St. Jerome Institute (SJI) is a classical liberal arts high school that reinvented traditional education to meet the challenges of our time.
Our curriculum opens the most fundamental questions of the human heart at the very moment when young men and women are longing to understand themselves and their place in the world.
Shoulder to shoulder with great thinkers, writers, artists, and saints, and led by the light of the Catholic intellectual tradition, we embark on a grand journey of academic excellence and joyful self-discovery.
With our teachers as your guides, surrounded by staunch friends, let us lead you on a rich academic and personal adventure.
The wind is rising. Are you ready to begin your own Odyssey?
St. Jerome Institute is the only classical liberal arts high school in Washington, DC, rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition. Designed from the ground up to form young men and women in academic excellence and mature character, SJI takes an innovative, integrated approach to education that meets the unprecedented challenges of our time. Motivated by our deep love for and commitment to the students who come here to learn, to debate, and to grow, St. Jerome Institute is a celebration of humane education and enduring friendship.
St. Jerome Institute teachers are passionate lifelong learners who are committed to forming the hearts and minds of their students. Despite their various backgrounds, faculty members share a common vision of what it means to give SJI students a truly human education. As the leading voices and stewards of the SJI community, faculty members form the spiritual heart of the school culture. The witness of their character and friendship is one of the most significant lessons our students will learn. Our teachers are living lessons for our students.
You are more than a human calculator or an encyclopedia of disconnected facts, names, and dates. Your measure cannot be told by how quickly you can answer a hundred multiple choice questions. You are the heir to thousands of years of human civilization, and you are on the cusp of entering into an ages-old conversation. What is the cosmos? What is the human person? How should we live together?
In the world, but not of the world. St. Jerome Institute is a community apart, one that thinks deeply about all that is excellent and praiseworthy, that rejoices in the bonds of friendship, and that looks to the service of the world. There is space here for competition and quiet reflection. There is time to wrestle with difficult questions and time to spend in creativity. There are opportunities to pray and to serve. Led by the example and mentorship of our faculty, students find their place in a welcoming academic environment.
Every applicant to the St. Jerome Institute has a distinct educational background, personality, and family situation. We are attentive to these differences, and take the time to address specific questions or concerns that arise during the application process. Our headmaster personally meets with each prospective student. Over 90% of our students receive financial aid, and most have not previously attended a classical liberal arts program.