Recruiting Excellence in Academics for Catholic High Schools and More

Magis is a Latin term that means “More. The term is a favorite of the Jesuits, who feel that we are constantly called to do Magis, or “More.”

Magis is an effort to do "more" to prepare students who have been traditionally underrepresented at our school for the academic, social and spiritual challenges they may encounter as students in a college preparatory high school setting. Students who have participated in MAGIS come from schools such as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Urban Community School, Metro Catholic, St. Rocco’s, St. Ignatius of Antioch, Holy Name, Our Lady of Peace, St. Francis, St. Mary - Collinwood, St. Thomas Aquinas, Riverside, Luis Munoz Marin, and several other inner-city schools.

The Magis Program is designed to identify and inspire students who possess the potential and the commitment to become successful high school students, through various intensive and academic enrichment classes. The program identifies and begins with students who have completed their 6th year of education. Students who are referred for this program will be admitted during their 5th grade year. However, teachers, principals, pastors, community leaders or alumni can only refer students to the program. In addition, individuals must possess a standardized test score (Iowa, CAT, Stanford) above 50%, and have good academic and conduct records. The Magis program is held at St. Ignatius High School, after their 5th, 6th or 7th grade year. During the school year, students will have the opportunity to attend cultural events and academic enrichment workshops.

Academic Development

Saturday Academic Program

Every student begins his REACHing MAGIS experience with the Saturday Academic Program, which starts in the fall and concludes in the winter. We offer both accelerated and remedial classes designed to improve each student’s skills in Language Arts and Mathematics. The program also incorporates Lego Robotics (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Graphic Arts, Web Design, Entrepreneurship with “Pitch” experience, and Test Preparation for any standardized test.

The Saturday Academic Program consists of:

  • 20 Saturdays for 5th graders
  • 24 Saturdays for 6th graders
  • 25 Saturdays for 7th graders
  • 15 Saturdays for 8th graders.

We focus on the core academic principles of: grammar, spelling, vocabulary, creative writing, reading comprehension (reading readiness), basic math skills, decimals, fractions, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, design software, basic computing, communication skills, and business fundamentals.

Classes during the Saturday Academic Program are held from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

Summer Achievement Program

The Summer Achievement Program is another important component of our year-long program. Each rising 7th and 8th grader from the Saturday Academic Program is eligible, as long as he has successful earned his credits by exemplifying 80% attendance, good grades and conduct, within the program and school community.  The summer program focuses on academic retention and acceleration; team building, communication, and problem solving through a wide variety of athletics and social activities.

REACHing MAGIS will host scholars in conjunction with the Summer Enrichment Program.

The Summer Achievement Program’s curriculum is a continuous evolution from the Saturday Academic Program and the progress of each individual scholar.  Areas of concentration remain the same, featuring Language Arts, Mathematics, Web Design, Entrepreneurship, Test Preparation, and personal development skills.

The Summer Achievement Program is held from mid-June through mid-July from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.


Leadership Development

Fall Leadership Institute

Future Leaders work to define and exemplify respect, trust, honesty, communication skills, problem solving, discipline, team building, and goal setting.  We challenge our leaders to reflect, regroup, and relaunch through various activities that allows them to learn from their past to make better choices for tomorrow. 

Winter Leadership Institute

The Winter Leadership Institute is designed to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It motivates young men to understand equality and become the leaders of a more just society.