Our Mission Is Essential

COVID-19 has presented a tremendous challenge for Saint Ignatius High School to balance our mission of providing an academically rigorous, Catholic, Jesuit education along with the health and safety recommendations of leading healthcare experts. Due to a rise in the number of positive cases, we are pivoting to virtual learning beginning Monday, November 16.

Saint Ignatius High School

Teaching & Learning

Encounter, care, teaching and learning. Those are the pillars of The Welsh Academy. As a middle school, our classrooms are hubs of creativity, collaboration and adventure, led by talented and loving faculty.

Q & A:

What are the Standard Daily Classes?
Humanities (English/Social Studies), Math, Science, Theology, Languages, Physical Education, Music/Art, Advisory

What makes going to school at the academy different?
Our daily Advisory class focused on social-emotional growth of our students, project-based learning, affinity courses, and a faith-based education that is rooted in Jesuit ideals.

What is Project-Based Learning and Why Do You Teach This Way?
Project-based learning starts with an essential question or situation that the learning in class seeks to answer. Lessons are designed on what students need to know in order to let students answer that question or navigate the situation. Student voice and choice are priorities, letting each student decide how to present his results to classmates and teachers. Questions vary by academic subject area. Teaching this way allows students to understand the practical, real-world implications of what they learn in class, as well as lets different subjects collaborate to answer a question.

Example of essential questions in project-based learning:
Math and Science: Who can build the strongest structure out of rocks and soil?
Humanities: What can I do to serve my community?


What is the Grading System Like?
The academy uses a standards-based grading system that evaluates students individually, based on their mastery and understanding of various subjects, as well as their habits and behaviors as students. During evaluations, students who do not meet expectations have time to practice, re-learn and re-take the assessment. Standards are set for each subject area as well as overall academic habits.

What is Advisory?
Advisory is a meeting between teachers and students in small groups. A pair of teachers/staff ("advisors") will meet with 6-7 students to build community, form relationships and provide support. An advisor is someone a student can go to if they have any issues. There is a curriculum that includes goal-setting, accountability, expectations as well as programming from Facing History & Ourselves.

What is Social-Emotional Learning?
Social-emotional learning (SEL) is how people learn and develop skills for understanding and managing emotions, creating healthy relationships and making good decisions. These skills and behaviors help the boys mature and continue to develop as they become young men.

School Day Snapshot

Time Schedule
7:30 a.m. Breakfast provided daily
8 a.m. Morning meeting
8:25 a.m. Math or Humanities (with built-in break)
9:40 a.m. Languages or Fine Arts
10:25 a.m. Independent Reading
10:50 a.m. Lunch provided daily (Advisory period)
11:25 a.m. Recess
11:55 a.m. Science or Humanities (with built-in break)
1:35 p.m. Social-Emotional Learning or Art
2:25 p.m. Phys Ed or Theology
3:15 p.m. Snack provided daily
3:25 p.m. Affinity courses
4:30 p.m. Flex time
5:30 p.m. End of day, departure
*School dismisses at 3:30 p.m. each Friday
  • What is the Student Life Counselor?

    As Student Life Counselor, Mr. Cody works with students on social-emotional learning (SEL) to help them develop their social skills. He provides one-on-one counseling and small group counseling as well. Mr. Cody stays in close contact with parents to keep them updated on their son's behavioral health. He always has this goal in mind: To help the students discover how their thoughts and feelings impact their behavior and relationships at home, school and in the community.

  • What Does the Learning Coach Do?

    The role of the Learning Coach is both about academic learning as well as social/emotional learning. Mr. Adair provides hands-on support for the Welsh students during their learning day and leads small groups with the Student Life Counselor. He works closely with teachers to ensure that each student is successful in the classroom. Mr. Adair also coordinates tutoring and the Advisory course, and serves as the school liaison for Facing History and Ourselves.

Welsh Academy Faculty