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St. Stanislaus College Prep

304 South Beach Boulevard, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, 39520, United States

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
US $27,540 to 33,950/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 315 (Gr. 7 - 12), Boarding: 72 (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
304 South Beach Boulevard, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, 39520 , United States

About this school:


St. Stanislaus is a Catholic boarding and day school for boys in Grades 7 to 12. Located right on the Gulf of Mexico St. Stanislaus has something for everyone: 11 sports teams; more than 30 interesting clubs such as the SCUBA club, robotics club and magic club; several challenging Advanced Placement and honor courses; and academic assistance for students with dyslexia, ADD and ADHD. The college prep curriculum and dorm life teach students important life skills and provide them with memories that last a lifetime.

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Our Take: St. Stanislaus College Prep

our takeFounded in 1854, St. Stanislaus has a long and impressive history, including the distinction of being the oldest school in the world run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. While the school has grown and responded to the changing needs of students, it continues to offer just what it ever has: a challenging, academically inclined education for boys reflective of the values of the Catholic Church. Within that, there’s a lot to love, including a broad array of extracurriculars, as well as learning support for ADD and ADHD. Families are drawn by the unique opportunity to live and learn within a diverse, close-knit community of students who share the values of the church as well as a perspective on the world. The ideal student is one who will thrive in that environment, and who is intending to continue to post-secondary education.   

Principal's Message


Gary Blackburn, Principal

Saint Stanislaus College is the oldest educational institution in the world run by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart.   For over one hundred and sixty years we have never deviated from our mission set forth by our founder,  Father Andre’ Coindre,  in early 19th century France.  The dedicated members of our entire faculty and staff are the key to our success because they believe formation occurs with each and every interaction they experience with the young men entrusted to their care,

Since 1854, SSC has weathered many challenges…from the devastation of Hurricanes Camille and Katrina to the issues of an ever-changing world, we have remained steadfast in our faith and our mission.  Saint Stanislaus is a citadel of outstanding Catholic education in the Bay St. Louis community and beyond because we instruct young men through structure and high standards, as well as through a concern for each student’s unique talents and needs; our goal being to create faith-filled citizens fully capable of meeting any challenge they face.  As we say at SSC, we “create men of character.”

As each young man comes to us as an individual created in the image of God, we strive to help him reach his full potential in all facets of faith-based formation.  Our hope for our graduates and their future success goes well beyond the academic arena.  We are grateful and truly blessed to maintain the wisdom and charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart throughout the centuries.  Through this partnership we are producing young men spiritually, mentally, and emotionally prepared to take on any challenge they may face.

Our graduates continue their journey of character and make us proud as they take on roles as leaders in their Churches, in their families, in their communities, and in the global society at large.  A large number of them return to us to share their love of Saint Stanislaus, their gratitude for the preparation they received and most importantly, the impact they now have within their communities.

As the needs of this country and this world continue to change, we are confident that producing educated, spiritual and dedicated men of character will be the lasting legacy of Saint Stanislaus.

May God bless you all,

Gary Blackburn, Principal


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Saint Stanislaus says: The educational charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart calls for programs that form all parts of a young man—his spiritual, intellectual, psychological, and physical growth. Specifically, we believe that academic excellence is different for each student, and our programs—from Academic Assistance to help students diagnosed with learning differences to Advanced Placement and honors courses—speak to this belief that every student has his own “best” level of expected performance. Underpinning the variety of curriculum opportunities is our focus on self-discipline; we use all experiences—academic, athletic, and spiritual—to promote student self-awareness and self-discipline through programs, policies, and instruction that calls students to be organized, thorough, and timely in all their work and commitments.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Psychology
    • AP United States History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Computer Science A
    • AP English Language and Composition
    • AP English Literature and Composition

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Saint Stanislaus says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Saint Stanislaus says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Saint Stanislaus does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, St. Stanislaus College Prep students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Saint Stanislaus 60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average53 mins58 mins70 mins81 mins96 mins109 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 7 8 9 10 11 12
    Size 8 8 15 18 18 18


    What Saint Stanislaus says:
    • 75% of students participated in athletics in 2016-2017.
    • 112 Two Sport Athletes
    • 28 Three Sport Athletes
    • 6 Division Championships 2016-2017
    • 2 Mississippi State Championships in 2016-2017

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Math Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Radio club
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Boarding (Domestic)US $27,540
    Boarding (International)US $33,950

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid75%
    Average aid package size$10,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid75%
    Total aid available$300,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with FACTS. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 387
    Average enrollment per grade65
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)19%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)19%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment366260634549
    Boarding Enrollment7610201712



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Saint Stanislaus says:

    Thank you for considering Saint Stanislaus in your search for  boarding and day school opportunities. Our admissions office is dedicated to helping families navigate the admissions process, and we truly enjoy meeting prospective students and parents.

    Exploring the admissions page of our website is a good start for understanding the application and enrollment process. In addition, I encourage you to check out the FAQ, about us, student life and academics sections, as well as our viewbook and admissions blog to get a better sense of our community. The best way to get to know Saint Stanislaus is to visit us.

    Today, Saint Stanislaus continues to serve as a sanctuary for all types of day and boarding students in grades seven through twelve. Whether you’re looking for an academically rigorous curriculum with Honors and AP courses, a structured environment that motivates students to try their best, personal attention, an unparalleled marine science program, or exciting academic and athletic extracurricular activities, I invite you to consider Saint Stanislaus.

    We accept applications and admit students throughout the year, space permitting. Give us a call or submit an inquiry online today, and let us show you the richness of a tradition 163 years in the making


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student St. Stanislaus College Prep is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size65
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placements18

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Auburn University, Boston College, Brown University, Clemson University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Duke University, Louisiana State University, Loyola University, Millsaps College, Mississippi State University, New York University, Oklahoma State University, Purdue University, Saint Louis University, St. John's University (NY), Texas A&M University, Texas Christian University, Tulane University, United States Air Force Academy, United State Merchant Marine Academy, United State Military Academy at West Point, United States Naval Academy, University of Arizona, University of California at Berkeley, University of Cincinnati, University of Georgia, University of Indiana, University of Kentucky, University of Mississippi, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of Oregon, University of Pennsylvania, University of Tennessee, University of Texas at Austin, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Virginia Military Institute, Wabash College, Wake Forrest University, West Virginia University, Xavier University, Yale University

    What St. Stanislaus College Prep says:

  • In 2016-2017 our seniors were accepted to 72 different colleges and universities
  • Our 53 Seniors were offered $16.9 Million in scholarships in 2016-2017

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Marchmont Schwartz 1927 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974; starting running back at University of Notre Dame from 1929 to 1930.
    Felix "Doc" Blanchard 1939 1945 Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and James E. Sullivan Award winner
    Shelby Tucker 1953 World traveler, lawyer and published author of bestselling books on Asia and Africa.
    William  App, Jr. 1961 President & CEO of J.W. Allen & Co. A member of the Board and Executive Committee of the World Trade Center.
    John Besh 1986 American chef, TV personality, philanthropist, restaurateur and author
    James Carter, SJ 1944 President of Loyola University New Orleans for 21 years.
    Jacob Lindgren 2011 Was a 2nd round pick out of Mississippi State University and current pitcher for the New York Yankees.

    Stories & Testimonials


    Wow! Just Wow! So Happy!

    “I am ever more grateful for Stanislaus and the ability to have my son attend there and now graduate from there. I have always said that you can pick out the Stanislaus boys from a group of kids easily. I have seen him develop and grow into a young man.  It's been his heart and ours that he would be able to graduate from St. Stanislaus. It's been a sacrifice many times for us, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. My prayer is that someday I will be able to financially sponsor a young man to attend St. Stanislaus and give him the opportunity that we have had. I would love to see another young man's life changed and developed in a way that my son has. Thank you St. Stanislaus for being a school of character and integrity. I thank God for the ability and the blessings we've had to be able to remain at St. Stanislaus since 7th grade! Go Rocks!!”


    We Are Very Pleased. Thank You.

    “For the first time in my son's entire academic life, I feel like someone cares. My son is ADHD and even though he takes medication during the week, he still does not give his all to his school work. But St. Stanislaus has handled him with a loving firmness that means the world to me and my husband. No teacher, to my knowledge, has made him feel like an “oddball” or made him to feel like he can't do the work. He is told that he CAN do the work if he makes up his mind to do it.”


    Thank You Saint Stanislaus

    “This was my son's first year attending St. Stanislaus, and I was very apprehensive about allowing him to leave home and live away from me at the age of 16. I see now that my worry and anxiety was unfounded. I am very satisfied with the progress he has made spiritually, physically and mentally. My son's experience at St. Stanislaus has brought about a maturity and growth in character that I don't think he would've achieved had he not transferred to St. Stanislaus.”


    Completely Satisfied

    “I could not be more pleased with our experience at St. Stanislaus. It is an understatement to say that your institution has made a major difference in the outcome of my son's life. The environment is nurturing, encouraging, supportive and protective. It was by far one of the hardest, but best, decisions to send my son to St. Stanislaus. One thing in particular I would like to comment on that you are "doing well" is in regard to your faculty.”



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