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A Jesuit College Preparatory Experience
Admissions

Applying to Loyola

Entrance Exam for the 2020-21 Academic Year

The Loyola Academy entrance exam is the High School Placement Test (HSPT). The HSPT has five sections: verbal, quantitative, reading, math and language (English). An essay is also included on the entrance exam. The required entrance examination for eighth grade students will be administered on December 7, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Online pre-registration will be available from November 23 to December 5 on this page. Although pre-registration is encouraged, walk up registration will be accepted on the day of the exam. Students need to bring two #2 pencils and $25.00 exam fee (cash or check payable to Loyola Academy). Calculators and language translators are not permitted. Students should arrive by 8:00 a.m. and enter through the gym entrance. Students will be released around 11:30 a.m.

8th grade students interested in applying to Loyola Academy must take the entrance exam at Loyola Academy to be considered for admission. Any questions, please contact the Loyola Academy Admissions Office at 847.920.2480.
 

Testing Accommodations

Loyola Academy offers limited testing accommodations on the entrance exam. If an eighth grade student is seeking extended time or other accommodations on the Entrance Exam, the parent or guardian must complete the Request for Accommodations on HSPT Form and submit a copy of their most recent psychoeducational evaluation as well as an IEP or 504 plan, if one is in place, for the student at his or her current school. Documentation should be sent to Loyola's school psychologist at testingaccommodations@loy.org by November 22, 2019.

Admissions Policy

It is Loyola Academy’s policy ​to promote and maintain​ ​a student body composed​ ​of young women and men​ ​with diverse educational,​ ​geographic, ethnic, racial and​ ​socioeconomic backgrounds.​  ​Loyola does not discriminate​ ​on the basis of gender, race​ ​or ethnic origin in the​ ​administration of educational​ ​policies, financial aid, athletic​ ​programs or other school​ ​programs.​ ​​

Loyola Academy ​abides by all applicable policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago and the IHSA. In doing so, ​Loyola Academy​ does not promise or offer athletic scholarships of any kind. Violations of IHSA policies may result in loss of eligibility for the student, coach and/or school. In recognition of our shared ministry, ​Loyola Academy ​also does not promise, predict or otherwise allude to specific dollar amounts regarding tuition assistance or financial aid before a student takes the entrance exam. ​Loyola Academy​ promotes the best attributes of our own school while respecting the legacy and traditions of other Catholic high schools.

Admission to Loyola Academy is based on consideration of a combination of factors including, but not limited to entrance exam scores, grade school academic performance, involvement and relationship with the Academy, leadership and cocurricular activities.

Eighth grade students interested in applying to Loyola Academy for the 2019–20 year must take the entrance exam at Loyola Academy on December 7, 2019.  Applications for admission are only distributed to students who test at Loyola Academy.

Contact

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  • Photo of Robert Desherow

    Mr. Robert Desherow 93

    Vice President for Admissions and Enrollment
    (847) 920-2480
  • Photo of Nick Bridich

    Mr. Nick Bridich 

    Assistant Director of Admissions
    (847) 920-2483
  • Photo of Lynn Gorman

    Mrs. Lynn Gorman 

    Administrative Assistant
    (847) 920-2481

Additional Information

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  • Students with Diagnosed Learning Differences

    Loyola Academy is able to support students who need limited accommodations to be successful in a college preparatory curriculum. Students with diagnosed learning differences have been successful in all placement tracks offered at Loyola Academy. Loyola Academy provides the following accommodations on the Entrance Exam: extended time (up to 50%), no-scantron and small group testing. Loyola does not provide one-on-one testing, untimed testing or the use of computers on the exam. If an eighth grade student is seeking extended time or other accommodations on the Entrance Exam, the parent or guardian must complete the Request for Accommodations on HSPT Form and submit a copy of their most recent psychoeducational evaluation as well as an IEP or 504 plan, if one is in place, for the student at his or her current school. Documentation should be sent to Loyola's school psychologist at testingaccommodations@loy.org by November 16, 2018.

    Additional information is available here.

    If you have questions regarding the required documentation, please email testingaccommodations@loy.org.
  • Transfer Students

    The Loyola Academy transfer application will be available from April 1 to May 15. All transfer applications must be submitted by May 15. Letter of decision will be mailed on June 15. Loyola Academy reserves the right to limit the number of transfer students due to space limitations, even if the transfer student meets the criteria for admission. Loyola does not accept mid year transfers or transfers into senior year.

    Steps for applying as a transfer applicant:
    1. Complete the online Transfer Student Application Form
    2. Submit unofficial transcripts to the Loyola Academy Admissions Office or email to admissions@loy.org. Official transcripts are required after the applicant’s current school year is completed.
    3. Submit three letters of recommendation from current school:
      • One letter from principal or assistant principal
      • Two letters from current teachers
      Letters of recommendation should be mailed to:
      Loyola Academy
      Admissions Office
      1100 Laramie Ave
      Wilmette, IL 60091

      Letters may also be emailed to admissions@loy.org
    4. Submit copies of most recent standardized tests (HSPT, PSAT, PLAN, ACT, SAT, etc.) to the Loyola Academy Admissions Office.
    5. Submit a letter from current school indicating attendance/tardy and discipline records (if applicable).
    Loyola Academy accepts the most qualified applicants and only if Loyola Academy has the space available to accept the student. Acceptance is contingent upon space, academic fit and the successful completion of the applicant’s current school year. Completed applications will be reviewed after May 15. Letters of decision will be mailed on June 15.

Our Mission

To form women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service in imitation of Jesus Christ through a college preparatory education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Loyola Academy admits students of any race, color and national origin or ethnic origin.