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Ch. 1 - Committing To Growth


 

Ch. 1 - Committing To Growth

         

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Ch. 1 - Committing To Growth


 

Ch. 1 - Committing To Growth

         

Boys in Baltimore City face a reality that just over half of male students will graduate from high school. In hopes of a brighter future, many families search for a better educational opportunity for their sons and discover Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy.  

 

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Open Houses For Parents & Guardians

Baltimore City families may not have many choices when it comes to their children's education.  In search of the best educational opportunity for their son, parents attend the Academy's open houses in the fall to learn about our academic program and our graduates successful path to high school graduation and college.

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The Application Process

In addition to completing an application, prospective parents and students are interviewed, supporting materials are reviewed, and eligible students are invited to attend JumpStart, a 6-week program of Saturday morning classes beginning each March. Upon completion of JumpStart, admission to the Academy is offered to 30 incoming 5th grade students.


Day 1 at St. Ignatius

After four weeks of classes in July, the academic term begins at the end of August.  Although our new students will inevitably feel a bit of trepidation, the Academy's warm and welcoming environment soon makes everyone feel at home.

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7:25 Breakfast
Our students' day begins with breakfast with their Advisory. They enjoy breakfast along with lunch and snack provided by Revolution Foods whose healthy, homemade meals are low in sugar and additives and high in great taste.

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8:00 - 3:30 Classes
Academy students move throughout our building during the day, attending a variety of challenging, interactive classes. Visit Our Program for more detailed information about the curriculum.

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9:50 - 10:10  Advisory
Upon entering the Academy, students are placed into an Advisory comprised of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students which will be their special community for three years. During Advisory, students work on organizational skills and team building. 


 

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3:30 - 5  Mon/Wed Study Hall
Students who need a little help work with college-aged tutors in Homework Club or individual tutors and teachers to help that student gain a firmer academic footing.  If you'd like to work one-on-one as a student tutor, learn more about it at Volunteer.
 

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3:30 - 5   Tues/Thurs  Sports
All students engage in sports for at least two seasons a year. 5th and 6th graders learn new skills in intramurals, while 7th and 8th graders chose interscholastic or intramural teams.  Academy teams compete in soccer, cross country, wrestling, basketball, baseball and lacrosse. 
 

2:30 - 4  Fri   Clubs
There are a wide variety of clubs available to our students. From robotics to geo caching, yearbook, Spanish club to name just a few, students have the chance to develop new skills and interests. The Young Explorers Club meets on Saturdays to visit, learn and hike in area Parks.  
 

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Ch. 2 - Discovering A Second Home


 

Ch. 2 - Discovering A Second Home

 

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Ch. 2 - Discovering A Second Home


 

Ch. 2 - Discovering A Second Home

 

Adjusting To Heightened Expectations

Academic Rigor

The academic program at the Academy is challenging, demanding a serious approach to school.  With a goal of preparing our students for admission to and success in a wide array of top independent and competitive admission public schools, our students work hard each 9.5 hour day and leave with one to two hours of homework at night.

Learning Outside Our Walls

Learning at the Academy is not confined to the classroom.  With help from our variety of generous and supportive partners, classes learn about hydro-electicity at the Conowingo Generating Station, visit container ships docked in the Port to learn about the variety of commodities shipped here, and plant oysters in the Bay - just a few examples of how our boys engage with their community.

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Summertime is School time

Rising 7th and 8th grade students attend residential camp in southern Pennsylvania with the faculty for two weeks in June.  Students love their camp experience where swimming, outdoor play and overnight camping on the Appalachian Trail awaits them each summer.  Daily reading time ensures students continue to develop their skills .

Rising 7th and 8th grade students attend residential camp in southern Pennsylvania with the faculty for two weeks in June. Students love their camp experience where swimming, outdoor play and overnight camping on the Appalachian Trail awaits them each summer.  Daily reading time ensures students continue to develop their skills. Rising 6th graders attend a day camp program at the Academy's school building.

All Academy students return to campus for four weeks of class in July.  Incoming 6th grade students work on shoring up basic skills; 7th grade students study the Port of Baltimore in a unique partnership with the Association of Maryland Pilots, and 8th grade students learn critical research skills at the Enoch Pratt library with a project researching their neigshborhoods.

All Academy students return to campus for four weeks of class in July.  Incoming 5th and returning 6th grade students work on shoring up basic skills; 7th grade students study the Port of Baltimore in a unique partnership with the Association of Maryland Pilots; 8th grade students learn critical researching skills at the Enoch Pratt Library with a project studying the history of their neighborhoods. 


"Brothers For Others"

In addition to significant academic growth, Academy boys grow into a strong community working towards a common goal in Jesuit education of becoming Men for Others, or as they have adopted it, Brothers for Others.

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Rather than hustling in the door at the bell at 7:25 A.M. each morning, students come early to spend time with their friends.

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While each student has a locker, our boys feel safe leaving things at school - just like at home.

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Weekends become a chance to volunteer with their friends. Helping others becomes a familiar and valued trait.   

By the time for their first camp experience arrives, any fear is replaced by excited anticipation to spend two weeks with their new brothers.

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Ch. 3 - Becoming Men For Others


 

Ch. 3 - Becoming Men For Others

 

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Ch. 3 - Becoming Men For Others


 

Ch. 3 - Becoming Men For Others

 

The Tie Ceremony

Students in grades five through eight wear a tie each day. Shortly after the start of their final year, 8th grade students receive a different tie as an outward sign of their leadership at the Academy.  In the last few years, 8th grade classes have chosen a bow tie to set them apart as school leaders.

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Emerging Leaders

8th grade students model leadership to the classes following behind them.  In Advisory, they take the lead in initiating 5th grade students to the Academy's procedures and traditions. 8th grade students lead weekly chapel services and step outside of the school to serve as readers and mentors to kindergarten students at a local public school.

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Looking Forward To High School

From the time they arrive at the Academy, our students sights are directed toward preparing for high school.  Beginning in the 7th grade, students are assigned a high school placement counselor who begins talking with students and their families about the application process including applying for financial aid, and choosing the right high school for their student. Families attend the high school fair in 7th grade to start to become familiar with the wide variety of choices available, and return to the fair in 8th grade to help them finalize applications for the right schools.

 

High School Fair

Independent, boarding and competitive-admission public high schools from all around the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond come to the Academy in early September to speak with our students and their families about the special characteristics of their school. Families learn about the academic program, admissions process, financial aid, extracurricular activities and each school's individual culture.

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Results Day
The admissions process, beginning with the Fair and flowing through school visits, application submissions, and testing dates, comes to completion in late winter when our students learn to which schools they have been accepted. Watch Alexis' reaction as he opens his acceptance to the Baltimore School for the Arts. 


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Graduation

Graduation is a community-wide celebration of the motivation, achievement and success of our 8th grade celebrated at the site of our founding, Saint Ignatius Church. Recently, prominent Baltimore business, government and cultural figures like Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Mr. Eddie Brown have inspired students, families, friends and sponsors, sending these talented students off to high school.

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Ch. 4 - A Future Realized


 

Ch. 4 - A Future Realized

 

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Ch. 4 - A Future Realized


 

Ch. 4 - A Future Realized

 

After Graduation

Graduation is not the end of the Academy experience for our students. Saint Ignatius continues to provide support to all graduates through their high school years and into college.  Graduates in the workforce continue to view the Academy as home, stopping for visits, and engaging with their fellow alumni and current students.

Graduate Support

When they graduate from the Academy, our alumni are not left alone to navigate high school and beyond. Through our signature Graduate Support Program, we stay in touch with our alumni through twice a year visits to their high school, monitoring their grades and touching base with their counselors. We provide free SAT prep classes, bus trips to area colleges and help with the college application and financial aid process. Graduates stay in touch with each other through the many alumni events sponsored by Graduate Support. 

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Giving Back to the Academy

Our students fully embrace the Men for Others concept while at the Academy, and it becomes second nature for our graduates. Some alumni support the school financially through gifts to the annual fund; others give of their time through service on committees of the Board or volunteering at Academy programs like summer camp, Career Day or speaking at school events. Our alumni are engaged citizens in their communities and are our best ambassadors for our program.  

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You Don't Need to Call Before Coming Home

Not a week goes by without a visit from two or three Academy alums.  Recent grads stop by to play some hoops, and volunteer to help faculty with chores. They don't call ahead but just drop by, knowing they are always welcome.  

Alumni especially love our graduate events including the Thanksgiving football game, alumni socials and the summer picnic.  It's a great way to stay in touch, strengthening our bonds with these wonderful young men.

Recent grads drop by for a game of hoops on their high school holidays, or just to check in with favorite faculty and staff. 

Recent grads drop by for a game of hoops on their high school holidays, or just to check in with favorite faculty and staff. 

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Alumni Football Game

Alumni Social Events  

Alumni Social Events
 


 

An Enduring Legacy

Ties to the Academy run deep.  Over our 20-year history, many families have sent multiple members to our school, creating a lasting and valued family tradition.