Learn What It Means to be a Wolverine

The Belen Jesuit Open House offers prospective families and students the opportunity to find out what makes Belen Jesuit the school of choice. Learn about our preparatory, honors, advanced placement, AP Capstone curriculum, PLTW courses, and our 1:1 iPad program. Attendees will also learn about religious formation, athletics, and student life.
The Open House will take place on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Registration is now closed for both sessions. 

What makes Belen Jesuit stand out

List of 6 items.

  • A Catholic, Jesuit School

    As a school of the Society of Jesus founded in Cuba in 1854 and later exiled to Miami in 1961, Belen is Catholic and Jesuit by nature. Belen Jesuit is a member of the Society of Jesus Caribbean Province, which consists of the sections of Miami, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Jamaica, and Guyana.

    At Belen, students learn what it means to be men for others. They grow in faith and are inspired to work for justice for the poor and persecuted. Some students also travel to places like the Dominican Republic over the summer on immersion trips to live and work in solidarity with people in third-world countries, and all students volunteer in their local communities. They attend retreats and grow closer to God through Ignatian prayer.
  • College Preparatory Academics

    Belen Jesuit is one of the state’s best college preparatory schools and has been ranked among the nation’s top 50 Catholic high schools by The Cardinal Newman Society. Belen is also ranked as the best all-boys high school in Florida by Niche. Our classes vary from Latin American History to Anatomy and Physiology to Mandarin to Philosophy.

    A robust and rigorous honors, AP, and dual enrollment program is offered to our students, as well as Project Lead the Way (PLTW) courses in middle and high school.  Our students can earn an AP Capstone™ diploma or certificate and an AP +PLTW Student Achievement Certificate.  

    The state-of-the-art Roberto C. Goizueta Innovation Center exposes students to a rigorous STEAM program that can prepare students to become problem-solvers in a global society, preparing them for the 21st-century workforce. The Innovation Center is also home to Engineering courses and Robotics teams. 

    The Catholic Entrepreneurship Program focuses on shaping the whole person and interconnecting business principles with catholic values. 

    Each year Belen sends 100% of its graduates off to colleges all over the United States and abroad. Universities such as Penn, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Fordham, and many others have Belen alumni walking their hallways and gracing their classrooms. In addition, Belen ranks as the number one college preparatory school in the nation to send student-athletes to the Ivy League. Our goal is to help each student find the college that is right for him.
  • Belen Faculty

    Belen’s faculty is made up of men and women who are not only experts in their fields but are also passionate about what they teach and love sharing that passion and knowledge with their students.

    Our teachers are highly qualified, some with over 20 years of experience and 100 faculty members hold higher degrees in education. Our faculty also includes six Jesuit priests, one archdiocesan priest, two deacons, and one sister of the religious order of St. Philip Neri. It is no wonder our faculty strive to inspire our students to become not only avid 21st-century learners but also true “Men for Others."
  • Athletics

    Over 1,000 athletes take part in 15 sports/ 47 teams. Our Wolverines have won State Championships in the following sports: Basketball (1), Crew (1), Cross Country (14), Swimming (7), Water Polo (4), Tennis (1), Track and Field (1), and Soccer (3); and state runners up in Baseball (1) and Football (1).
  • Campus Facilities

    Located on 34 acres of land in West Miami-Dade County, Belen has a beautiful state-of-the-art campus. The Catholic identity of our school is cemented in the Our Lady of Belen Chapel, located in the southeast corner of the campus and seats 638. 

    The Raúl and Nidia Rodríguez Science Pavilion is home to our biology, chemistry, and physics laboratories. The Pavilion also houses the Fides et Ratio Patio.

    The Ignatian Center for the Arts is home to the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Theater and Olga & Carlos Saladrigas Art Gallery along with the Leopoldo Nuñez Rehearsal Hall, classrooms, and the center's administrative office.

    The state-of-the-art Roberto C. Goizueta Innovation Center provides a workspace filled with various tools and resources that will expose students to design thinking and allow them to develop the skills needed to thrive in the 21st-century workforce. The center also includes our gymnasium and locker rooms. 

    The Gian Zumpano Aquatic Center is home to the seven-time State Champion Swim Team and four-time State Champion Water Polo Team. Coming soon, located adjacent to the aquatic center is the Roberto Surís Athletic Center. The three-story, nearly 60,000-square-foot building will feature two workout rooms, a gym, two dozen treadmills, ERG Machines, golf simulators, and much more!  Click here to read more about our athletic facilities.

    The Arroyo Quad aims to create a space where alumni and students can be reminded of those Jesuits who dedicated their lives to God and served at our school. Click here to read more about the quad. 

    The Sarria Family Dining Hall features 13 high-definition monitors, two 176” HD projectors and screens, and 30 Bose speakers. The kitchen is state of the art and can easily service the busy lunch periods and special events. The focal point is a historical mural representing the school’s history from Cuba to Miami in photographs.

    The Shanley Family Administration building houses the following offices: President, Advancement, Admissions, Business, Technology Director, and Alumni Association. The Cosculluela Hall is also located in this building. 

    Continuing a tradition of over 140 years, the Fr. Benito Viñes, SJ Observatory is at the service of its students and the Miami community. Belen Jesuit is the only school in the United States equipped with a 16” telescope with a CCD camera for astrophotography. The observatory was made possible by donations from the Belen Jesuit Class of 1972. 

    Under construction is the Roberto Surís Athletic Center. The three-story, nearly 60,000-square-foot building will feature two workout rooms, a gym, two dozen treadmills, ERG Machines, golf simulators, and much more! The anticipated date of completion is the fall of 2024.
  • Legacy

    The Belen Alumni Association of Jesuit Schools from Cuba and Miami has thousands of members participating in activities organized by the association.

    These graduates stay connected to Belen through various events, from class gatherings and homecomings to liturgies and celebrations. Several of our alumni have been so grateful for their education at Belen that they now form part of its faculty and staff.

Every student at Belen Jesuit is given the same opportunity to succeed and flourish. All students are encouraged daily to maximize their potential in preparation for higher education and beyond.” 
Father Guillermo M. García-Tuñón, S.J.


List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Thomas de Quesada

    Thomas de Quesada Ed.D. 94

    Executive Director of Enrollment and Community Outreach
    (786) 621-4638
  • Photo of Yvonne von der Osten

    Mrs. Yvonne von der Osten 

    Assistant Director of Enrollment
    (786) 621-4177
  • Photo of Teresita Elias

    Ms. Teresita Elias 

    (786) 621-4072

School Profile

500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email: webmaster@belenjesuit.org
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.