"We are best known for Educating Men for Others."
Students enrolled 965
Hours 8:10 am - 2:45 pm
School leader Rev. Vincent G. Conti, S.J.
Transportation options no info
Type Religious

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19 Eye Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

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5 stars
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May 25, 2014
I am envious of my two sons' Gonzaga experience. I agree with the consensus in the previous reviews, but I'd highlight two things that aren't discussed enough: 1. Retreats. The Freshman retreat turned my oldest son from liking Gonzaga to loving it. He really bonded with his classmates. The Jr year Kairos experience was even more powerful. It got my son thinking about what kind of man he wanted to be. How could he serve others? How could he help his band of brothers? 2. School spirit. Go to any athletic competition and you'll feel it. Not just the purple clad, raucous student cheering section, but how the athletes overachieve. It was almost predictable to see the late game comeback. Or Gonzaga beating an athletically superior opponent. I think this is related to the brotherly bond that is formed in classrooms, in service projects, in retreats and yes, on the athletic fields. Gonzaga is a truly special place. I am proud to have given my boys a Gonzaga education. If you're considering Gonzaga, just go (if you get in). I guarantee that you will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
I never attended Gonzaga but I knew I wanted my son to attend and he did. All I can say is I'm impressed with the rigorous academics and the volunteerism. The Jesuits motto is" Men for Others" . My son absolutely loves that school and his younger sibling is rocking the purple in anticipation of one day attending the Zag and becoming an Eagle. . The word of a parent who son graduated 2 years ago. "money well spent",

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I'm an alumnus, and not thrilled with the jock school that Gonzaga is today. When I attended in the 70's, the emphasis was academics, service then sports. Now it s completely the other way! Every week I get newsletters announcing another great sports win or an outstanding sport accomplishment with only one mention of academics over the past several months. Make sure your son gets on a sport program freshman year otherwise they will be marginalized. Did I say my upperclassman son has a 4.2+ GPA and is a misfit?

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
I loved it as a student 30 years ago and found Penn fairly easy after four years on Eye Street. I love it as a dad today, dropping my son off at the subway every morning and debating him over dinner and on the weekends. Gonzaga's really a remarkable bit of grace for our family and for the District.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2013
Many excellent teachers, long standing DC educational institution with decades of tradition. Located in the heart of our nation's capital, a unique experience traveling into an urban setting--certainly not the school bus stop experience.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2012
Gonzaga holds its head high in a geographical area highly competitive with notable "magnet" public schools and elite private schools. Its inner-city location affords students from the suburbs an opportunity to relate to others less fortunate than themselves, and as "men for others" they embrace various service projects which become a valuable part of their education. Much publicity is given to the success of Gonzaga's extensive sports programs, and perhaps the sports are the school's primary drawing force, especially when no cuts are made in some sports and every kid can find something to play. But this should not belittle the strong academic program, which includes a variety of elective courses, and the family atmosphere that permeates a dedicated faculty which takes a personal interest in their students' efforts both in and out of class time. In the coming year a new position -- Dean of Faculty -- has been created to ensure educational enrichment even more. More publicity could be given to Gonzaga'a many non-sports extracurricular activities that bring prestige to the school, such as Debating and Quiz Bowl clubs. Mostly, however, wherever, there's the joy on students' faces!

- submitted by a teacher
March 10, 2012
I've only been at Gonzaga for about 6 months now; however, I am in love with it! Every single teacher and faculty member really do care about you. The athletics are very competitive, any sport you do will challenge you physically and mentally. As for academics, the academic aspect of Gonzaga is phenomenal. Also, the feeling of loyalty and community is like no other school. Unlike other schools, a freshmen can be great friends with a senior and vice versa. The ages don't make a difference and there is not an ounce of bullying. Everyone knows that they are at Gonzaga for the same reason and every student wants to make the next class feel just as they did. Also, the loyalty to the school is fantastic. Many students attend as many athletic events as they can whether is tennis, football, swimming, basketball etc. I wouldn't be surprised if half of all the clothing I own is Gonzaga related. Every student is proud to be there. Finally, the service and urban feeling of Gonzaga is unique to Gonzaga. I talk to friends from other schools and they say they have never been to chinatown, they have never been on the metro. DC is a wonderful city and Gonzaga gives kids a chance to explore it.

- submitted by a student
September 01, 2011
I love Gonzaga with all my heart and soul, I have only been here 2 years, entering my 3rd and the academics and sports of this school are exceeded by none. The spirit of this school is amazing and is a huge part of the schools intense brotherhood that forms! I love this school so much and will be tearful when I graduate! G-O-N-Z-A-G-A GO GONZAGA ALL THE WAY!

- submitted by a student
March 13, 2011
Amazing school! Anyone who likes the rigorous academics, but also great sports has a place here!

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April 21, 2010
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January 19, 2010
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- submitted by a student
December 13, 2009
I'm an alumnus of Gonzaga. I know firsthand that the academic program is first rate. Several of my teachers had at least one PhD. All of them were excellent. In senior year, the headmaster was our religion teacher. His profound insights about religion are comparable to Thomas Aquinas. The curriculum included four years of latin and religion, algebra with set theory, geometry, two years of calculus, two years of german, two years of physics, among others. I didn't appreciate the Gonzga education until I got to college, where I breezed through the first two years because most of it was a slight amplification of what I already knew. But the best part of it all is that they taught me to think for myself.

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2009
My son chose Gonzaga, I didn't choose it for him. When I asked him why, his reply was, 'We don't have to worry about competing with or for girls and I'm pretty sure I'll be challenged academically.' As a parent I could not ask for more but Gonzaga gives it anyway...Gonzaga provides the environment for boys to become young men, responsible for themselves and others. I have never seen my son so excited to get out of the house and into school. Gonzaga is truly a blessing.

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September 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2009
I only taught at Gonzaga for one year, but it was one of the highlights of my entire academic career, most of which was spent at the college level. My students were bright (most with more than a passing knowledge of the classics) and raucous (I well remember seeing the Washington Monument bathed in purple light on the eve of the annual St. John's football scrum). The faculty were both dedicated and delightful, and the folks in the Headmaster's office ran a tight ship. What more could an aspiring English teacher want? When I left the cramped, crumbling walls of Gonzaga for the alluring charms of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, I knew there would always be a place in my mind for an unlikely urban oasis on North Capitol St.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 28, 2009
My son is a risng junior and we are plased with his experience and growth at Gonzaga. My son loves his school and his classmates and Ihe is challenged academically. Also, being a 'Man for Others' whichis the school's mantra, prepares him to identify and deal with challenges in his community and his fellow citizens.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2009
Amazing school very fun and great sports and academics

- submitted by a student
March 02, 2009
I didn't decide to go to Gonzaga, but I cannot thank my parents enough for making me. It has truthfully changed my life for the better and I can't see myself anywhere else.

- submitted by a student
March 01, 2009
Working at Gonzaga is an increidble experience. I enjoy my career so much because the kids love to be there every day. Through interviewing the kids every day, there is a constant sens of loyalty, dedication to studies, and conraderie. While we are not perfect by any stretch of the means, it is a great place for young ment to become compassionate and strong citizens.

- submitted by a community member
February 22, 2009
Gonzaga is, bar-none, the best choice for most. My son applied to landon, g-prep, and st. albans (and of course, gonzaga). he was accepted into all four, but he chose gonzaga for the spirit and challenge. if you want your child to go to school at a pampered country club, send him to prep or landon. if you want him fluorish in a supportive and academically challenging environment and really become a 'man for others,' send him to gonzaga.

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February 10, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 08, 2009
My three sons, have been Gonzaga students. I chose the school for my oldest son, (in 1990), and quickly came to believe this is the best environment to help develop the minds of young men to be truly in service to others. The educational experience is second to none. The spiritual and psychological growth and maturity I have seen in my sons, have assisted us to prepared them well for transitioning into a world that sometimes require serious choices, an attitude of caring for others and the ability to succeed. My youngest who is currently enrolled, wanted to be an 'Eagle', from an early age because he learned from his brothers what being 'a man for others', truly means. I recommend to any parent who wants his/her son to have the best opportunity for success and he is willing to work hard- Gonzaga is the place for him.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2009
Gonzaga is a fine institution, and like any other educational facility, what one gets from it is in direct proportion to what one invests in it. However, like all institutions, it too has limitations. There is too much of a grade point fixation by the boys, and that leads to a level of competition that sometimes makes the boys consider cheating on tests and homework. Gonzaga does a reasonable job in trying to handle this, but it could use improvement. There is also a level of favoratism and politics (it is just three blocks from Congress - so this shouldn't be a surprise), and that means that not every kid gets an equal opportunity to participate in sports, clubs, and other activities. Does this make Gonzaga bad - no. It means that it, like any of the other rated schools, has some nicks in it's halo.

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no rating February 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2009
Choosing Gonzaga College High School was for our son was the best decision ever. He has truly come into his own in 3 short years and the administration, teachers and coaches have been instrumental in our push for standards for him. If it was good enough for Maryland Governor, Martin O'Malley, then it's even better for all the young men enrolled there now.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2009
No education will prepare your sons like the education they will receive at Gonzaga, plain and simple. It's much more than notebooks and chalkboards, its the entire experience that Jesuits have perfected for hundreds of years. These young men will leave with a real thirst for knowledge and a better understanding of themselves and those around them. What strikes me most about just how special Gonzaga is and what truly separates them from other great schools is their honest and true dedication in providing an enriched education to ALL young men, both rich and poor. I was one of those kids that Gonzaga took a chance on, not because they had to, not because it was good for PR, but, because it was the right and moral thing to do based on their faith that all children are God's children, both the affluent and the underprivileged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2009
All four of our sons have gone to the school, and all had a great experience. The academics are top notch, and the spirit of community and togetherness is unequaled. The retreat program makes the whole school experience special, and the boys recognize that. The emphasis on service goes beyond the lip-service or obligatory chore found in a lot of high schools. The opportunities for parental involvement are significant. It's a great place for boys to become men.

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January 26, 2009
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January 24, 2009
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January 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
No other school in DC offers better academics, extracurricular activities, or fostering environment than Gonzaga. To top it off, the students are taught to be part of the community (Eagle program), which often means working in soup kitchens and helping the homeless. Located three blocks from the US Capitol, students often walk over to watch Congressional proceedings. Having Gonzaga on your resume - even with advanced university degrees - is invaluable.

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January 20, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 17, 2009
There has never been a day that I didnt want to go to school.

- submitted by a student
no rating January 16, 2009
I've sent two sons there and went to Gonzaga myself. The school has a spirit that is beyond words. There are more selective and expensive schools in Washington, but none with the spirit, loyalty, sense of service, charisma and history of Gonzaga College High School.

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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2008
Gonzaga is a great school with outstanding academic programs and a great athletic program. Transportation is mostly not an issue, with the Union station just 5 minutes away providing MARC train and METRO access, getting there is easy. Plenty of room for playing sports on the field, or the gym, and great food at lunch.

- submitted by a student
November 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 07, 2008
Our son loved every minute at Gonzaga. He not only graduated with a 4.2 average, he took advantage of many extracurricular activities, crew, water polo, debate, service programs. The long history of Gonzaga, with pictures of young men from the 1800s lining the walls, championship banners hanging in the gym, even the old classroom buildings, all made a tremendous impact on our son. Being part of such a tradition is something every young man should experience. Even our daughter, who went to an all-girls Catholic high school, has her own wonderful memories of Gonzaga, having been involved in Gonzaga's magnificent theater program. My wife and I had a great time at Gonzaga as well, working with other parents on all kinds of activities. I'm not sure even a five-star rating does Gonzaga justice. I'd say 10 stars at least!

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September 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 21, 2008
My son loved Gonzaga. He is now a sophmore in college. Gonzaga's faculty have an obvious love for teaching as well as a love for Gonzaga. They give the students respect and expect more from them and in turn, the young men act accordingly. At the graduation ceremony every student who wins an individual award is given a thunderous, standing ovation by the entire student body. They truly are 'men for others'. My son is having a great time in college right now but when asked if he loved it as much as Gonzaga, he said, 'I can't say that'. The school understands boys and that is why they thrive and flourish under their guidance and supervision. You could not ask for more.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
I love Gonzaga! It's simply a great school. You dont have to worry about violence, all you have to do is get good grades. The Teachers are fantastic and I'm going to Harvard next Fall! Great School go apply!

- submitted by a student
September 07, 2007
Gonzaga is an excellent place for athletics. They are champs! But boys also flourish there in music,drama and several clubs. If you want your son to be an independent thinker,this is the place to educate him. The Jesuits will teach him to turn every thought,theology and politics inside and out until each of these 'Men For Others' is sure of what he really believes. Those beliefs will be his own. At Gonzaga, they know boys and know how to make them into men in the rough and tumble way that works for them.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
Problem with location is the fact that Zaga has poor athletic facilities with limited space...

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2007
Absolutely the best education in town. Gonzaga shapes real men. The personal interest shown by the faculty and staff can only be rated at a 10+ This is the best choice I could have ever made for my son.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
if you want you kid to get a cupcake country club education then send him to prep. If you want you son to become a 'Man for others' send him to GONZAGA.

- submitted by a former student
August 27, 2005
Outstanding! Worth every dollar; best education your son can receive. Compassionate, challenging faculty. Extensive sports program as well as numerous performance arts available. Rigorous academic program combined with strong emphasis on personal development and service to others.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2004
Gonzaga is an amazing school. They have fantastic academics, along with teachers and have a huge list of extra-curricular activities for your kid. When I was thinking about applying to Gonzaga, I heard from everyone I know who has gone to Gonzaga that they loved it and it's a place where anyone can fit in and make life-long friends. And I can't forget to mention the great athletic teams we have, along with the many different sports there are.

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August 20, 2003
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Gonzaga College High School
19 Eye Street NW, Washington, DC  20001
(202) 336-7100
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Gonzaga College High School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 48 reviews.