St Ignatius College is a private high school run by by the Jesuits of the Roman Catholic Church. The College offers education for boys in Forms One and Two, Forms Three and Four (Zimsec), for boys and girls in Forms Five and Six ( Cambridge Higher School Certificate/ University entrance). St Ignatius is religious with a strong and overly academic bias.
The selection process is rigorous and uncompromising so that only the best make it from a wide selection of applicants at all levels. At Form One, only seventy-two pupils are selected, usually less than ten percent of the applicants. Only applicants in the top twenty percent of their school stand a chance of being selected into form one here. At Form Five, boys from outside average about twenty percent. At A Level girls’ places are reserved for outsiders. By and large only girls with not less than six As at O level make it. All A level Science pupils specialise in Mathematics, Chemistry , Biology or Physics. St Ignatius has a proud and illustrious academic record. The pass rate averages ninety-eight percent all round.
St Ignatius College is one of the schools with the highest proportion of students entering the faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering and Veterinary Science in Zimbabwe. The College is wholly boarding with a total enrollment of 404 boys from Form one to Form Six. There are Four hostels ( Junior House, Middle House, Senior House and Mary Ward). Students provide their own bedding and toiletries. They also do their own laundry and general cleaning. All the boys use the main dining hall while the girls have their meals at Mary Ward except for school lunches. The teaching staff is very competent.