St. Ignatius College Preparatory School
- Private, Catholic
- SAN FRANCISCO, CA
St. Ignatius College Preparatory School Reviews
Rating 4.27 out of 5 353 reviews
I love this school so much! Coming from a public middle school not as much funding, the teachers and education overall were not as great. The support from faculty here is amazing, and so is the community. When walking through the halls, you feel like these people around you will help you if you just ask. That sense of support is a necessity, especially in high school when most students feel alone. Here at SI, I can try new things even if I am terrified of the thought. This past year, I tried new sports, clubs, and even ran for student council! There are numerous new activities you can try out. If you think you will run out of things to try, that is where you are wrong. The campus is beautiful and HUGE. If you are looking for a wonderful college preparatory high school in the bay area, you should look into this one. Starting the school year online and during quarantine was tough, but the faculty was still very supportive and got us back in person as soon as they could.
Life is experienced through individual identity. I am a brown-skin black girl, and given that my school is a PWI, its status quo was not built for me. My affinity group gave me a safe space and my allied teachers gave me the ability to address my surroundings. My school is in the bay area, and though I live close, my commute takes me across the bridge every day (2-4 hours ). A lot of my peers lived near each other and could hang out whenever, but given my family situation, I couldn't. Close friendships were a thing I had to sacrifice. Academics are at the expected level of a private catholic school, but accountability is highly important for both teachers and students. My after-school elective was dance, and it is arguable the most economically, racially, and gender/sexual identity diverse. All that to say, funding of activities are on the nose, favoring male and white-dominated sports like lacrosse, creating a strong bias in the greater si community. Overall it was decent.
I loved the school and the overall experince. The teachers and faculty are all such respectful, caring, and intelligent individuals.
The first thing I noticed when I stepped foot into SI as a freshman, was how welcoming the community is. I still remeber on my first day, I had seniors and faculty welcome me into their school. Since then, I have always loved the inclusion at SI. This school is a Catholic Jesuit school and their main mission is to help spread love and faith into our student body. We are also big on community service so our school does the best they can to help the unfortunate ones. We are sharing a campass with a middle school called Father Sauer Academy where St. Ignatius school helps fund that middle school. Another thing that may be suprising to others is how our school is inclusive to everyone. We celebrate all cultures and ethnicities and welcome our LGBTQ+ kids with open arms. Going to St. Ignatius College Preparatory was the best decision I have ever made.
Well academic planning for each individual student. Lots of sports and opportunities.
Counselors provide lots of support and resources,
Counselors provide lots of support and resources,
In terms of academics, academics are way too easy and lack proper rigor. Diversity is also extremely lacking, since it feels like half the school can fit one stereotype. The school does contain a lot of nice facilities, like a pool, a track, and a football field and has a sweet campus overall.
This is an extremely academically challenging school and will definitely prepare its students for a future in college. Although the academic rigor is impressive, it lacks diversity and many minority students may feel isolated from the rest of the student body population who are not people of color.
Overall, St. Ignatius College Preparatory School is an amazing school that is very well-rounded. Students can participate in one of the hundreds of clubs on campus or in extracurriculars. This school excels in sports and the arts, and there truly is a place for every student.
Growing up in San Francisco I had always heard conflicting reports about St. Ignatius. They ranged from: “this school is a racist rich homophobic school,” to “These were some of the best years of my life.” After four years I am happy to say it is the latter. While I have had some bad isolated experiences with some teachers, this has largely unaffected my experience. When I think about my years at SI I just remember the highlights, like making lifelong friends, laughing with teachers in class, finishing the last final, winning a championship game. Reports of racism and homophobia are definitely only a few people that you would find at any school and I have failed to encounter any and SI.
St. Ignatius College Prep has been an overall great school when considering academics. It has challenged me in many ways and pushed me to be a better student. The teachers as well are supportive and try to help out their students the best they can. Yet there is a lack of diversity and BIPOC students like me at times do feel left out. Although, they are making changes, and hopefully it will be a more welcoming place for students of color. Besides that St. Ignatius has a great school culture and there is a place to pursue whatever you enjoy at school from music, sports, theater and more. The campus is also a good aspect of St. Ignatius, it is clean, spacious, and definitely worth the money spent to attend. Yet if money is an issue St. Ignatius does an amazing job of helping out with financial aid and will help with textbooks, sports uniform, and lunch.
SI is amazing and I wouldn't trade this experience for the world. I am excited to go to school everyday. Every single one of my teachers cares about me and wants me to succeed. Teachers are easily accessible and always willing to help you. The kids here are kind and friendly (except a few, but that's at every school). The learning environment is one that wants you to succeed, but is also challenging. I always find other students who are willing to help me when I am struggling. The administration used to be amazing, when Mr. Ruff was principal. The only reason that this review is 4 stars and not 5 is because of our new duo, Fr Reese and Ms. Levine, who are both interested in money and not in the students at all. However, this school is still 100% worth attending. I have not only grown academically, but also from the Jesuit values that are instilled in every class. Coming to SI is the right choice!!
Its not a bad school, but I wish they would help curb the racism that is flowing through this mostly white male college preparatory school. I have had multiple instances where I was mistaken for someone else (Im asian for the record) based on the color of my skin.
I like SI because there is great people who want to make your high school experience great for both the present and the future. The school provides students with academics that are challenging enough to make students work hard, but are enough not to overwhelm a student. There are many resources for students who need help academically, but also personally with caring counselors. SI provides many extra curricular activities, such as sports and clubs, to help students enjoy high school and meet new friends. The athletic and academic facilities are very nice and provide students and athletes great support. SI provides college readiness through the academics, but also with great college counselors that help students make decisions that fit their intended major and financial situation. I feel safe in campus with security guards always looking after the student and faculty.
Although my academics would have shined better at another high school, I enjoyed that St. Ignatius College Prep challenged me in all areas of academics, athletics, volunteer opportunities, social justice and more.
SI is a great school with a mix of academics and athletics. SI is a school where if you strive to be the best you can be. But it is all about what you want to put into it.
SI taught me how to love. The teachers are absolutely committed to the students. The community is caring and devoted to the greater good. It’s a hard community to leave.
Great teachers with lots of nice classrooms. Plenty of extra curriculars and sports to choose to cater to any students interests.