Welcome to St. Ignatius School! St.Ignatius (SIS) started in a small storefront on Hunts Point Avenue in 1995 with just 8 boys, using the model developed by the original New York Nativity Mission Center in the early seventies. Nearly a quarter of a century later, we now serve a vibrant community of more than 80 boys and girls in grades six through eight and over 160 students that we continue to support in high school and college.
SIS embodies the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, “care for the whole person”, as we strive to fulfill our mission of empowering students in the South Bronx to become their best selves by creating a safe and nurturing community that fosters intellectual, spiritual, and social growth. We deliver on this promise by offering an extended school day from 7:30am to 5pm, summer academic classes and camp at Lake Placid, and by maintaining a small student to faculty ratio of 4:1. These practices allow us to create an environment where we know and support each student and can monitor each student’s individual progress.
We also provide extensive support for our students after they graduate SIS. Through our Graduate Support Program, we assist students in applying to high school, preparing for entrance exams, and completing financial aid forms. We even provide scholarships so alumni are able to attend the high school of their choice if their school’s aid package falls short. Students continue to stay involved with SIS during their high school years and are eligible to receive tutoring and academic counseling while they attend high school. Finally, we continue to support many of our high school students through the process of applying for college and help them excel once enrolled.
Our model for urban education works. In a district where only 35% of students graduate from public high school, 96% of our recent graduates have graduated high school and 88% have enrolled in college. Many of our alumni are the first of their family to attend college, a milestone that can change the trajectory of their whole family’s lives.
Our students come from the poorest congressional district in the country and we ask their families to contribute less than $2 per day to receive a first rate education. Thus our ability to deliver our mission depends on the generosity of our many supporters who believe in the power of education to transform lives. The willingness of our many board members, volunteers, and community of donors to give their time and financial resources to the school enables us to continue fulfilling on our mission.
Our students face many obstacles due to poverty and challenging living conditions, but at St. Ignatius you will discover a place of hope, warmth, and optimism as our students work to achieve a better future. The school is on sound financial footing and in the Jesuit spirit of magis, we continue to pursue ways to reach more students and to serve our current students more effectively. We invite you to explore our website, visit the school, and experience the “Miracle on Manida Street.”