The core purpose of Belen Jesuit Preparatory School is to educate in the Jesuit tradition. The Office of the Dean of Men strives to practice a formative brand of discipline. The fundamental goal is to guide and support the student in his growth as a competent, conscientious, and compassionate citizen that works for and with others for the Greater Glory of God. Students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with the mission, philosophy, and spirit of the school and the moral teachings of the Catholic faith.
Be slow to speak, and only after having first listened quietly, so that you may understand the meaning, leanings, and wishes of those who do speak. Thus you will better know when to speak and when to be silent. - St. Ignatius of Loyola
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.