Founded in 1789, Georgetown Preparatory School is America’s oldest Catholic boarding and day school for young men in grades 9 through 12, and the only Jesuit boarding school in the country. Situated on 90 acres in suburban Washington, D.C., Prep's mission is to form men of competence, conscience, courage, and compassion; men of faith and men for others.

Jesuit Mission and Identity

Georgetown Prep is part of a rich heritage of Jesuit education – one that began in 1789 when Archbishop John Carroll, the first bishop of Baltimore, founded his Academy on the Patowmack.

Since then, the vision for Jesuit education has expanded and is now shared by more than 50 other Jesuit high schools in the United States.

As a Catholic school, Prep helps young men to grow in their faith and understanding of the teachings of the Church and to learn to put their faith into action in the service of others. We welcome students of all faiths, believing that conscious reflection on one’s faith, whatever it may be, leads to spiritual maturity and a commitment to serve others.

Jesuit education centers on the education of the whole person: mind, spirit and body. This is accomplished through cura personalis (Latin for personalized care and concern for the individual) and through a holistic curriculum.

View a visual history of Jesuit schools.

The family crest of St. Ignatius of Loyola

The family crest of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. Created in fused glass by former Georgetown Prep teacher Don Cheeseman, it is currently on display in the George Center.