St. Ignatius College Prep

Private | 9-12 | 1382 students


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Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted 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!

Posted 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

Posted January 20, 2012

I graduated st. Ignatius in 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted December 9, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted March 1, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 60%
Hispanic 16% 16%
Black 10% 20%
Asian 3% N/A
Two or more races 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
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