De Smet Jesuit High School

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De Smet Jesuit High School
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Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam
For the Greater Glory of God
Men for Others
Address
233 North New Ballas
Creve Coeur, Missouri, (St. Louis County) 63141
United States
Coordinates 38°39′40″N 90°26′42″W / 38.6612°N 90.4449°W / 38.6612; -90.4449Coordinates: 38°39′40″N 90°26′42″W / 38.6612°N 90.4449°W / 38.6612; -90.4449
Information
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1967; 49 years ago (1967)
Founder Most Rev. Joseph Cardinal Ritter
Oversight Society of Jesus
President Corey Quinn
Principal Trevor Bonat
Grades 9-12
Gender Boys
Enrollment 964[1] (2015)
Color(s) Maroon and White         
Athletics conference Metro Catholic Conference
Mascot Sparty
Team name Spartans
Rival St. Louis University High School
Christian Brothers College High School
Accreditation North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Average ACT scores 26
Newspaper The Mirror
Yearbook Spartan Olympiad
Tuition $13,970 (2014-2015)[needs update]
Affiliation ISSL, ISACS, NAIS, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
Admissions Director, Tim Sullivan
Athletics Director, Kevin Roberts
Website

De Smet Jesuit High School is a Jesuit, Catholic, college preparatory high school located in Creve Coeur, Missouri, in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Louis.

The school began classes in the fall of 1967. It was named in honor of the Belgian Jesuit missionary Pierre-Jean De Smet, S.J.

Academics[edit]

Honors courses are offered in math, English, foreign language, social studies, fine arts, and science, totaling 130 college credit hours. Honors students at De Smet average a score of 31 on the ACT, and grades for honors courses are weighted when calculating grade-point average. The entire curriculum is college prep, but there is a full-service learning center to assist students needing extra help. All students lease a tablet PC, featuring a pen and multi-touch display as well as speech/audio recognition. Moodle is used to facilitate teacher communication with students and parents.

Campus ministry[edit]

A student Core Team, composed of juniors and seniors who meet during home room, is vitally involved in invigorating all aspects of the Campus Ministry program. Students are, further, encouraged to write prayers for the opening and closing of the school day and reflections for the Friday Holy Hour, and plan liturgies; they also network with youth groups at other schools and parishes.[2]

Retreat program[edit]

All freshmen make the El Camino retreat in which they come to see life as a journey, with role models, heroes, and acceptance of oneself. It is led by seniors and includes team-building exercises, small-group discussions, and faith sharing.  The Kairos retreat runs three days and is led by seniors who have made it. It emphasizes peer leadership and ministry to build solidarity, based on the experience of God’s love in our lives. Follow-up gatherings are held for those attending the retreat.  The senior retreat lasts two full days and introduces retreatants to various methods of prayer from St. IgnatiusSpiritual Exercises, directed toward a facility at finding God in all things.[3]

Service program[edit]

Freshmen serve the school community at school events.  Sophomores assist at school and are also encouraged to volunteer in their neighborhood and church communities.  Juniors select from more than 120 area service agencies; they go out on Mondays and their experiences are incorporated into class on Tuesdays. Many are drawn to tutoring children or recreating with them, at inner-city grade schools, homeless shelters, and in Head Start programs; they also work with children having learning disabilities, physical disabilities, autism, or behavioral disorders. The elderly in nursing homes offer a mutually enriching experience for many. Seniors continue on and deepen their experience from junior year.   There have also been service-learning trips to Honduras, Belize, South Dakota, and New Orleans, to learn and grow by working with those in need.[4]

Liturgies & spirituality[edit]

Mass is celebrated daily at 7:20 am. Each Friday there is a Holy Hour along with the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Ten large Eucharistic celebrations are held throughout the year, incorporating Holy Days or special events like Mass of the Holy Spirit, Missioning, Thanksgiving, De Smet’s birthday, family Masses with BBQ or breakfast, Ring Mass, and Graduation.

A Christian Life Community group meets weekly for prayer and reflection, focused on Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and on finding God in one’s daily live.  De Smet in Prayer (DIP) has a breakfast meeting before school once each week to discuss, reflect, and pray together on living out one's faith as brothers in the Lord.[2]

Sports[edit]

De Smet fields 53 teams in 19 sports, 4 of them non-cut.[5] DeSmet plays in the large school division in state competition where it won 5 basketball championships (1973, 1978, 1979, 1982, 1999), three of them under Rich Grawer who went on to coach at University of Missouri and St. Louis University. His 1979 team went undefeated, 32-0. State soccer championships were won 5 times (1991-tie, 1993, 1995, 1997, 2011), all under coach Greg Vitello.[6] The Spartans won the football championship in 2005.

Clubs & activities[edit]

There is a separate Student Government for each year.

Notable alumni[edit]

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