The List 5.4.09: Washington Jesuit Academy

The List is a weekly feature highlighting something remarkable, offbeat, or otherwise noteworthy from the world of Ignatian spirituality.A friend sent me a link to this video last week.  I’ve seen lots of videos, but this one is something special.  It promotes a school.  Usually that’s a prescription for video tedium, but not this time.

The school is Washington Jesuit Academy, a tuition-free middle school offering quality education to disadvantaged boys in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  The schedule is intense.  The day begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends 12 hours later after dinner and supervised homework.  Only 13 percent of the students are reading at grade level when they arrive at WJA.  Three years later more than 90 percent do.  Virtually all graduates go on to demanding high school programs and eventually to college.

WJA exemplifies excellence in Jesuit secondary education.  It’s on The List, along with “Opening Doors to the Future,” which tells its story.


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