Mission & History


Why LCS?
For over 150 years Catholic education in the Mankato area has ensured students receive an academically rigorous, dynamic, God-centered education. We strive to work with families to develop the whole child. We model and teach our core principles of:  faith, academic excellence, leadership and service ensuring that students graduate from Loyola well-prepared to face life’s challenges and excel as individuals and members of Catholic, local, and global communities.

Mission Statement
By teaching and modeling Gospel values Loyola Catholic School is a dynamic, nurturing community which successfully educates students to be critical thinkers, moral decision-makers and contributors to our church and world.

We Believe…
God is the center of all we do
We are a Catholic faith community, which fosters life-long relationships with God, self and world
To serve is essential
In the pursuit of academic excellence
In helping each person grow toward his or her full potential


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 were added: 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 MACS was renamed Loyola Catholic School.  Today as throughout its history, Loyola is supported by the four local 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. The Good Counsel Campus houses grades Pre-K to 3 and 9 to 12 and our Fitzgerald Campus houses grades 4-8.

Loyola 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.

In 2016, a new administration team was formed to address the growing needs of our thriving institution. Adam Bemmels was appointed as a system-wide principal, Kristi Degen as Dean of Academics, and Steve Dornbach as Dean of Students.