The school is named Loyola Elementary in honor of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus, who over 450 years ago created the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP).
What is the Ignation Pedagogical Paradigm (IPP)?
The IPP, Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm is a way of learning and a method of teaching taken from the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and adopts a holistic view of the world. The five main elements are Context, Experience, Reflection, Action, and Evaluation. A Practical Approach is one of two key documents, which emerged from a lengthy and worldwide reflection on Ignation education in the 1970/80s.
What is the Curriculum?
In response to the need for adding the faith component to early childhood education (K through 5), Loyola Elementary is being established in Miami Florida in 2017 with the uniqueness of adding to the traditional academic core curriculum an expanded element of classical music, visual arts, and gymnastics all in the spirit of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. A group of three professionals of each grade level (one from the public system, one from the charter system and one from the private/Catholic system) have created the curriculum following the guidelines of the Department of Education.
What is Cura Personalis?
Cura Personalis is a Latin phrase that translates as "care for the entire person” MIND-BODY-SPIRIT. Cura Personalis suggests individualized attention to the needs of the other, distinct respect for his or her unique circumstances and concerns, and an appropriate appreciation for his or her particular gifts and insights.
What is MAGIS?
Magis literally translates to “more.” It is a challenge to strive for excellence. Our staff, students and parents are challenged to reflect within themselves and think “What more can I do for myself? What more can I do for others? What more can I do for nature?”
My child is not Catholic?
Loyola Elementary admits students without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin.
What is the student-to-teacher ratio?
Our classrooms do not exceed 20 students and two teachers, a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Teachers get to know each student well and can understand students’ individual needs by assessing students’ cognitive, social, emotional and physical growth.
When did Loyola commence?
Loyola commenced with the Kindergarten founding class in the fall of 2017. In 2018, 1st grade was added and each year an additional grade level will be implemented.
Do we offer financial aid?
Loyola believes that the cost of a high-quality education should not be a deterrent to prospective applicants. In recognition of the concern students and families have with finding adequate resources to meet these costs, our financial aid program is designed to make Loyola affordable to those students we admit.