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Fairfield College Preparatory School (Fairfield Prep) is a Jesuit Prep School located on the campus of Fairfield Universitymarker in Fairfieldmarker, Connecticutmarker, United Statesmarker. It is an all male school of about 900 students. It was first founded by the Society of Jesus in 1942. Operating with the approbation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Fairfield Prep is self-sufficient with no diocesan or government financial assistance.

In 1942, the Provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus was invited by Bishop McAuliffe of Hartfordmarker to establish a Jesuit high school and college in Fairfield Countymarker. The Provincial, Father John McEleney, (later Archbishop) purchased of land overlooking Long Island Soundmarker in the town of Fairfield. The original Jennings mansion became McAuliffe Hall, the first classroom building, and the Lashar mansion became Bellarmine Hall, the first Jesuit residence. The first graduating class of 1943 consisted of eleven young men.

By 1946, the school's enrollment was approaching 800 and two new buildings, Xavier and Berchmans, were on the drawing boards. 1947 also marked the establishment of Fairfield University.

Through the fifties, enrollment remained by design between 800 and 900 students. In the meantime, the University expanded rapidly and the original campus of two buildings and fifty students grew into the campus of today, with twenty-four buildings and over 3,000 students.

Today, Fairfield Prep has an enrollment of over 900 students. It conducts classes in Xavier Hall, Berchmans Hall and Pedro Arrupe Hall. The growth of the University has opened up to Prep a host of new facilities: The Nyselius Library, the Recreation Complex with its indoor swimming pool, basketball, racquetball, and tennis courts, the Quick Center for the Arts, and the Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola.


Fairfield Prep is known for its rigorous academic schedule. All students must take four years of Mathematics, Theology, and English. History and Science must be taken for three years, with the option of taking a fourth course senior year as an elective. A course known as Guidance Seminar must be taken all four years as well, but is worth no credits. Many teachers at Fairfield Prep also serve as adjunct professors at Fairfield Universitymarker, adding to the school's theme of preparing for college. Students are typically scheduled to have six classes per day (with the option of "overloading" into a seventh course which replaces the daily free period worth credits yet not contributing to a students GPA), operating on a seven-day rotating schedule cycle.

Student Life

Fairfield Prep draws students from several towns in Connecticutmarker and New Yorkmarker. Approximately one-third of the school commutes by way of Metro North. More than half of the student body resides in Fairfieldmarker, CTmarker.

Students often have 'free periods' during breaks in the school day, in which they are free to study or utilize various facilities found on the campus of Fairfield Universitymarker, but are not permitted to leave campus as of 2007. Students are often found in the Academic Center, which contains a small library, computer stations, and two tables used for school work. The Academic Center is located in Pedro Arrupe Hall.


Fairfield College Preparatory School is part of the Quinnipiac Division in the Southern Connecticut Conference.

Ice Hockey

In 2009, Prep was highly ranked going into the first round of the state tournament where they lost to rival Notre Dame of West Haven 2-1. Notre Dame when advanced to play Ridgefield in the Quarterfinals. In 2007, Prep won its third state title in four years by beating cross-town rival Notre Damemarker of Fairfield. In 2008, Prep once again beat Notre Dame of Fairfield in the State Finals, giving them their fourth state title in five years and their second consecutive title. (The score of the 2007 game was 3-2 in overtime, and the score of the 2008 game was 5-3) Coach Matthew Sather has now won six state titles in his nine years as head coach of the varsity hockey team.


The Jesuit swim team has been coached by Bruce Jaffe for 4 decades. The 2009 team finished undefeated for the third consecutive year and was the only Connecticut team in any division not to lose a dual meet that year. In the LL finals where Prep finished 2nd, all 3 relay teams finished first and set 3 state LL records. The 2008 team finished the regular season undeafted, beat rival Greenwich High in Greenwich, and . In 2007, Prep enjoyed its most successful swim season finishing the year 15-0. The Prep swim season culminated in decisive victories at the SCC Championship and the Class L State Championship. The 2008 Prep Swim Team went 15-0 in the regular season, but lost to Greenwich in the Class LL Championship. In addition, they finished 3rd in the State Open.


Prep's lacrosse program won the Class-L state championship in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The 2006 title was over Norwalkmarker 13-12 in 4 overtimes, the 2007 was over Greenwich 10-9, and the 2008 title was a 15-14 triple-overtime thriller over Ridgefield. Prep beat Simsbury High School 15-3 on June 13, 2009 to win its fourth consecutive state lacrosse title.


Prep's rivals include Notre Dame of West Havenmarker, Notre Dame of Fairfieldmarker, Shelton, Greenwich High School

Other Information

The tuition for the Fairfield College Preparatory School for the 2008-2009 school year is $14,285. [287175]

Notable alumni

Notable Former Faculty

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