St. Jerome Institute

SJI is a private, independent high school program which opened in the Fall of 2019. The St.

SJI emphasizes a Christ-centered, liberal arts tradition in a seminar setting. Jerome Institute admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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Join us on Sunday, February 25, for CUA's performance of 'The Winter’s Tale' by William Shakespeare and directed by Jenna Place, M.F.A Directing Candidate.

1:00 PM, Reception for Society Members, including a brief talk by Dr. Daniel Gibbons to introduce the play (Hartke Theatre, Upper Lobby)

2:00 PM, The Winter’s Tale
Director Jenna Place will join Dr. Gibbons for a panel discussion following the performance (Hartke Theatre, Classroom 101)

Event information & tickets:

Faculty and Staff at St. Jerome Institute in Washington DC 02/05/2024

SJI is hiring! Apply to be our new Development Officer at

Development Officer (full-time)

Reporting to and in partnership with the President, the Development Officer will spearhead development efforts at the St. Jerome Institute. The ideal candidate for this position has an enthusiasm for Catholic, liberal education and is comfortable with speaking to different audiences about it. Though development experience is preferred, this position is also available to recent graduates who want to build a career in development. The ideal candidate will possess a strong ability to write clearly and effectively.


Articulate and represent the vision, mission and culture of the St. Jerome Institute
Assist in executing SJI’s annual fundraising plan
Oversee organization of development events and initiatives
Develop and track proposals and reports for all fundraising
Manage the implementation of our fundraising system along with data entry and gift processing
Track gift commitments and actual gifts
Assist in securing financial support from individuals, foundations, and other donors
Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with major donors and a sense of community with all donors
Cultivate a culture of giving in our expanding community


BA (required)
Experience in development is preferred though not necessary - salary offer will be commensurate to experience
Demonstrated excellence in organizational, managerial, and communication skills
Knowledge of Raiser's Edge (or an analogous program) preferred

Please direct applications and questions to [email protected]

Faculty and Staff at St. Jerome Institute in Washington DC Every faculty and staff member at St. Jerome Institute has something to contribute to our mission of cultivating virtue and wonder in our students.

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 01/26/2024

We were very gratified and honored to host Drs. Benjamin and Jenna Story from the American Enterprise Institute to lead our annual academic symposium. The theme of today’s full day symposium was Religion, Democracy, and America and our guiding text was Alexis de Toqueville’s great work Democracy in America

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11th Day of Christmas: SJI Adventures!

One of our favorite Adventure Days was an excursion we took to the Good Soil Farm in Emmitsburg, MD. The students were able to participate in tasks at a working farm.

Sponsor this year's adventure to defray the cost of transportation, food and admission fees - and stay tuned to hear where the winds blow our adventurers this year!

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Today, the 10th Day of Christmas you can sponsor this year's play: Shakespeare's Winter's Tale.

SJI students have begun rehearsals for Shakespeare's Winter’s Tale, directed by Mr. Sargeant and scheduled to be performed the first weekend of May. Thank you to everyone who supported SJI's performance of Twelfth Night!

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 12/30/2023

6th Day of Christmas: The gift of fun and games at SJI
At SJI, our students are lovingly encouraged to be the best expressions of themselves. In the spirit of friendship, they challenge their peers to do the same. For this reason, not a day goes by without some form of competition - feast day games, athletic field day competitions, sports played in gymnasium class and elective sports.

Sponsor an indoor volleyball net for SJI:

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 12/28/2023

4th Day of Christmas: The gift of song & feasting!
SJI is known for its feasts! At regular times throughout the year, we set aside our studies and find time to play games, sit down to a meal, join in laughter, and sing ballads by heart as a school community. These feasts are greatly cherished and have become a hallmark of the student experience.

Sponsor SJI Feast Days:

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Offer your support to SJI this Christmas and consider sponsoring one of these gifts we hope to give our students and faculty:

Thank you to those who sponsored lab microscopes last year!

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 12/12/2023

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe! SJI students and faculty gave roses to Our Lady of Guadalupe on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception last week.


SJI will open with a 2-hour delay Monday 12/11/23. Doors open at 9:30am; Lauds begins at 10am.

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 11/30/2023

Freshmen volunteered at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in South West DC to help the parish with important tasks such as outdoor groundskeeping, indoor church cleaning and sorting of hymnals and other music materials.

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 11/28/2023

Thumos Week concluded on Nov. 17th when the Junior Class was dubbed Champions of Thumos Week! To celebrate, the students performed in the Talent Showcase and SJI families came to watch dance, music and play performances. The school day concluded with the annual Apple Pie Contest with 6 pies entered. The judges chose Jeanne Schindler's pie as the winning pie. Thank you to everyone who volunteered during Thumos Week and a special thank you to our Assistant Headmaster, Mrs. Maggie La Prairie for organizing an exciting Thumos Week for our school!

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 11/28/2023

See you at Carpe Noctem Holiday Market - St. Jerome Academy this Saturday, December 2nd.

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 11/17/2023

Three teams competed for prestige in all school trivial pursuit! They were challenged by the honorable faculty who asked questions drawn from SJI's curriculum. Congratulations to the Grammarians for winning trivia!

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 11/15/2023

We have had a really enjoyable few days of Thumos Week! During the week, each class is ranked based on the quality and creativity of their spirit for the day. The Sophomores were victorious on Monday with a tremendous display of festive hats and ties; yesterday, the Juniors won the Poetry Battle with an impressive number of poems memorized and recited. Tomorrow afternoon, we will be engaging in an all-out trivia war with our annual Trivial Quadrivial Pursuit! -

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Save the date for the Spring Gala: Saturday, April 13th, 2024 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Old Ebbitt Grill, Rooftop Terrace -

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Buy your Christmas cards from SJI this year! Show your support of our school by sending this year’s Christmas card to your friends and family. Buy online at

Also for sale at Carpe Noctem Holiday Market - St. Jerome Academy

Photos from St. Jerome Institute's post 11/01/2023

Happy Hallowmas! We feasted! Throughout the feast, the students competed against each other for prizes based on their knowledge of the saints. Here is one of the clues from the trivia game:

“This sainted French bishop is known as a ‘cephalophore,’ for he miraculously preached a sermon while carrying his severed head in his hands after his decapitation.” (the correct response, given by Simon Gibbons, is St. Denis)

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Dr. Peter Ulrickson gave the Society lecture “Speaking Mathematically, Yesterday and Today” on October 30th.

Q: What do you think is the greatest benefit of a liberal arts education?
A: We experience rest and joy when our minds grasp some portion of the order that fills our world. This refreshment is a gift that can encourage and strengthen us as we tend towards an even greater End.

- The CUA Press Q&A with Peter Ulrickson, Assistant Professor of Mathematics at The Catholic University of America and author of 'A Brief Quadrivium' and 'Teaching the Quadrivium: A Guide for Instructors' (both Catholic Education Press, 2023).

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Juniors competed to use a system of equations to find the code to the locked box of treasure.

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You are invited to join us on Monday, October 30, for the Fall Lecture by Dr. Peter Ulrickson, 'Speaking Mathematically, Yesterday and Today'

7:30PM, Lecture

Topic: What does it mean to talk mathematically?
How might students better learn to express themselves in scientific disciplines? We will explore these questions by considering geometry and algebra from the ancient world to the contemporary classroom.

Location: Heritage Hall, The Catholic University of America, 620 Michigan Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20064

All welcome to RSVP: at or by emailing Monica Evans, [email protected]

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Junior and Senior Classes partner up with the Garden Guild to help with the Fall harvest and clear gardens at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land

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SJI Senior volleyball teammates Jada Smith, Claire Morton, Melody Abraham and Catherine Norton were honored at the home game against Chesterton Academy. SJI won 3-1!

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What does it mean to be a liberal arts school?

Plato intended the allegory in his Republic as an image of education: the soul’s difficult and painful ascent from the dark realm of shadows, images, and lies into the light of unchanging truth and goodness. He depicts this ascent quite dramatically as a process of liberation from captivity. The denizens of his cave are in chains, unable even to bend their necks to look at the light. They cannot escape the cave because they cannot imagine a world outside or conceive of another kind of life. In fact, the very suggestion enrages them.

Plato’s vision would define the essence and purpose of education for nearly two thousand years, remaining essentially unchanged after the coming of Christianity. True education liberates the soul to live the highest, most human, and therefore most divine kind of life: a life which transcends the animal necessities we share with the beasts; a life free from enslavement to lies, to fashion, to our appetites, or to our vices, a life free for the contemplation of God, a life lived joyfully, courageously, even sacrificially in the light of his goodness and truth.

SJI is well-suited to students who are open to a different approach to high school. In the seminar room, there is much less lecture and individual note taking than in the typical classroom. Instead, students and tutors collaborate on analyzing reading, exploring questions, and formulating arguments. The seminar encourages active participation and better engagement, with daily opportunities for peer learning. Tutors are skilled in assisting students to master critical reading, clear, effective writing, and sound, persuasive arguments.
Students will be coached on how to speak up, and remain patient with and respectful of peers.

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