Loyola College Preparatory School, with a current enrollment of 462 students, is the only four-year Catholic high school for one hundred miles. Founded by the Jesuit order as an all-male institution, Loyola first opened its doors as St. John’s in 1902. The name changed to Jesuit High School in 1960. The name was changed to Loyola College Prep to honor the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola, in 1982. It became coed in 1987. Loyola is located in an urban setting and surrounded by hospitals, churches, a cathedral and a Catholic middle and elementary school. Its students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, come together from many different middle schools in the Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area.
The current faculty of 40 are degreed and certified, with 44% holding Master’s degrees or beyond.
Part of providing a world class education to young people today is being sure they are ready for college and beyond in being technologically proficient in a rapidly changing world. After almost a year of piloting the iPad in the classroom, Loyola became Louisiana's first 1-to-1 iPad school (a learning environment where all teachers and students have their own computing devices to use in every class) in January 2012. The iPads (or iOS devices) are used daily in the classrooms as a tool to enhance student engagement in subject matter on a variety of levels, afford students options for assessments other than paper/pen tests, and enrich teacher instruction.
Loyola is accredited by the State of Louisiana and by AdvancEd, holding this accreditation since 1927.
Shreveport is one of the largest cities in Louisiana with a population of about 250,000 and is the site of seven institutions of higher learning. Located in the heart of the Ark-La-Tex region, along the banks of the Red River, Shreveport and its neighbor, Bossier City, are made easily accessible by their proximity to I-20 and I-49. Click here for more information on the area.