Click the panels below to see the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. Still have a question? Call 713.490.8113, email admissions@strakejesuit.org, or visit our office on the second floor of Moran Hall!

School and Mission

What does it mean to be a "Jesuit" school?

Education has been a cornerstone of the Society of Jesus since the late 1540s, when Jesuit schools began spreading through Europe. Since it was founded in 1960 and held its first classes in 1961, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory has been a part of the vast network of Jesuit educational institutions. Today, in the United States alone, that network consists of over 60 high schools and almost 30 colleges and universities, including Georgetown University, Boston College, Gonzaga University, Marquette University, and many others.

The Jesuit approach to education reaches back five centuries and is deeply rooted in the experience of St. Ignatius of Loyola and his Jesuit companions. St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises are a “school of prayer” that has shaped the Jesuit experience over the centuries. Out of this approach to prayer and listening to God has arisen a unique approach to education. Strake Jesuit actively strives to develop its faculty, staff and students in this spiritual and academic tradition. The goal is to invite them into a formative experience that is rooted in deep experience and reflection so that the acquisition of knowledge is not merely accumulating information. Instead, a Jesuit education develops the reflective, critical, and spiritual potential of students as well as their commitment to action and sharing of their gifts.

What is the "Grad at Grad"?

"Jesuit educators describe our goals in forming the whole person in terms of the Grad at Grad. Along with parents we seek to form men who, by the time they graduate, are better equipped to be more religious, loving, intellectually competent, open to growth, committed to justice, and physically fit." - Strake Jesuit President Fr. Jeff Johnson, S.J. 

In describing the Jesuit Grad at Grad, we chose qualities under six general categories that seem desirable not only for this threshold period but also for his adult life. These categories sum up the many aspects or areas of life most in accord with living a Christian life as an adult. Whether we conceive these qualities under the rubric of a Man for Others or simply as a developing Christian, they appear to be qualities that characterize the kind of person who can live an adult Christian life in the twenty-first century. By graduation the Strake Jesuit graduate is Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Physically Fit, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice.

Learn more about the characteristics of Grad at Grad by clicking here.

Where do Strake Jesuit students live? How can I get to Jesuit each morning?

Strake Jesuit students come from near and far. Hailing from 24 different cities, 102 different zip codes, and 141 different middle schools, the student body is rich in diversity.

Students get to Strake Jesuit in a variety of ways. Our Mentor Mom group organizes a Carpool List each year to help families find carpools in their area. Organized by zip code, roughly 50% of our families use the Mentor Mom Carpool List each year.

Many students also use public transportation to get to Jesuit. Metro Bus Routes 002, 046, and 402 stop at the campus entrances. Routes 002 and 402 serve our families located in Alief, Sharpstown, Bellaire, Southside Place, West University Place, Southgate and the Med Center. Route 046 serves our families in the Cypress, Spring Branch, Memorial, Bunker Hill Village, Westchase, Sharpstown, Braeburn, and Brays Oaks areas.

Do Strake Jesuit students have the opportunity to travel?

Absolutely! Click here to learn more about student travel, including exchange programs, cultural immersion trips, mission trips, and more!

How do Strake Jesuit students meet girls?

While Strake Jesuit is an all-boys school, St. Agnes Academy, an all-girls Catholic school, is located just across the parking lot.  Strake Jesuit and St. Agnes students have plenty of interaction - many extra-curricular activities and clubs are coed, students get together during lunch and before and after school, and several classes are coed; Strake Jesuit students have the ability to take several St. Agnes classes and vice versa.

Additionally, Strake Jesuit hosts several dances throughout the year where St. Agnes students and girls from other area Catholic schools are invited to attend; similarly, many of these schools invite our students to their events.

We like to say that Strake Jesuit is the "best of both worlds" - all the great things about being an all-boys school with St. Agnes just across the parking lot and lots of interaction between the two student bodies.

Application Process, Tuition, and Financial Aid

How much is tuition? Are textbooks included?

Tuition is $21,750 for the 2019-2020 school year. For incoming freshmen and transfer students, a non-refundable $1,000 payment is due at the time of registration ($500 registration fee and $500 tuition deposit).

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, Strake Jesuit will provide textbooks directly to families at no additional costs beyond the cost of tuition. In the past, our families typically spent $400-$800 per year on textbooks. E-books are sent directly to a student's iPad and printed textbooks are shipped directly to his home.

For more information about tuition and financial aid, click here. For more information about textbooks, click here.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is absolutely available! At Strake Jesuit, we accept students based on their ability to succeed in the classroom; embrace our Catholic, Jesuit mission; and become a leader and Man for Others  - NOT their economic circumstances. For the 2019-20 school year, 15% of the student body received financial aid from a budget of $2.65 million. Awards range from $3,000 to full aid and the average award is $13,500.

 

Click here to learn more about financial aid.

Does Strake Jesuit accept international students?

While we don't have an official international student program in place, we will accept international students who are qualified. All students, including international students, must live with a relative; international students may not live with a "host family."

International applicants follow the same application process as local applicants. Click here to learn more about the application process. There are no extra fees for international students - all students pay the same application fee, registration fee, and tuition.

Strake Jesuit can issue an I-20 for enrolled international students.

Retreats, Service, and Spiritual Formation

Is there a service requirement?

"Today our prime educational objective must be to form men and women for others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God." 

Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus


Strake Jesuit was one of the first schools in Texas to make community service a requirement for graduation. Each student at each grade level must fulfill a community service requirement and each senior is required to complete 100 hours of community service before earning his diploma.

Jesuit’s Community Service program is not just about service, it is about service-learning. As a Catholic and Jesuit school, we ask students to reflect on their service, to gain understanding about people’s lives, and witness how our society does and does not take care of its most vulnerable members. Therefore, the goals of these community service projects are for each person in our school family to understand the responsibility of putting faith into action, experience the joy of serving Christ in the needy and poor among us, and follow Christ’s call to build a world grounded in faith and justice. Consequently, we ask our students to willingly accept God’s call to serve others and to develop the habit of living virtuously, committed to serving others with their families.

To learn more about the Service Program at Jesuit, click here.

How often do students go on retreats? What retreats are available?

In the tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, every student at Strake Jesuit takes time during each school year to nurture their unique spiritual lives in the form of a retreat. It is an integral part of the holistic growth of each student in the formation of the whole person.

Click here to learn all about retreats at Jesuit.

I heard that Strake Jesuit owns its retreat center. Is that true?

Yes! Strake Jesuit is one of the few high schools in the nation to have its own retreat center. The Retreat & Leadership Center (RLC) is located is Leon County, just west of I-45 near Leona, Texas. This beautiful site features gentle rolling hills, magnificent large trees, with a small lake in the center of the property. It is an ideal setting for all who come here - students, faculty, parents, alumni - to encounter God in nature and to enhance their spiritual reflection and growth.

To learn more about the Retreat & Leadership Center or to take a virtual tour, click here.

In the Classroom

What courses are offered at Strake Jesuit?

Click here to see our Course Descriptions for 2019-2020.

Why does Strake Jesuit use iPads? Are textbooks on the iPad as well?

A tablet program provides our students with the opportunity to develop the skills, tools, and experiences needed to succeed in high school and to better prepare them for college and beyond. Apple’s ecosystem of high quality apps, strong reputation within the education field, and the iPad’s highly functional touch screen, long battery life, and user-friendly interface most closely suit our students’ learning needs as well as our teachers’ instructional needs in the classroom.

Much like a calculator, pen, notebook, or SmartBoard, the iPad is one tool among many that students use at Jesuit. It will not complete homework for students, nor will it read, analyze, digest, comprehend or make students think more critically about their studies. It is simply a tool that students will use to aid his efforts. Students and teachers are expected to use it when it is helpful, and put it aside when it is not. 

Using their iPad, students will engage in research, note-taking, video production, collaboration, simulations, and a wide range of other activities.  

Click here to learn more about iPads at Jesuit.

Does Strake Jesuit offer services or accommodations for students with learning differences?

Absolutely! Click here to learn about the Strake Jesuit Learning Resource Center and the services and accommodations offered. There is no cost to enroll in the Learning Resource Center.

What is the average class size? What is the student-teacher ratio?

The average class size is 20. The student-teacher ratio is 10:1.

Counseling and College Placement

Is each student assigned a counselor? How often do they meet?

From the very first day of freshman year, each student is assigned both an Academic & Personal Counselor and a College Counselor. 

In addition to regularly scheduled one-on-one meetings, students meet with their Academic & Personal Counselor and their College Counselor in small groups every eight days. 

Click here to learn more about the Academic & Personal Counseling program and click here to learn more about the College Counseling program. Also, please click the tab below titled "Are there any special programs outside of standard classes to prepare students for college?" to learn more about new services being offered by the College Counseling program.

Are there any special programs outside of standard courses to prepare students for college?

College Readiness Course
Beginning in the Spring of Freshman year, through the Fall of Senior year, all students will enroll in a College Readiness course. College Counselors will use class meetings to deliver a formative curriculum that prepares students for the college discernment and application process. Students will have the chance to actively engage parts of that process that are appropriate for his grade level, including tools for exploring careers and fields of study; identifying colleges that suit his interests and abilities; identifying scholarship opportunities; planning for college fairs, college visits, and other contact with colleges of interest; preparing essays, applications, and interviews; and finalizing his college enrollment.

College Readiness will meet during the rotating class cycle, one time in every eight-day school cycle. These meetings don’t impact any other existing classes or programming.

Standardized Test Prep Partnership  (SARA)
Standardized test preparation is an important part of a student’s college application process, and we are partnering with Ray Dass to provide test preparation for all students, using the best available techniques. Ray Dass has spent the last decade developing and improving a program named SARA™. SARA is a progressive three-level program based on the “early engagement” approach advocated by the College Board. The program uses active engagement and practice techniques to ensure mastery of vital concepts and skills for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT. When using SARA from any internet-enabled device, students will find HD instructional videos, thousands of practice questions, a carefully designed curriculum, and access to online office hours for extra help. Ray Dass and his team have found considerable success nationwide, helping students reach further towards their college goals. You can read more online at http://www.RayDass.com.

At Jesuit, SARA will be deployed and coordinated in students’ College Readiness class. Students’ progress through the program will be graded on a pass/fail basis, and these grades will be visible in students’ online grade portal, and printed on report cards and transcripts. Like in other courses, students will have regular feedback from their College Readiness teacher about his progress.

To read more about SARA, click here.

Where do Strake Jesuit graduates attend college? What are graduates' SAT/ACT averages and other academic achievements?

Click here to see college information from our School Profile.

Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities

In which league does Strake Jesuit compete for athletics?

Strake Jesuit is a proud member of the Texas University Interscholastic League (UIL), competing at the highest level of competition -  Conference 6A.  Strake Jesuit and Dallas Jesuit stand alone as the only private schools to compete in the UIL. The Crusaders are currently members of District 23-6A. Strake Jesuit also competes in the UIL for many academic competitions.

As the UIL has no league play for Water Polo or Lacrosse, those sports compete in other leagues. The Lacrosse team plays in the Texas High School Lacrosse League (THSLL) and the Water Polo team competes in the Texas Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (TISCA).

What sports are offered at Jesuit? How many teams are there for each sport?

Baseball - Three teams: Varsity, JV Green, and JV White

Basketball - Five teams: Varsity, JV Green, JV White, Freshman Green, and Freshman White

Cross Country - Three teams: Varsity, JV, and Freshman

Football - Four teams: Varsity, JV, Freshman Green, and Freshman White

Golf - Two teams: Varsity and JV

Lacrosse - Two teams: Varsity and JV

Rugby - One team: Varsity

Soccer - Five teams: Varsity, JV Green, JV White, Freshman Green, and Freshman White

Swimming - Two teams: Varsity and JV

Tennis - Three teams: Varsity, JV, and Freshman

Track & Field - Three teams: Varsity, JV, and Freshman

Water Polo - Three teams: Varsity, JV Green, and JV White

Wrestling - Two teams: Varsity and JV

Click here to learn more about athletics at Jesuit.

Will I be able to make the team?

The majority of our sports are non-cut sports - cross country, football, lacrosse, rugby, swimming, track & field, water polo, and wrestling. Everyone who goes out for these sports makes the team!

There are cuts in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis. However, because Strake Jesuit competes in the UIL, we have the ability to offer more teams than most other private schools - 38 teams in all. For instance, we have three baseball teams, five basketball teams, two golf teams, five soccer teams, and three tennis teams. Having more teams means that more students are able to participate in athletics. In fact, over 80% of our students participate in athletics each year and 1/3 of our student-athletes play multiple sports each year.

Some sports that do cut - golf and tennis - even have developmental teams, which give student-athletes who did not make the team the ability to practice with the team and continue to hone their skills.

Finally, Jesuit students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of intramural sports throughout the school year, including dodgeball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, and more!

There are plenty of opportunities for our students to participate in athletics! Click here to learn more about athletics at Jesuit.

What clubs/extra-curricular activities can students join? What if I want to start a new club?

There are over 60 clubs at Jesuit - everything from Engineering to Theater to the Spikeball Club, and everything in between.

Click here to see a full list of the clubs available.

Don't see a club that represents your interests? Starting a new club is as easy as filling out an online form and finding a moderator! New clubs are formed all the time!