Below is a summary of our guiding principles from the "Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation, Jesuit Secondary Education Association, Commission of Research and Development" - "The Grad at Grad." Supposition: An adolescent is a threshold person, entering the adult world cautiously, an immigrant, eager to find his/her way.
OPEN TO GROWTH
...is beginning to be responsible...learning how to accept self-made conscious of feelings...open to a variety of feelings, and drives...developing habit of reflection.
...developing logical skills and critical thinking...developing greater precision in written and oral expression...developing general knowledge of variety of disciplines...beginning to relate current events to cultural antecedents...growing in awareness of global social problems...public policy implications...growing in critical consciousness...moral ambiguities.
...has read Gospels and encountered Christ...has basic understanding of Church's teaching, mission...aware of own responsibility to explore and validate one's faith...has had some personal experience of God...beginning to appreciate a living community and the Eucharist...is learning through failures...is becoming a man/woman for others.
...learning to trust fidelity of friends, family, and adults...experiencing felt moments of God's love and loving self as he/she is...coming to grips with prejudice, stereotypes...learning to extend self to build up community...more at ease with the mature experiences with opposite sex...sensitive to beauty of created universe.
COMMITTED TO DOING JUSTICE
...more aware of selfish tendencies and how unjust...sees how faith is commitment to a just society...exposed to community service programs...aware of public policies and social issues and demands of just society.