Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain. The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline. In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty. The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow. Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami. Students enjoy the rich cultural diversity of a major metropolitan community as well as Miami’s beautiful weather and beaches. Since its inception, over 5000 young men have graduated from Belen Jesuit Preparatory School. We are a college preparatory institution, with 100% of our graduates advancing to post-secondary education.
The Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic religious order founded by Pope Paul III at the request of Saint Ignatius of Loyola in 1540. The objective of the order is to help all men and women to live according to Christ's example of love and service. Hence, the motto of the Society, "Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam." The Jesuits dedicated themselves to spread the Gospel in mission lands and to the ministry of education very early in their history. The order was a missionary and a "teaching order" from its origin in the 16th century.
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The School is also affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association and is a member of the Jesuit Secondary Education Association (JSEA) and Jesuit High School College Counselors Association.
- Established: 1854
- Religious Affiliation: Catholic
- Students: 1,500
- Grades: 6 - 12
- Mascot: Wolverine
- Motto: Men for Others