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Ignatian Service Learning

Service has always been a vital part of a Loyola Academy education. Each year, hundreds of Ramblers serve others through our Arrupe Service program and at summer service sites throughout the country and around the world.  

Our Ignatian Service Learning Pilot Program takes the service experience into the classroom — enabling students to learn about social justice issues in academic courses across the curriculum, apply their new knowledge to real-life situations through community service and then engage in reflective exercises, discussions and projects to process the experience.
 
Pivotal to the academic learning experiences are our community partners.  These fifteen non-profit organizations provide meaningful learning experiences and positive mentorship within a variety of community contexts including: immigrant children, Hispanic day laborers, the homeless, and the ecosystem of the North Branch of the Chicago River.

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What is service learning and how does it work?

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  • Service learning is ...

    ... a teaching methodology that combines classroom instruction with meaningful and relevant community service. It enhances the academic rigor of our curriculum, helps meet critical community needs and encourages Ramblers to assume leadership roles in academic and civic endeavors while living out their call to be women and men for others.
  • Service Learning Outcomes

    • Students participate in quality learning experiences in sustained community partnerships that address community goals and needs
    • Students analyze community needs through the lens of course content emphasizing social inequality
    • Students complete a proposal or project that meets the needs of a local community
    • Student engage in ongoing reflection about their service learning experience in the context of an Ignatian-centered "faith that does justice"
    • Our Service Learning Team evaluates students' progress toward meaningful lives of leadership and service

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.