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A Jesuit College Preparatory Experience
Student Life


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  • The mission of the Counseling Department is

    To commit to provide a positive, relevant counseling program that is developmentally comprehensive, proactive in its approach, transformative at its core and inclusive in its inspiration, while based on the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) student competencies in the domains of academic, personal/social, college/career and rooted in our Jesuit Catholic tradition.
  • The vision of the Counseling Department is

    In collaboration with the school community, the Counseling Department is dedicated to inspiring and developing engaged, productive citizens who are independent, resilient, spiritual, culturally competent and devoted to lifelong learning and service to others.

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    Mrs. Sheila Blanchfield 

    School Counseling Department Chair
    (847) 920-2523

Do you need help for yourself or a friend?

Text LAHelp and a confidential message
to 1-844-823-5323
This anonymous service allows students to text a local licensed/certified mental health professional who is on-call 24/7 and can provide help for them or perhaps a friend that they feel is in need.

Individual Counseling

Loyola school counselors offer individual counseling to oversee their students’ growth in academic, personal/social, and college/career domains over the course of four years.
Counselors receive academic ineligibility reports and monitor students grades, consult with teachers as needed, and help students set goals and create four-year academic plans.
School counselors are responsible for responding to the immediate needs of students in crisis, whether due to medical, emotional or personal difficulty. While maintaining our professional obligation to confidentiality, counselors collaborate with parents, faculty, and outside clinicians to best support students during these times.
School counselors introduce long-term college and career planning with students during freshman and sophomore years; they collaborate with college counselors on shared students throughout the college search and application process junior and senior year.

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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.
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  • Freshman Year Formation

    The focus of the Freshman Formation program is ensuring a successful transition to high school, both academically and socially. Students gain an understanding of their values, learning styles, communication preferences, and team/leadership skills. Students are asked to continually reflect on their performance and develop improvement plans and set new goals. Self-advocacy is emphasized through role playing scenarios. The development of an assertive communication style is stressed. Students are encouraged to become involved in cocurriculars, ministry activities and/or sports to ensure that they have a balanced high school experience.
  • Sophomore Year Formation

    Sophomore year is a transitional year for students. After becoming acclimated to high school, many students spend this year exploring new activities and opportunities available. The Formation Program encourages students to seek out new avenues for individual development. The capstone of sophomore year is the sophomore Grad at Grad reflection. As a Jesuit institution, reflection is at the forefront of what we value.
  • Junior Year Formation

    The focus of the Junior Formation Program is preparation for college through self-awareness and understanding of the college search and application processes. Students develop a deeper understanding of self through values clarification and personality type assessments. They learn to use the college resource system, Naviance, to aid in finding the best fit college. Their Preliminary SAT (PSAT) results are reviewed and an improvement plan is developed. They are introduced to the ACT and SAT exams and a study preparation plan is completed. Through role play the students become prepared for interactions with college admissions representatives at the Loyola Academy College Night in the fall and college visits at Loyola throughout the year. The student and his/her family meet with their college counselor to explore college options.
  • Senior Year Formation

    Senior year is the culmination of high school students’ careers, launching them towards their future. Reflection and spirituality remain key components of the Formation Program. While many students are concerned with college applications and their college search, we give students structured support in these areas during Formation in their senior year. The first semester is geared towards application completion, financial aid planning, and career development. The second semester offers more in terms of preparing students for everything that accompanies going off to college – transitions to living with roommates, working with professors, and making healthy choices.

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.