Their motto "Prep for Life" is an extention of the Jesuit mantra of "Men for Others." This institution and the entire Prep community embrace the students from the day they arrive to the day they graduate, but then they are part of the fraternal order that they enjoy forever. My son graduated from Prep exceptionally well prepared and purposely sought a Jesuit university to continue his post graduate education and is currently finishing his Master's degreee. It is by far the best value for a private school in the tri-state area.
As an alumnus, I credit Prep with much of the success I have achieved personally and professionally in the years since I graduated. Prep challenges students both inside and outside of the classroom. While a "holistic" approach to education is certainly not unique to Prep, the manner in which is strives to provide a well-rounded education is what sets St. Peter's apart from other schools. Rigorous academics, premier athletics, countless clubs and student organizations, a multitude of service opportunities, and so much more are at the core of guiding students towards realizing the Jesuit concept of the Graduate at Graduation (or Grad at Grad): to be Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice.
SPP is the best bang for your buck school in the state. It prepared my son like no other allowing him to flourish and be challenged. He now attends Harvard. The preparation for the SAT at SPP is astonishing and cannot be compared too. I sent my other son to Seton Hall for a year and we transfered him to SPP after one year because it was too easy. Truly a magnificent school. SPP is the REAL Prep.
our child attended for a few years. And unlike the 19 (only) glowing reviews here, we didn't find the school to be that exceptional. The school is quite average in academics and the hockey program was not impressive. Some great teachers, some not so great. After speaking with many parents whose kids did not flourish at the school (or after graduating) we took our son out and found a better school. Considering that St. Peter's is one of the only good schools in Jersey City, I think it looks better than it really is. When compared to the top notch programs in the country, it does not compete strongly.
My son had to get transferred from this school because he felt that he was left out because he was black. all the kids tried to leave him out of t hings in any way possible ; like not talking to him at lunch etc the only ethnic people in the school that dont have any problems are the people on the football team.
Where else can you go to high school and see the Statue of Liberty down one street and the Liberty Tower rising in NYC down the next?. Amazing place where boys become men. Their athletics are noted, but their performing arts improves with every year! Vox chorus won at 2012 World Choir Games and Jazz & Concert band flourish.. Their dramatics dept. just keeps attracting more and more hidden Prep talent! All students, athlete and scholar and artist, alike, respect eachother for their talents... no judging... and the diversity CANNOT BE MATCHED by any other boys private in the state! If your son wants diversity, it is here with a quality education and environment. Campus Ministry is unsurpassed and led by the most capable of women in Ms Maura Toomb. If you want to leave at 3:00, don't come to Prep. If you want to get involved and be open to growth on so many levels, the door is open. As for finances... don't think of it as a sacrafice, parents... think of it as an investment in your son's life and future. The Jesuits know what they are doing and do it well. AMDG.
this school is a very great school but if you are African American the other kids will not include/ and ostracize you from all social activities i recommend you to go to a different private school if you come from any ethnic back ground