We look forward to your start at Saint Ignatius College Prep this August. Here you will find news and updates pertinent to incoming freshmen, including information on summer programs, frequently asked questions, and more.
Q. How do I choose my freshman year classes?
Your freshman course schedule was determined in part by the courses selected at your spring Freshman Family Meeting. Math, science, and foreign language placement are determined by the outcome of placement testing, if pursued. If you have questions regarding your course schedule or selections, please contact the Admissions Office.
Q. When will I receive results from the Math or Language Qualifying exams?
Placement notifications were emailed in late April.
Q. When will I hear about my Fine Arts audition or portfolio submission?
Placement notifications are emailed to parents in mid-May.
Q. When are student schedules released?
Schedules will be posted in mid July via Plus Portals.
Q. How do I activate my Saint Ignatius email address and Plus Portals account?
Please refer to the yellow instruction sheet included in you Freshman Family Meeting folder.
Q. When are health forms due?
Health forms are due on July 1, 2018. Return all completed forms to the Deans’ Office. Please do not submit the freshman medical forms to the athletic department or coach. If you have any questions or concerns about this information, please contact Margie Balogh, School Nurse, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-432-8331. All medical forms must be returned to the:
Deans’ Office/ATTN: Nurse
Saint Ignatius College Prep
1076 W. Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608-1594
Q. What type of iPad is required?
Every student will need to bring an iPad to school. Each student must purchase her/his own iPad. If a student already owns an iPad, he/she may use that device as long as it meets the minimum recommended specifications. These recommended specifications are as follows:
iPad 4th generation or newer; iPad mini or iPad Pro 12.9” is also acceptable (The iPad should be capable of running the current operating system, iOS 11 and up.)
Appropriate storage for school and personal materials (A minimum of 64 GB is recommended for academic purposes.)
Appropriate protective case
Apple Care Plus and Warranty
More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/a/ignatius.org/sicp-ipad-program/home
Q. Will I receive a booklist?
Digital textbook and app information will be provided with the students schedules in mid-July.
Q. What school supplies does a freshman need?
All freshmen must have an iPad. Saint Ignatius does not issue a supply list.
Q. Can students earn service hours towards the Freshmen service requirement in the summer?
No, freshman need to wait until after the Freshman Day of Service (October 10, 2018) to start logging service hours. All freshman have a 10 hour community service requirement; all sophomores have a 25 hour community service requirement. Ms. Sara Spittler (email@example.com) is the First Years Chaplain.
Q. Does Saint Ignatius offer summer school for incoming freshman?
Yes. Saint Ignatius offers a wide range of summer classes and athletic camps. Please click here for more information.
Q. When do fall sports tryouts begin?
Fall sports begin a few days prior to the start of school. Football and boys’ and girls’ golf will start on Monday, August 6, with the rest of the fall sport tryouts to begin on Wednesday, August 8. Please keep these dates in mind for vacation planning if your son or daughter is looking to try out for a fall sport. Student-athletes must be at all tryout activities to be considered for possible team selection. Further information on fall athletic tryouts will be posted on the home page of our school website mid-summer.
Q. Is there required summer reading?
There is no summer reading. However, all incoming freshman must complete the summer Schoology technology course.
Q. What are regular school hours? Can students arrive early or stay on campus after school hours?
The Saint Ignatius school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:00 pm. Students arriving early or remaining on campus beyond school hours are welcome to be in Tully Hall, where an adult is present from 6:00 am - 6:00 pm.
Q. What is the WOLFPACK schedule?
The school follows a rotating schedule with 50 minute classes and a five minute passing period between each. The WOLFPACK schedule rotation is a nine period schedule in which seven classes meet at day. Within each WOLFPACK rotation, each class meets six times. All students have a scheduled lunch.
Q. Who do I call if my student is sick or running late?
Contact Ms. Kim Pagels in the Deans' Office at 312-432-8313. Complete Attendance Policies and Procedures on found in the Parent-Student Handbook, beginning on page 31.
Q. What is the Saint Ignatius dress code?
Dress code standards, including guidelines for special attire days, are found in Parent Student Handbook, beginning on page 33, and are also listed in the Letter from the Deans to Parents and Students emailed with opening days of school information.
Beginning on August 15th, Freshman Orientation, through August 30th, all students may wear relaxed-fitting walking shorts that reach the knee. School appropriate walking shorts do not include athletic shorts, spandex shorts, jean shorts, or cargo shorts. Capri pants will also be permitted. Socks are not required. All other dress code rules apply.
Students are required to wear their own current school issued lanyard and ID at all times in school. IDs and lanyards may not be altered, decorated or tampered with. Student ID pictures and names must be visible at all times. Students who are not wearing their own ID and lanyard during the school day, or students who give their lanyard to another student to wear, will be issued a detention. Students should not fill the plastic lanyard case with extraneous materials such as additional photos or stickers. Student lanyards are active 7:25 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the main building and the 1869 Fr. Rowe building; and on Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. in the Gentile Gymnasium area. A lost or broken lanyard should be immediately reported to the Deans’ Office for replacement. There is a $5.00 fee each for a lanyard and an ID.
Q. Where can I find information about on campus food service?
Breakfast 7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Snacks 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch 11:10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kiosk 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Q. What are the best public transportation options to/from school?
Given the geographic diversity of the student body, Ignatians navigate a wide range of public transportation options each day. Google Maps is helpful in exploring multiple routes. Barnes Transportation runs a daily shuttle bus between school and LaSalle, Union, and Ogilvie Metra stations.
Q. How can new parents get involved with the school?
All parents of current students are automatically members of the Parent Organization. The group exists to support the school’s mission, provide a forum to communicate with school leaders, involve parents more deeply in the school and their students’ education and life experience, and foster life-long bonds among parents as members of the Saint Ignatius community. The Parent Organization supports several annual school events, including Mini-Class Night, family masses and a handful of parent social events. Open meetings take place each year, where school leaders give pertinent and important reports, lead discussions and facilitate programs, listen to parent comments and answer questions. Parents are also recruited to help with Gloriam, Post-Prom event, and other school activities. The Parent Organization also facilitates its own service initiatives. Parents are encouraged to venture beyond the open “general meetings” and share in the true value of the Parent Organization: join the board as a class representative, or volunteer to work on events hosted by the group. There is no better or faster way to learn about the school, develop friendships with other parents, and become an active part of the school community.
In addition to the Parent Organization, the Parent Ambassador program supports outreach to prospective students and families. For more information or questions about the Parent Ambassadors, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.