Scholars Program

Students who wish to go above and beyond graduation requirements and take a rigorous course load may earn the designation of a Scholar Graduate.

Scholars Program: To offer more academic challenge for students showing exceptional ability in either the Humanities or Math and Science. Students' percentile rank in the verbal sections and math sections of the Loyola entrance exam and grades in the humanities and math and science courses in eighth grade determine placement in this prestigious program.

1. Recommended courses: As many Honors courses in grades 9 and 10 as possible, so as to meet prerequisites for and enable the student’s ability to perform sufficiently in Advanced Placement (AP) courses needed to fulfill the requirements for Scholar distinction at graduation. Throughout the student’s four years, all other requirements for graduation must be met.

Final Requirements for Scholars Program distinction:

  • Completion of 5 AP courses during the 11th and 12th grade years (typically).
  • Students must have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5. by graduation.

AP Course offerings from which to choose:

  • English Language & Composition
  • English Literature & Composition
  • European History
  • Psychology
  • French Language & Culture
  • Latin
  • Spanish Language & Culture
  • United States Government and Politics
  • United States History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Statistics


Loyola College Prep will administer the High School Placement Test (HSPT) to incoming ninth graders in the fall or spring of 8th grade. Performance on this test, along with middle school report card grades and other standardized test scores, will determine placement in College Prep or Honors level courses.


A student who fails a semester of any course must attend summer school to remediate the credit. Summer school courses will not earn grade points unless the student is remediating failed credit. TOPS will accept the higher of grades for remediated courses. Loyola College Prep does not permit students to take summer school classes to accelerate courses required for graduation or to improve a grade for a class already taken. The Academic Assistant Principal must give approval for all summer school courses.


Loyola College Prep administers multiple standardized tests throughout a student’s four years. The purpose of these tests is to gauge a student’s college and career readiness, as determined through National College Readiness Standards. They also assist the teachers and administrators evaluate our own instructional program, differentiate instruction in the classroom, and track individual student achievement throughout his/her four years at Loyola. The yearly test administration is listed below:

  • 9th Grade: High School Placement Test (HSPT) ACT ASPIRE
  • 10th Grade: PSAT ACT ASPIRE
  • 11th Grade: PSAT ACT
  • 12th Grade: Any seniors who wish to take the ACT may retake it with the 11th grade