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St. Paul’s High School is western Canada’s only Jesuit high school and is part of the Jesuit Schools Network consisting of over 60 high schools, 30 universities and colleges across North America, and an additional 300 schools and universities worldwide.
Jesuit schools are infused with a five-century old tradition and philosophy of education established by St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. When the Jesuits opened their first school in Messina, Italy in 1548, they revolutionized the educational model by combining the two educational systems of the time: the medieval university model, where students studied law, science, math, philosophy, and theology; and the Renaissance humanistic academy, which focused on Greek and Latin poetry, drama, oratory, and history. The Jesuit model of education constituted the largest system of education before the modern public school system and was the first truly international one.
Today, St. Paul’s provides our students with a safe and nurturing environment within which they can grow into young adulthood with a clearer sense of who they are and how they can relate to the world around them in a positive and effective way. The enriched and challenging academic program, the engaging and intensive spiritual and religious formation, and the great variety of athletic, cultural, artistic and intellectual activities are all intended to address the developmental needs of young men as they progress through their formative years. At St. Paul’s, we speak more about formation than education because it’s about helping young men grow holistically. This commitment to total formation of the body, mind, and spirit is a trademark of a Jesuit education. Coupled with a mission of helping those in need, Jesuit education is so often said to produce “Men for Others.”
Faculty and staff at St. Paul’s High School are committed and dedicated to the formation, success and well-being of our students. In order to best serve the needs of our students in an ever changing world, faculty and staff participate in frequent and comprehensive professional development across all disciplines. Our faculty and staff regularly participate in conferences, workshops and seminars, both locally and with our brother and sister schools across North America, to collaborate and develop enhanced teaching methods, techniques, and best practices to address the needs of a contemporary education.
“The measure of a Jesuit education is not what our students do, but what they become.”
- Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), 1983-2008
The school meets and exceeds, through enrichment of content, the requirements of the Manitoba Provincial High School curriculum. With over 60 elective courses available, students have the flexibility and opportunity to explore subjects that not only interest them but also prepare them for the next step in their education. Students can also choose from Advanced Placement courses in Mathematics, Language Arts, French, and Physics.
Since 1997, seven St. Paul’s students have received the University of Manitoba Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship, one of the most prestigious entrance scholarships offered by the University of Manitoba.
Approximately 97% of our students continue to post-secondary education at institutions across Canada, the United States, and internationally. Schools to which St. Paul’s students have matriculated over the past few years include: Acadia University, University of Alberta, Bishop’s University, University of British Columbia, University of Calgary, University of California Berkley, Canadian Mennonite University, Carleton University, Cornell University, Jamestown College, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Loyola Marymount University, University of Manitoba, McGill University, Georgetown University, Mid-Ocean School of Media Arts, University of Minnesota, Mississippi Southern University, University of New Brunswick, North Dakota State University, University of North Dakota Providence College, Wharton School (U of Penn), Queen’s University, Red River College, St. Cloud State University, St. Mary’s University, Vancouver Island University, University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, University of Western Ontario, University of Winnipeg, University of Southern California, and the University of Texas.
"The best thing about St. Paul's is being part of a brotherhood"