Background & History


In the fall of 1997, a committee of educators at St. Louis University High School convened to discuss the problems of low-income students and to explore ways to assist them. After a review of various approaches, they selected the “Nativity School” model that had been developed at a Jesuit parish in New York City in the early 1970’s, and had been replicated in almost twenty other locations around the country.

Through the 1998-99 academic year, the Loyola staff laid the groundwork for the new school. A Board of Trustees was recruited, funding was obtained from a range of sources, a donated building was secured and renovated, a principal and school staff were hired, a curriculum and adjunct program developed. The Jesuits of the Missouri Province agreed to sponsor the school, and Loyola Academy of St. Louis opened its doors to its first class of 6th graders in July 1999. A class was added in 2000 and another in 2001 allowing the school to serve 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys.

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 whose progress may be impeded by economic or social circumstances. 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 broad range of “wrap-around” 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. The school is located in a new building in the Grand Center neighborhood and is financially accessible for all students as tuition is set up on a sliding scale based on family income.

Loyola has graduates who were accepted to or are currently attending the following area high schools: Althoff Catholic High School, Bishop DuBourg, Cardinal Ritter, Chaminade College Prep School, Christian Brothers College, De Smet Jesuit High School, Trinity Catholic High School, St. Louis University High School, St. Mary’s High School, and Westminster Christian Academy.

Such success is a function of: a) an approach that is being refined in similar schools across the country; b) Loyola’s exceptionally qualified and committed faculty; c) the generosity of many donors; d) the guidance of an active and energetic Board; e) the contributions of volunteers from many sectors of the community. With our successful years of operation, Loyola Academy seems to be on the right track.

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    Loyola Academy of Saint Louis
    3851 Washington Avenue
    St. Louis, Missouri 63108
    Tel: 314.531.9091
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