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Formation Program

The Formation Program is designed to enhance Loyola Academy’s distinctive Jesuit mission and vision, to help form young women and men for meaningful lives of leadership and service within a diverse and committed community. Formation aims to encourage students to respond to their God-given call to become Leaders in Service who are religious, intellectually competent, physically fit, loving, open to growth and committed to doing justice. The Formation Program is grounded in our over 450-year-old tradition of Jesuit education as it strives for the Magis and Cura Personalis to promote doing more and better by others, while consistently demonstrating care for the entire person. The program and curriculum is aligned with the American School Counselor Association’s established mindsets and behaviors for student success, is recognized for its commitment to developing and delivering a comprehensive, data-driven program in accordance with the ASCA National Model: A Framework for School Counseling Programs and meets the State of Illinois’ Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards.
Students explore academic, personal, social, health, wellness, college and career topics relevant to high school students through Formation curriculum developed and facilitated by their school counselor and at times by their college counselor. This curriculum is designed to be developmentally appropriate, preventative in nature, comprehensive in scope; including but not limited to reflection, mindfulness, cooperative learning, assignments, projects, presentations, guest speakers and discussions. Formation prepares our students for their academic studies, encourages social-emotional learning, promotes exploration of college and careers, while preparing individuals for the challenges of the 21st century by analyzing their growth as people in the context of an ever-changing global society.

Topics include:
Academic:
  • Academic Habits of Success
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Self-Advocacy
  • Four-Year Academic Plans
  • Course Registration
Personal/Social:
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Positive School Climate (Bullying)
  • Sex & Sexuality
  • Communication Skills
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Interview Skills
College/Career:
  • Career Interest Inventories
  • MBTI-based Personality Inventory
  • 7Ps College Search Criteria
  • Exploration of College Majors
  • College Night Preparation
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships 
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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.