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A Jesuit College Preparatory Experience
Student Life


Clubs and student activities are a pivotal part of our mission to educate the whole person. Besides, everyone needs to relax and have some fun when the school day is over! Loyola's comprehensive program of over 50 clubs and activities offers a wealth of opportunities designed to help you expand your horizons, discover hidden talents, make new friends, and share your interests with other students.

With all of these clubs and activities to choose from, we guarantee that you'll never run out of avenues to explore with your fellow Ramblers.

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Clubs & Activities

Academic Clubs

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  • Book Club

    Mr. Gombac |
    new moderator | info to follow
  • History Club

    Mr. Brandstrader |
    every other Friday | 7:15
    room 102
  • Latin Team (Certamen)

    Ms. Wick |  
  • Math Modeling Club

    Mrs. Van Lieshout |
    Tuesdays | 7:00 am
    room 253

    To inspire, engage and further develop a greater appreciation for the power of mathematics in both the theoretical sense and its real-world applications. These goals have a far greater chance of being met when individuals with similar interests and skill sets come together to share their love of problem solving in a club environment.
  • Math Team

    Mr. Sultan | 
    Mr. Padden |  
    Tuesdays & Thursday | 3:00
    room 251 and 253
  • Medical Club

    Mrs. Braasch | cbraasch@loy.og
    new club | info to follow
  • Middle East Club

    Mr. McGuire |
    every other Thursday | 7:10 am
    room 104
  • Model UN

    Mr. Masello |
    Mondays | 2:55-3:55 pm
    room 108

    Loyola Academy Model United Nations engages students in a process of collaboration and leadership development as they discuss problems in international affairs. This fosters the expansion of students' global perspectives and respect for other cultures. LAMUN embodies the values of Loyola Academy, teaching love and acceptance of diverse cultures through communication and understanding.
  • National Honor Society (NHS)

    Mr. Hara |

    The Loyola Academy chapter of National Honor Society is an academic and service club for seniors with a GPA of 93 or better.  
  • Philosophy Club

    Dr. Myslinski |
    Mondays |3-4 pm 
    room 37

    The mission of the Philosophy Club is to bring together students at Loyola Academy who have an interest in the multi-faceted field of philosophy. This club will create an environment in which the students will engage in constructive meaningful dialogue of philosophical texts and topics in order to disclose the questions and values that serve to shape and direct one's life.
  • Robotics Club

    Mr. Shane |
    Mr. Warnke |
    Tuesdays | 3:00
    room 232

    The robotics club encourages and facilitates knowledge of robotics in order to prepare students for an increasingly technological society.
  • Scholastic Bowl

    Mrs. Kreb | scholasticbowl@loy.oorg
    Mondays and Wednesdays | 3:00-5:00 pm
    room 159

    The Loyola Academy Scholastic Bowl team seeks to work together as a community to expand our knowledge base and to share experiences within Chicagoland and across the country. Scholastic Bowl is a challenging academic quiz competition. 
  • Science Olympiad

    Ms. |
    Wednesdays | 3:00 pm
    room 218

    Science Olympiad competes in tournaments that emphasize problem-solving, understanding of science concepts and teamwork. Cooperative learning strategies promote high levels of achievement and commitment to excellence. Science Olympiad is a team that competes in various competitions in the region. Students compete both individually and in teams for Loyola Academy. For more information about Science Olympiad click here.
  • Spanish Honors Society

    Profe Pineda |

    The mission of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica is to recognize high school achievement in Spanish and Portuguese and to promote interest in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian studies.
  • Speech and Debate

    Mr. Waple |
    Ms. Scott |
    Speech | Mondays | 3:15 pm
    Debate | Tuesday | 3:15 pm
    room 155
    Speech team seeks to create engaging public speaking skills through use of tone, editing, practice, and incorporation of constructive criticism. Debate team seeks to create critical thinkers and clear public speakers through use of research, logic, note-taking, practice, argumentation, writing skills, and incorporation of constructive criticism.
  • Women in STEAM

    Mrs. Debarlaben |
    Tuesdays | 3:00-4:00  | room 128

Artistic Clubs

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  • Acafellas

    Mr. Begale |
    Tuesdays and Thursdays | 4-5:30 pm
    Room 68 or 50

    Acafellas is a men’s only a cappella group that sings both pop and classical pieces. The group performs, competes, and records at various times throughout the year. Auditions are held at the beginning of first semester but sometimes take students during the year.
  • Architecture Club

    Mr. Cleland |
    Tuesdays | 3-5 pm
    room 276

    The Loyola Academy Chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students is an independent, student-run, non-profit organization. This grassroots organization is a cooperative between thousands of students across the world of all ages and academic degrees who are committed to helping each other. The AIAS is the porfessional organization that is the official voice of architecture students.

  • Art Club

    Mrs. Aufderheide |
    Mondays | 3-5 pm
    room 245

    Art Club is devoted to giving students a space to explore their creative side. Each week students are given a variety of tools and supplies to bring their creative visions to life. Students are welcome to join at anytime throughout the year. No experience necessary. All are welcome
  • Brother Small, S.J. Arts Guild

    Mr. Jansen |
    Ms. Raspante |
    as needed

    Brother Small, S.J. Arts Guild is an organization that provides experiential education opportunities in the arts.
  • Creative Writing

    Ms. Hunt |
    Wednesdays | 3:00
    room 100B

    Creative Writing generally meets twice a month. The club encourages students to share their creative material and enables students to seek peer feedback to improve their writing skills. 
  • Dance Collective

    Ms. O'Mahoney |
    Monday 3-6 pm
    Tuesday 5-8 pm
    Wednesday 5-8 pm
    room 69

    Dance Collective is a dance team dedicated to collaboration and learning from each other. We strive to incorporate as many diverse styles of dance as possible, and we aim to create an environment that supports our growth as choreographers and artists.

  • Drumline

    Mr. Jackson |
    Mr. McQuinn |
    Wednesday evening
    band room

    The goal is to have fun playing percussion music in an inviting, fun, and safe environment.
  • Jazz Band

    Mr. McQuinn |

    Jazz Band practices all year and performs concerts for both the Loyola and local community.
  • LA Step Team

    Ms. O'Mahoney |
    Tuesdays | 3:00
    Marillac Room

    Step Team is a team dedicated to educating the Loyola community about the culture and tradition surrounding stepping. We aim to accomplish this by proudly performing at several different school events.
  • Loyola Academy Dance Company (LADC)

    Ms. Henslee |
    Tuesday, Wednesday | 3:00-5:00
    Thursday | 3:00-6:00
    room 69

    LADC is a student-run company and dancers spend the year preparing student choreographed works for their spring Dance Concert held in May. They work in a company setting where they are exposed to all styles of dance, work with professional guest choreographers, and participate in several service opportunities. Students will: 1) Choose movement that express an idea, text, image, emotion, or follow 2 musical phase. 2) Engage in dance experience /performance moving alone, with partner, or in a group. 3) Collaborate to design dance structures and include choreographic devices that support artistic intent. 4) Revise choreography using feedback from teacher, personal, and self-reflection. 5) Execute an efficient manner for teaching. 6) Be more deliberate in helping students in our clubs connect with each other and form new relationships.
  • Nothin' But Treble

    Mr. Begale |
    Tuesday and Thursday | 3-5 pm
    Room 68

    Nothin' But Treble is Loyola Academy’s all female a cappella group. They perform, compete and record their compilations throughout the year. It is an auditioned ensemble.
  • Pep Band

    Mr. Jackson |
    Friday mornings | evenings of games
    band room

    They strive to boast school spirit at basketball games and other sporting events by playing music.
  • Photography Club

    Mr. Hart |
    Thursdays | 3:00
    room 32

    Our mission is to learn and develop our skills of photography. No experience is necessary.
  • Ramblerettes (JV and Varsity)

    Ms. McLean |
    Ms. Shapiro |
    Mrs. Dubay |

    The Ramblerettes are dedicated to promoting school spirit by providing entertainment and spirit rising activities at Loyola Academy. We strive to be leaders in academics, dance, and community service and hope to inspire others by the examples we set. The Ramblerettes represent Loyola by competing in local, state, and National dance competitions. We value the life-long friendships created while on the dance team an are proud to be part of the pride and tradition that makes Loyola Academy unique and distinct from other outstanding high schools.

    The Ramblerettes are Loyola Academy’s competition dance team. Tryouts for the Ramblerettes are held each spring. For additional information, please visit the Ramblerettes web page.
  • Slam Poetry

    Mr. Brown |
    Tuesdays | 3:15-4:15 pm
    room 151

    The goal is to use poetry as a means of self-expression; slam poetry club is an outlet for personal growth and reflection as well as a space for students to hone their craft.
  • Thespians

    Ms. Smycz |
    Mr. Yost|  

    The Thespian club is the representative of our school's Thespian Troop. The club encompasses the fall play, spring musical, one acts, new faces, improv, and visit to the Illinois Theater Festival.

Cultural Clubs

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  • African American Youth Group (AAYG)

    Ms. Bea |
    Mr. Carlson |
    Wednesdays | 3:00
    room 6

    AAYG is an active student group which sponsors cultural and social events. AAYG provides leadership opportunities and encourages networking. AAYG has participated in International Night and service trips. All members are invited to the weekly meetings and to participate in the development of the organization.

  • Asian Youth Group (AYG)

    Ms. Esslinger |
    Ms. Shaheen |
    first and third Wednesday | 3:00-4:00 pm
    room 8

    Our goal is to provide a safe, comfortable and inclusive environment that allows students to celebrate Asian culture and create friendships that last a lifetime.
  • Chinese Club

    Ms. Ren |
    Ms. Guo |
    every other Thursday | 2:50
    room 143
    The Chinese Club aims at providing an environment where the students can experience the Chinese culture through different kinds of activities and holiday celebrations. The students who take Chinese will benefit from the activities and it will improve their learning of Chinese.
  • Classics Club

    Ms. Harrington |
    Thursdays | 7:10
    room 142

    The missions of Classics Club is to cultivate the minds and inspire the growth of students with a passion for classical culture, architecture, mythology, etc.
  • Croatian Club

  • Diversity Club

    Mrs. Bennett  |
    Tuesdays | Thursdays

    Diversity Club is a club that educates and celebrates the diversity wihtin the Loyola Academy community. We strive to affirm and acknowledge each student for who they are and for what they bring to LA.
  • French Club

    Mr. Sapp |
    Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday from 2:55-3:40pm in Room 46 | Twice a month

    French Club celebrates the culture of French speaking nations around the globe. The club often participates in events that bring a little piece of that French culture to American shores.
  • Hellenic Club

    Ms. Savas |
    Wednesdays | first and third | 7:10 am
    room 12

    Our mission is to preserve and promote Greek heritage through philanthropic, social, cultural, and language events.

  • Hispanic Youth Group

    Ms. Fernandez |
    Thursdays | 3:00 pm
    room 11

    Latinx is a club that educates the Loyola Community about various Latin American Cultures. We encourage and welcome anyone to join and integrate their ethnic experiences through our events.

  • Irish Heritage Club

  • Middle Eastern Club

    Mr. McGuire |
    every other Thursday | 7:15 am
    room 114
  • Polish Club

    Fr. Stan Czarnecki SJ |
    first and third Thursday | 3-3:45 pm
    room 156

    The Polish Club’s mission is to bring together not only students of Polish heritage but ALL students regardless of race, sex, religion, ethnicity, or ability, interested in exploring Polish culture, customs, and history. This will be done by promoting Polish traditions by participating in educational, social, and religious activities and by cultivating relationships across all cultures through their connections with the Polish people.


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  • INSIGNIS (meaning “distinguished”)

    Mr. Gombac |
    Room 109

    Insignis is a junior and senior student service organization dedicated to assisting within the school.  Members work school events such as Back-to-School Night, Open House, Parent-Teacher Conferences, as resources for guests and host the annual Freshman Homecoming Luau as well.  Meetings become infrequent as information will be conveyed primarily through our Group Gmail. Applications are made available second semester.
  • Misericordia Club

    Mr. Leon and Mrs. Semple | and
    meeting date: tbd
    room 90

    To create an foster relationships with Misericordia residents in order to help others and broaden the Loyola Academy community.
  • SAVE

    Ms. Walchuk |
    Every other Wednesday | 3:00-4:00 pm
    room 112
    S.A.V.E. stands for Students Against Violating the Earth.  Over the course of 20+ years, SAVE has promoted water conservation, organic farming, eco-friendly cosmetics, awareness of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder of bees), industrial hemp, recycling, zero waste, energy efficiency, composting, and many other topics related to the environment. Every spring SAVE hosts an Earth Day Fair in which faculty, staff and students are invited to learn about various environmental topics.

    Students who want a platform to make a difference in the school should join SAVE!
  • Torch Club

    Mr. McGuire |
    Wednesdays once a month from 7:10-7:40am in the Theater, Marillac Room or East Gym

    Torch Club is dedicated to service to the school. The members fulfill roles that promote school spirit and set an example of giving of one’s time. This is the oldest club at Loyola Academy.

Leadership Clubs

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Sport & Social

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  • Adventure Games

    Ms. Pagnotta |
    Thursdays | 3:00-5:00 pm
    room 6

    Our mission is provide students with an environment to explore their passions for pen and paper, card, and board games together while fostering a sense of community, social responsiveness, and belonging at our school. 
  • ANIME Club

    Ms. Waid-Prince |
    Mondays | 3-4 pm
    room 221

    Our mission is to enjoy and discuss Anime in all of its acceptable forms, while building a smaller community within the school. Pursuing a common interest as a community fosters a sense of belonging for all. ANIME is a Japanese form of animation that is aimed at both children and adults. The ANIME Club meets weekly to watch and discuss tv shows and movies of this genre together.
  • Bowling Intramurals

    Ms. Buckley |
    Mr. Tres |

    Bowling Intramurals runs in the fall.  Students meet at the Brunswick Zone to bowl and socialize. There is also a bowling team which competes in from late October through the state tournament in January. Nominal fee to participate.
  • Chess Club

    Mr. Azpell |
    Thursdays | 7:15 am
    room 208

    The goal is to have fun playing chess.
  • E Gaming Club

    Mr. Lucki |
    newly formed - information to follow
  • Equestrian Club

    Ms. McGuire |
    Wednesdays (every other week) | 7:15 am
    room 3 

    The Loyola Academy Equestrian Association (LAEA) believes that commitment, dedication and love of horses are more important than ability. We have an emphasis on learning, sportsmanship and fun. Riders of all levels are welcome.
  • Figure Skating Club

    Ms. Krein |
    as needed

    Students compete as a team several times throughout the year.
  • Film Club

    Mr. Brown |
    every other Thursday | 3-5 pm
    room 10

    The Loyola Academy Film club believes in the power and beauty of film. Seeking to expand students' cultural literary and engagement. Requires a waiver signed by parents.
  • Fishing Club

    Mrs. Nugent |   
    Mr. Zaker |
    Mr. Hooker |
    Wednesdays | 3:00
    room 155

    Fishing club and team strive to engage Loyola students in fishing and outdoor activities.
  • Gourmet Club

    Mrs. Butvilas |
    Thursdays | 3-4 pm
    Jesuit Residence Kitchen

  • Hamilton Club

    Ms. Soni |
    Thursdays | 3:00
    room 108
  • Philosophy Club

    Dr. Myslinski |
    Mondays |3-4 pm
    room 37

    The mission of the Philosophy Club is to bring together students at Loyola Academy who have an interest in the multi-faceted field of philosophy. This club will create an environment in which the students will engage in constructive meaningful dialogue of philosophical texts and topics in order to disclose the questions and values that serve to shape and direct one's life.

  • Ping Pong Club and Team

    Mr. Rank |
    Mondays and Wednesdays | 3:00 pm

    The goal is to promote ping pong as both a sport and recreational activity to increase friendships and connections among students.
  • Platform Tennis Club

    Mr. Gordon |

    Play starts in October/November - more information to follow at that time.

    The goal is to form young paddle players who can enjoy the game and compete at a high level for years to come.
  • Rambler Rousers

    Ms. Krein |
    as needed

    This student-led group helps to support Loyola spirit, specifically by participating in the pep rally and brainstorming new ways to have students support their classmates in sports and fine arts.
  • Yoga Club

    Mr. Lupo |
    Tuesdays | 3:10
    room 10

    The mission of the yoga club is to offer students a means to find balance, strength, and focus in body, mind, and spirit. At Loyola, yoga offers a way to improve physical fitness, practice self-awareness, and apply relaxation techniques. Yoga club wishes to promote the practice and study of yoga, and to foster a welcoming community around this practice.
  • Young Democrats

    Ms. Wysocki |

    Young Democrat's mission is to help young people interested in politics have a better understanding of the government, all political parties, and learn how we can take political action at the school, local, and federal levels.
  • Young Republicans

    Mr. Hengelmann |
    Tuesdays | 7:10 am
    room 106

    The goal is to provide a forum for the discussion of Republican and conservative ideology, to encourage involvement in the political process as best as possible, to respectfully stand up for principles when faced with adversity, and foster the growth of future conservative leaders.


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  • Rambler Stream

    Ms. Krein |
    as needed

    This student run organization broadcasts from Loyola football and basketball games.
  • The Prep

    Ms. Klein | Wednesdays | 3:00 room 77 (rotating schedule but Wednesday is the best time to catch us in the office)

    The Prep is dedicated to fostering journalism in the LA community. We strive to research and produce timely articles on events that are relevant to the school. The paper is online now and can be found at
  • Today @ LA

    Mr. Repel  |
    as needed

    Today @ LA provides a fun start to your Friday and weekend. Today @ LA is a small group of students who put together a fun audio broadcast on Friday mornings. We have a birthday segment and a DJ for a day segment to help raise money for Mission collection.
  • Yearbook

    Mrs. Gombac | 
    Monday-Thursday | 3-4 pm
    room 77

    The Year, the student yearbook at Loyola Academy, attempts to cover the people and events of the school community as fairly, impartially, and accurately as possible. It provides a history in pictures and copy of the school year. Through the emphasis on the skills of writing, design, photography, and business it offers an educational opportunity for staff members who must learn to accept responsibility and assume leadership roles. 
    Students can join at any time and can be a part of the club at any point through the year they'd like. If they play a sport, they can be part of yearbook for just one season if that's all they have free.


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    Ms. Melissa Krein 

    Director of Student Activities
    (847) 920-2604

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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.
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