Founded in 1896, Loyola is a Jesuit, Catholic school that challenges its young men to become intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.
A university preparatory school, Loyola is committed to the development of the whole person through a comprehensive educational experience of academic excellence, spiritual and religious formation, and extra-curricular involvement, including a competitive athletics program.
Encouraging service and social justice through Jesuit education
Robust intra/extra mural athletics programs
Small class sizes
After-school homework program
Variety of clubs and activities
Active alumni and family organizations
Modern facilities: Auditorium, Media Centre, Athletics Complex
Learning at Loyola High School during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: While we cannot eliminate the risk of infection of our staff and students with the Covid19 virus, we will seek to identify, reduce, and minimize these risks, and to protect our staff and students as much as we can, while still moving the educational mission of our school strongly forward. Our plan is meant to be flexible. We intend to incorporate feedback and input from our constituents, and update the plan as needed, once school is under way. While we expect to begin school in a in school learning environment, we may need to pivot to distance learning at any time.
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Insider Reviews and Perspectives
Our Take: Loyola High School
There’s something to be said for schools with a long tradition, and Loyola, with a history extending back to the 1840s, is a good example of that. While it’s very much a modern school—the facilities are crisp, clean, up to the minute—students know that they are taking part in something much larger than themselves. (The school maintains an active archive, most of it digitized and searchable, that students at times use as source material for projects.) The experience of sitting in a place, at least conceptually, that has been occupied by generations, can be galvanizing. It’s part of a global community of Jesuit and Ignatian secondary and pre-secondary schools, which also informs the student experience—this is a place that looks outward as eagerly as it looks inward. The school has grown and adapted throughout its life in order to give students what they need, now, to succeed in their world. Classroom spaces are dynamic, very many with whiteboard walls and digital tools, allowing for a range of learning styles. The school is larger than the average, but not onerously so, allowing for a wide range of co-curriculars and a very successful athletics department. In all, students get the sense of joining an active, involved academic and social community, which, indeed, they are.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at Loyola High School: Liberal Arts
Loyola High School has a Liberal Arts approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Traditional, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Liberal arts - 100%   Traditional - 100%   Progressive - 100%   Montessori - 100%   Reggio Emilia - 100%   Waldorf - 100%
What Loyola High School says: Loyola is a Jesuit, Catholic school that challenges its young men to become intellectually competent, open to growth, religious, loving and committed to doing justice.
A university-preparatory school, Loyola is committed to the development of the whole person through a comprehensive educational experience of academic excellence, spiritual and religious formation, and extra-curricular involvement.
In the Ignatian spirit of care and concern for the individual, Loyola strives to develop the diverse and unique talents of each member of the Loyola community, and encourages the use of these talents to serve others for the greater glory of God.
Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional math - 100%   Discovery math - 100%   Equal balance - 100%
What Loyola High School says: This information is not currently available.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Heavy integration - 100%   Light integration - 100%   Medium integration - 100%
What Loyola High School says: Robotics offered as an afterschool club for all levels.
Sex and health education approach at Loyola High School: Quebec curriculum
Loyola High School has a Quebec curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 100%
Approach to sex and health education: Fairly value-based
Loyola High School has a approach Fairly value-based (as opposed to Mostly value-neutral approach).
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Sex is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues .
What Loyola High School says: This information is not currently available.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at Loyola High School: Standard-enriched
Loyola High School has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at Loyola High School: Rigorous
Loyola High School has a Rigorous approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Supportive approach).
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A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Rigorous - 100%   Supportive - 100%
What Loyola High School says: This information is not currently available.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What Loyola High School says: This information is not currently available.
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 11, Loyola High School students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.
Loyola High School
What Loyola High School says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What Loyola High School says:
The Northern Knights robotics team brings together students from Loyola and Sacred Heart high schools, to build a robot and compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international high school robotics league with over 7,000 registered teams.
Competitive sports: 13 Recreational sports: 18
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Loyola High School offers 18 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What Loyola High School says about their tuition: This information is not currently available.
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
7 to 11
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications There is no specific income requirement to apply for financial aid. The process relies on individualized assessments that take into account each family’s unique circumstances, including their employment earnings and other income, assets, liabilities, number of dependents etc.
Parents must complete the online application and submit the required documents. Apple Financial Services provides an objective analysis of each application, with a recommendation of what the family should reasonably contribute towards the total fees. The Bursary Committee reviews the results and approves the final grants. Families are notified in writing of the committee’s decision.
All new applicants will be asked to meet with the Bursary Committee to discuss their applications prior to approval of the final grants.
The financial aid granted is of one-year duration. Families must reapply each year if their financial need persists.
The School trusts that the information provided on the application is accurate and truthful. Any evidence to the contrary will put the student's standing at Loyola in jeopardy and risk a repeal, retroactively, of all the financial aid awarded.
Merit based Scholarships
Loyola High School does not offer merit-based financial awards.
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Gr. 7 to Gr. 11
Average class size
25 to 27
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
7 - 11
SSAT (out of province)
7 - 11
English Language Eligibility Certificate
7 - 11
Day students: October 08, 2021 Offer mid-year entry:
Welcome to Loyola. As a Jesuit school, we encourage our students to engage with the world around them, and to do so in an effective way, choosing what is known in the Jesuit tradition as the MAGIS, or the better way of doing so.
Our shared goal is to form men of conscience, competence, and compassionate commitment. This is not just a slogan at Loyola. Our academic program is very strong, with 99% of our graduates accepted into the post-secondary program of their choice. We challenge our students to think, to sharpen their public speaking skills, to write and to speak well in both French and English, and to make ethical choices. At Loyola, faculty get to know each student well, and have an abiding respect for each of our students as a valuable and unique child of God. We expect all students to get involved in school life by choosing what is right for them from our rich array of co-curricular offerings. This way, Loyola students develop their talents, interests, and social skills to serve the wider community well both during and after their time at the school.
With this in mind, we visit external sites for the learning they offer, but also for the service and engagement they inspire. The idea is for our boys to grow to become capable, principled men for and with others. Our students learn to do this in the context of a supportive yet demanding school community.
This is what makes Jesuit education special. I hope you will come to agree with me, that the Jesuit mission is alive and well at Loyola.