At our core, St. Joseph’s Prep stands for stellar academics--a hallmark of the school since its founding in 1851. Then, the Jesuits formed the school to help educate the children of the more than 100,000 Catholics who had arrived in Pennsylvania. While our building has moved and been modernized quite a bit since then, our commitment to high-level education and to training young men to be leaders who make changes in our world remains at the core of our mission to this day.
As a proud graduate of the Prep, I can say without a doubt that the curriculum here challenged me and prepared me for college and life beyond that. Our faculty--women and men who have devoted themselves to our Jesuit educational model--are master teachers who also form young men of competence, conscience and compassion. This combination of a challenging curriculum and engaged, exceptional teachers makes our school a unique, educational leader in the Delaware Valley.
I can say from experience that students will work hard at the Prep; but that hard work allows them to meet goals and gain accomplishments they may have never before imagined. We help students find their PASSIONS! Classmates push each other to be the best, and in the process, become brothers and connections that last forever. A Prep education demands that students do their best in all facets of school life--in the classroom, on the stage, on the fields, and in all as that is what a Jesuit education calls us to do: to live for the Greater Glory of God (Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or as we say, “AMDG”). Success arises, not simply because of who our students are, but because of who they are together. THAT is the Prep Difference.
Jason M. Zazyczny ’90