This school is only for cookie-cutter Catholics. Do not dare fall out of line with creativity or home problems or they will push you to the margins and under the rug. I have gone to this scho for two years and the way they deal with issues shocks and disgusts me. It's quite a problem. I wouldn't wish this school on my worst enemy.
My children are thriving at Jesuit. The teachers truly care about the kids in and out of the classroom. You can really see that the teachers love teaching and being a part of the Jesuit family. At parents night I was very surprised at the long tenure of many of the teachers. My children are not catholic but they feel welcome and learning about all religions.
Jesuit's motto is "Do Well Whatever You Do", and this shows in all aspects of the school. The teachers care about the students, the students are involved in school and the community, and the drama and athletic departments are outstanding. Parents are involved in everything from preparing and serving lunch, to staffing the concession stands at sports games, and participating on committees to assist the administration and other parents (like, for example, the Parents in Partnership program). Each year, the students have a retreat during which they forge strong bonds of friendship, and reflect on their lives and the lives of those around them. This is an outstanding place to send your student, if you want him or her to develop not only academically, but into a man or woman for others.
I have a daughter who graduated from Jesuit last spring and a son who is currently a sophomore. The school does an amazing job of getting all kids involved in not only the school but also in the community through community service. They also do an outstanding job of preparing the kids for college and beyond. The staff and teachers are caring and always eager to assist in anyway. Sending our kids to Jesuit was the best decision we've ever made!
I can't say enough positive things about Jesuit. Academics are fantastic, gifted students have AP classes that challenge them. Also Thomas Edison School, that shares the campus with Jesuit, accomodates students with alternative learning abilities (like my daughter,) is available for students to take some of their classes. A diverse, dedicated, well appointed team of educators, is custom selected at admission based on your students ability and needs , with input from student and parents. Teachers are always available before and after class to help students. This is provided under a safe, caring, moral enviornment that in predominantly Catholic, but with most Great Religions represented, as well as students that do not practice a religion. Although Jesuit competes in sports, arts, and academics at a high level, there are sports and numerous other campus activities, to accomadate and explore the intrests of all the students. My experience with JHS culture in that it is inclusive, caring, safe with the student encouraged to take a chance and explore, while owning and being responsible for decisions made, all within the spirit of learning.
Jesuit Portland has been an outstanding experience for family. Our four children have had numerous opportunities to explore and be challenged in their academics, character, spirituality and athletics. Jesuit Portland culture fosters deep, supportive friendship with students and faculty and amongst families. It is a remarkable place.