St. Ignatius College Preparatory School in San Francisco, CA - Niche

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St. Ignatius College Preparatory School is a private Catholic school in San Francisco, California. It has 1,444 students in grades 9-12. There have been 176 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

2001 37th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94116
(415) 731-7500

Ratings and Reviews
4.2 from 176 reviews
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    • Recent Alumnus
    • 5
    Overall Experience: SI has made me a more educated and moral person.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: SI can seem like a hostile place until you get to know it. I remember my very first day freshman year seeing how the seniors high fived each other and hugged and were so happy to see each other. I looked forward to that experience. I quickly met nice people who I shared common interests with. Classes have not always challenged me to my full ability, but I know I am a total exception. I can almost guarantee that you will be challenged academically at SI if you look to be challenged. I did crew freshman year, but I soon found that it wasn't for me. The next two years I got involved in every music program that the school has to offer, from chamber choir and chamber orchestra to music ministry and pep band. Senior year, I started to get involved in campus ministry and going to the daily mass that the school offers after having a life-changing school-led retreat. I was not searching for any spirituality, but I found it through SI despite my usually cynical nature. There are cliques, but if you're willing and stay vulnerable and open to all the various opportunities that the school offers, you will not have a problem finding friends from all walks of life. There are 364 kids in my class of 2016. Freshman year, our principal told us we should be able to name every person in our class and say something positive we know about them. I thought this was impossible when he said this, but I am close now. I went on a school organized service trip this summer to West Virginia, and I went on the school organized Barcelona exchange program the summer before. I haven't even mentioned the incredible sense of community and love I get from the students and the faculty. Ms Purcell has changed by life and helped me to see the value in myself and the goodness in all humans. Additionally, our school nails the ideas of social justice and understanding our privilege. Sure, this school is not for everybody, but if you stay open-minded, then your experience at SI will be a great one.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I would choose this high school again. It provides a vast amount of resources to gain a higher education. Teachers, counselors, and faculty provide information and resources to prepare students for the transition into high school and to prepare for college. The school has the best amenities which is great since it is strong in athletics. Even though athletics are a big aspect of this school they are great programs for the arts. There is dance, music, choir, orchestra, plays, and musicals. I participated in dance and swimming. This helped me to be more involved. Along with sports and the arts, the school prides itself in its religious/spiritual community. I loved this area of the school because it created a strong community and ability to learn about classmates and oneself. I made many great friendships with my classmates and teachers. This school was perfect for me.
    • Niche User
    • 5
    Overall Experience: SI is a hard school academically and it will challenge you everyday, but it will turn you into a better person. It's worth the time, energy, stress, and money.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: The community that comes from this school. It makes you feel like you belong and it feels like a family.

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3.66 Lycée Français de San Francisco - Ortega Campus 1 mi. 743
2.66 Cornerstone Academy 4 mi. 746
3.66 Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory 5 mi. 1,257
3.33 Junipero Serra High School 17 mi. 897

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 50%
Female 49%

Student Diversity

St. Ignatius College Preparatory School United States Cornerstone Academy Junipero Serra High School Lycée Français de San Francisco - Ortega Campus Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory
White 62.0% 51.0% 0% 64.0% 63.0% 31.0%
Asian 16.0% 4.8% 94.0% 9.0% 2.0% 36.0%
Hispanic 9.0% 25.0% 0% 9.0% 4.0% 14.0%
Multiracial 7.0% 2.8% 2.0% 11.0% 27.0% 12.0%
African American 4.0% 15.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 5.0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 0% 2.0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 25.4%
Grade 10 25.1%
Grade 11 24.2%
Grade 12 25.3%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 81% Yes
  • 15% Not sure.
  • 4% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 22 responses

  • 19% Ministry & the spiritual aspects (Kairos Retreat)
  • 18% Development into a human with and for others
  • 18% Academics & intellectual excellence
  • 16% Teachers are outstanding
  • 13% Athletics- athletes and fans
  • 12% Community & International service
  • 5% The chocolate chip cookies.

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 21 responses

  • 24% Cliques
  • 21% Not diverse in ethnicity/race
  • 21% Suicide rates
  • 19% Pressure to conform/ assimilate
  • 7% Team (sport) selection process
  • 5% Sports school
  • 2% Academic pressure
  • 2% Nothing

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 22 responses

  • 45% The Jesuit morals and community
  • 41% Loving community, spirit, quality of education
  • 9% Our school spirit, the teachers interaction
  • 5% Recruited athletes and white privilege

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 20 responses

  • 75% Community
  • 15% Athletics
  • 5% Student Athlete, or Fine Arts
  • 5% Suicides and eating disorders

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 23 responses

  • 26% Be yourself.
  • 26% Get involved quickly to best establish yourself
  • 22% This school isn't for everyone.
  • 13% There's often a high pressure to assimilate.
  • 9% Ask for help
  • 4% Most of the students are serious about education.

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 17 responses

  • 41% I love everything about this school.
  • 53% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.