatius. My first visit to a college bookstore was my first indication of just how well my alma mater prepared me for college; I found several books that I had used as a student at SICP! The teachers are top-notch and the Vice President of Development is someone every student and parent should get to know... While SICP's reputation for academics is well-known throughout the Chicago-land area, every Ignatian knows that the greatest lessons of St. Ignatius consist of the concept of 'the grad at grad,' an idea that all graduates are not just academically prepared for college, but 'people of depth,' or more accurately, 'men and women for others.' Hail Ignatius!

- submitted by a student
no rating November 12, 2007
I graduated from SICP in 2007 and those four years were the best. Not only did I meet and create long-lasting friendships with people from all over (chicago and suburbs), I was challenged academically. College is far easier than what I was challenged with at Ignatius. When I first came to Ignatius, their dance team was not as far as advanced as I had wished (Having 10 years experience at the time) but as the years passed, my senior year we won 2nd place at the IDTA State Competition at U of I in Champaign! Believe me, when you graduate from Ignatius and begin college extra curricular activities are the last thing on your mind... your thankful for having recieved that Ignatius eductaion... I was. Plus don't you like how impressed people get when you tell them you went to St. Ignatius? ... I do :)

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2007
SICP may be very selective when it comes to admissions however, their selections for teachers aren't nearly as selective. Extracurriculars at SICP are poor. My junior high band was far superior to their band. I found that while students of many backgrounds attend SICP, they stick to groups. Legacies are overly important to admission staff. The cost of SICP is excessive. SICP is overrated.

- submitted by a former student
October 02, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 04, 2006
I graduated from SICP in 2003. As someone who has taken a top-tier curricular track at the school, I believe I have license to comment on the quality of the education here. SICP advertises itself brilliantly. The amount of time, effort, and money put into convincing parents that this is an elite institution rivals the amount of resources actually spent improving the educational quality. The building is gorgeous, and is constantly being beautified. The donor network is immense. Yet, I found that the quality of the teaching was lacking. Not challenging. Extracurriculars suffer the most. Art, Music, and Drama are all very weak. I have had the chance to visit many public school music programs (several dozens), and nearly all of them blow SICP away. I commuted to SICP from Burr Ridge. The commute time (45 min- 1 hour each way) made things worse. Plus, tuition is climbing towards 10K. For what?

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2006
The restrictive admission policy is not reflected in the quality of the curriculum. Emphasis is placed on lagacies.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
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- submitted by a student
June 21, 2005
I graduated from St. Ignatius last year, and let me say it was the most amazing experience. I met people from all over the Chicago area. The school itself is magnificant- mahogany floors, oriental carpeting, statues- it is just breathtaking to look at. The academic program can be rivaled by no one- there is a wide variety of college courses which I took, so much so that now in college, I only have one gen-ed to fill, and I have advanced in other courses in my major. The teachers truly care about their students, and go out of their way to help. I think that every child should have the oppurtunity to attend St. Ignatius, and even though the tuition is a bit pricy ( they have a good financial aid system though), it is worth every penny!

- submitted by a former student
March 07, 2005
Saint Ignatius is one of the most amazing places I've attended. The academics are not only challenging, but the incredible faculty make it fun and interesting to understand. Ignatius offers me opportunities that no other school could come close to. The experiences I have had at Ignatius are unique, and I have many new and interesting people from all across the Chicagoland area. Ignatius is truly an amazing place to work, study, and experience a Jesuit education.

- submitted by a student
February 19, 2005
I am the proud parent of two St. Ignatius graduates. Both of my children flourished with the freedom they were given to explore religious knowledge encompassing many theologies. They were introduced to the classic languages of Latin and Ancient Greek which has helped in their studies. Faculty members encouraged students to seek information outside of the classroom. They were not restricted to parroting specific opinions, but rather, taught to analyze subjects or issues in a logical. The cross section of students they encountered were from all parts of the city and suburbs, including those from the lower socio-economic groups. This served to open their eyes to the world beyond what they had known. Both have grown into adults with a sense of obligation to all peoples on earth and remain committed to be productive and generous members of society.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
With a faculty that a college would be proud of, St. Ignatius College Prep is, in my opinion, the best secondary school in Illinois, if not the entire Midwest. Faculty educational attainment, first-hand research experience and in many cases university-level teaching experience is unparalleled in any school in the Chicago area. Homework load is, in some cases, incredible, however, the academic experience and demeanor of the school diminishes the negative aspect of that. Students are treated with the utmost respect by the faculty and staff, and the overall atmosphere of the school is of the college it used to be in the 19th century. Classes tend to average about 18 people, however, many classes may have as few as 10 people or less. The facilities, especially spaces for fine arts and science laboratories, are better than you would find in most colleges and universities. Ignatius is an incredible place.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 01, 2003
My son selected St. Ignatius College Prep after being accepted at seven other non-religious college prep schools. St. Ignatius is a Jesuit school, and we are Presbyterians. He has been facilitated in every manner possible, from Latin and Ancient Greek, to participation in the Regional and State Science Expositions. The facilities are superb, the curriculum is first class, with Honors and Advanced Placement classes readily available to qualified students. The Science, Mathematics, and computer facilities are state-of-the-art; the school discipline and general demeanor of the institution is serious, but not bellicose. The athletic program is excellent, and includes golf and crew. The school is notorious for its homework load, but it is my son's experience that the load is a function of the level of the class...Advanced placement classes carry the most homework. The food, available throughout the day, with charge accounts available, is surprisingly edible, bearing no resemblance to the gruel the served at his father's prep school thirty years ago. St. Ignatius College Prep is Coed, staffed by committed professionals, and an excellent launching pad for a successful university career.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
From my perspective, I have a bachelors and masters, it has exceeded my expectations. My junior daughter has 3 to 4 hours of homework every night, has community, religious and school envolvement. The faculty and staff are extremely concerned with the status and being of all students. Their doors are open wide. Access is exceptional. College direction is based on what the student is looking for and what the student fits. Their athletics and extra-curricular activities are quite evident but education is the primary focus. Parent and alumni involvement are quite high. From my perspective it has been a worthy investment in what I feel is a 'community' that is developing contributory individuals toall of society.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
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- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a former student
August 26, 2003
Both of my son's graduated from St. Ignatius,one in 1998 & one in 1999.This school did an excellent job of preparing them for college. They were taught research, and writing long papers. I have no comment on this principal, as I do not know his standards and rules now. This school influenced my oldest son to become a high school teacher. My youngest son became friends with a Chicago Police officer who patrolled the neighborhood and he is now Chicago Police officer preparing to take the exam for detective.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I am a former student of St. Ignatius. I found my years at Ignatius to be the most beneficial educational experience I have ever received at any level. The environment at Ignatius is truly second to none and exceptional to the point that the students not only benefit from an outstanding academic experience but from a sensational life experience as well. I am a firm believer that a blend of both is absolutely necessary if one is to achieve their goals in life - whatever they may be. There is no question in my mind that if I am living in the Chicago area, I will do everything possible to ensure that my children have the opportunity to discover the Ignatius Experience for themselves. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend St. Ignatius and so very proud to have earned the right to call myself an alumni of this fine institution. Regards, Michael P. DesLauriers - Class of '87

- submitted by a former student
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St. Ignatius College Prep
1076 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL  60608
(312) 421-5900
Last modified St. Ignatius College Prep is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
St. Ignatius College Prep Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top