A Call to the Magis
The Clavius Scholars Honors Program is an enrichment program designed to enhance the curriculum of Loyola’s most gifted and motivated students. Created in 2007, the Clavius Scholars Honors Program prepares Loyola graduates for admission to the finest universities in the world by focusing on their interest in science and math. The Program works to form students with a critical appreciation of the scientific process and inquiry grounded in the Great Books Foundation’s Shared Inquiry method. Worthy of its Jesuit ideals, the Clavius Scholars Program calls students to approach their studies as analytical learners, to maximize the use of their talents, to actively serve others in need of those talents, and to consider the environmental and social impact of their actions.
If you have additional questions about the Clavius Scholars Program, please contact Nathan Anderson, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Admission
Students may apply for admission to the Clavius Scholars near the end of their first semester of freshman year. Candidates must have an un-weighted grade average of 90% or better, they must be enrolled in at least four honors level courses for the sophomore year, and they must complete an extensive application process.
The Call to Serve
Throughout their three years in the program Clavius Scholars involve themselves in the community by performing at least 50 hours of service. This service is done through the Arrupe Service Program and other service opportunities.
Interdisciplinary Field Trips
Throughout the school year, the Clavius Scholars attend field trips offered only to participants in the program. Students enjoy visits to local museums, laboratories, and environmental field experiences such as Museum of Science and Industry, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and canoe rides down the Chicago River. The Program also invites guest speakers to address the Clavius and Dumbach Scholars at Loyola on topics ranging from acts of heroism to crises of social and environmental justice.
The Clavius Curriculum:
Clavius Scholars attend their classes along with students that are not participating in the program. They must maintain a 90% un-weighted grade average and be enrolled in four honors or AP level classes. The focus on science and math, Clavius Scholars take AP Statistics and an AP science class of their choice before they graduate. The table below offers a sample course load for a Clavius Scholar.
||AP English or English 4
||Honors Algebra 1 or Honors Geometry
||Honors Geometry or Honors Algebra 2
|| Honors Algebra 2 or Precalculus or AP Math
||AP Calculus, or Linear Algebra/Multi-variable Calculus
||Faith & Sacraments
||Theology Quest or Justice Seminar
||Language 4 (optional)
|Phys. Ed or Performing Arts
||Phys. Ed/Health or Performing Arts
||Phys. Ed or Performing Arts
|| Fine Art
|Science: Integrated Program
||AP Bio or Honors Biology
||AP Science or Elective
||Introduction to Natural and Physical Sciences
||AP Bio or Honors Biology
||Honors Physics or AP Science
||Great Books Seminar
||Great Films Seminar