The Magis Society

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For 450 years, Jesuit Education has encouraged each student to be more, to do more, and to reach his greatest potential. A hallmark of the Jesuit approach is the commitment to presenting programs which move each individual student to grow in his interests and passions. The Magis Society provides students who love learning and who wish to seek additional challenges with a sequential, four-year framework of cohort opportunities and cultural enrichment.  Their experiences ultimately culminate in an expansive, personal Capstone Project during their junior and senior years.

What Are the Key Elements of the Magis Society?

The Development of Highly Capable Critical Thinkers and Communicators

In addition to a student’s academic curriculum, a member in the Magis Society will engage in two exclusive courses at the freshman and junior levels. Through these opportunities, Magis students will explore ideas in the fine arts, world history, philosophy, science, math, and the humanities. Scholars will heighten their presentation and communication skills, and they will start to explore areas of interest in their own lives.  Through these cohort experiences, we hope to equip Magis students with the ability to identify their passions and pursue them with energy and excitement.

Cultural Enrichment Fosters Holistic Development

Through the Magis Society, enrichment outside the classroom will expand the students' exposure to cultural and intellectual opportunities. Activities will embrace exposure to the Fine Arts, lectures by national and regional leaders concerning important social issues, and unparalleled access to our worldwide Jesuit Network. Examples could include:

  • The Barber of Seville, Toledo Opera
  • Steve Wozniak, University of Toledo Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Dr. Eric Betzig (Nobel Prize in Chemistry), University of Michigan Lectures
  • The Berlin Painter exhibit at the Toledo Museum of Art
  • Dvorak’s New World performed by the Toledo Symphony Orchestra
  • The Toledo public library’s Authors, Authors series

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Senior Capstone Project Applies Learning to Real World Issues

During their junior and senior years, students in the Magis Society will focus on an expansive and personal Capstone Project that will be presented to the community. Students will work closely with local businesses and institutions in this process. By putting into practice the knowledge and abilities developed through the Magis Society, the students will address personal areas of passion and embrace them to create a tangible product. Students will gain valuable research experience throughout the process and spend time exploring an interest that is important to them.

What Will Magis Society Students Gain during their Four Years in the Program?

  • Maximum personal growth through an expansive, challenging curriculum
  • Highly developed critical thinking and communication skills
  • Mentorship and guidance from a dedicated Program Director
  • Experience with college-style seminars, research, and thesis-based presentations
  • Broad cultural exposure in the Toledo area and beyond
  • Involvement with businesses and institutions through the Capstone project
  • Support of a peer structure committed to similar interests and ambitions
  • Guaranteed participation in a “High Achievement” college counseling night
  • Recognition of being a member of the Magis Society at graduation

How Will Magis Society Students Be Selected?

 Admission into the program involves consideration of the following criteria:

  • Love of learning and strong motivation for intellectual and personal growth
  • Completion of holistic application
  • Creative project proposal
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Review by the Magis Society Admissions Committee

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