We Are Brophy

History & Accreditation

Brophy College Preparatory was founded in 1928 as a Catholic high school in the Jesuit tradition. In 2011 Brophy added Loyola Academy, a middle school whose mission is to prepare academically gifted but economically disadvantaged boys for Brophy’s college preparatory curriculum.
As a Catholic institution, Brophy is rooted in the teachings and person of Jesus Christ. The school affirms its commitment to the educational mission of the Roman Catholic Church. This mission is to lead women and men to a deeper appreciation of the presence of God in the world and the social responsibility which this awareness engenders. Brophy encourages dialogue between Christian faith and contemporary thought. It welcomes and respects people of all faiths as full partners who contribute their own values and beliefs to enrich the Brophy community.

As a Jesuit school, Brophy inherits the 450-year-old vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose Spiritual Exercises affirm the ultimate goodness of the world as created, loved, and redeemed by God. From the foundation of the first Jesuit school at Messina, Italy, the Society of Jesus has focused the goal of education on developing the whole person, traditionally known as educating “the Renaissance man.” The purpose of a Jesuit education, in contemporary language, is to develop leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice. Religious is understood to mean that the student has a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church and also has systematically examined his or her own religious feelings and beliefs. The commitment to justice recognizes that we belong to a global community and bear personal responsibility in creating a world more peaceful and more merciful.

Brophy is a private, nonprofit school that receives no funds from the diocese. Governing decisions are made in consultation with the various segments of the Brophy community, including the Board of Trustees and the Board of Regents. Brophy maintains a close relationship with the Phoenix community and a desire to serve the many diverse constituencies within the Valley.

As a college preparatory institution, Brophy goes beyond academic excellence to form well-rounded young adults who see themselves as agents of positive change. Relying on the liberal arts, with religious studies given a special place, the faculty teaches analysis, active listening and critical thinking both inside and outside the classroom. The goal of the school is to transform its community into “persons for and with others.” This hallmark of Jesuit schools was first articulated in 1974 by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, the former Jesuit Superior General, and “Men for Others” has become the living motto of Brophy students and alumni.

    • Foundress Mrs. William Henry Brophy and family with Father Felix Rossetti, SJ

    • Building Brophy Hall, Brophy Chapel and Romley Hall


Brophy is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA). Every six years the school undergoes an exhaustive self-study process that engages the entire community in a review of the school's progress toward the actualization of the goals articulated during the previous accreditation cycle. The self-study process culminates with a one-week review from a visiting committee of educators appointed by the WCEA. In spring 2018, the WCEA granted Brophy a full six-year term of accreditation (through June 30, 2024) — their strongest possible affirmation of a school and thus a substantial validation of the school's programs.