Exploratories

Loyola Academy prides itself on offering students the opportunities to try new things, explore interests, and discover new talents and abilities. To encourage and foster student engagement, Loyola Academy offers students the opportunity to rotate through Exploratory classes three times a year.

Offerings include:

Robotics

From https://education.lego.com/en-us/lesi/middle-school/mindstorms-education-ev3/why-robotics

“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   will 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. This year’s science and STEM program is sponsored in part by the Boston Univeristy GLACIER K-12 NSF program, so the course is inspired through the work and research of scientists working to solve environmental issues at 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 will focus 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.

Learning Styles:

Loyola Acdemy recognizes and addresses the unique learning styles of each individual student. Learning styles include: which include: Visual, Verbal, Auditory, Logical/Mathematical, Musical, Kinesthetic and Interpersonal.

In order to give students to opportunity to be and feel successful, Loyola Academy provides opportunities for students with each learning style to achieve.

21st Century Learning

In the 21st century, students are expected to have the skills, knowledge and expertise students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century. In addition to content knowledge in the areas of English, reading or language arts World languages, Arts, Mathematics, Economics, Science, Geography, History, Government and Civics,

Loyola Academy students benefit from a rigorous academic program, and through the Exploratories, are introduced to interdisciplinary themes that help them develop into world citizens. These themes include:global awareness; financial, economic and entrepreneurial literacy; civic literacy; health literacy; and environmental literacy.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of the Exploratories is the development of Learning & Innovation skills, as well as Information, Media and Technology Skills.

Learning and innovation skills increasingly are being recognized as the skills that separate students who are prepared for increasingly complex life and work environments in the 21st century, and those who are not. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future. These skills include: creativity & innovation; critical thinking and problem solving; communication & collaboration.

Today we live in a technology and media-suffused environment with: 1) access to an abundance of information, 2) rapid changes in technology tools, and 3) the ability to collaborate and make individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. To be effective in the 21st century, citizens and workers must be able to create, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly utilize information, media, and technology.

Today’s life and work environments require far more than thinking skills and content knowledge. The ability to navigate the complex life and work environments in the globally competitive information age requires students to pay rigorous attention to developing adequate life and career skills including:

  • Flexibility & Adaptability
  • Initiative & Self Direction
  • Social & Cross-Cultural Skills
  • Productivity & Accountability
  • Leadership & Responsibility

By offering classes like Robotics, Art, Band, Choir, Green, and Digital Design, Loyola Academy provides support and opportunity to students with different learning styles.

 

 

Exploratory Class Trips

Grade 6-

Nature’s Classroom is a residential environmental education program, at thirteen wonderful sites in New York and New England. Most schools take advantage of our five-day program, while some decide that a shorter stay will work for them. 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.

http://www.naturesclassroom.org/

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 nation’s capital allows students to see our government at work, to visit historical monuments, and experience leraning outside the confines of a classroom. In addition to learning about geography, history, our democracy, students have fun!

The trip to Philadelphia is really 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.