Student Experience

Middle School

Transforming Boys into Young Men

Loyola Blakefield’s middle school provides an ideal setting for boys to engage in a challenging course of studies, while developing disciplined academic skills and a focused approach to learning. We offer a variety of engaging course offerings that ignite curiosity and provide the foundation necessary for success at the high school level.

Students in grades 6–8 experience an academic program that ignites curiosity, stretches their imagination, and ultimately leads to success at the high school level. While they are actively integrated with grades 9–12 for all aspects of student life including sporting events, student forums, Mass, pep rallies, mentorship opportunities, and more, they have an experience that is all their own.

What sets us apart?

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  • 6th Grade Advisory Program

    Experiences in the middle level years are critical to development. Our 6th Grade Advisory Program pairs an adult mentor with a small group of students designed to:

    • Assist with adjustment to the middle school setting.
    • Help students better understand themselves and their relationships with others.
    • Improve organizational, test-taking, and study skills.
    • Guide students to better understand their roles and responsibilities within their family, school, and community.
  • Class Size

    Our class sizes in grades 6–8 are smaller by design. This provides a tailored approach to learning, as well as age-appropriate formational opportunities.

    One of the most distinguished characteristics of our middle school program is our faculty who are dedicated to applying learning strategies that work best for boys. Their passion and energy is one of the many reasons why Loyola’s middle school is the ideal setting for academic, social, and spiritual growth.
  • Counseling

    In addition to resources made available through the Guidance Office, we have a dedicated middle school counselor who provides age-appropriate support and programming to assist students in navigating their studies, as well as addressing issues related to mental health/wellness and any other personal, social, or academic challenges they may face.
  • Spiritual Formation

    Our robust retreat and service programs are designed to provide students with opportunities to explore their faith and grow closer to one another. Often led by upper school students, retreats are one of the many ways a Loyola middle school student creates relationships with his classmates and dives deeper into the unique values of a Jesuit education. Service work, in partnership with local schools and organizations, allows our Dons to broaden their perspective and begin to develop a lifelog commitment to serving others.
  • Physical Education

    Our 6th and 7th grade students take part in a physical education class daily. Units range anywhere from archery and fencing to water polo and swimming.


List of 2 members.

  • Photo of John O'Hara

    Mr. John O'Hara 96

    Middle School Principal
    (410) 823-0601 Ext 528
  • Photo of Kelly Williams

    Mrs. Kelly Williams 

    Middle School Dean of Student Affairs
    (410) 823-0601 Ext 440

Middle School Courses

In addition to core subject areas, below is a sample of our exciting course offerings for our Middle School students:
  • Chorus
  • Classical Language: Greek, Latin
  • Current Events & Public Speaking
  • Foundation of Computer Science
  • Industrial Arts & Woodworking
  • Introduction to Coding
  • Meteorology/Climatology
  • Modern Language: Italian, Spanish
  • Performing Arts: Band, Chorus, Drama, Stage Craft
  • Visual Art
“What I love about our middle school is that our boys receive an incredible academic experience while they also explore their faith through our retreat programs, work together to serve their community, and have access to an extraordinary array of co-curricular actives on a campus that provides them plenty of room to grow.”

John O’Hara
Middle School Principal
500 Chestnut Ave. Towson, MD 21204
(410) 823-0601