Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
Strake Jesuit is a top choice for families who want an all-boys Catholic education with strong academics, athletics, and extracurricular options. Strake has a solid mix of STEM and sports programs, and it regularly partners with St. Agnes (the all-girls Catholic school next door) on projects, clubs, and organizations.
|School Type||Religious, Boys||Grades Served||9th-12|
|Date Founded||1960||Grade 11||244|
|Endowment||$28 Million||Grade 10||271|
|Student / Teacher Ratio||10.23||Grade 9||284|
|Head of School||Fr. Jeff Johnson|
|Admissions Director||Tom Beverick|
|Academic Tracks||AP, AC||Sports Programs||14|
|AP or IB Courses||12||Sports League||N/A|
|Languages||French, Spanish, Chinese, Latin|
|First Bell||8:00 am|
|Last Bell||4:00 pm|
|Grade 12 Enrollment||219||AP / IB Participation||N/A|
|National Merit Semifinalists||8/ 3%||IB Diploma 5 Year Average Score||N/A|
|SAT Middle 50%||N/A|
|ACT Middle 50%||N/A|
|Prime Entry Points||9||Tuition 9-12||$21,750|
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in Detail
Father Michel F. Kennelly of the Jesuit Fathers of New Orleans Province founded Strake Jesuit in 1960 on land donated by the Strake family in what is now the Greater Sharpstown area. The school’s first class of freshmen matriculated in 1961. Although it remains at its original location, the school has grown tremendously since that time, especially in the 1970’s and in the 2000’s. In the most recent decade, Jesuit undertook the Greater Glory Capital Campaign to vastly expand its facilities. Today, Strake educates approximately 1000 young men per year in the Jesuit tradition.
Strake Jesuit is an institution sponsored by the Society of Jesus, a Catholic order of Priests and Brothers founded in 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Strake Jesuit is one of 50 Jesuit high schools in the United States. Deeply rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition of teaching virtue and excellence, the Society of Jesus—following the example of its founder and influenced by the graces of the Spiritual Exercises—began its ministry to lay students in 1548, at the request of the citizens of Messina, Italy, where the Jesuits opened their first school. This Catholic and Jesuit tradition is at the heart of the school and influences the curriculum in every aspect, from daily rituals to the very teaching methodologies used in the classroom.
Students are not required to be Catholic, but they must take a course in theology every year and participate in the school’s religious services. Strake Jesuit’s religious education curriculum works to complement spiritual formation by developing the knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of Christian faith, values, and service among its students. At the very core of these formation programs is the Ignatian exercise of cura personalis (a Latin term which roughly translates to “care of the whole person”).
Strake Jesuit’s 44-acre campus is located in the Greater Sharpstown area of southwest Houston. It is fairly equidistant between the Sam Houston Tollway, Westpark Tollway, and Highway 59. Its campus is adjacent to St. Agnes Academy off Bellaire Boulevard. The school’s location vis-a-vis St. Agnes allows the two schools to share some course offerings.
The campus is often described as college-like in that it is comprised of many non-connected structures built over the years. The School’s Greater Glory Capital Campaign was responsible for many new structures completed by 2009, including the three-story Clay Activity Center, the Lahart Chapel of St. Ignatius, the Moran Dining Hall, and expansive athletic facilities. Jesuit’s new athletic complex includes a 3,000-seat competition gym; a separate gym housing three basketball courts; the Capt. Andrew Houghton Weight Room; a heated, 8-lane competition pool; and four lighted tennis courts. The baseball field opened in 2003, and the 5,000-seat multi-purpose stadium with FieldTurf opened in 2004. Other recent additions include renovations to Moody Library and a new Retreat and Leadership Center. Most recently, a new STEM building with state-of-the-art facilities opened in 2014.
Strake Jesuit advises that applicants should be a) academically prepared to handle the school’s curriculum, b) willing to study consistently and diligently outside of class, and c) receptive to the school’s Catholic heritage and traditions. Strake’s application requires recommendations from a math teacher, an English teacher, and a principal or counselor. The school also requires that applicants sit for the ISEE or HSPT. Shadow visits are not required, but they are available throughout the year for applicants who want to get a closer look at student life.
For the ISEE for grade 9, we recommend that applicants target a stanine of 6 in all test sections. We have consistently seen a preference for strong testers with a solid background in athletics, but Strake weighs a candidate other talents with these for consideration.
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Strake also offers several Dual Enrollment classes in partnership with Houston Community College.
Strake requires students to accumulate 27.5 credits to graduate; one credit is equivalent to one year of study. The requirements are as follows: English (4), mathematics (4), science (4), social studies (4), foreign language (3), computer science (1), theology (4), PE/health (2), communication & fine arts (1), and community service (.5). In order to meet the community service requirement, seniors must log 100 hours of service.
Strake offers assistance for students with special needs through its Learning Resource Center. The center accommodates students with ADHD, dyslexia, and dysgraphia, as well as other learning differences and special needs. Accommodations available in the classroom include extended time for testing, less distracting environments for testing, preferential seating arrangements, and computer aids for note-taking. In consultation with parents, Strake counselors will also arm students with organizational plans and classroom strategies to help them manage their learning differences.
The school fields teams in thirteen sports: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, lacrosse, rugby, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, water polo, and wrestling. Students can participate in a sport at the freshman, junior varsity, or varsity level. Strake Jesuit is a member school in UIL, which allows its athletic programs to compete against the largest public schools in Texas.