The IGNatian Identity Survey (IGNIS) is an instrument designed by the Jesuit Schools Network as a reflective tool to help Jesuit high schools assess Ignatian identity as perceived by their various constituencies. Statements have been created to elicit responses about the degree to which students and adults have experienced the principles and beliefs of Jesuit education as identified in the documents Go Forth and Teach: The Characteristics of Jesuit Education, Ignatian Pedagogy: A Practical Approach, and What Makes a Jesuit High School Jesuit? through various school programs and activities.

Student Version

The student version of IGNIS is intended for students in their junior or senior year of a Jesuit high school. In their efforts to help students grow as persons of competence, conscience and compassion, Jesuit high schools provide many programs and activities. Students are asked to reflect on the experiences at their high schools and indicate their degree of agreement or disagreement with the ISIS statements. Here are a few IGNIS statements which appear on the student version:

  • I am learning about the principles of Ignatian spirituality.
  • My school teaches me to take responsibility for what and how I learn.
  • I honestly confront issues of social injustice, racism, sexism, and religious intolerance.

Adult Versions

There are three adult versions of IGNIS, representing three unique constituencies: school personnel, board members, and parents of students. The adult versions of IGNIS are designed to indicate constituent perceptions about a Jesuit high school’s Ignatian identity. The first 50 items of the adult versions correlate with the student version. In addition, there are a number of items specific to the particular constituencies.

Survey Data

In reporting the results of IGNIS, data will be grouped according to the following 5 factors:

  1. Openness to Growth & Educational Excellence
  2. Religious Education & Formation
  3. Collaboration
  4. Faith & Justice
  5. Active Reflection

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