Crescere Scientia et Gratia

"To Increase in Knowledge and Grace."

Our Mission at Don Bosco

Don Bosco Preparatory High School is a Catholic and Salesian secondary school which, since 1915, has carried out the education and evangelization of young men. Conducted in the charism of St. John Bosco, who advocated that “education is a matter of the heart”, it strives to create a family spirit in an Oratory environment, so as to be a home that welcomes, a parish that evangelizes, a school that prepares for life, and a playground where friends can meet and enjoy themselves.

The preventive system of education – marked by reason, religion and kindness – is practiced by educators and students alike.

Four Dimensions of Educative Work

Dedicated to empowering young men, the school provides rigorous academics at the Advanced Placement, honors and college prep levels, and encourages participation in extracurricular activities, clubs and athletics.

Located on a 35-acre campus in Ramsey, Bergen County, New Jersey, the school's 850 students are accepted to the finest colleges and universities in the country and go on to make significant contributions to their families and communities.

Administered by the Salesians of St. John Bosco, a religious order of priests and brothers, Don Bosco Prep is solidly founded on Catholic philosophy. The school is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.

Fast Facts

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  • Academic Excellence

    • Don Bosco Prep holds a 106-year tradition of academic excellence.
    • The Class of 2021 earned over $30 million in total scholarships, of which 73% was for academic achievement.
    • The Class of 2020 had 50 Advanced Placement Scholars, including 6 National AP Scholars, 11 AP Scholars with Distinction, 13 AP Scholars with Honor and 20 AP Scholars in the May 2020 testing cycle.
    • Don Bosco Prep boasts four academic pathways, allowing our students to explore learning opportunities for postsecondary study and a possible future career within the context of a liberal arts program. They are: Communication Arts Pathway, Engineering Pathway, Business Pathway, and Fine and Performing Arts Pathway.
    • DBP offers college level courses through the cooperative program with Fairleigh Dickinson University.
    • DBP offers three academic levels: AP (14), Honors, and College Prep.
    • DBP has eight academic honor societies.
    • Our students come from 164 towns.
  • Athletic Distinction

    • Don Bosco Prep offers 19 interscholastic varsity sports.
    • 2020-2021 athletic accomplishments include two state championships...
    • DBP showcases the Kennedy Family Wellness Center, a state-of-the-art fitness center in Immaculata Hall adjacent to the gymnasium for team and student athletic training.
    • Our Athletic Training Room was completed in the spring 2021, offering larger, updated space with upgraded equipment to better serve our student athletes.
    • New FieldTurf fields were installed in 2012 for baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer and track.
    • The name of all of the sports teams is "Ironmen."
    • DBP's S.A.L.T.(Student Athlete Leadership Training) Team includes 39 varsity athletes acting as role models and counselors for the younger student athletes.
  • Leadership Training

    • Don Bosco Prep has granted diplomas to over 12,000 men from 1915-2021, who have become leaders in all fields throughout the world.
    • There are numerous retreats during the school year to help our students develop into young leaders.
    • The Big Brother program encourages our seniors to take a leadership role in the school community by mentoring freshmen.
    • A vast majority of students and graduates feel that the brotherhood and camaraderie at DBP is a highly important aspect of the school.
    • The school motto is: Empowering young men for life.
  • Spiritual Vitality

    • Don Bosco Prep boasts a unique religious presence as there are 14 Salesian priests and brothers in residence at Don Bosco Prep. The Salesians play an active role on campus with the students, through teaching, coaching, moderating clubs, and attending after-school events.
    • Students are required to complete 100 hours of community service during their four years at DBP.
    • International, national, and local mission trips are offered to our students.
    • Numerous retreats are held throughout the year for the individual classes as well as for the school-wide community.
    • Recent graduates have responded that the education they received at DBP in the Catholic faith has provided them with a moral compass to help them navigate a post-secondary education.
    • There are three pillars of a Salesian education: Reason, Religion and Kindness.
    • The educational approach of our founder, St. John Bosco (Don Bosco), inspires us to provide a school that is:
    A home that welcomes
    A school that prepares for life
    A parish that evangelizes
    A playground where friends meet and enjoy themselves
    • Since Don Bosco Prep's founding in 1915,129 graduates have discerned vocations and have become priests and brothers in the Roman Catholic Church.

Contact Administration Department

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  • Photo of Craig Jandoli

    Mr. Craig Jandoli 

    Assistant Principal of Academics
  • Photo of Jennifer Passerino

    Ms. Jennifer Passerino 

    Director, Public Relations
    201-327-2049 x126

Don Bosco Prep

492 N. Franklin Turnpike
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Phone: 201-327-8003 Fax: 201-327-3397
Together We Are Ironmen