Frequently Asked Questions
Below you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions and we encourage you to explore our website for more information as well.
If you have questions that are not answered, please contact the Office of Admissions at 646-346-8131.
How can I apply to Loyola School?
To begin the application process, please click here to create an account. Make sure to create your account using an email address you will have access to throughout the admission season as this will be your primary email contact with our school.
If at any point you should have a question about Ravenna or your application, please contact them at email@example.com, or our Admissions Office team.
What are the important dates to keep in mind?
Please click here to visit our Important Dates page for a complete list of application deadlines, Open Houses, and other Information Sessions.
Is there an entrance exam required for admission?
Yes. Students can take either the HSPT, ISEE, or SSAT exam. Only one exam is required for admission.
Students may register to take the HSPT administered by Loyola on Saturday, November 19th, 2016 by indicating this choice on Part I of their application.
Loyola also accepts the ISEE and the SSAT exams.
Applicants can register for the ISEE exam at www.iseetest.org or by phone at 1-800-446-0320.
Applicants can register for the SSAT at www.ssat.org.
As an Independent School, Loyola is not authorized to accept the TACHS exam.
Is Loyola co-educational?
Yes. Loyola is the only Jesuit, Catholic, independent, co-ed school in the tri-state. Young men and women work side-by-side to challenge themselves academically, religiously, aesthetically, physically, and socially to reach their full potential.
Is an interview required for admission?
While an interview is not required for admission, it is recommended. Once Part I of the application is received, the Office of Admissions will contact applicants to schedule an interview.
Please be aware that the Office of Admissions cannot accommodate every applicant's schedule. Rest assured, however, that applicants will NOT be penalized if an interview cannot be scheduled.
Can I spend a day at Loyola?
Yes, applicants may spend a Shadow Day at Loyola once they are accepted. These visits are scheduled after acceptance between February 8th, 2017 and March 16th, 2017.
During a Shadow Day, a current freshman will host the applicant as he/she follows the student to classes and activities throughout the day. Applicants will also be treated to lunch and offered the opportunity to pose questions to other students, teachers, and the Office of Admissions' staff.
Applicants are expected to dress appropriately for their visit.
What is Loyola looking for in an applicant?
The Loyola School is looking for a student who is well-rounded and will contribute positively to the school community.
What grade average is an applicant expected to have?
Parents and students often ask this question and expect a specific answer. It is important to note that a committee of educators evaluates each student applying to Loyola individually. While the typical Loyola applicant does well in middle school, there are many other equally important factors taken into consideration when evaluating an applicant.
Among the essential considerations, the committee looks for the following:
Consistent grades throughout an applicant’s school career
Commitment to his/her studies
Past community and social contributions, as evidenced by particaption in extra-curricular activities and/or community service
Correlation between the applicant’s aptitude (standardized test results) and the applicant’s achievement (academic grades)
Where can I get more information on tuition and the Financial Aid process?
Is there a merit-based award for academic excellence available to applicants?
The McKinnon Scholarship is our highest merit based award, offered in recognition of an applicant’s strength across academic disciplines as well as a commitment to his or her school through extracurricular and community based activities. A McKinnon scholar goes above and beyond what is asked of him or her in the classroom demonstrating exceptional leadership qualities, possessing a solid foundation of core values and a strong understanding of Jesuit education. A select number of applicants will also be named Presidential Scholars based of their academic work at their previous schools.
What is Loyola's policy on students with specialized learning needs?
Please see Loyola's Learning Needs Policy for more information on students with specialized learning needs.
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