The Prep Difference

"The Grad at Grad"

St. Joseph's Prep is one of approximately 50 Jesuit secondary schools in the United States and each one challenges its students to go beyond academic excellence, to be reflective, to be committed to the service of faith and the promotion of justice: to be "men for and with others."  

Throughout their years at the Prep, our students grow and evolve in so many areas beyond their academic pursuits. The Profile of the Graduate at Graduation, a document written by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association, offers each student an opportunity to become aware of who they are becoming while in high school, and why.

Our goal here at the Prep is to graduate young men marked by the following characteristics: open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

Watch our "Grad at Grad" video series below to hear Prep students reflect on how they've grown while at the Prep:


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Committed to Doing Justice, Intellectually Competent, Loving, Open to Growth, and Religious

 [WATCH] Click above to hear from recent grads about the Prep Difference.

Did You Know?

At the Prep, we do not rank our students—no Valedictorian or Salutatorian at graduation. Nor do our students wear caps and gowns at the event.

It all stems from the Jesuit tradition of encouraging each student to follow his own personal passions, and to motivate himself based not on how he compares to his brothers, but on how he may serve them with the talents he has been given.

Likewise, then, graduation is not an ending, but rather a “Commencement” as we call it—the beginning of the college years, and careers, and all for which we’ve been preparing our students throughout their time at the Prep.

Click here to read about Prep students and the various activities and service projects in which they're involved.

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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