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Posted December 07, 2014
- a parent
Fine school, terrible leadership. Administration cares only about giving honors diplomas to every student to make the school seem better than it is. The school has great teachers and sharp students, but no school's honors program should take themselves seriously if they have 80% of the graduating class earning an honors diploma. Loyola is all about how much a parent can complain, so the school gives them what they want. The last thing Loyola would want is to have their scores compared to the public schools around it...
Loyola Academy is one of the best schools in the state. Loyola puts emphasis on being a good person as well as excelling academically. Loyola shapes its students into wonderful well rounded people ready for college. I do not know someone I don't like at the school. Loyola has a great educational foundation and has great teachers and great resources. Loyola has an aura around it like no other. All are welcome at this great school. If you are even considering it, go to Loyola because it will be the best decision you will make.
My child is a freshman so it may be a little early to write a review but for now my family and I couldn't be happier. She is in a mix of honors and regular classes and we have found the teachers and administration to be excellent. There are may opportunities to excel or to get help depending on the needs of the child.
This school is focused on one thing & one thing only athletics, if your child struggles academically & is not an allstar athlete they could care less & show them the door mid year. But if they are an athlete then they come up with a plan & protect them. Beyond disappointed in the admins at Loyola, they could care less on the impact of their actions on struggling students future unless they are an all star athlete.
Loyola Academy is an incredibly competitive Jesuit/Roman Catholic preparatory school. Only about 50% of the prospective students who take Loyola's entrance exam are admitted to the freshman class. Loyola Academy has an excellent honors and advanced placement programs as well as the Dumbach scholars program and the Clavius scholars program. Loyola's athletic and extra curricular programs are second to none in Illinois.
Academically, the school is quite good. I took Ancient Greek (and loved it), excelled academically, went to a good college, etc. However, I would not recommend this school to anyone. They allow extensive and extreme bullying to continue unheeded. And, while most teachers are quite good, the school never, ever fires teachers that have been there for years, even if these teachers are abysmal.
My son is a sophomore at Loyola and I truly believe that the school is setting him in the right path to succeed in college. Three of my husband's cousins have attended Loyola academy, one will be finishing medical school next year, the other works in the financial sector and the other is an accountant. The teachers communicate to you any concerns that they may have for your children and they really push the kids to achieve all that they can; you know where my other 4 children will attend. Go Ramblers!!
I have put two boys through Loyola and it is a wonderful school. My first son graduated and is at Dartmouth and my second will graduated next year. My third son will be starting in the fall. They all have their own gifts and the first two have thrived at Loyola. The true gift of Loyola is an emphasis on service and doing the right thing in life.