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St. Ignatius College Preparatory announces tuition-free middle school
October 18th, 2016
By Catholic San Francisco

St. Ignatius College Preparatory announced Oct. 8 that the school will open a tuition-free junior high school program beginning August 2017 with its first class of sixth graders.

Named after longtime SI president Jesuit Father Tony Sauer, the academy will eventually offer sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys and girls from economically disadvantaged backgrounds a Jesuit education with the expectation that these students will matriculate directly into the San Francisco Jesuit high school, the school said in an announcement. Father Sauer now serves as a parish priest in Phoenix, Arizona.

SI President Jesuit Father Eddie Reese said, “There is no clearer path out of poverty than education. Our goal is to offer a rigorous preparation for high school to low-income students from San Francisco public schools. The Sauer Academy will prepare these boys and girls for an SI college preparatory education providing them a clearer path to college.”

The announcement was made at the school’s annual President’s Cabinet dinners. 

Sauer Academy will join the De La Salle Christian Brothers and Daughters of Charity sponsored De Marillac Academy, becoming the second Catholic middle school in the city specifically dedicated to providing a tuition-free Catholic education to children from economically disadvantaged families. 

The middle school will be on SI’s main campus and is expected to begin with 25 to 30 sixth graders, with the addition of one new grade over each of the next two years. SI will begin accepting applications for sixth grade in January 2017.

From October 20, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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