The Grad at Graduation


Inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the education of every Brophy student is focused on having them graduate as young men who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

 



List of 5 items.

  • Open to Growth »

    The Jesuit high school student at the time of graduation has matured as a person – emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, religiously – to a level that reflects some intentional responsibility for one’s own growth. The graduate is beginning to reach out in his or her development, seeking opportunities to stretch one’s mind, imagination, feelings, and religious consciousness. Although still very much in the process of developing, the graduate already...

    1. Is beginning to take responsibility for growth as a person; desires integrity and excellence in multiple facets of his/her life
    2. Is learning how to accept self, both talents and limitations, with a sense of humility and gratitude
    3. Recognizes the need for leisure and recreation and budgets time for those activities
    4. Exercises regularly for physical fitness and health
    5. Understands principles of good nutrition and practices healthy eating habits
    6. Understands the dangers of and avoids the use of controlled substances
    7. Is more conscious of his/her feelings and is freer and more authentic in expressing them and managing his/her impulsive drives
    8. Is open to a variety of aesthetic experiences, and continues to develop a wide range of imaginative sensibilities
    9. Is becoming more flexible and open to other points of view; recognizes how much one learns from a careful listening to peers and significant others; and recognizes his/her biases, limitations, and thinking patterns
    10. Is developing a habit of reflection on experience which informs future actions
    11. Is beginning to seek new experiences, even those that involve some risk or the possibility of failure
    12. Is learning to view criticism and setbacks as interesting, challenging, and growth producing
    13. Begins to practice leadership skills, including vision, relating well and collaborating with others, and acting with integrity
    14. Sees leadership as an opportunity for service to others and the community
    15. Is developing a healthy and appropriate sense of humor
    16. Is exploring career and lifestyle choices within a framework of faith and values
    17. Is becoming more aware of choices and consequences relating to adult issues
    18. Understands the implications and hazards of technology-based activities, including issues of privacy, social isolation, access to pornography, and addictive use of technology itself
    19. Views emerging technology as potentially supportive to personal and professional growth
  • Intellectually Competent »

    By graduation the Jesuit high school student will exhibit a mastery of those academic requirements for advanced forms of education. While these requirements are broken down into departmental subject matter areas, the student will have developed many intellectual skills and understandings that cut across and go beyond academic requirements for college entrance. The student is also developing habits of intellectual inquiry, as well as a disposition towards lifelong learning. The student is beginning to see the need for intellectual integrity in his or her personal quest for religious truth and in his or her response to issues of social justice. By graduation, the student already…

    1. Has mastered those academic skills required for college (or some form of advanced education)
    2. Is developing mastery of logic and critical thinking
    3. Is developing precision and creativity in oral and written expression within and across disciplines
    4. Is developing a curiosity to explore ideas and issues
    5. Is developing the ability to apply knowledge and skills to new situations
    6. Is developing problem-solving skills
    7. Is able to learn in a variety of settings and through a variety of pedagogical approaches
    8. Is developing the ability to learn as an active member of a team
    9. Uses technology resources to support collaborative work for learning, problem solving, and communication
    10. Uses effectively a variety of media resources to acquire, create, and process information
    11. Assesses media and content critically, attending, for example, to issues such as credibility of sources, values expressed or promoted, and civility and respect for persons
    12. Is developing an organized approach to learning tasks
    13. Can present a convincing argument in written and oral form that evidences sound analytical reasoning and convincing rhetoric
    14. Is taking pride and ownership in his/her school accomplishments and is beginning to enjoy intellectual and aesthetic pursuits
    15. Has begun to develop a knowledge of central ideas and methodologies of a variety of academic disciplines
    16. Has begun to relate current issues and perspectives to some of their historical antecedents
    17. Is growing in knowledge and understanding of his/her cultural heritage and of cultural complexities in one’s local community and in a global society
    18. Is beginning to understand the public policy implications of science and technology
    19. Is beginning to understand the interdependence of global economic policies
    20. Understands basic principles of personal finance and handles his/her own finances responsibly
    21. Is beginning to understand both rights and responsibilities as a citizen of his/her country
    22. Is beginning to understand his/her own government and other forms and practices of government around the world
    23. Understands the need for individual and community responsibility for stewardship of the earth’s resources
    24. Understands a variety of images of the human person through literature, biography, history, and the arts that lead to a greater appreciation of the variety of human experience
    25. Is beginning to develop that critical consciousness which enables one to analyze better the contemporary issues facing men and women and to seek and evaluate the various points of view on these issues from the standpoint of a man or woman for and with others
  • Religious »

    By graduation the Jesuit high school student will have a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. Having been introduced to Ignatian spirituality, the graduate will also have examined his or her own religious feelings and beliefs with a view to choosing a fundamental orientation toward God and establishing a relationship with a religious tradition and/or community. What is said here, respectful of the conscience and religious background of the individual, also applies to the students of other faiths who graduate from a Jesuit high school. The level of theological understanding of the Jesuit high school graduate will naturally be limited by the student’s level of religious and human development. By graduation the student already…

    1. Has read the Gospels and encountered the person of Jesus Christ as He is presented in the New Testament
    2. Has a basic understanding of the Church’s teaching about Jesus Christ and His redeeming mission, as well as the embodiment of that mission in and through the Church
    3. Has an understanding of the variety of the world’s religious traditions
    4. Is beginning to take more responsibility for exploring and affirming his/her own faith
    5. Is increasingly willing to let religious faith influence his/her basic values, lifestyle, and vocational interests
    6. Understands that being fully alive/human necessitates an active relationship with God
    7. Is aware/appreciates that human life is fundamentally spiritual
    8. Has experienced the presence of God (finding God in all things): in private prayer, on a retreat, in liturgical prayer, and in other moments of grace
    9. Is learning how to express self in various methods of prayer, especially those from the Spiritual Exercises
    10. Is forming a Christian conscience, evaluates moral choices, and reasons through moral issues with increasing clarity
    11. Appreciates the centrality of the Eucharist to a vibrant Christian community
    12. Is learning through his/her own sinfulness of the need for healing by and reconciliation with friends, family, Church, and the Lord
    13. Recognizes that any sin affects the entire human community
    14. Understands the relationship between faith in Jesus and being a man or woman for and with others
    15. Knows Church teachings on moral issues and social justice
  • Loving »

    By graduation, the Jesuit high school student is continuing to form his or her own identity. He or she is moving beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in close relationships. The graduate is beginning to be able to risk some deeper levels of relationship in which one can disclose self and accept the mystery of another person and cherish that person. Nonetheless, the graduate’s attempt at loving, while clearly beyond childhood, may not yet reflect the confidence and freedom of an adult. By graduation the student already…

    1. Is learning to trust friends, family, and adults in the school and wider community
    2. Has personally experienced God’s love
    3. Is growing in self-acceptance and in recognizing that he or she is loved by God and others
    4. Assumes responsibility for maintaining good personal health
    5. Is attentive to sources of stress and applies health strategies to maintain balance in his/her life
    6. Is alert to the signs of emotional and mental distress in others and follows appropriate referral measures
    7. Has begun to identify and work against personal prejudices and stereotypes; is open to and able to communicate with others, especially persons of another race, gender, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or sexual orientation
    8. Has personally experienced support from members of the school community
    9. Has made specific contributions to build school community
    10. Is becoming increasingly comfortable and mature in relating with persons of a different gender
    11. Is beginning to integrate sexuality into his or her personality
    12. Has begun to appreciate deeper personal friendships, while also learning that not all relationships are profound and long-lasting
    13. Is beginning to appreciate the satisfaction of giving of oneself through service for and with others
    14. Is increasingly empathetic
    15. Takes into account and values the feelings of others when making decisions
    16. Is sensitive to the beauty and fragility of the created universe and exercises stewardship
    17. Cares deeply about preserving human life
  • Committed to Doing Justice »

    The Jesuit high school student at graduation has acquired considerable knowledge of the many needs of local, national, and global communities and is preparing for the day when he or she will take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned, and responsible member. The graduate has been inspired to develop the awareness and skills necessary to live in a global society as a person for and with others. Although this commitment to doing justice will come to fruition in mature adulthood, some predispositions will have begun to manifest themselves earlier. By graduation the student already...

    1. Is growing in awareness of selfish attitudes and tendencies which lead one to treat others unjustly; consciously seeking to be more understanding, accepting, and generous with others
    2. Is beginning to see that Christian faith implies a commitment to a just society
    3. Is growing in awareness of the global nature of many social problems such as human rights, population displacement, resource distribution, war/terrorism, etc., and their impact on human communities
    4. Practices a sustainable lifestyle based on awareness of social, economic, and environmental consequences
    5. Is working to be environmentally responsible by limiting the use of non-renewable resources and maximizing sustainable resources
    6. Is beginning to engage in the public dialogue on environmental issues, practices, and solutions
    7. Is beginning to understand the structural roots of injustice in social institutions, attitudes, and customs
    8. Is gaining, through experiences of and reflection on Christian service, an understanding of and solidarity with marginalized members of society
    9. Is developing, from reflection on experiences with the marginalized, a sense of compassion and a growing understanding of those social changes which will assist all in attaining their basic human rights
    10. Is becoming aware, through study and reflection, of alternatives in public policy that regulate services provided to segments of the community
    11. Has begun to reflect on social justice implications of future careers
    12. Is beginning to understand the justice implications inherent in Christ’s commandment to love one another
    13. Is beginning to recognize the importance of public opinion and voter influence on public policy in local, regional, national, and international arenas
    14. Is beginning to recognize the complexity of many social issues and the need for critical reading of diverse sources of information about them
    15. Is beginning to confront some of the moral ambiguities embedded in values promoted by Western culture
    16. Is beginning to make decisions, based on Gospel values, which sometimes conflict with the values of a materialistic society