|CELEBRATING YOUR CATHOLIC SCHOOL|
Catholic schools are such an integral part of Middle States membership and we are excited to celebrate Catholic Schools Week with all of you!
In honor of the theme of Faith. Excellence. Service. We’d like to introduce you to our Service Learning Program of Distinction recipient Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola in San Juan, PR. Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola is an all-male, Catholic, Jesuit, college-preparatory school for grades 7-12 under the direction of the Society of Jesus in Puerto Rico. It was established in San Juan, PR in 1952, so we have been offering an education of excellence for 69 years. True to its mission of providing a high-quality Catholic education, Colegio San Ignacio presently serves a student population of 535 young men, 24% of whom receive financial assistance.
What does Service mean to Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola? Deeply rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church and following the example of its founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola, our prime educational objective is to educate “men for others”. The school provides students with opportunities for contact with the world of injustice and poverty. Our students offer diverse kinds of service to them, both in school and outside. A formal, structured academic program to reflect on the experience of service is in place in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, and grades 7th – 9th also imbue the curriculum with service initiatives. Jesuit education helps students to realize that “talents are gifts to be developed, not for self-satisfaction or self-gain, but rather, for the good of the human community.” (Characteristics of Jesuit Education, 82)
In April 2018, the Middle States Association awarded us with the Service-Learning Distinction award for integrating community service into the entire school program.
What we have done for Catholic Education: