About Don Bosco Prep

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:

  • The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • The National Catholic Education Association
  • The National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • The National Honor Society
  • The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association

Centennial 1915 - 2015

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.

Centennial Videos
Centennial - Architectural Renderings

Who is Don Bosco?

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)

Fast Facts


  • Don Bosco Prep is a Catholic, college preparatory high school for boys in grades 9-12.
  • Don Bosco Prep is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Founded in 1915 in Ramsey, NJ, Don Bosco Prep is celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2015.
  • Don Bosco Prep is governed by a Board of Trustees operating under the auspices of the Salesians of St. John Bosco, the second largest religious order in the world.
  • There are 830+ students enrolled at Don Bosco Prep.
  • The Don Bosco Prep campus is comprised of 3 academic buildings and 2 athletic complexes on 35 acres.

Academic Excellence

  • The Class of 2014 earned $29 million in total scholarships of which $25 million was for academic achievement.
  • Don Bosco Prep has 52 Advanced Placement Scholars including 20 AP Scholars with Distinction, 6 AP Scholars with Honor and 26 AP Scholars in the May 2014 testing cycle.
  • The Class of 2014 proudly has 3 National Merit Finalists, 2 National Achievement Scholars and 9 Commended Students.
  • DBP offers three academic levels: AP, Honors, and College Prep.
  • The mean SAT score for the Class of 2014 was 1745, among the top 7 in Bergen County schools.
  • 99-100% of DBP graduates matriculate to colleges and universities. The balance enters the military or a post-graduate year of high school for a sport.
  • Don Bosco Prep has 8 academic honor societies.
  • Fine and Performing Arts are alive at Don Bosco Prep including art club, plays, musicals, concert band, string ensemble, bagpipe and drum corps and chorus.
  • Our students come from 7 counties, 150 towns and 3 states. 61% of our students travel from homes in New Jersey, and 39% of students travel from New York.
  • 48% of students come from Catholic elementary schools.
  • 52% of students come from public schools.

Spiritual Vitality

  • Religious Presence: There are 15 priests and brothers in residence at Don Bosco Prep.
  • There are 3 pillars of a Salesian education: Reason, Religion and Kindness.
  • The educational approach of our founder, St. John Bosco (Don Bosco), inspires us to provide a school that is:
    • A home that welcomes
    • A school that prepares for life
    • A playground where friends meet and enjoy themselves
    • A parish that evangelizes.
  • Since Don Bosco Prep's founding in 1915, 127 graduates have discerned vocations and have become priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church.

Leadership Training

  • Don Bosco Prep has granted diplomas to 10,250 men from 1915-2014, who have become leaders in all fields throughout the world.
  • Students are required to complete 100 hours of service prior to graduation.
  • There are 11 retreats during the school year to help our students develop into young leaders.
  • Students are encouraged to attend "Gospel Roads" - a summer service program throughout the country run by the Salesians of Don Bosco.
  • The Big-Brother Program encourages our Seniors to take a leadership role in the DBP school community by mentoring freshmen.
  • The school motto is: Empowering young men for life.

Athletic Distinction

  • Don Bosco Prep offers 18 interscholastic varsity sports.
  • From 2009 – 2013, Don Bosco Prep won 20 county, 16 state and 3 national championships.
  • Two new FieldTurf fields were installed in 2012 for baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and track.
  • Don Bosco Prep has won 3 national titles - 2 in football and 1 in baseball.
  • The name of all of the sports teams is "The Ironmen."