Mission Statement

Gonzaga College High School is a Catholic college preparatory school for boys operated by the Society of Jesus and its colleagues under the governance of an independent Board of Trustees. Drawing its inspiration from the spiritual vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola and the apostolic and educational tradition of the Jesuits, it offers a values-oriented and academically challenging curriculum to young men of diverse backgrounds from all of the Washington metropolitan area.
Gonzaga views its urban setting in the heart of the nation’s capital as a significant advantage in fulfilling its goals, allowing its students to interact with the larger Washington community and to learn leadership skills and civic responsibility as part of their overall development. Moreover, Gonzaga strives to create a dynamic and caring learning environment which it unites with its academic, extra-curricular, and athletic programs to help form Men with and for Others.
By the time of his graduation, the Gonzaga student has accomplished much of the transition to the world of young adulthood. 
He is not yet fully mature, but he has definitely left behind the world of childhood. He has been engaged in the process of creating a distinct personal identity. That identity is being fashioned through a continuous process of development, a "rising spiral" that overcomes the possibility of failure through the steady acquisition of skills and the nurturing of values. As the skills grow and the values deepen, the student experiences the satisfaction of mastery; and the anxiety and fear of failure give way to an increasing sense of self-esteem and self-worth. Slowly, hestitantly, but progressively, the student by the time of his graduation has begun to approach maturity. This maturity best shows itself in generosity of spirit, in the courage to lead, and in the desire to use talents and education in the service of others. The student by the time of his graduation has been working to assemble the intellectual and moral abilities necessary to deal with the complexities of the surrounding world. He is now able to frame questions, to seek coherence, to make judgements, to decide, and to act.

Below is the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation–an attempt to complete this vision of the young Gonzaga adult approaching maturity. It is also a model and framework for each student to reflect upon and aspire to throughout his time at Gonzaga, and afterward. Gonzaga's mission is to form graduates who are:

List of 5 items.

  • Open to Growth

    The Gonzaga student at the time of graduation is open to growth and has matured as a person emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, and religiously to the point where he can take a significant degree of responsibility for his own growth.
  • Intellectually Competent

    By the time of his graduation, the Gonzaga student has exhibited a mastery of the academic requirements necessary for entrance into college or some other form of advanced education. While the requirements are broken down according to subject matter areas, the student has also developed many intellectual skills and insights which cut across and go beyond academic requirements for college entrance.
  • Religious

    By the time of his graduation, the Gonzaga student has a basic knowledge of the major doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. He has also examined his own religious feelings and beliefs with a view to choosing a fundamental orientation toward God and establishing a relationship with a religious tradition or community. What is said here, respectful of the conscience and religious background of the individual, applies to both the Catholic and non-Catholic graduate of Gonzaga. The level of his theological understanding is naturally limited by his level of religious and human development.
  • Loving

    By the time of his graduation, the Gonzaga student is on the threshold of being able to move beyond self-interest or self-centeredness in relationships with others. He is also beginning to be able to risk some deeper levels of relationship in which he can disclose himself and accept the mystery of another person and cherish that person. However, his attempts at loving, while they are clearly beyond childhood, may not reflect the confidence and freedom of a mature person.
  • Committed to Doing Justice

    The Gonzaga student at graduation has achieved considerable knowledge of the many needs of the local and wider communities. He is preparing for the day when he will take a place in these communities as a competent, concerned, and responsible member and leader. He has begun to acquire the skills and motivation necessary to live as a Man for Others. This attribute, which will come to fruition in mature adulthood, is already beginning to manifest itself.
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