The academic experience at Saint Ignatius is characterized by rigor, reflection, and personal responsibility.

Within the Last 6 Years:

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  • 757

    Students were named Illinois State Scholars.
  • 49

    Were honored as National Merit Scholarship Program finalists.
  • 114

    Students were named National Merit Scholarship Program commended students.
  • 29

    Students were honored National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars.
  • 6,188

    Advanced placement tests were administered with 80% of students scoring a 3 or higher.

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A selective admissions process at Saint Ignatius College Prep fills classrooms with students who are committed to academic excellence. The Ignatius classroom aims to set the foundation for students’ lifelong learning.

Ignatians are consistently among the top students in the region on state and national tests and in national academic competitions. In addition to over 40 honors electives, Ignatius offers 25 Advanced Placement courses which allow students the opportunity to earn college credit for high school coursework.

90% of the Saint Ignatius faculty has a master’s degree or higher and 12% have doctorate degrees. Ignatius faculty follow the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm which brings the cycle of experience, reflection, and action into the classroom. The student teacher ratio is 17:1 with an average class size of 25.

Saint Ignatius utilizes a 1:1 iPad program, which promotes an engaging, interactive and blended learning environment. An Ignatius student’s classroom experiences is enhanced by access to state-of-the-art technology and abundant library and print resources, all set within an extraordinary, historical campus.

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  • Grading Policy

    Grades are a means of communicating to students, parents, the school, and other institutions and agencies a student's levels of learning in his/her courses. Itemized grade reports will be posted on PlusPortals each Thursday by 5:00 pm. In order to help students communicate well and advocate for themselves, it is the policy of Saint Ignatius College Prep that all initial inquiries about these grades occur between students and teachers. If a parent or guardian still has questions after the initial inquiry by the student has taken place, he/she is welcome to contact the teacher(s).

    A failing grade received on any of the grade reports should be considered a WARNING of a possible failure at the semester. The school policy is that a student will not normally receive a failing grade for the semester unless the student and parent are warned. The one exception is a dramatic drop in academic performance at the end of a semester.

    A student who has not received a failing grade on any grade report before the end of the semester may still fail a final exam or have a dramatic drop in performance during the final weeks of a course. Either or both situations could warrant a failing grade for the semester. In such cases prior warning will not have been given. Assignment of a failing grade under these circumstances will only be rendered with the permission of the Assistant Prefect of Studies.

     4.33, A 4.00, A- 3.67
    Indicates learning at the highest level. The student has demonstrated very thorough knowledge and understanding of the content and skills as well as the ability to generalize his/her learning to new contexts (e.g. derive a formula, design an experiment, construct an effective argument). (Percentage range: 90% to 100% - 100-98, 97-93, & 92-90)

     3.33, B 3.00, B- 2.67
    Indicates thorough knowledge and understanding of the covered content and skills. The student has also demonstrated some ability to generalize his/her learning to new contexts. (Percentage range: 80% to 89% - 89-87, 86-83, & 82-80)

     2.33, C 2.00, C-  1.67
    Indicates satisfactory, acceptable knowledge and understanding of the content and skills but with limited ability to generalize learning to new contexts. (Percentage range: 70% to 79% - 79-77, 76-73, & 72-70)

     1.33, D 1.00, D- 0.67
    Indicates only limited knowledge and understanding of the content and skills with little or no ability to generalize learning to new contexts. (Percentage range: 60% to 69% - 69-67, 66-63, & 62-60)

    Failing - indicates unacceptable level of knowledge and understanding of the content and skills and/or failure to do acceptable, required class work. (Percentage range: 0 to 59%)

    Passing - used only in pass-fail courses and for the constitution test

    Incomplete - used only in extraordinary circumstances and requires pre-approval of the principal's office

    Withdrew Failing - may be assigned if a course is dropped after third week of semester

    Honors (H) courses receive an additional 0.33 quality point and AP (HH) courses receive and additional 0.66 quality point. At the end of each semester, Honors Certificates are issued as follows:
    • Honors with Distinction 3.83 or higher
    • First Honors 3.33 to 3.829
    • Second Honors 2.83 to 3.329
  • Graduation Outcomes

    • The graduates of Saint Ignatius College Prep will be able:
    • To listen, read, write and speak effectively for a variety of purposes.
    • To know, comprehend, apply, analyze, synthesize and evaluate the significant content from the domains of the humanities and sciences.
    • To make choices for and demonstrate movement toward an ethical life of reflection and service rooted in prayer, reason and the knowledge of the Catholic tradition.
    • To use technology ethically, effectively and efficiently for research, problem solving and communication.
    • To verbalize and practice habits of health which nurture the human body and create respect for it as God's gift.
    • To demonstrate knowledge of their personal needs and an appreciation of their God given gifts: personality, intelligence, body, emotions, sexuality, and spirit.
    • To articulate, understand, value and respect differences among people based on age, gender, race, culture, religion, talent, and socio-economic status.
    • To interact and work with individuals and groups respectfully, courteously and compassionately.
    • To demonstrate skills of social analysis that lead to concrete action for the building of a just society and to respond with compassion to people in need by direct and indirect service to the school, local, national and global communities.
    • To engage in creative expressions and demonstrate an appreciation and sensitivity to the creative expressions of others.
    • To direct their own learning by using their experiences and reflections to lead to appropriate action.

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