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St. Ignatius College Prep

School rating 3 / 5 by

1076 West Roosevelt Road Chicago IL 60608 United States
9th to 12th


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St. Ignatius is has a very rigorous academic curriculum for those who are dedicated and looking for a challenge. Honors level classes freshman year are limited to math and science (unless a student has advanced knowledge of a foreign language, however, options expand moving into sophomore year. Junior and Senior year, there are numerous AP and Honors options across all academic disciplines. For those on a less rigorous academic path, the regular level courses are very well-taught and Honors courses can be taken in moderation. Also, St. Ignatius has an Integrated Science program for all students that allows them to compete the equivalent of 1 year each of Chemistry, Physics, and Biology over the course of 2 years. This lets them be exposed to all 3 natural sciences and give them a solid base which will help them if they go on to take AP courses their junior or senior year.

College Counseling

I think the college counselors are very competent and attentive to students' need. We....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

I think my academics in middle school, my high school admission test score, and the....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

It was more of a love and hate situation. It prepared me very well for college and the teachers were fantastic. I joined clubs and teams that I genuinely enjoyed. There is a very diverse population as far as ethnicity and geography go (students come from all over the Chicago-land area), but the socio-economic diversity is very limited. Even coming from an upper-middle class family, I still felt slightly separated from the clicks of students coming from the same wealthy neighborhoods, and I know students on financial aid felt the divide even more. Since it is....

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