July 10, 2013 — St. Louis University High (SLUH) was recently honored as one of the “Top Workplaces” in the St. Louis area. A survey from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch selected 90 companies for the list, and the Jesuit high school placed first among medium-sized companies (150-499 employees).
The Post-Dispatch featured the school in an article highlighting why it’s such a great place to work. For instance, while many employers have cut back on professional development in recent years due to the slow economy, SLUH encourages faculty and staff to attend conferences and workshops, as well as continue their post-graduate education. About 95 percent of SLUH’s teachers have master’s degrees, and all are required to have advanced degrees within five years of employment.
According to faculty and staff, the school’s push for continuous improvement — in its students and its workforce — is rooted in its Jesuit mission. “It’s talked about every day and it’s lived out every day,” said David Mouldon, a counselor at SLUH for 36 years. “The whole Jesuit philosophy is very, very strongly felt from the students to the faculty to the upper administrators.”
SLUH was founded in 1818 and is the oldest private Catholic high school west of the Mississippi River. Today, the all-boys school is ranked in the top 7 percent of schools in the country for highest composite ACT score, and almost all students go on to attend a four-year college.
The school’s employees are also proud of the amount of financial aid offered to students, which is a benefit of more than 10,000 living alums. More than a third of students received some form of financial aid last year, allowing SLUH to draw from schools throughout the St. Louis area and from all socioeconomic backgrounds.
“They’re really committed to making education available to anyone who wants to come,” says Mary Russo, who has taught biology and chemistry at the school for 12 years. [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]