Grow and Thrive in a Diverse Community
Having educated young men for 168 years, Bellarmine provides each student with the opportunity to pursue his passions, develop his faith, and expand his understanding of the world during his four years.
What differentiates Bellarmine from other schools? The answer is the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person: intellectually, physically, and spiritually. Since 1851, Bellarmine–a private, non-profit, fully accredited, Catholic, all-boys high school–has been instrumental in the character development of “men for and with others,” men who go on to be difference-makers locally and globally. As students pursue a rigorous college preparatory curriculum and take part in our extensive co-curricular programs, they are also challenged to seek truth and justice. Our faith-based values are central to all endeavors at the school, and are evident in student achievements and in the respectful way in which success is accomplished. With the support of a caring and compassionate faculty and staff, and an actively-engaged parent community, the Bellarmine experience offers the opportunity to learn with passion and live with purpose.
Become a Bell
Bellarmine offers prospective students and their families a variety of opportunities to discover the incredible people and programs that make up the Bellarmine community.
Amazing things happen here and we're excited to meet you and share them with you. Though events will be offered virtually this year, we hope that through the Diocesan High School Information evening, our Shadow Experience Program, and virtual Open House, we'll help you explore our programming and our community. Bring your curiosity! See yourself here.
Get to know Bellarmine!
This fall, the San Jose Diocese will coordinate a High School Information Evening for students and their parents. Our Admissions director, along with the admissions directors from the other Catholic high schools, will sit on a panel to answer questions from prospective families so that attendees can get a feel for what Bellarmine has to offer and determine if we might be the right school for your family.
Information about the evening will be distributed by the Diocese of San Jose.
Developing God-Given Talents
Our mission calls us to help students to develop the talents that God has given them, and to challenge them to use those gifts at the service of other people. By engaging students and inspiring academic excellence, students discover their passions. Whether in the physics lab, on the athletics field, or on the stage, students are always encouraged to give fully of themselves, to discover God's presence in their abilities, and to carry their gifts forward for the benefit of creating a more just and loving world.
Shadow a Bell for a Day
Bellarmine’s Shadow Program will look a little different during the 2020-2021 school year but our hope is that prospective students are still able to feel the connection to the Bellarmine community! Participating in the shadow experience is not a mandatory part of the application process but it is a great opportunity to get to know about life as a Bellarmine student.
Each shadow experience includes special videos that have been created for this year as well as access to student panels where you can ask current students questions about life as a student (both as an on campus student or as a student during the pandemic). Additionally, students are still paired with a current student who will be a resource for you during your shadow experience as well as application process. Parents are also given access credentials to a weekly ‘parent coffee’ wherein they are able to speak with our Director of Admissions.
Shadow experiences are conducted through the fall from mid-September to early December. Registration is completed through the Ravenna application site and are completed on a first come, first serve basis. We know that this year is unique from any year prior but we hope that we can provide each applicant and his family with an experience that assists in getting to know the Bellarmine community.
A Future Within Reach
Tuition for 2020-2021 is $23,475 per student, which includes a $1,650 non-refundable deposit. Each student is required to pay a limited loss and damage fee of $55 for his tablet device in addition to tuition. Additionally, each student is responsible for purchasing textbooks for his courses.
Bellarmine offers three tuition payment plans that are managed through Smart Tuition—one payment, two payments, or eleven monthly payments.
The process of applying for tuition assistance is completely separate from the admissions process. The Admissions Committee evaluation is based solely on a student’s qualifications, and tuition assistance is awarded purely on the basis of financial need. Bellarmine is committed to helping families via its tuition assistance program, and we offer financial support to the extent resources are available.
Bellarmine is pleased to have been able to increase its Tuition Assistance Endowment Fund year to year. The earnings from this fund, contributions to Direct Tuition Assistance, and substantial contributions from the Jesuit Community work together to make a Bellarmine education a possibility for many students.
The Tuition Assistance Service Component (TASC) has been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. This means that no Tuition Assistance Service hours will be required during Bellarmine’s 2020-2021 school term.
The Outreach program offers first-generation college-bound, low-income students an opportunity to attend Bellarmine. The program was founded in 2001 and is based on the apostolic goals of Jesuits West: fostering partnership in our Ignatian mission, strengthening solidarity with the poor, and responding to the diversity of our province.
The program provides guidance, support, mentorship, and development opportunities to students and their families throughout their time at Bellarmine. This includes bilingual support—with the admissions process, tuition assistance application, and course enrollment; in clarifying the service component of our tuition assistance program, and Christian Service Program requirements; and in working with our college counselors.