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Pursue excellence. Nothing else is worth your time.

The Canisius High School college-preparatory education focuses on the whole individual, emphasizing intellectual, spiritual, and emotional growth which is rooted in the teachings of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus, that maintains that everything God has created is worthy of our study and care.  A young man’s education at Canisius prepares him for a rapidly changing and diverse society by teaching him to be a critical thinker, who can use analytical and creative approaches to solving problems.    

Canisius faculty and administrators embrace the unique qualities in each of their students using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm; meeting students where they are, providing educational experiences, teaching students a reflective practice where students make meaning of their learning, and applying that learning through action for the good of others.  Learning happens not because of what the teacher says but because of what the student does.

Cura PersonalisLatin phrase meaning "care for the person," cura personalis is having concern and care for the personal development of the whole person. This implies a dedication to promoting human dignity and care for the mind, body and spirit of the person. The rigorous and challenging curriculum at Canisius means that at times students may need academic support.  Canisius has several resources available to students who seek support or enrichment.


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See an outline of what makes Western New York's only Jesuit school special.

Departments and Programs

Learn more about the different academic departments Canisius has to offer.

Preparation for College

Canisius students are prepared for college thanks to our AP program.

Canisius High School is accredited by the Middle States Association-Commission on Secondary Schools (MSA-CSS) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).