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  • Bellarmine Preparatory School


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    Bellarmine Preparatory School

    Founding year: 1928
    Website: Visit Website
    Number of students: 0
    Genders Accepted: Mixed (Co-education)
    Leadership: Cindy Davis (Principal)
    Number of staff: 0

    Bellarmine Preparatory School is a Catholic college preparatory school in the Jesuit tradition of education. Under the Jesuits' inspired leadership, the school was founded in 1928 in an alone building on a remote hilltop overlooking the young city of Tacoma – a site it still occupies today. The Western Catholic Educational Association accredits Bellarmine. We are also in good standing with the National Catholic Educational Association and have a Certificate of Private School Approval from the Washington State Board of Education.

    An all-boys school for the first 45 years of its existence, in 1974, Bellarmine became the first such Jesuit school in the nation to go co-educational. In that year, St. Leo's and Aquinas Academy girls' schools merged with Bellarmine to create a consolidated Catholic high school for the Tacoma-Pierce County area. Bellarmine remains the only Catholic high school in the greater Tacoma area and continues to carry on the legacies and honor the alumni of St. Leo's and Aquinas Academy in addition to its own.

    Today, Bellarmine enrolls approximately 900 students from 4 counties, traveling from over 30 miles away to attend. The campus occupies 42 acres in the shadow of Mt. Rainier. It has grown over the years from one building to many, including fully wired and technologically integrated classrooms, a state-of-the-art library and computer facility, and top-line athletic and fitness facilities.

    While reliable, challenging college preparatory courses in traditional academic disciplines form the foundation of Bellarmine's academic program, each student's educational experience is not limited to the basics. A broad range of elective offerings is available in English, science, business, health/fitness, social studies, and the arts. Community service programs and religious education are also an integral part of the school curriculum. Students are also encouraged to participate in the many co-curricular activities offered, including athletics, the performing arts, spiritual retreat programs, student government, robotics, and many more.

    Our comprehensive curriculum is designed to ensure that our students benefit from Jesuit education's tremendous and historic strengths – an approach to learning emphasizing inquiry, experience, action, and reflection. Bellarmine aims to graduate students who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice. We recognize that each young man and woman come to us full of unique potential. Through their experience at Bellarmine, we seek to help them develop and direct that potential with informed purpose, to go forth into the world as men and women "for and with others."

    A Catholic high school in the Jesuit tradition of education, Bellarmine seeks to graduate students who are true 'men and women for and with others.' We do this by striving to create an environment that fosters a call to human excellence through a rigorous college-prep curriculum, active athletic and extra-curricular programs, and a robust spiritual development program woven into the fabric of school life freshman admission to senior graduation. We are dedicated to preparing young men and women for success in college and life and instilling in them a desire and passion for leading and serving others in the communities, businesses, and faith communities they will go forth to.

    Bellarmine is the premier educational choice for the South Sound region for families seeking a college preparatory experience centered on Jesus Christ, grounded in His mercy, love, and service message. It is a relationship-driven and student-centered environment, dedicated first and foremost to the service of God and the families and students of our community. Our institutional values:

    • Respect – all that we do is guided by a loving respect for the dignity of individuals, both those who make up our community and those beyond our campus, whom we are called to serve
    • Stewardship – we practice excellent and responsible stewardship of all that is entrusted to our care, especially our mission, people, resources, and relationships
    • Excellence – we strive for the pursuit of excellence in all things and foster the same in our students
    • Magis – we always seek through discernment to choose that which leads us to more profound, more meaningful, more substantive service to God
    • Service – all of our work is grounded in service – to God, to the Church, to our students and families, to one another, and our community
    • Openness to growth – we strive to be a flexible, adaptable, discerning, and learning community, modeling the life-long openness to growth we seek to instill in our students.


    Address: Bellarmine Preparatory School, 2300 S Washington St, Tacoma,, Washington, 98405, United States

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