Brebeuf Jesuit’s strong academic program follows more than 450 years of academic tradition. Education in the Jesuit tradition has remained committed to expansive and critical thinking, to competent and compassionate ethical concern, to creative and artistic expression, and to excellence. The Jesuits, renowned for intellectual accomplishment spanning many centuries, have long believed that academic achievement grounded in religious faith, the dignity of the human person, and the need to educate and care for the entire person is the key to forming well-rounded individuals.
To live Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam is a way of being that permeates every thought, every deed, every action and inaction – all is contemplated, all for the greater glory of God. Our community is embracing the opportunity to define and bring to life a way of delivering Jesuit education through an Ignatian lens just at St. Ignatius of Loyola had intended. These intentions draw from tradition and forge an innovative path, as faculty members in the classroom; as staff and administrators encouraging and executing; as parents supporting and providing; and as alumni leading and championing. The time to seek distinction, to learn, live, and lead with Ignatian inspiration is now. We begin, as one community, on a new journey.
Our vision for the school’s future is that Brebeuf Jesuit, rooted in the Jesuit tradition, will be the best college preparatory school in central Indiana by providing an outstanding academic program and ensuring the education of the whole person. This vision will not come easily, or without substantial resources. The academic and financial targets in this plan will require more of everyone in the Brebeuf community. The plan reflects both our aspirations and our challenges; what we want to become, as well as how we want to respond to what lies ahead. We believe the time is right to move boldly towards this vision.
Brebeuf Jesuit, a Catholic and Jesuit school, provides an excellent college preparatory education for a lifetime of service by forming leaders who are intellectually competent, open to growth, loving, religious and committed to promoting justice. Fostering a culture of understanding and dialogue, Brebeuf Jesuit seeks and welcomes students from diverse religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Students at Brebeuf Jesuit are called to discover and cultivate the fullness of their God-given talents as a responsibility and as an act of worship.
Education of the Whole Person
Brebeuf Jesuit fosters the intellectual, spiritual, physical, emotional and social development of every student. Each student is challenged and inspired to strive for academic excellence, to engage whole-heartedly in co-curricular activities, to develop confidence in leadership abilities and to discover God’s presence in everyday life. As students grow in each of these areas, they become more able to share their unique gifts as men and women for others.
A Caring and Diverse Community
Brebeuf Jesuit believes that the authentic development of each student unfolds within a safe and supportive environment. Rooted in the Catholic tradition and guided by its Jesuit heritage, the Brebeuf community embraces the fullness and diversity of creation, accepts and respects all people, and encourages genuine interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Brebeuf Jesuit’s ultimate goal is that every student will journey through life with the confident assurance of a personal friendship with a loving God.
The Greater Glory of God
Through intellectual pursuit, prayerful discernment and generous service, Brebeuf Jesuit strives to give students the foundation, the skills and the will to make the world more just, humane and loving. All are called to a holy boldness – to do all things for the greater glory of God.
Strategic Plan Priorities
Continuing the Jesuit Tradition
Education in the Jesuit tradition has remained committed to expansive and critical thinking, to competent and compassionate ethical concern, to creative and artistic expression, and to excellence. The Jesuits, renowned for intellectual accomplishments spanning many centuries, have long believed that academic achievement grounded in religious faith, the dignity of the human person, and the need to educate and care for the entire person is the key to forming well-rounded individuals.
Brebeuf, steeped in the Jesuit tradition will continue to uphold these very high standards, informed by the spirituality and mission of St. Ignatius of Loyola to move and grow in new directions, challenging complacency and the status quo, to enhance our school, community, and world.
Elevating Academic Excellence
In the tradition of Jesuit education, Brebeuf Jesuit offers an outstanding academic program and a unique environment for learning that challenges each student to reach his or her highest academic potential. Students will be exhorted to embrace this call to excellence as a way to honor their God-given gifts and talents and prepare themselves for lives of service as men and women for others.
Because an excellent faculty and staff are key to this effort, Brebeuf Jesuit will ensure that it has the structures in place that allow attracting, developing and retaining excellent teachers, counselors, and other staff. Brebeuf Jesuit will continue to develop and prioritize programming efforts for student health and wellness, a diverse and inclusive school culture, and opportunities for global learning.
Strengthening Institutional Vitality and Sustainability
In an effort to keep Brebeuf Jesuit at the forefront of private high school opportunities in central Indiana, we will ensure financial stability through ongoing financial performance and cost management, growing the endowment and evaluating opportunities to increase capital to support the strategic priorities of the School.
A well-crafted comprehensive marketing plan will feature the school’s unique programming and mission-delivery systems; develop approaches to establishing clear evidence of the Jesuit difference-makers. This plan will strengthen the school’s position in the market place and ensure consistent, mission-focused messaging.
A deeper culture of philanthropy is needed to prepare Brebeuf for the future. Tuition alone cannot sustain the School for the next 55 years and beyond. Increasing financial support from members of the Brebeuf community will be essential to making programs, facilities, scholarships, and opportunities available to future generations of students.
Enhancing Diversity and Global Connectivity
Brebeuf Jesuit will expand, improve and continue to cultivate a faculty, staff, and student body that embrace diversity and seeks opportunities for global connectivity. These efforts will affect the learning environment where interaction occurs across racial, ethnic, socio-economic, religious, international and cultural lines. Expanding opportunities for engagement with the richness of diversity in the classroom and other areas of school life supports Brebeuf’s efforts to produce graduates who are competent, compassionate leaders of a better world.
Global opportunities for learning expand beyond the classroom with educational travel and service immersion trips. Brebeuf Jesuit is committed to the Ignatian pedagogical paradigm of experience, reflection, and action as a model of personal growth and commitment to a world larger than we are.
2016-2017 Board of Trustees
Mrs. Sharon Barner, Secretary
Mr. W. Patrick Bruen ’79, Vice Chair
Mr. J. Murray Clark ’75, Chair
Rev. John M. Dennis, SJ
Rev. Walter C. Deye, SJ
Rev. Thomas Doyle, SJ
Mr. Michael J. Fox ’83
Mr. Kevin P. Hipskind ’86
Mrs. Wendy Horn ’79
Mr. Jonathan Klausner
Mrs. Susan Kucer
Mrs. Betsy Laskey
Mr. Daniel Lechleiter ’97
Mr. Mark Lubbers ’72
Dr. Robert Manuel
Rev. Theodore Munz, SJ
Ms. Robin Nelson-Rice
Rev. Sean O’Sullivan, SJ
Mr. Kevin Pahud
Rabbi Dennis Sasso
Mr. Max Siegel
Honorable John Tinder
Rev. William Verbryke, SJ
Brebeuf Jesuit Leadership Team
Rev. John M. Dennis S.J., President
Mrs. Jamie Elkins, Senior Vice President
Mr. Ron Galle, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. J.D. Ferries-Rowe, Chief Information Officer
Mr. Greg VanSlambrook, Principal
Rev. William Verbryke, S.J., Vice President for Mission and Identity