Mission, Beliefs & Core Values
The success of St. Ignatius School is rooted in a commitment to educate the whole person. Our school is recognized for excellence in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Xavier University, Mount St. Joseph University and Miami University frequently send college students to St. Ignatius School for practicums, student teaching, and observations. The Archdiocese of Cincinnati directs educators and parents to St. Ignatius School as a model of how to integrate technology, include special needs students, support professional development, and grow a faith community. St. Ignatius School has become a destination for other schools who are building their commitment to educate all learners.
As a Roman Catholic Christian school community, St. Ignatius School educates each student by helping to develop their faith and by teaching them academic skills that will last a lifetime. These skills and a commitment to life-long learning will empower them to support the mission of St. Ignatius Parish.
Our programs are designed to celebrate and develop the individual gifts of our students, including those with disabilities and those who display giftedness, and to assist parents in their efforts to educate the whole child. Our ultimate goal is to graduate students whose lives are examples of the Gospel message.
We believe in a Christ-centered environment where the children are encouraged to love learning, are inspired to grow in their faith, and are supported to achieve their dreams.
We believe that children should be respected as individuals with their own unique talents and abilities. We provide learning opportunities that allow for them to succeed.
We believe that in order for a student to achieve maximum potential, the spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, social, artistic elements of the whole child need to be developed.
We believe that teachers need to encourage and challenge each student to always strive to do their best. Teachers do this by providing a positive, effective classroom environment for learning, and by working as a member of a team, in conjunction with the other teachers, parents, specialists, and support staff.
We believe that it is the school’s responsibility to motivate and prepare students for daily learning for the future. We challenge our students to realize that learning is a life-long gift.
Since 1946, St. Ignatius of Loyola School has embraced a proud tradition of excellence in Catholic education. The school’s success is driven by six core values:
The Centrality of God and the Catholic Faith
We celebrate a strong Catholic tradition while maintaining Christ-centered academics and activities on a day-to-day basis. The presence of God is a constant at St. Ignatius School. Together, with their parents, the school introduces their students to the legacy of the Catholic faith. This provides a strong foundation which instills ethics, morals, and a love for Jesus Christ.
Focusing on the Whole Child
St. Ignatius School’s excellent test scores, consistently above the national average, are only one aspect of its quality education. The staff and faculty focus on the whole child, realizing the importance of spiritual, academic, physical, emotional, moral, intellectual, artistic, and social development. This comprehensive, whole child approach provides an environment where each student’s unique abilities are both embraced and challenged, building the foundation for greater self-worth and life-long happiness.
Embracing all God’s Children: Utilizing Christian law as our cornerstone and the Commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself,” St. Ignatius School embraces diverse talents, abilities, and backgrounds. Our commitment to this Commandment begins with the inclusion of all students.
St. Ignatius School’s faculty, staff, and families provide examples of stewardship as they care for their community, their school, and their students. Their benevolence for the students and the respect that the students learn by their example creates a cycle of stewardship. Our children learn to be stewards of the Catholic Church, the earth, the community, and their individual gifts. St. Ignatius School is a training ground, teaching students to become good stewards both today and in the future.
St. Ignatius School deliberately and intentionally works to continuously improve. We aim to be the best at getting better. Already a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a recognized leader in academics and inclusion, the faculty is constantly planning for the future and building on its current success. Embracing the saying “You only coast when going downhill,” both the school and the students are constantly reaching toward their personal best.
The school engages students and their families in a dynamic experience. The students enter the school as a individuals, but soon become an integral part of the school, the Catholic Church, and the larger community. Students develop a sense of the responsibility to strengthen these communities through volunteerism, good citizenship, and outward love for Jesus Christ.