The Loyola School: Elementary

On June 29, 2021, the Loyola Early Learning Center (LELC) changed its name to The Loyola School to reflect its expanded mission, now including a new elementary school (grades K-4*). We invest in Baltimore’s earliest learners when it matters most through high-quality early learning from preschool through grades K-4*, equipping students for success in middle school and life.

The Loyola School will build upon the successful model of LELC by offering quality kindergarten through fourth* grade to 200 children including LELC PreK graduates and other Baltimore City boys and girls.

This elementary school provides high-quality education that leads to improved outcomes to meet the needs of at-risk students in Baltimore City and ensures that the key ingredients to student success—access to early childhood programs, effective teachers, rigorous curriculum, and parent involvement—are available to them.

*TLS welcomed its first class of kindergarteners in September 2021 and will add one grade each year until reaching full capacity (grades K-4) in September 2025. In the 2022/2023 school year, TLS’s elementary school is only offering Kindergarten and first grade classes.


The Loyola School, founded in the Jesuit tradition of academic learning, personal care, and spiritual growth, is a scholarship-based school serving children aged two through grade four* from Baltimore City families of limited financial means.

Our dedicated faculty honors the uniqueness of each child and family and nurtures the promise of all children by providing a caring and supportive environment where they can be active, engaged, and reflective learners.

We accompany our children as they develop both the academic competence and confidence to become leaders in their classroom, their school, and ultimately, the greater Baltimore community and beyond.

One of our LELC families who enrolled their child in The Loyola School Kindergarten.


Students must be residents of Baltimore City; families must meet financial eligibility and interview with our Admissions Team.

Scholarships are awarded to all students, while families are required to invest $5 per week in their child’s education.

Parent education programs take place monthly and volunteer hours are required. Parents/guardians must also sign a contract with the school each year.


Classes are in session year-round. The school day runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm during the academic semesters and 8:30 am to 3:00 pm during the 8-week summer program.

The school closes for two weeks in August for vacation and maintenance.


Our founder, Rev. Bill Watters, S.J., and the Board of Trustees plan to renovate buildings donated by the St. Ignatius Historic Trust to The Loyola School to construct the new elementary school.


Our faculty consists of a principal and teachers trained in early childhood education and/or elementary, plus a director, executive assistant, social worker, and academic support lead teacher.

“Our aim is to foster not only our students’ academic achievement but also their cognitive, affective, spiritual and social growth.”

Fr. William J. Watters, S.J.
President, The Loyola School

Our Funding Model

The funding model is similar to LELC. Key donors are asked to commit to a three-to-five-year sponsorship of $15,000 per year to support a student’s education.

Sponsors may also share the cost of a scholarship with other donors.

We support all students with a scholarship funded by sponsors or donations to the General Scholarship Fund.

Interested in Learning More?

Call 443-563-2589 or email William Nathan to schedule an appointment to tour The Loyola School. When you schedule a private tour, we can answer any questions you have and personalize your tour for your student and family’s interests.

You can also contact the school director at 443-563-2589 or email Erica Meadows at