Don Bosco Prep, founded in 1915, is a private, Catholic college preparatory high school for young men, grades 9 through 12. Dedicated to empowering young men, the school provides rigorous academics at the AP, honors and college prep levels, and encourages participation in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics.
Administered by the Salesians of St. John Bosco, a religious order of priests and brothers, Don Bosco Prep is solidly founded on Catholic philosophy. The school is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
Accredited by The Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Don Bosco Prep is a member of:
Don Bosco Prep’s centennial coincides with the bicentennial of the birth of St. John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, who was the founder of the Salesian Society of priests and brothers. The Salesians of St. John Bosco founded and serve as administrators of the private, Catholic college preparatory high school for young men in grades 9 through 12.
Don Bosco Prep’s 100th birthday celebration will feature a series of events and activities geared towards its students, parents, alumni and community supporters. Coinciding with its centennial, Don Bosco Prep has launched a $10 Million Centennial Campaign to finance a multi-phase renovation and expansion of the school's facilities and to build upon its scholarship endowment.
Born: August 16, 1815; Died: January 31, 1888; Beatified: June 2, 1929; Canonized: April 1, 1934
St. John Bosco was an exceptional educator. His acute intelligence, common sense and profound spirituality led him to create a system of education that developed the whole person - body, heart, mind and spirit. It enhanced growth and freedom while putting the child at the center of the whole educational enterprise.
To distinguish his method from the repressive system of education prevalent in 19th century Italy, he called his own method the ‘preventive’ system – because it sought to prevent the need for punishment by placing the student in an environment in which he was encouraged to be the best he could be.
A congenial, friendly and holistic approach to education, the preventive system creates a climate that ‘draws forth’ (educere) the best in the student, that encourages his complete and fullest self-expression, that assists him in acquiring habits that will lead him to opt in favor of what is good, healthy, joyful and life-enhancing.
St. John Bosco (Don Bosco)