What a milestone! St. Ignatius School is excited to celebrate over 20 years 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 have made incredible strides in the South Bronx community since the school’s humble beginnings in 1995, educating boys in the Jesuit tradition from a storefront building on Hunts Point Avenue. In 2004, young women were welcomed, and we moved to a beautiful new school building. Thus began the “Miracle on Manida Street.”
The SIS vision is that all of its students excel in high school and beyond. We are proud that in the past five years, 95% of SIS alumni graduated from high school, twice the rate of their peers in Hunts Point public schools. This year we welcomed 77 eager middle school students and are offering support to 167 alumni in high school and college through the Graduate Support Program.
In a recent address during the Congregation for Catholic Education, Pope Francis said, “Catholic educational institutions offer to all an approach to education that has as its aim the full development of the person, which responds to the right of every person to access knowledge.”
SIS captures the spirit of our Holy Father’s message with a philosophy based upon the Jesuit idea of cura personalis – care for the whole person – which includes the academic, social, physical, spiritual, and emotional development of each student. The joy, morality, and zest for learning that characterize the atmosphere at St. Ignatius are a testament to our incredible faculty, staff, and volunteers. They devote enthusiasm, expertise, and energy to every student, ensuring that they make intellectual, spiritual, and social progress.
Our past success and expectations for the future are possible through the generosity of our supporters. Your partnership in our mission – through prayer, financial support, and/or volunteering your valuable time and talent – has opened a window of grace and opportunity to many children and their families not just for a year, but for a lifetime.
It is my hope that you will find our website inspirational, and we welcome you to visit St. Ignatius School to see first hand our mission in action.