The tradition of Catholic Education in the Mankato area began in 1865 with the establishment of the first Catholic parish school, SS. Peter & Paul. Loyola High School began in 1908 and Good Counsel Academy opened in 1912. Three more elementary schools became part of the picture: Holy Rosary (1925); St. John the Baptist (1942); and St. Joseph the Worker (1958). In 1969 all parish school 7th and 8th graders combined in a new educational venture, Fitzgerald Middle School. St. Joseph and St. John merged in 1973. Good Counsel Academy closed in 1980. Loyola Catholic School has evolved as the parish elementary schools, Fitzgerald Middle School, and Loyola High School consolidated into one system, Mankato Area Catholic Schools Inc, in 1990.
In 2006 our school system continued on its journey when we were renamed Loyola Catholic School. Today we continue to be supported by four parishes: Holy Rosary, St John the Baptist, Ss. Peter and Paul and St Joseph the Worker, as well as the School Sisters of Notre Dame.
Loyola Catholic School has a long tradition of guiding students on their faith journeys and integrating principles of our faith tradition throughout our curriculum. Today, Loyola has two campuses. Our Good Counsel Campus houses grades Pre-K to 3 and 9 to 12 and our Fitzgerald Campus houses grades 4-8.
Our students and staff gather regularly as a faith community. While not all our families are Catholic, we anchor our guiding principles in Catholic Christian values, especially expressed through service. Students of all faith traditions are invited to share their own faith experience, enriching our school community and calling us to mutual respect and understanding.
Most of our classes average 50 students per class. Current principals are Sister Mary Beth Schraml, SSND, our primary grade principal; Mr. William Schumacher, our intermediate grade principal; and Shelley Schultz, our high school principal.