Service has always been a vital part of a Loyola Academy education. Our Ignatian Service Learning courses center community-based service experiences at the center of academic learning. Spanning six different academic departments, Loyola's seven Ignatian Service Learning courses invite students to apply their learning about academic content to the community context in which they are engaged in outside of the classroom. Through an experiential-based learning process, students utilize reflective exercises, seminars, and capstone projects (culminating in the Spring Symposium) to problem-solve, gain new civic skills, and engage in opportunities to apply their knowledge and faith to be women and men for others as they strive to be committed to justice.
Pivotal to the academic learning experiences are our community partners. These forty non-profit organizations provide meaningful learning experiences and positive mentorship within a variety of community contexts including: immigrant and refugee children and adults,the food and housing distressed, senior citizens, adults faith disabilities, and the ecosystem of the North Branch of the Chicago River.