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2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent HandbookFORDHAM PREPARATORY SCHOOLITS HISTORYOn June 24, 1841, the Feast of St. John theBaptist, St. John’s College was formally opened byBishop John Hughes. Its first president was theReverend (later Cardinal) John McCloskey. In 1846,St. John’s was raised to university status and placedunder the direction of a group of Jesuits who had comefrom St. Mary’s College in Kentucky at the invitation ofBishop Hughes.Fordham Preparatory School came into beingwith the founding of St. John’s College and it, too,became a Jesuit institution in 1846. The history of thePrep until 1900 was really that of the College for untilthen little distinction was made between the two. In theearly 1900’s, the catalogues reveal that a formaldistinction was being made between the lower fouryears (the high school division) and the upper fouryears (the college division). It was at this time (1906)that the Prep received its first formal name -- St. John’sCollege High School. In the 1920’s, the name FordhamPreparatory School was added under the originalname. In 1933, the Prep became known as FordhamCollege High School. Then, in 1937, the name“Fordham Preparatory School” was adopted when thePrep was given a secondary school certification by theUniversity of the State of New York. On June 29, 1970,after 129 years as one of the founding divisions ofFordham University, Fordham Preparatory Schoollegally separated from the University and secured itsown educational charter from the New York StateBoard of Regents.1

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent HandbookFordham Preparatory School is accredited bythe Middle States Association of Colleges andSecondary Schools. It was first accredited in 1928, andits most recent renewal of accreditation was granted inMay of 1995. The Prep is a member of the JesuitSecondary Educational Association, the NationalCatholic Educational Association, the NationalAssociation of Independent Schools, and through itsPrincipal, the National Association of SecondarySchools Principals and the Catholic SchoolAdministrators Association of New York State.All educational programs of the Prep are builton the desire to provide a truly humanistic learningexperience for our students. The cornerstone is thepersonal concern of teachers for their students whichhas traditionally characterized Jesuit education. It waswith this desire and in this spirit that the current Prepbuilding was planned and designed. Shea Hall openedin 1972.Today the Prep stands ready, as in the past, tomeet the educational needs of its students in an everchanging world. It stands ready to carry on its work ofover a century with the same spirit that created it in1841.MISSION STATEMENTAs a Jesuit, college preparatory school,Fordham Prep’s mission is to inspire young men toreflect, to question, to learn, to pray, to love, to serve,to lead. Since 1841, we have based our challengingcurriculum and pursuit of human and academicexcellence on a foundation of Catholic faith and2

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbookprinciples. We seek to be one community created froma broad spectrum of ethnic, racial, geographic, andsocio-economic backgrounds. We strive to includequalified students of limited financial resources byproviding substantial financial assistance. Our facultyand staff dedicate themselves to a caring and dynamicinteraction with students both inside and outside theclassroom, a characteristic of Jesuit education for over450 years. We educate our students to be men forothers: spiritually motivated, intellectually accomplishedand committed to promoting justice.STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHYFordham Preparatory School is a four-year,Catholic, college preparatory school. Our commitmentto education is shaped by the spirituality andpedagogical tradition of the Society of Jesus, foundedin 1540 by St. Ignatius of Loyola. This heritagestresses the development of excellence in the wholeperson: moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical, emotionaland aesthetic. Today, our educational apostolate isstrengthened by our affiliation with the local, nationaland international networks of Jesuit secondary schools.Based on a legacy which began with theSpiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and continuesthrough contemporary Ignatian reflections, our Jesuittradition has fashioned schools to be communities offaith, scholarship and service. We are a community of faith. Rooted in theCatholic tradition, we look to Jesus Christ asthe revelation of God and humanity. We seek to3

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbookfoster knowledge and love of God andneighbor, and welcome the gifts that nonCatholic members of our community contributeto that mission. We encourage all members ofour community to evaluate dominant culturalvalues in the context of their faith. We are a community of scholarship. At theheart of Jesuit education is the rigorous study ofthe humanities and sciences, reflecting theconviction that the study of great ideas isinextricably linked to the formation of character.Our program of studies encompasses morethan the acquisition of knowledge; it fostersacademic discipline and encourages reflectionin the pursuit of excellence. We are a community of service. St. Ignatius’declaration that “love ought to manifest itself indeeds rather than words” is embodied today inthe call to be a person for others. We put ourfaith into action by seeking opportunities toserve our brothers and sisters, especially thosein need, and by working to promote justice.Praying, studying, and working together, ourcommunal life is animated by the spirit of magis(“greater”) and cura personalis (“care of theindividual”).Magis, a distinctive aspect of Jesuit education,expresses the responsibility to seek a greaterrealization of our potential and mission and tostrive for excellence in all things. We arededicated to the development of a curriculumand community that call forth the best fromstudents, faculty and staff for the greater gloryof God.4

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent HandbookCura personalis is the Jesuit resolve to knowand treat each person as an individual made inthe image and likeness of God. Cura personalisencourages students, faculty and staff to buildrelationships, both in and out of the classroom,based on dignity, respect, and trust.The intellectual and religious values whichmotivate our mission as a school guide eachindividual’s total development. We challenge eachgraduate to be a lifelong learner, an agent of positivechange, spiritually motivated and committed to justice,a healer and shaper of his world.OBJECTIVESOur objectives are a natural expression of ourmission and philosophy.As a Community of Faith, our shared objectivesare: To admit students, hire faculty and staff, andappoint board members who embrace ourmission and philosophy; To celebrate our Catholic identity throughevents such as liturgies, sacraments, prayer,and vigils, and with the prominent display ofsymbols; To deepen through formal study our students’knowledge of the history, spirituality, moralteachings and beliefs of the Catholic churchand the tradition of the Society of Jesus; To promote respect for other faiths througheducation and special events;5

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbook To encourage each student, through individualas well as communal religious experiences andreflection to commit himself more deeply to hispersonal faith; To challenge each student by word andexample to be a man whose growing faithinforms his every decision; To organize formation programs for faculty andstaff to ensure that the Ignatian character of theschool remains vital; To provide institutional resources to CampusMinistry and other programs that promote theseobjectives.As a Community of Scholarship, our sharedobjectives are: To attract, inspire and retain an outstandingfaculty and administration, and to offer ongoingprograms for professional development; To stimulate each student to appreciate hisGod-given talents and to examine and articulatehis thoughts, beliefs, feelings and goals; To develop courses of study in the humanities,sciences and arts that challenge our students toseek excellence, creativity and integrity in theircritical thinking, research and expression; To employ the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm(context, experience, reflection, action andevaluation) as a model for instruction andlearning; To evaluate and implement emergingtechnology as a support to learning andinstruction; To prepare our students through a full range ofcourses and student services to make college,career and life choices;6

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbook To encourage participation in extracurricularactivities as a means of developing the wholeperson; To evaluate and refine our curriculum to ensurethat its quality, scope and sequence are alignedwith our educational objectives and students’abilities and needs; To provide institutional resources to curricular,extracurricular, technological and professionaldevelopment programs that promotes theseobjectives.As a Community of Service, our shared objectivesare: To attract and support a faculty and staff whowork toward the ideal of Christian service; To organize in all four years a curriculum andactivities that call our students to be men forothers; To emphasize the importance of reflection onservice experiences as we encourage ourstudents to be contemplatives in action; To establish working relationships with local,national and international organizations whosemissions enable the Fordham Prep communitygrow in faith and promote charity and justicethrough service; To stimulate our students, faculty and staff tobecome more aware of social justice issues andto appreciate how their immediate personal andcommunal decisions and actions can havefar-ranging consequences; To provide institutional resources to theChristian Service Program and other activitiesthat promotes these objectives.7

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent HandbookWe recognize that the realization of theseobjectives depends upon our commitment to ensuringthe financial stability of the school and building anendowment that can support the pursuit of our missionand goals. We are committed as well to developing andmaintaining a first-rate physical plant to provide thefacilities necessary to meet our educational andinstitutional needs.RELIGIOUS LIFEReligion at Fordham Prep does not exist as aseparate entity, but as an integral part of the school.Just as a Prep student matures socially, intellectually,and physically, his relationship with God must matureto the personal acceptance and active response of anadult.The growth toward adult faith has two essentialdimensions: it is an intensely personal experience ofthe individual, yet realized not in isolation but within acommunity. As an individual experience, every youngman in high school is to find and develop a personalreligious identity. He must, as an individual, decidewhat he believes, what he stands for, and what Godhas to do with the direction of his life.Through the Prep’s program of religiousstudies, worship, Campus Ministry, and ChristianService, the student is invited to grow into the fullnessof Christ. Through private and group prayer, he cannourish his sense of the divine and foster thedevelopment of a living faith. Through action,especially in response to the needs of others, he can8

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbooktest his understanding and put his faith to work in hisdaily life.Religious growth is never a purely individualaffair, but takes place in interaction with others. Thelove of God, which is the first and greatestcommandment and is present in everyone with whomwe come in contact, is realized in the love of neighbor.The Prep as a Christian community cannotcontent itself with being simply an institution dedicatedto academic advancement, important as that is. As aChristian community, it finds the source of union andstrength in the depth of its union with Christ, especiallyas expressed in the Eucharist.All students gather as a community for thecelebration of the Eucharist during the year. Inaddition, there are special liturgies throughout the year,e.g., for teams, parents, clubs, alumni, etc. DuringAdvent and Lent, the Rite of Reconciliation is offered toall students.A.Campus MinistryAs a Jesuit Catholic school, our major goal is toassist in the development of prayerful, hope-filledChristian gentlemen who are dedicated to thewell-being of their fellow human beings -- to be “menfor others.” Fordham Prep offers two major programsthat aid this process and that are coordinated in theMinistry Center: retreats and community service. Theseprograms involve each student and all parents.(a) Freshmen participate in the FreshmanRetreat, a two-day overnight retreat in theschool. It is an opportunity for them to9

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbookdeepen their sense of belonging to thePrep Community, to gain helpful wisdomfrom the upperclassmen, and to reflect ontheir relationship with God. Facultymembers along with juniors and seniorslead the retreat. All freshmen participateinthisFreshmanRetreat.(b) Sophomores may choose to attend theDiscovery Retreat offered several timesthroughout the year. This retreat is anopportunity for sophomores to come to betterrecognize their God-given gifts and talentsand to reflect on their values in light of thevalues of Jesus Christ as made known to usthrough the Gospels. The retreat offers awide range of activities from reflection, prayerand group discussions to sports and hiking.(c) Juniors can participate in the EmmausRetreat. Groups of about 20 JUNIORSspend three days away in a communityexperience exploring the encounter of thedisciples on the road to Emmaus with Jesusafter His resurrection and their recognizingHim in “the breaking of the bread.”The Emmaus Retreat provides an opportunityfor a student to become more aware of hishuman and Christian potential. It offers asetting to explore the meaning of his life, hisrelationships with family, friends, and theLord, and his responsibilities within theChristian community for mature choices andpersonal growth. By doing all this in acommunity setting, the retreat offers a modelof generous sharing and giving of self toothers that is at the heart of10

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbookall community experiences. The retreat is led bya team of seniors and faculty and ends withMass at Fordham to which parents and familyare invited.(d) Seniors may choose to attend severaldifferent retreats. The Ad Amorem retreat forSENIORS is a guided religious experience ledby a group of Jesuits and lay teachers. A seniorgathers together his experiences of God and oflife in preparing for the choices of a college anda profession in his future. The retreat offers himthe opportunity to invite the Lord into thesechoices, asking God to reveal what He wishes,so that the student may continue to follow theLord in his life.The Finding God in All Things Retreat is anopportunity for seniors to make a one-daynature retreat to reflect on important issues inlife and "to find God in all things” through theappreciation of our natural surroundings.B.Christian Service ProgramThe Christian Service Program is responsiblefor organizing a curriculum, programs, and events thatprovide students the opportunity to appreciate and liveout the Ignatian vocation to be “men for and withothers.” Because Christian service is an integral part ofa Jesuit education, Fordham Preparatory School has afour-year service requirement for all students:(a) Freshman Year: Our first year studentsbegin their service when mentor groupsdesign crafts that are given to elderly11

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbookresidents of local nursing homes. AtChristmas, students organize a toy drive foryoungsters at a Catholic elementary school inthe south Bronx. In February, they participatein a Valentine's Day card project. Studentscompose personalized messages in cardsthat are then delivered to residents of nursinghomes where our seniors do their serviceprojects. Each mentor group will alsoorganize and implement its own serviceproject during the year. Those projects focuson responding to an immediate need in thespirit of charity.(b) Sophomore Year: In sophomore year, everymentor group is responsible for selecting andrunning a service project to benefit a Prep,local, national, or international organizationwhose mission it is to promote social justice.These mentor groups, under the direction offaculty-mentors, organize, publicize, andimplement school-wide campaigns anddrives that educate and provide resources orservices. Recent projects have included thesupport of a campaign to draw attention tothe injustices of sweatshops as well asraising awareness of catholic social teachingon immigration and peace issues.(c) Junior Year: Our juniors take personalresponsibility for completing 15 hours ofservice. They primarily respond to the needsthat exist within our school throughparticipation in service activities or clubs,such as tutoring peers who are strugglingacademically, raising awareness and funds12

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbookfor a medical mission program founded by aPrep alumnus, directing underclass retreats,and hosting visitors to the Prep. Juniors maydo as many as eight of their 15 hours out ofschool in an approved service activity.(d) Senior Year: In their final year, our studentsare expected to have developed the maturity,knowledge, skills, and judgment that willenable them to go out into the world toprovide direct service to people in need.Seniors are required to give 70 hours (100hours if their junior requirement is not fulfilled)of their own time to approved Christianservice projects as part of their graduationrequirement. All seniors are enrolled in aservice course that provides opportunities forreflection, discussion, and instruction onissues of faith and justice. Seniors can befound comforting persons who are sick anddying in hospitals and hospices. They visitthe elderly and people who need assistanceand companionship at nursing homes orthrough shopping programs. Our seniorsfeed and provide clothing to persons who arepoor and homeless at shelters and soupkitchens. They also teach children inacademic and CCD programs. They alsowork in various programs with persons whohave disabilities.In addition to the retreat program, severalCampus Ministry Board groups meet on aregular basis to promote faith, social justiceand leadership.13

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent HandbookThe Campus Ministry Board is anopportunity for students to deepen their ownfaith, spirituality and commitment to socialjustice, while learning valuable leadershipskills that will enable them to help other Prepstudents do the same as they take onleadership roles.Participants dedicatethemselves to a program of daily prayer andweekly meetings where they have theopportunity to reflect on their prayerexperiences, learn about social justiceissues, and develop the skills necessary tobe effective leaders in the Prep community.Participants in the program are selectedthrough an application process along withrecommendations from Prep faculty.Just Serve, a subgroup of the CampusMinistry Board, is a voluntary group open toall students. The goal of the group is to learnabout justice issues and how Catholic SocialTeaching impacts our understanding of theseissues. Armed with this knowledge the groupplans service projects related to these justiceissues.The Social Justice Committee is avoluntary group open to all studentsinterested in justice issues. The committeecomprised of faculty and students serves asthe leader in educating the Prep communityon specific justice issues. They meetregularly to plan assemblies, special events,and lobbying and letter writing efforts relatedto current legislat

2013-2014 Fordham Prep Student and Parent Handbook 2 Fordham Preparatory School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. It was first accredited in 1928, and its most recent renewal of accreditation was granted in May of 1995. The Prep is a member of the Jesuit

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