Fairfield College Preparatory School strives to be a reflective community of faith, in which students revere their relationship with God and with one another. We are committed to graduating transformational leaders who will respond to global and ecological challenges in an interconnected world marked by profound change.
pedagogy: the art, science, or profession of teaching
At its core, Fairfield Prep's curriculum is based on the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP), an educational framework derived from the Ratio Studiorum (Plan of Studies) formulated by Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, for use in the first Jesuit Schools. Teachers in Jesuit schools are themselves taught how to create lessons that flow from the IPP's elements, which are:
By looking at lesson planning through the lense of the IPP, teachers are able to teach more than just the "material" that must be covered in a typical, chronological syllabus. Instead the student's whole person is joined to the educational enterprise, helping to bring about the desired result: a student who understands the interconnectedness of knowledge and the importance of applying fundamental principles to the application of knowledge to help make the world a better place for all, privileged and unprivileged.
What is a "Grad at Graduation"?
Jesuit schools express their commonality of purpose in many ways. Vital to this expression is the Characteristics of the Graduate at Graduation, a document that sets forth those characteristics that all Jesuit schools agree ideally will be found in the typical graduate of a Jesuit high school. These characteristics are summarized as follows:
The graduate of a Jesuit high school will be
Open to Growth
Committed to Justice