Getting ready for the 2016-17 academic year

Dear Parents,
In just a few days your sons will be making their way back to campus to begin the academic year. We are very excited for their return and have been working hard over the summer to prepare. I wanted to inform you of a few things that will help get us off on the right foot: 
  1. New Parents: Monday, August 22nd is orientation for all our new students.Your son should come in his school uniform and bring his fully charged iPad to school Please meet in the central patio by 8:00 a.m. for a short assembly for both students and parents. Parents are also invited to attend a one-hour presentation in the Roca Theater starting at 8:20 a.m. Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.
  2. All Students: will begin school on Tuesday, August 23rd. We will meet in the central patio at 8:00 a.m. for a morning assembly. After the morning assembly, your son will follow his regular schedule ending at 3:00 p.m.
  3. Cafeteria: while the kitchen phase of this project is completed, the dining hall is just getting started and will not be completed until January 2017. That means that during the first semester we need to have breakfast and lunch somewhere else. We have set up a large, air-conditioned tent just in front of the administration building that will adequately serve our needs. It is important to note that in order to accommodate the tent, we will have to modify the flow of traffic out of the back part of the campus. Parents who drop off their sons by entering the south gate on S.W. 6 street will then drive out the southwest gate on to 128th avenue. There will be a policeman at both gates to help direct the flow of traffic.
  4. Our Lady’s Chapel: the remodeling of our school chapel is scheduled to be completed on September 8, 2016, the feast of the Birth of Mary and Our Lady Queen of Charity. In the meantime, the 7:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m masses will be held in the Carlos and Olga Saladrigas Gallery in the Ignatian Center for the Arts. 
We apologize for any inconveniences these construction projects may bring, but we know that their completion will be a source of great joy and learning for the Belen Jesuit community.
See you soon.
Auspice Maria,
Fr. Willie
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email:
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.