Loyola Academy is a Jesuit middle school for boys in grades 6 through 8, with a maximum of 20 students per grade. The school's mission is to serve boys who have the potential for college preparatory work, but who are in danger of failing to achieve that potential because of poverty, residence in distressed neighborhoods, or other social or economic factors. Loyola is a Catholic school but the vast majority of its students come from other religious backgrounds and the faith tradition of each boy is respected.
In addition to a rigorous academic program that enables its graduates to succeed in college-prep high schools, the school offers its students a range of other services including, counseling, tutoring, enrichment activities, sports, recreation and referral to other services intended to ensure their success. All boys participate in a school day that runs from 7:30 a.m. until 5:40 p.m.; students also attend two Service Saturdays per semester and a mandatory 6-week academic summer term. The school is located in a new building in the Grand Center neighborhood and is financially accessible for all boys who pay only a small tuition, set up on a sliding scale based on family income.
The Loyola Academy approach seems to work. Each fall, students who attend Loyola are given the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, a standardized test that had been administered to them a year before. The average Loyola student, through the course of 3 years at our school, has raised his score 25 or more percentile points -- a major improvement, especially when many students from similar backgrounds experience declining scores through the middle school years.
Loyola has graduates who were accepted to or are currently attending the following area high schools: Altoff Catholic High School, Bishop DuBourg, Cardinal Ritter, Career Academy, Christian Brothers College, Crossroads, De Smet Jesuit High School, Trinity Catholic High School, St. John the Baptist, St. Louis University High, St. Mary's High School, and Westminster Christian Academy.
To learn more, visit LoyolaAcademy.org.