Loyola Academy's first graduating class (photo courtesy of Loyola Academy)
Loyola Academy’s first graduating class (photo courtesy of Loyola Academy)

Loyola Academy promoted its first class of scholars to the Brophy College Preparatory Class of 2018 at a ceremony in the historic Brophy Chapel May 20. The graduates are the first to complete sixth, seventh and eighth-grade on Brophy’s campus.

The Jesuit high school opened the middle school in 2011 for junior high boys who showed academic promise, but had limited resources. The scholars engaged in a rigorous 11 month schedule of 10 hour days in study and formation to prepare them for Brophy academics in the ninth grade.

Many proved themselves ready for high school on a Jesuit campus. Every eighth grade scholar took the National Latin Exam with three receiving a Cum Laude designation and one receiving a Magna Cum Laude designation. Eleven scholars took Honors Geometry with Brophy sophomores and and nine took Honors Algebra.

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  • Video highlights[/quote_box_right]At the Promotion Ceremony, Kendra Krause, Loyola’s director, said “Nelson (Loyola scholar) asked me last week what I had learned about education from my experience here. And I don’t know that I can put that into words but I said to him that you have affirmed all of the best things I believed:  That kids, when loved and supported, make amazing strides; that really good teachers and kids who want to learn can make magic happen – without anything fancy.”

The 25 scholars are the fruits of that labor.  Loyola Academy is Brophy’s response to a call to action on the simple premise that every child deserves an opportunity.