Loyola College Preparatory School offers a faith-based high school experience grounded in Catholicism and growing students in conscience, character and compassion. The Loyola experience provides opportunities for students to evolve in academic excellence, faith in action and student involvement.
It 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.
As part of providing quality education, Loyola began 1-1 iPad learning in 2012 to ensure students are technologically proficient in a constantly evolving society. Nearly half of the faculty has earned a master's degree or above as well as served in positions varying from newspaper editor to attorney.
Students of all faith backgrounds join as a student body for weekly mass at the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans just footsteps away from the campus. Of the 35 student organizations available at Loyola, there are countless opportunities to serve the community and show the love of Jesus Christ.
Loyola also uniquely provides quality individualized advising and preparation for college. Fifteen advanced placement courses, several dual enrollment courses and standardized test preparation develops experience and college credit.
Encompassing a well-rounded journey, it is a top priority to instill value and quality education for all.
Before the only Catholic high school within a 100-mile radius became Loyola College Preparatory School, it was an all-male institution ranging from seventh to twelfth grade. St. John's College opened on November 3, 1902. This initial title was chosen in conjunction with the Cathedral of St. John Berchmans in honor of him, a saint who appeared to a dying nun in the 1850s at the Sacred Heart Convent in Grand Coteau and restored her to health. It was renamed Jesuit High School in July 1, 1960, before becoming Loyola College Preparatory School in 1982 to honor the founder of the Jesuit order, St. Ignatius of Loyola. The school became co-educational in 1987 with 104 girls enrolling immediately.
The school mascot has always been the Flyers, and the colors have also always been Columbia blue, navy and white.
Four priests, thirty-two students and a three-story building at 1564 Texas Avenue is where it all began. The building was primarily intended to house the faculty with the priest occupying the upper two stories and the school functioning on the bottom floor. A temporary altar was constructed on the second floor.
The Walter B. Jacobs Sr. estate on the 900 block of Jordan Street was purchased by the Jesuits as a new church, residence and high school in 1924. The Depression ruined any immediate chances for expansion and in 1929, classes began in temporary buildings.
In 1938, the first half of the present high school building was completed, and 11 years later the second half would be finished. On September 12, 1938, the school held its first classes in the new and permanent building on Jordan Street, where is stands today.
For two decades the school led a year-to-year existence, but the Jesuits were devoted to growing youth grounded in faith with a quality education. An early school catalogue indicated, “They endeavor to show themselves worthy of the confidence placed in them by evincing on all occasions a fatherly care for the physical, mental and moral advancement of those entrusted to their charge. The exercise of their authority is mild though not amiss in enforcing that regular discipline and good order so essential to the proper education of mind and heart.”
The school began offering Advanced Placement courses (AP) in 1981-82, giving students the opportunity to receive college credit while in high school.
In 1956, the seventh grade was discontinued, and in 1980, the graduating class of 104 was the largest in school history as it had an enrollment of 425.
Part of providing a quality education to students today is ensuring they are technologically proficient in a rapidly evolving world. After almost a year of piloting the iPad in the classroom, in January 2012, 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. The iPads (or iOS devices) are used daily in the classrooms to enhance student engagement, afford students options for assessments other than paper/pen tests and enrich teacher instruction.
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.