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Mission & History

Our Mission

The Fr. Sauer Academy seeks to prepare students from under-resourced communities to be successful in a rigorous learning environment at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, in higher education, and beyond.  In partnership with families, the Academy will provide access to a Catholic, Jesuit education so that students may develop their gifts and talents in a loving community for the greater glory of God. 

In the Jesuit tradition, the Academy is concerned with development of the whole person. We aim to meet all needs and to provide opportunities for academic, social and spiritual growth.

FSA provides students the opportunity to transform their lives and maximize their potential through a well-rounded and quality education based on faith. We believe that…

  • God is in all things
  • Students are successful when families and educators are a team
  • We are men and women with and for others
  • All students can and will learn to their fullest potential
  • All children are entitled to a safe, empowering, and rigorous school environment

Our beliefs are best shown to others by our daily actions. Therefore, FSA students and educators are expected to consistently:

Love  •  Unite  •   Persist   •   Serve   •   Seek   •   Lead  

Upon completion of eighth grade, we expect that our students will:

  • Be open to growth, religious, loving, intellectually competent, leaders in collaboration, and committed to doing justice
  • Possess high academic skills that prepare students for high school and college
  • Think critically — demonstrated through reading, writing, problem-solving, speaking, and collaborating with others
  • Know the beliefs, traditions, values, and Christian behavior informed by the Catholic faith
  • Have a sense of responsibility to respect and serve others and a keen sense of being loved, valued, and respected
  • Develop an appreciation of the arts which adds richness and beauty to their lives
  • Understand nutrition and fitness that promotes informed decisions for healthy living


On Oct. 8, 2016, St. Ignatius College Preparatory President Edward A. Reese, S.J., announced the creation of the Fr. Sauer Academy, named for Anthony P. Sauer, S.J., the longtime president of St. Ignatius. FSA began as a full scholarship middle school program in Aug. 2017 with its first class of sixth graders. In June 2020, the middle school graduated and promoted its first class of students. In May 2024, the first class graduated from St. Ignatius. 

Today, FSA hosts full sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classes. Based on our outreach efforts and word of mouth in the community, the increased number of applicants has created a robust and competitive selection and admission process.