SI by the Numbers
Financial Aid: This year, the school distributed $3.1 million to 25 percent of the student body.
Campus Size: 20 acres on two sites. The main Sunset District campus sits on 11.4 acres and Fairmont Field in Pacifica has another 8.5 acres for our baseball, softball, soccer and field hockey teams to practice and compete.
Enrollment: 1,469 students
Faculty: 126 (Masters Degree: 93; Doctorates: 3; Jesuit Faculty: 6)
Jesuit Community: 16
Student to Teacher Ratio: 14 to 1
Average Class Size: 25
Student to Counselor ratio: 140 to 1
Graduates: Typically 100% attend college; 98% attend a four-year college
In a classroom of 25 students
- 17 will spend four years in a major co-curricular (club or sport).
- 15 will lead a retreat or complete 200 service hours.
- 12 will graduate with honors.
- 10 students will take two or more AP exams.
- 8 will do all of the above.
- The average grant these students receive is more than $9,000.
- In the 2013-14 year, a quarter of all students received tuition assistance.
- SI gave out more than $3.1 million in financial aid in the 2013–14 school year.
The Freshman Class
- 99% of the class goes on the freshman retreat.
- Every freshman is involved in at least one co-curricular activity.
- 75% identify themselves as Roman Catholic.
- 93% identify themselves as Catholic or Christian.
- More than 40% identify themselves as an ethnicity other than white.
- The class draws from 7 of the 9 Bay Area counties.
- 170 take at least one honors class.
- The average incoming GPA from grammar school is 3.6.
The Senior Class
- On average, SI’s students score 100 points higher on the SAT verbal section and 75 points higher on the math section compared to student averages in California and the U.S.
- 96% will attend a four-year university; 4% will attend a 2-year college.
- Compared to the national averages on the ACTs, the Class of 2013 scored 7.5 points higher in English, 4.9 points higher in math, 6.6 points higher in reading and 4.3 points higher in science.
- SI has one of the largest and most successful Advanced Placement programs in the country. In 2013, 638 students took 1,478 tests with an 79.3 percent pass rate. Also, students scored more than 700 4s and 5s on these tests.
- This performance ranks SI among the top 150 schools (the top 2/3rds of 1 percent) in the nation. SI’s pass rate percent is 24 points higher than average of all test takers.
- SI’s grads have made their marks in the following fields:
- Science: Intel President & CEO Paul Otellini ’68, Dr. Peter Raven ’55 of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
- Medicine: Dr. Eric Goosby ’70 and Dr. Joseph O’Neill ’71, AIDS Czars under three presidents.
- Public Service: Medal of Honor Recipient Adm. Daniel Callaghan (1907), Gov. Jerry Brown ’55, Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy ’48, Mayor George Moscone ’47, former CA PUC Commissioner Timothy Alan Simon ’73, Adm. James Shannon ’77.
- Letters: Award-winning poet Gretchen Henderson ’93 of MIT, Laurence Yep ’66 of Dragonwings fame and Phil Bennet ’77, former managing editor of The Washington Post.
- Inventors: John Montgomery (1879), the first person to design and fly a glider in the Western Hemisphere.
- 95% of SI students take part in the retreat program over 4 years.
- 150 seniors lead retreats as part of the Insignis team.
- 25% of the junior class each year applies to be part of the Summer Immersion Program, which offers support to programs around the world.
- SI requires each student to complete at least 100 hours of service work.
- Each graduating class logs nearly 60,000 hours of service work.
- On average, students perform more than 160 hours of service work over 4 years.
- More than a quarter of the senior class performs 200 hours or more.
- SI’s performing arts program involves nearly 20% of the student body.
- SI is ranked among the top 10 high school musical theatre programs in the Bay Area.
- SI’s actors were invited to the International Drama Festival for the sixth year in a row thanks to nominations by professional Bay Area theatre companies.
- SI's string orchestra & Chamber Singers will perform at Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2014.
- The orchestra and jazz band and has performed in workshops with members of the NY Philharmonic and the Lincoln Center Jazz Band, and the chamber music ensembles have consistently been ranked with highest honors at the Bay Area Solo & Ensemble Festival.
- SI’s choral program has been ranked in the top 10 choirs in Northern California for two years running.
- SI’s choirs have performed in venues in Spain, France and Italy, most recently in the summer of 2013.
- Members of SI’s orchestra and jazz band traveled to Kenya in the summers of 2011 and 2013 to take part in a musical exchange.
- Alumni include Peter Casey ’68 (creator of TV’s Frasier), James Houghton ’76 (founder and head of the famed Signature Theatre Company), Bart Sher ’77 (artistic director of the NY’s Lincoln Center), Jonathan Moscone ’82 (artistic director of CalShakes), Steve McFeely ’87 (writer for Captain America and The Chronicles of Narnia movies), Adam Jacobs ’97 (who starred in The Lion King on Broadway) and Darren Criss ’05 of Glee fame.
- 70% of the student body takes part in SI’s athletics program.
- Nearly 400 students play at least two sports.
- Nearly 40 play at least three sports.
- SI fields 66 teams.
- SI’s proud athletic tradition dates back to 1893.
- Since then, teams have won league, regional state and international championships (including the Henley Regatta in 2006).
- Alumni have played professionally in baseball, basketball and football, including NFL Pro Hall of Fame QB Dan Fouts ’69, and have competed in the Olympics, including crew Silver-medalist Sebastian Bea ’95.
- Most recently, Matt Krook ’13 was the 35th pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft in June 2013.
Clubs & Student Government
- SI offers more than 80 active clubs.
- 42 students serve in student government: five on the Executive Council, 17 on the Student Council, and 20 on Class Councils.
- SI’s affinity clubs include the Association of African American Students, the Association of Latino American Students and the Asian Students Coalition.
- They are supported by the parent organizations SIPAC (for parents of Asian students) and the African American and Latino Parents Association (AALPA).
- Each student and faculty also has a personal iPad, as the school launched its one-to-one tablet program in August 2012.
- Over the summer of 2011, we made major improvements to our wireless network, through a Ruckus wireless solution. Our wireless network is now 802.11n, 300 Mbps with campus-wide coverage and WPA2 Enterprise encryption.
- Our senior-level science courses, particularly AP Physics C and Astronomy, teach students advanced uses for Excel by programming and building scientific models.
- We also have Apple TVs in every classroom and in most public spaces, giving us the capability to wirelessly project from iPads, iPhones and laptops. For example, a teacher, while walking around a classroom, can write a math problem on an iPad, and then hand it to a student to solve while others watch. Click here to read more about this.
- Football coaches use an iPad app called Hudl to review games with the team.
- SI offers a multimedia design class that includes instruction in photo and film editing, stop-motion photography and website creation.
- Students in the MediaX multimedia club took first prize in a city-wide anti-bullying video in 2012.
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Since 1855 SI’s students and graduates have worked to make a world a better place. Our grads include …
- John Montgomery, who graduated from SI in 1879, became the first person in the Western Hemisphere to fly and successfully land a glider.
- Admiral Dan Callaghan, a 1907 graduate, won the Medal of Honor posthumously in World War II for his bravery during the Battle of Guadalcanal.
- Charlie Silvera ’42 won six World Series rings as a catcher for the New York Yankees.
- George Moscone ’47 served as San Francisco's mayor until his assassination in 1978.
- Leo McCarthy ’48 served as Speaker of the California Assembly and, later, as lieutenant governor.
- Dr. Peter Raven ’53 the former director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, discovered new species of plants and animals while a student at SI and was named a Hero of the Planet by Time Magazine in 1999.
- Jerry Brown ’55, former mayor of Oakland is now serving his third term as governor of California.
- Dr. Eric Goosby ’70 and Dr. Joseph O’Neill ’71 served as AIDS Czars for three different Presidents.
- Ron Ward ’65 was the first African American president of the Washington State Bar Association and is a leading mentor to young African American attorneys.
- Laurence Yep ’66, a prolific writer of young adult fiction, is the author of the Newberry Honor book Dragonwings.
- Rev. Peter Neely, S.J. ’67, is one of the founders of the Kino Border Initiative, ministering to those most in need of help in Nogales on both sides of the border.
- Peter Casey ’68 wrote for Cheers and created Frasier, one of the most successful sitcoms in the history of television.
- Paul Otellini ’68 is at the forefront of the technological revolution as Intel’s President and CEO.
- Dan Fouts ’69 led the San Diego Chargers for years, earning himself a place in the NFL Hall of Fame.
- Timothy Alan Simon ’73, the co-founder of SI’s Black Students Union, served as a commissioner to the California Public Utilities Commission and was the first African American appointments secretary to the governor of California.
- Two of the most successful New York theatre directors include Bart Sher ’77, resident director of the Lincoln Center Theatre and recipient of a Tony for directing South Pacific, and James Houghton ’76, founder and artistic director of the Signature Theatre Company.
- Rear Adm. Jim Shannon ’77 serves as commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Washington, D.C
- Phil Bennet ’77, a professor of journalism at Duke University, served as managing editor for the Washington Post.
- Francis Jue ’81 is a prominent stage actor and winner of the 2008 Lortel Award for Outstanding Feature Actor. Starred in Pacific Overtures and toured with M. Butterfly.
- Jonathan Moscone ’82 is the celebrated artistic director for the California Shakespeare Theatre.
- Derek Lam ’84 is a celebrated New York fashion designer whose work is featured at Kohl’s.
- Steve McFeely ’87 wrote the screenplay for Captain America and all the movies in the Chronicle of Narnia series.
- Tom McGuirk ’89, Sebastian Bea ’95 and Jackie Lee ’03 all took part in Olympic games, with Sebastian earning a silver medal in crew.
- Al Madrigal ’89 is a successful comedian and a regular correspondent on The Daily Show.
- Gretchen E. Henderson ’93, celebrated author and poet, is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Writing and Humanistic Studies at MIT where she works at the intersection of literature, art history, museum studies, disability studies, and music.
- Gwendoline Yeo ’94 is a successful Hollywood actress who appeared in The Jane Austen Book Club.
- Adam Jacobs ’97 has played the leads on Broadway in Les Miserables and TheLion King
- Kate Brandt ’03 serves as a special advisor for energy at the Department of Defense.
- Darren Criss ’05 starred in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying on Broadway and is a regular on Glee.
- Jill Costello ’06, after leading her Cal crew as a coxswain to numerous victories, Jill died from lung cancer. Her story, while she was alive and after her death, inspired thousands to “Jog for Jill” to raise money to fight lung cancer. Her classmate and close friend Kelcey Harrison ’06 ran across the U.S. to raise money for Jill’s Legacy and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
- The 2006 Varsity 8 Crew won the regional and national championships before traveling to England to win the Henley-on-Thames Royal Regatta. They were later named Crew of the Year by Mike Vespoli and named among the top 8 men’s crews to come out of North America in the past 50 years.