We are now accepting 6th grade applications for the 2019-20 year! Our next open house is Wednesday, January 30 at both 9:00 AM at 5:00PM.
Founded in 1995, SIS is a fully accredited Jesuit Catholic school teaching children in grades 6-8. Our success lies in a dedicated faculty, a program that combines strong academics and character development, and a small welcoming community where every student is known and valued. Our average class size is 13 (versus 28 in district public schools), and there is one teacher for every nine students. All of our students graduate high school (vesus 36% in Hunts Point public schools) and close to 90% attend college.
All are welcome to apply! Although SIS is a Jesuit Catholic school, we welcome families of all faiths who are open to learning from the life changing teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola. His message is at the heart of our school’s mission: empowering students to become their best selves and to be men and women for others. Compassion, humility, generosity of spirit, and love for others are the bedrock of the school’s foundation.
Note: Because we serve families with true financial need, families must be eligible for the free or reduced National School Lunch program.
Prospective applicants must be highly motivated and hard-working students who are prepared to meet rigorous expectations. Additional requirements include:
- Students who are willing to work hard and be a positive presence at school and in the Hunts Point community.
- Students who hope to go to college and who are willing to meet the intense demands, structured academic and disciplined programs.
- Students entering the 6th grade in the Fall of 2019 who would benefit from a structured environment, extended school day, and year round program.
- Students with academic promise.
- Families who will commit to supporting their child’s academic success. This includes attending school functions, participating in monthly parenting workshops, adhering to the demands of the academic calendar of classes and activities, encouraging the development of English language skills and nightly homework in all academic classes.
Once accepted to SIS, your child will be awarded a yearly scholarship valued at over $20,000, virtually all of which is raised through generous private donations. The remaining cost to families is currently $600 per year (less than $3 per day) and includes after school programs and summer camp.
Our parents and families are our most effective means of recruitment for new families. Typically, relatives and friends of current and past students apply after hearing the good news about St. Ignatius School. Parents and guardians are invited to Admissions Open House sessions to explain to prospective students/families how our school community operates, including our goals, values, and expectations we have for students and families. Students and families then complete a thorough application that includes teacher recommendations, student and a parent essay, and financial records. We then invite prospective students to Saint Ignatius to take part in Math and ELA classes taught by our teachers, where teachers and administrators observe student interactions and engagement. We also administer an in-house academic exam to assess each candidate’s basic skill levels in reading, writing and math. The last step in the admissions process is for teachers and administrators to conduct home interviews with students and families. Acceptance letters are mailed in early May.
SIS accepts hardworking and motivated students who have completed their 5th grade education and are ready to enter the sixth grade at the start of the academic year in September.
To apply, please attend the next available OPEN HOUSE where you will visit the school and hear about our offerings. At that time you will receive an Application Package.
When you are ready to apply, you should submit the following:
- Completed application form
- Copy of child’s birth certificate
- Proof of health insurance/Medicaid card
- Copy of tax return and two recent pay stubs
- Copies of child’s 4th and 5th grade report cards
- Copies of child’s 4th grade NYS ELA and Math scores
Parents and guardians are full and essential partners in our mission. Before a student is formally accepted to Saint Ignatius School, all parents and students agree in writing to several core terms for continued support of the school throughout the year. Among the conditions spelled out in the agreement, parents and students are required to attend three (3) in-person parent-teacher-student conferences each year. Parents are required to attend a mandatory monthly meeting held at the school to inform them of past and future events, along with being provided a guest speaker that covers pertinent topics (financial literacy, immigration, English Language classes). As part of the enrollment agreement, families are required to volunteer at the school for six hours per year. Finally, it’s important to note that although Saint Ignatius School is not tuition driven, parents make a financial commitment to send their children to our school for $75 a month per child. For those who cannot pay, parents can contribute extra time to help us in our school community.
Every year our graduates go on to attend excellent schools, nearly all Catholic and Independent, with a few others who elect to attend specialized and charter public high schools. Our graduates have attended: All Hallows, Aquinas, Bishop Loughlin Memorial, Cardinal Hayes, Cathedral, Catherine McAuley, Cristo Rey, Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies, Fordham Preparatory, Horace Mann Academy, High School of Hospitality Management, Monsignor Scanlan, Mount Saint Michael Academy, Notre Dame School, Preston, St. Catherine Academy, St. Jean Baptiste, St. John’s Preparatory, St. Raymond Academy for Girls, St. Raymond High School for Boys, Regis High School, School of the Holy Child (Rye), The Ursuline School, Xavier High School.
Students in recent graduating classes have been accepted at and are currently attending a number of in-state and out-of-state universities and colleges, including Borough of Manhattan Community College, Bronx Community College, Buffalo State College, City College of New York, Clarkson University, College of Staten Island, College of the Holy Cross, Dickinson College, Dominican College, Fordham University, Hunter College, Iona College, John Jay College, Johnson and Wales University, Lehman College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Manhattanville College, Marist College, Mercy College, Middlebury College, Monroe College, Mount St. Mary College, New York City College of Technology, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Providence College, Queens College, Queensborough Community College, Rosemont College, St. Joseph’s University, St. Joseph’s College, SUNY Albany, SUNY Binghamton, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Purchase, Stony Brook University, Syracuse University, Texas State University, University at Buffalo. Other graduates have opted to attend two-year community college programs in New York, with the expectation that they will matriculate to a four-year program.
Students in grades 6-8 are required to successfully complete coursework in their core academic classes. The core subject areas at St. Ignatius School follow the New York State Curriculum in alignment with the Common Core State Standards. The religious education program follows the NY Archdiocese curriculum. Our curriculum is demanding, engaging, standards based and addresses the development of the whole child (cura personalis). Teachers follow an interdisciplinary approach to help students understand the connections among specific core subjects which include: ELA, Math, Social Studies, Science and Religion with an emphasis on the development of the intellectual, social, moral and spiritual growth. Every student takes Music, Computers, Physical Education and Library on a weekly basis. Standardized tests including NYS ELA and Math assessments are administered in the spring to measure annual growth. Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are scheduled in the fall and spring.