Jesuit Education

Students posing by a grotto at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos during a retreat

SI was founded in 1855 by Fr. Anthony Maraschi of the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits: an order of Catholic priests founded in 1534 by St. Ignatius Loyola (1491-1556).

A Faith that Does Justice

SI is part of a worldwide network of Jesuit high schools and universities, all of which promote "a faith that does justice" through Campus Ministry and Community Service programs.

  • Students grow in faith and cultivate in their awareness of social justice issues in their local communities and in the larger world.
  • Our school community has the opportunity to gather for weekly liturgy each Friday morning. These dynamic liturgies feature students taking active roles in Mass as lectors, acolytes, Eucharistic Ministers, and as members of Music Ministry.
  • Students participate on summer immersion and service trips in order to encounter the reality of marginalized communities and deepen in their lived commitment to solidarity.
  • Our 100 service hour graduation requirement invites students to build relationships with agencies and populations in their local communities. 
  • For example, students serve meals to guests in the Dining Room at the St. Anthony's Foundation and spend time with persons with disabilities at the Pomeroy Recreation and Rehabilitation Center.

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Is SI only for Catholics?

  • A quarter of our students are not Catholic, but all students find themselves growing in their own faith traditions thanks to the spiritual formation that SI offers to all students.
  • Students at SI learn about their faith in religious studies classes and through campus ministry programs.

Who we are

Dedication to service doesn't stop when our students leave SI:

  • Jocelyn Sideco ’95, former senior class president, coordinated volunteers in the rebuilding of New Orleans;
  • Dr. Eric Goosby ’70 served as AIDS Czar and PEPFAR director;
  • Larry Purcell ’62 works with homeless teenagers at the Redwood City Catholic Worker House;
  • Sara Suman ’99 and Pat Callaghan ’01 helped NYC residents recover from Hurricane Sandy.