Regis Jesuit High School

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Regis Jesuit High School
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Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam
For the Greater Glory of God
6300/6400 South Lewiston Way
Aurora, Colorado, 80016
United States
Coordinates 39°36′0″N 104°47′58″W / 39.60000°N 104.79944°W / 39.60000; -104.79944Coordinates: 39°36′0″N 104°47′58″W / 39.60000°N 104.79944°W / 39.60000; -104.79944
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic (Jesuit)
Established 1877
President Fr. Phil Steele
Principal Alan Carruthers (Boys)
Gretchen Kessler (Girls)
Asst. Principal Ken Bostdorff (Boys)
Craig Rogers (Boys)
Jeff Howard (Girls)
Peter Reiser (Girls)
Grades 912
Gender Male/Female
Enrollment 1,563
(913 Boys, 650 Girls)
Average class size 15
Campus Suburban
Campus size 291 acres (1,180,000 m2)
Color(s) Red and White         
Athletics conference CHSAA, AAAAA, Centennial
Mascot Raiders
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools [1]
Newspaper Raider Media Network
Budget $17.4 million
Tuition $13,775
Dean of Students Mike Doherty (Boys)
Kelli Lotito (Girls)
Director of Admissions Paul Muller (Boys)
Patricia Long (Girls)
Athletic Director Kelly Doherty (Boys)
John Koslosky (Girls)

Regis Jesuit High School is a Jesuit Catholic college preparatory high school located in Aurora, Colorado. Founded in 1877, the high school shares much of its history with its counterpart Regis University in neighboring Denver, Colorado.

Regis is the United States' only co-institutional Jesuit school (as opposed to a co-educational), meaning that the school is split into two single-gender divisions.[2] The school is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association.[3] The school is operated by the Missouri Province of the Society of Jesus, independent of and with the blessing of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Denver.


The school was founded by Italian Jesuits in 1877 in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Another school was opened in Morrison, Colorado seven years later. In 1888, the two schools were merged and renamed for St. John Francis Regis to become Regis College, located on 52nd and Lowell Streets in Denver, Colorado. In 1921, the school was formally split into Regis High School and Regis College (now Regis University). The high school and University co-existed on the campus in Denver and shared facilities until a separate building was built on campus for the high school in 1984. In 1989, a parcel of land near Parker and Arapahoe Roads in Aurora was donated to the school. That area is now called the Campbell Campus, and it houses both the Girls and Boys Divisions.

Introduction of the Girls Division[edit]

Originally a school for boys, in August 2003 the first class of girls was enrolled in what became known as the Girls Division, with the original boys school theretofore referred to as the Boys Division. In August 2004 the Boys Division moved into its new building on the Campbell Campus and the Girls Division moved into the former Boys building. Recently a Performing Arts Center was added in-between the two schools, creating a closer bridge between the divisions that the older alumni saw as a strong tradition they wished to keep[4]

Educational model[edit]

Regis Jesuit High School practices a college-preparatory curriculum with a strong emphasis on the development of leadership, service, and spirituality.

Mission statement[edit]

Regis Jesuit High School, a Catholic educational community, affirms the uniqueness and dignity of individuals, inspires the pursuit of excellence, and strives to develop a connection to the world community.[5]

Co-Institutional education[edit]

Unique among U.S. Jesuit schools, Regis Jesuit High School provides single-gender, co-institutional education by operating as two separate and distinct divisions, the Boys Division and the Girls Division. Each division has its own principal, administrative team, faculty and staff. As such Regis Jesuit attempts to provide its students with both a structured single-gender academic environment during the school day and co-ed co-curricular and social opportunities at lunch and outside of school hours.

Profile of the graduate at graduation[edit]

One hallmark of Jesuit education is Cura personalis, care of the whole person, by which the Jesuit educational system emphasizes a student-centered environment in which each individual can develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. In accordance with the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA), Regis Jesuit, a member of the JSEA, aims to form a community of individuals who demand more of themselves and who strive to achieve excellence in all their endeavors by being Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Doing Justice.[6]


Graduation requirements require coursework in English, mathematics, communication, social studies, science, foreign language, fine arts, physical education, and theology. With its emphasis on college preparation, Regis Jesuit also provides honors courses in math, foreign language, English, and science. It is possible for Regis Jesuit students to take college credit courses at the high school and earn up to 36 semester hours of college credit from Regis University or through the Advanced Placement Program. There are more than 15 AP classes offered each year.

In past years more than 96% of graduates have been accepted to four-year universities.[7] Recent graduates have been accepted to many of the nation's top universities and colleges, among them Brown University, University of California - Berkeley, University of California - Los Angeles, University of Chicago, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, Marquette University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, University of Southern California, Stanford University, United States Air Force Academy, Vanderbilt University, University of Virginia, and Washington University in St. Louis. The Class of 2008 also received nearly $18 million in scholarships (about $8.5 million from the Boys Division and $9 million from the Girls Division).[8]

Spirituality and service[edit]

In the tradition of Ignatian spirituality, each year students participate in various retreat programs run by each division's Pastoral Office. All freshmen attend Compass Days prior to their first day of class as well as Freshman retreat in January of the school year. Sophomores and juniors participate in Sophomore Retreat and the Kairos retreat, respectively. Seniors have a variety of options for retreats, including Silent Retreat, Martha and Mary Retreat (Girls Division), and the traditional Senior Retreat. The Pastoral Offices also plan and coordinate several divisional and co-divisional liturgies and prayer services throughout the school year.

Community service is required of each student, with differing levels of hourly service requirements depending on a student's grade level. In the tradition of many Jesuit high schools, all junior and senior students take two weeks off from classes each winter to take part in a sixty-hour service project wherein they work in various community organizations around Denver including Volunteers of America, Children's Hospital, as well as various elementary schools, soup kitchens, retirement facilities, and food banks.[9] In addition, each division coordinates several domestic and international service trips that take place over Junior/Senior service projects, spring break, or summer. Past trips have included a week or two in Belize, the Gulf Coast, Jamaica, and Costa Rica.


CHSAA State Championships
Season Sport Number of Championships Year
Fall Cross Country, Boys 1 2009
Golf, Boys 4 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
Winter Basketball, Boys 3 2011, 2010, 2009
Basketball, Girls 2 2013, 2009
Hockey 3 2012, 2009, 2008
Swimming, Girls 2 2013, 2011
Spring Golf, Girls 2 2012, 2010
Lacrosse, Boys 9 2011, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1994, 1993, 1989, 1988, 1987
Swimming, Boys 20 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1993, 1992
Tennis, Boys 4 2011, 2010, 2000, 1991
Total 44

Former MLB Player Walt Weiss was the head coach for the baseball team before leaving to become the manager for the Colorado Rockies, one of his former teams.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Retrieved 2009-06-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ What is co-institutional education?
  3. ^ Member schools of the JSEA
  4. ^ History
  5. ^ Mission
  6. ^ Profile of the Graduate at Graduation
  7. ^ About Us"
  8. ^ Commencement Addresses by Mr. Bud Laber, Board of Directors, at Boettcher Concert Hall on May 18, 2008 (Boys graduation) and May 21, 2008 (Girls graduation)
  9. ^ Fletcher, Boyde "All part of the learning process" The Aurora Sentinel. February 6, 2008. Accessed May 26, 2008.
  10. ^ "Missy Franklin, 16, turns heads in the pool with success at Charlotte Ultraswim". The Washington Post. 2011-05-15. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2011-05-19. 

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