Fordham Preparatory School is a Catholic, all-male, Jesuit, college preparatory school. Our commitment to education is shaped by the spirituality and pedagogical tradition of the Society of Jesus, founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius Loyola. Fordham Prep stresses the development of excellence in the whole person: intellectual, religious, social, emotional, and physical. Today, our educational apostolate is strengthened by our affiliation with the local, national and international networks of Jesuit secondary schools.
At the heart of Jesuit education is the rigorous study of the humanities and the sciences, reflecting the conviction that the study of great ideas is inextricably linked to the formation of character. Our program of studies encompasses more than the acquisition of knowledge; it fosters academic discipline and encourages reflection in the pursuit of excellence.
Fordham Prep's curriculum is designed to help students discover and hone individual talents and abilities; it encompasses more than the acquisition of knowledge, but demands the training of the intellect; it exposes students not only to their strengths, but also to those courses and areas that will challenge them; and provides students with time for extra help and consultation with the faculty: every teacher, every day. Our honors program allows each student to craft a personal curriculum.
As a Catholic, all-male, Jesuit, college preparatory school, Fordham Prep’s mission is to inspire young men to reflect, to question, to learn, to pray, to love, to serve and to lead. Since 1841, we have based our challenging curriculum and pursuit of human and academic excellence on a foundation of Catholic faith and principles. We seek to be one community created from a broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, geographic and socio-economic backgrounds. We strive to include qualified students of limited financial resources by providing substantial financial assistance. Our faculty and staff dedicate themselves to a caring and dynamic interaction with students both inside and outside the classroom, a characteristic of Jesuit education for over 450 years. We educate our students to be men for others: spiritually motivated, intellectually accomplished and committed to promoting justice.
Our Way of Proceeding: Standards & Benchmarks for Jesuit Schools in the 21st Century
It is a common observation that you always know you are in a Jesuit school, but what makes a school Jesuit has long been a topic of conversation. There is a wonderful, new publication from the Society that goes a long way to helping us understand what makes a Jesuit school Jesuit.
As Our Way of Proceeding states, these standards and benchmarks are aspirational and prescriptive in the way core values of Jesuit schools have always been. We hope you enjoy the document and recognize in it your experience of Jesuit education.
PDF of Our Way of Proceeding
- President, Christopher Devron, SJ
- Principal, Joseph Petriello, PhD '98
- Vice President for Mission & Identity, Brian Carney
- Vice President for Engagement, Development & Communications, Jose Gonzalez
- Assistant Principal for Faculty, Dennis Ahern '63
- Assistant Principal for Students, Theresa Napoli
- Dean of Students, Steven Pettus
- Director of Campus Ministry, Michael Kravatz
- Director of Guidance & Counseling, Maureen Martinez
- Director of College Counseling, Maura Brennan
- Director of Admissions, Bradley Serton '95
- Chief Financial Officer, Michael Higgins
- Athletic Director, Anthony Kurtin