"This school has changed a lot in a generation, but it has changed dramatically over the last 5 years. Between the iPads, disillusioned faculty (resulting from poor pay and decreasing freedom), incompetent leadership, a growing disparity in the socioeconomic status of our students, and declining academic standards (resulting from a desire to pander to wealthy parents), I would not choose to send my child here. At this point, Saint Ignatius is simply resting on its laurels: a stellar reputation, and beautiful architecture. At some point, only its beautiful architecture will remain."
"There are some excellent teachers, but also others who don't do much, yet are lauded by blind administration anyway. The school does not support students who struggle, which is a real shame. I hate to say it, but for the most part, parents are much better off saving their money and sending their kids to a good public school."
"The staff at this school are some of the rudest individuals I have ever met. Extremely unprofessional. I would never send my child here, especially talking to the older white man that works in the treasury department. That man is one unsavory and unhappy person."
"I am a recent alumna of SICP. I highly recommend attending this fine college prep to any student that is willing to make a serious commitment to personal and academic excellence. I look back on my years there with fondness and remain in contact with my friends that I made there. The St. Ignatius community and education gave me the foundation I needed to thrive later in a University setting. The academics are extremely rigorous, but prepare you well for demanding college coursework. (In fact, I found obtaining my B.S. in a science field at a VERY prestigious University with the intent of medical school less demanding than I did coursework at SICP. My University GPA is higher than the GPA I struggled to keep up at Ignatius. Don't let that scare you though! It's well worth every second.) As for legacy, you don't need it to get through those big wooden doors. I did not have a legacy and I was still accepted due to high marks on my entrance exam. I had a blast at Ignatius. The students, faculty, and staff are incredible. The location is worth the commute. The building reminds you that you are somewhere special. Five out of five stars for me. I wish I could give it six!"
"First rate education, very solid theological instruction, much broadening of young horizons. It's not the place for everyone. It is an undertaking in every way to attend this school. Ignatius prides itself on this quality. One of the hallmark traits of graduates is that they are not afraid of hard work or rising to a challenge. The school loves this aspect of its reputation. It is extremely tough. Ignatius kids are mostly high aptitude types; the majority of students were rockstars of some kind in grade school whether they had to try hard or not. Here, everyone has to do the work. Approaching one's studies mindful of the gifts one has been graced with is part of the paradigm. I experienced this school as a student myself and also as a parent of a student recently. It is challenging. It is sophisticated. It is expensive: tuition, fees, books, pledges are one thing, but it also costs more than just that to go there. As I beheld the whole person of my learned, poised, capable, compassionate, grounded, faithful young adult at the exceptionally beautiful baccalaureate mass, I knew totally that it was completely worth it. It is a privilege to be a part of St. Ignatius."