Exploratories

Loyola Academy prides itself on offering students the opportunities to try new things, explore interests, and discover new talents and abilities. We help our students to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise to succeed in work and life in the 21st century.
 
Loyola Academy students benefit from a rigorous academic program, and are introduced to interdisciplinary themes that help them develop into world citizens as part of our Exploratory classes. These themes include: global awareness; financial, economic and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; health literacy; and environmental literacy. 
 
To encourage our students to develop adequate life and career skills, Loyola Academy offers students the opportunity to rotate through Exploratory classes three times a year.
 

Exploratory Offerings

 
Robotics from Lego Education
“At LEGO® Education, we remain committed to transforming the future of education and helping every student to succeed. Our proven and unique system for learning has never been more relevant: a hands-on, minds-on approach– the core of which is the enduringly engaging and versatile LEGO brick – designed to help students take ownership of the learning process, enabling them to actively develop the problem-solving skills and collaborative outlook necessary to become creators, not just consumers.”
 
Digital Design
Students are introduced to engineering with Tinker CAD, an online computer design program. Students create and design an object that can simplify a problem, then print the object on a 3-D printer.
 
Green
Green is a trimester-long course where students explore issues of global climate change and engage in hands-on learning activities and design projects in order to understand technologies related to conserving the environment and reducing greenhouse gasses. Our science and STEM program is sponsored in part by the Boston University GLACIER K-12 NSF program, so the course is inspired through the work and research of scientists working to solve environmental issues from the local level of Massachusetts to the global scale on Antarctica. A resident organic chemist from Boston University is working closely with the STEM program to help implement awareness of global change and provide special insights into the field of chemistry.This course focuses on four areas of environmental concern: Climate and the Chemistry of Climate Change; the Effects and Challenges of Fossil Fuels; The 3 Rs of Sustainable Systems; and the Effects on Plants, Animals, and Environment.
 
Visual Arts
Loyola Academy students are introduced to the elements of art: color, line, shape, space, texture and perspective. Art projects connect to content in English and History, including the European Renaissance, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement and the Holocaust
 
Performing Arts
Students have the opportunity to explore music through voice and instruments. Students sing as soloists and in the Junior Choir and School Choir; perform with the band; act and perform in staged productions with the Drama Club.
 
 

Exploratory Class Trips

 
Grade 6: Nature’s Classroom is a residential environmental education program, at 13 sites in New York and New England. After spending a week at Nature’s Classroom, living and learning together, students develop a sense of community, a confidence in themselves and an appreciation for others that carries over to the school community.
 
Grades 7 & 8: Students in grades 7 & 8 travel (in alternating years) travel to Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA. A visit to Washington, DC gives students the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital with their classmates and teachers. The trip allows students to see our government at work, visit historical monuments, and experience learning outside of a classroom. In addition to learning about geography, history and our democracy, students have fun!
 
The trip to Philadelphia is a visit to multiple historical periods, including the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. Highlights of the trip include: a visit to Gettysburg, Independence Hall, Franklin Court, the Constitution Museum and Valley Forge.