Student Experience

Murray Learning Services

Providing Extra Support

At Loyola, through the intentional design of our schedule and the commitment of our teachers, administrators, and students, that every Don can feel confident and capable as he tackles his studies. Whether he meets with a teacher during a free period, or receives tutoring from a fellow Don, every Loyola student receives the level of support and
care needed to thrive.

One level of support that is offered is Murray Learning Services, a fee-for-service arrangement, available to both middle and upper school students. The program is meant to support bright, motivated Loyola students with documented learning differences in their efforts to complete all of Loyola’s requirements for graduation. The ultimate goal of the program is to provide its graduates with the tools necessary to succeed at the next level of their education.

In addition to working directly with participating students and their families, Murray Services also acts as a resource for all Loyola families who may have questions concerning learning issues; working closely with both Guidance and College Counseling. 

How to Apply

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  • Schedule A Meeting

    Contact Mr. Kevin Selby (Upper School Murray Program) or Mrs. Maria Baird (Middle School Murray Program) to arrange a meeting to discuss your son’s candidacy for Loyola Blakefield and Murray Learning Services.
  • Submit Records

    Submit the prospective student’s most recent individualized testing consisting of, but not limited to, psychological testing (WISC) and achievement testing (Woodcock Johnson) to Any application for Murray Learning Services will not be considered complete without both tests and a DSM V diagnosis of disability.

    Have a Question?
  • Apply to Loyola

    • Arrange a Don for a Day visit. Be sure to indicate that the applicant is interested in Murray Learning Services (MLS) and whether he would prefer to be hosted by a student who is enrolled in MLS.
    • Take the entrance exam, accessing appropriate accommodations.
    • Submit academic records.
    • Complete our online Admissions application.
    • Submit a Murray Learning application.

Who benefits from Murray Learning Services?

Generally, the greatest predictor of success at Loyola is motivation. Murray Learning Services is a tool that can enable motivated students with learning differences to achieve success at Loyola at levels commensurate with their aptitude. While this often requires extra time and extra effort, Murray students are represented in all levels of academic challenge within Loyola, including College Prep, Honors, and Advance Placement courses. The Murray student is responsible for completing the same rigorous course of study as all other Loyola students. The instruction and support found within Murray Services allows the student the opportunity to take part in the full range of extracurricular activities offered at Loyola, creating a well-rounded and fully engaged young man.

Middle School Contact

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    Mrs. Maria Baird 

    Middle School Murray Coordinator
    (410) 823-0601 Ext 456

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  • Middle School Murray

    Our Middle School Murray Program provides additional support to assist students who might otherwise not be able to access a program of study or who, by reason of their own learning difficulty or disability, may require a specialist's support beyond what is normally provided by Loyola Blakefield. The program consists of high-impact, research-based approaches to meet the students where they are to promote success in school.

    The objectives of the Middle School Murray Program include:

    • Increase vocabulary skills.
    • Build motivation and self-efficacy so that students become active, optimistic participants in class.
    • Provide rich, timely feedback that enables students to improve when it counts.
    • Address skills and knowledge gaps within the context of new learning.
    • Develop effective study skills and strategies.
    • Teach students the importance of being metacognitive (one's ability to use prior knowledge to plan a strategy to approach a learning task, take necessary steps to problem-solve, reflect and evaluate, and modify one's approach when needed). Metacognition enables learners to choose the right cognitive tool for the task and plays a critical role in successful learning.

    Some strategies and skills that are taught at this level include:

    • Active learning strategies
    • Executive function skills
    • Daily study habits
    • Planning and management of studying
    • Reading comprehension skills
    • Reading and spelling
    • Writing skills
    • Monitoring of understanding
    • Evaluation and reflection

Upper School Contact

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    Mr. Kevin Selby 

    Department Chair Murray Services, Learning Specialist
    (410) 823-0601 Ext 248

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  • Upper School Murray

    Our Upper School Murray Learning Program helps students understand their learning differences; recognizing and utilizing their strengths as they work to improve in areas of weakness. A team of seven special tutors meets daily with students, implementing individualized learning plans which are based on the student’s psycho-educational testing.

    Reading, writing, and speaking skills are strengthened as tutors work one-to-one or in small groups, using materials that complement course work. Math and science are supported as students work with tutors within these subject areas as they learn specific strategies to help them to be successful in these disciplines. In addition, accommodations are provided as appropriate and in-line with those offered by The College Board to students with learning differences when they take the PSAT, SAT, and AP tests.
500 Chestnut Ave. Towson, MD 21204
(410) 823-0601