New faculty and staff at Jesuit High School: Back row — Margaret Scanlon, theology; Jason Danner, theology; Rick Drapeau, maintenance; Emily Hagelgans, dean of students and activities; Kyle Carter, director of annual giving. Front row — Deborah Golik, assistant to the president; Kathleen Gambee, English; Melanie McManamon, Spanish; Amanda Williams, history; Maria Calvo, Spanish; and Allan Chan, technology. (Courtesy Jesuit High School)
New faculty and staff at Jesuit High School: Back row — Margaret Scanlon, theology; Jason Danner, theology; Rick Drapeau, maintenance; Emily Hagelgans, dean of students and activities; Kyle Carter, director of annual giving. Front row — Deborah Golik, assistant to the president; Kathleen Gambee, English; Melanie McManamon, Spanish; Amanda Williams, history; Maria Calvo, Spanish; and Allan Chan, technology. (Courtesy Jesuit High School)
As Jesuit High School begins its 62nd year of “forming and transforming” the lives of young women and men who come to our school from throughout the greater Portland metropolitan area, we focus on the theme of “Open to Growth” from the “Profile of the Jesuit High School Graduate at Graduation” and take as our motto for the year the exhortation from Pope Francis that “we walk with a heart that does not close in on itself, but beats to the rhythm of a journey undertaken together.”

Within the context of the three key strategic imperatives of “accessibility, affordability and diversity,” Jesuit seeks to employ educational practices that inspire young men and women to understand and meet the complex challenges of the 21st century and to focus on the connected nature of our journey and our call to walk with each other with open hearts.

Enrollment is at 1,271, with an incoming freshman class of 326. We welcome five new teachers and a new dean of students and activities. More than a third of our student body identifies as students of color, and approximately 72 percent of our students identify as Catholic.

Students come to Jesuit from more than 80 feeder schools, and approximately 67 percent of this year’s freshman class comes from the Catholic schools of the Portland Archdiocese. More than $3 million in financial aid will go to 330 students as Jesuit continues to ensure that all qualified students have access to a Catholic, Ignatian, college-prep education.

An initial highlight of this new school year involves the apostolic governance of Jesuit. As of July 1, the school, along with all the works of the Society of Jesus in the western United States, is a member of the USA-West province, better known as “Jesuits West province.” This new province — which extends from Hawaii to Montana and from Alaska to Arizona — will have 11 pre-secondary schools, 15 secondary schools, 15 parishes, five universities and multiple other apostolic works, ranging from parishes to retreat centers.

With minds open to growth and hearts beating to our collective journey’s rhythm, Jesuit High School looks forward to a collaboration with our fellow apostolic works throughout this new province — and the Portland Archdiocese — in gratitude and hope.

The writer is academic vice principal at Jesuit High School.