St Ignatius Loyola High School NYC Admissions: How To Get In!



St Ignatius Loyola High School is a co-ed, independent, historically Catholic high school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The school remains one of the top Catholic day schools in the city, and it can be a great fit for some students. Read on to see whether Loyola High School NYC might be the right place to grow!

Loyola High School NYC | School Overview

Loyola was founded in 1900 and has a total enrollment of approximately two hundred students at any given time. The average class size is small, around fifteen students, and most students pursue several in-school and out of school extracurriculars. The Loyola mission is to prepare students to excel in college, which means focusing on developing analytical skills, cultivating self-expression, have a solid life philosophy, and maturing as students.

Over their high school time at Loyola, students will take four years of English and theology; three years of history, math, science, and a foreign language; and semesters in art, health, music, and speech. Much of senior year at Loyola is left free for electives in a variety of subjects, allowing students to direct their own learning before heading to college.

After school, Loyola has eleven varsity sports teams and four JV teams. Outside of athletics, students participate in clubs and activities such as Amnesty International, chorus, diversity groups, forensics, dance, tutoring, stock market club, and more.

Loyola appeals to parents by saying the school is a unique place to learn, and the "only independent, coeducational, Jesuit school in New York City." Visit the official Loyola School NYC website for more information about the school.

Loyola NYC| Admissions Information

Loyola has a lengthy admissions process including grades, standardized testing, recommendations, and more. Two separate sets of dates apply; one for early decision to Loyola, and one for regular decision. Note that applicants accepted during early decision must attend Loyola (pending financial aid packages).

Key dates:

  • Mid November Early decision application: parts one and two
    Regular decision application: part one

  • Early December Regular decision application: part two

  • Throughout December Interviews and tours for students

    The application process for Loyola High School in NYC also requires students to submit plenty of information. In addition to the two parts of the Loyola application, students need their historical performance and teacher references.

    These requirements include:

  • School transcripts from past two years

  • Most recent report card

  • English teacher recommendation

  • Math teacher recommendation

  • Standardized test results (ISEE, SSAT, HSPT)

    Only applications with all the required info will be considered for final admissions.

    Once students submit their Loyola application, they will be contacted for an interview at the school. This interview will include a tour of the school so students can get a sense of the facility and whether Loyola might be a good match.

    Loyola School New York City | Test Options

    As part of the Loyola process, students must submit results from the Independent School Entrance Exam (“ISEE”), or the Secondary School Admissions Test (“SSAT”), or take the High School Placement Test (“HSPT”) at Loyola in mid-November.

    The good news is each exam includes similar material: students should prepare for reading comprehensive / verbal questions, quantitative reasoning / math ability questions, and a writing sample. For more info, see our previous posts on the ISEE or SSAT.

    Since doing well on reading / verbal, math, and writing will all be essential for a competitive score, no matter which exam students choose, now is a good time to brush up on any weaker areas. Since only two hundred students attend, and around fifty join each year as ninth graders, a good test score combined with a strong application can make a big difference.

    How Can We Help?

    At Origins Tutoring, we believe that preparation for the Loyola High School NYC admissions test (“ISEE”, "HSPT", or "SSAT") does not have to be daunting and exasperating; instead, it can represent an important opportunity along a student’s path to learning mastery. Indeed, the perspectives and abilities acquired during preparation can last a lifetime.

    Our two-track approach to mastering content and improving test-taking skills means that students will not only thoroughly understand the fundamental concepts and skills tested by the ISEE, HSPT and SSAT, but they will also excel in using essential techniques to improve attitude, endurance and focus.

    Our students hone their independent thinking skills while developing a resilient mindset so they can perform on test day in a powerful, resourceful, creative and calm manner. Each student in our program receives the undivided attention and expertise of a dynamic and experienced coach who provides the framework to support each student on his unique path to becoming a master learner.

    Please call 917.287.7927 now for a complimentary consultation to discuss how we can help your child achieve his or her personal best on whichever test you select for your child to take for admission to Loyola High School NYC.