In partnership with families, Saint Ignatius High School, and the local community, The Welsh Academy offers students access to a curriculum based in Jesuit ideals and Catholic theology. Boys and their families who choose an education at The Welsh Academy are part of a school community in which school days are planned to be longer in order to allow more time for teacher/student relationship building; interdisciplinary, project-based learning; and preparation for the academic rigors of high school. Boys who attend the academy must demonstrate academic promise and a personal commitment to their education. The Welsh Academy allows them to develop their talents in a safe, empowering, and academically rigorous school community. The Welsh Academy is tuition-free.
The Welsh Academy admits boys of any race, color, nationality, religion, and ethnic origin with all the rights and privileges to all programs and activities available. The academy does not discriminate against race, color, nationality, or ethnic origin in line with the administration of educational policies, athletic or other programs administered by Saint Ignatius High School. A prospective student's application is not finalized until parents or the previous school provide academic records, and they are examined by the administration of The Welsh Academy. Given the mission of supporting students who come from families of modest economic means, all students must be eligible for admittance based upon verified financial need. For this reason, The Welsh Academy also requires families to complete the FACTS forms before admission is finalized.
Becoming a part of the first class of The Welsh Academy means that, like all students of a Jesuit school, Welsh Academy students will have the opportunity and be nurtured to grow in the Graduate-at-Graduation characteristics of being Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Religious, Loving, and Committed to Work for Peace and Justice. In the words of longtime Saint Ignatius High School President and namesake of the academy, the late Fr. Robert J. Welsh, S.J. ’54, as the boys mature and develop within these characteristics they will also be more open and inspired to “know, love, and serve God.”
Students of The Welsh Academy will be expected to practice these characteristics daily while in school and away from campus. The Welsh Academy school environment will be formed in a way as to help our students strengthen these habits, as well as their academic habits within a school culture that is formed to help all of us who are part of the school to grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, culturally, as well as academically.
How to Apply
To be considered for admission to The Welsh Academy an interested family must complete the following process:
- Print and Complete Application
- Submit family financial information to FACTS (The Welsh Academy will pay application fees)
- Participate in a family and student interview
Based upon verified need, families will receive aid for the full cost of The Welsh Academy.
Families as Partners
The Welsh Academy strives to ensure that communication between academy families and the school is open and truly a partnership. We encourage parents/guardians to take an active role in communicating with their son’s teacher or other school personnel. One of the guiding principles of The Welsh Academy is the importance of building relationships. We believe the relationship we have with parents/guardians are as important as the one we will have with your sons. We hope you will feel comfortable in informing us about your child, special events, or occurrences taking place at home.
We know that time is in short supply, so we ask in advance for parents/guardians to remain committed to attending community meetings, participating in school events, adhering to the daily school schedule and school calendar, while also remaining fully prepared for school every day.
In these first years, in which we will be building The Welsh Academy together, we ask for your support and talent as we develop the culture of our school that allows all students to be develop into young men who are prepared to become leaders within the academy, high school, and their communities.