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Intellectually Competent

A graduate of Loyola exhibits mastery of a five-year university preparatory curriculum and goes beyond intellectual excellence to incorporate Gospel values in the light of Ignatian heritage.

"The hardest lesson that I had to learn during my time at Loyola—and it took the advice of many teachers and fellow students to do so—was what 'academic excellence' really means. I came into high school with the mindset that I had to have the highest grades, that I had to push myself to be 'the best' and whatever that meant to me at the time. But that’s not what academic excellence is. You do have to push yourself, there is no doubt about that, but it is about pushing yourself to be the best you can be. It’s about competing with yourself, pushing your own limits, and realizing your potential, and it’s a very individual thing. It’s not always about getting a perfect grade, it’s about showing up for yourself and being able to say that you gave it everything you had."
- Matthew Mancini, Class of 2009