St. Ignatius School, a private scholarship school that charges no tuition beyond a $35 monthly activity fee, is accepting applications for about 34 spots in its 6th and 7th grade classes. Information sessions are scheduled for March 17 at 6:30 p.m and April 14, and families can register for those sessions on the school’s website.
The Catholic middle school is known for its high graduation rates and the support it gives students even after they graduate. During a regular year, students are at the school from 7:30 a.m. till 5:00 p.m., with regular classes earlier in the day and homework help and clubs in the afternoon.
“We don’t just consider ourselves a middle school. We support our students in high school and now into college,” said St. Ignatius School Principal Richard Darrell.“By seventh and eighth grade we have a dedicated staff member who is helping them get into the best high school possible whether that’s private, Catholic, public, charter — whatever fits for them and their families.” The school provides former students with assistance throughout the college process such as free SAT classes, FAFSA workshops, stipends and help with their college applications, Darrell added.
Applications are encouraged from a wide range of students, not just those at the top of their class or who are Catholic, Darrell said noting, “We are just looking for a student that wants to work hard, a family that’s going to give as much effort as well, I think that’s really important.”
The information sessions are helpful, Darrell said, because it’s important that families understand what the school expects from them, including parents taking an active role in their child’s education. Application information is sent to families following the information session.