Georgetown Preparatory School
Georgetown Preparatory School is located in Bethesda, MD and is an all-boys independent Jesuit college prep school for grades 9-12. Known as Prep, Georgetown Preparatory School welcomes young men of all religious backgrounds. Georgetown University and Georgetown Preparatory School sprang from the vision of the first Catholic bishop of the United States, John Carroll. He envisioned a school for young men that would provide a liberal education to Catholic youth. The separation of the college from the prep school happened in 1854. Georgetown Prep School moved away from the University’s campus at the turn of the 20th century. In 1916, the ground breaking took place but the small boy’s school could not take over the building until later because the United States Army needed it for their facilities for the World War. Finally in 1919 Georgetown Prep School moved to where they are now in North Bethesda and classes were held that year. The atmosphere at the school at this time was full of excitement. Activities that were initiated gave great hopes of building tradition and heritage. Prep struggled through the World War II period with gas rationing, and food rationing. This made it so they couldn’t attend athletic functions or traditional social gathering. Father Robert P Arthur helped to organize a Victory Corps to aid the war moral and adapt students to army discipline. When the war ended, Georgetown Preparatory School began to grow. Through the years many new building were constructed, such as the Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence.
The Academics at Prep are challenging yet rewarding. They offer 24 Advanced Placement classes and Honor courses.
Spirituality of the young men at Prep is central to their education. This is achieved through a combination of retreats, religious studies, personal and communal prayer, and the celebration of the Eucharist. There are many opportunities for service and in keeping with the Jesuit philosophy, which is “Men for Others,” there are many opportunities for students to participate in community service projects to share their time and special gifts with those who may be less fortunate.
The athletic program at Prep gives young men the opportunity to become spiritually, intellectually and physically stronger as a person. There are many extracurricular activities and clubs at Prep. Students are encouraged to create a new club if there is enough interest.
Student cap: 484
Class size: 16
Stud/staff ratio: 1:8
Extra Info: The average graduate takes 5 AP courses, with 80% of scores qualifying them for college credits.