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PK-5
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Jacksonville, FL
Students enrolled: 1,089
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3900 Loretto Road
Jacksonville, FL 32223

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(904) 260-5800
(904) 260-5835
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June 23, 2014
I love this school... My child attended Loretto and was very happy there. She was involved and engaged and learned so much. I loved the teachers the staff and even the other kids. I wished I would have known about Loretto when my two older were in elementary school!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
I attended Loretto from kindergarten to fifth grade, and I enjoyed my time there. I now attend Landon and I feel that this school prepared me for everything. The teachers and staff are all devoted to helping you, and will help you to succeed. On several occasions I had teachers wanting to and willing to stay after school with me, so that I could understand a concept. I would recommend this school to anyone, and everyone. -- Former Student

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2014
I am a parent and work and Loretto elementary. It is a great school. The teachers are very devoted and caring people. The CSS department (autism) is outstanding. This school continues to be an A school and it deserves to be one.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
As a freshman in highschool I look back to loretto and go wow what a great experience 4 stars as there were some aspects I did not completely come to a conclusion with. -Former Student

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2013
Great school teachers and staff are great it would have 5 stars BUT The lack of security in this day & age are too relaxed!

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2013
My daughter will begin this Fall at Loretto Elementary and I am interested in looking at information about the school online.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
Loretto has exceeded my expectations. Despite the size, Teachers and staff take an individual interest in each child and provide a safe and fun learning environment. Mrs. Ellis is an incredible kindergarten teacher and we are lucky to have been in her class.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2013
I am a student that moved on from Loretto two years ago. I honestly wouldn't have liked to have gone anywhere else. I think that the work I was given (especially in 5th grade) really helped prepare me for the challenges that now face me in middle school. This is saying a lot because i currently go to a college prep school, taking algebra a year early, and this school prepared me for it. I was (and still am) a straight A student all my life, and this is mainly due to the fact that Loretto's teachers really helped me to not just "get" the concept being learned, but examine it and really grasp it. I loved how I could grow not just academically, but socially as well. Even if you come in 2nd, 3rd, or 4th grade, you still know everyone by the end of your 5th grade year. I see that some people have been putting down the class size, but I loved having a larger class because all our ideas, questions, and opinions could be bounced off one another and gave us different ways of looking at something. I was going into 3rd grade when the principal changed, and I have to say that he has made it so much more the technology magnet that it is. Overall, I would strongly recommend Loretto.

- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2012
I love it here i am in fifth grade in Mr.keith's class and it is wonderful my name is dahlia the teachers are nice and i always get good grades

- submitted by a community member
February 07, 2012
I am a student at Loretto Elem. And so is my brother. We both love it there. I am in 5th grade and my brother is in kindergarten. Mr.Begley is a really fun princepal. Last year if we read a certain amount of book he ate a worm. This year if we read a certian amout of books he will kiss a pig. He always gets us motivated to read by doing some crazy things to reward us. Me and my brother are also in extended day and that is awesome too. I am a patrol and I love this school and I think ou would to

- submitted by a community member
January 24, 2012
My children and I had an excellent experience at this school. They went here for the 2010-2011 school year. Mrs. Toomer is by far, one of the best Kindergarten teachers I've ever seen! We also had Ms. Vogt and Ms. McMurry (team teachers) and the were excellent teachers! I could not have asked for better teachers. The teachers, who I have had the pleasure of working with, genuinely care about their students. They had a way of realting to the kids and making them feel special. They were very encouraging for those students who struggled. The school atmosphere was very family oriented. I can only speak from my experience, but I can not say enough kind words about this school!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
My daughter goes here and she has only gotten 4s and 5s on the FCAT. The teachers here are excellent

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
Loretto is an amazing school. My son loves to go to school everday. His first grade teacher, Ms. Ganas, truly cares about her students and does a great job communicatiog with parents!

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February 21, 2010
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January 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
I have had two children so far in this school and I have to say that things have have been so much worse since the changes.The new principal is rude and unedjucated in the matters of a.d.h.d and a.d.d students.If your child has a.d.d or a.d.h.d I do not recomend this school at present time. Not only are they irrisponsable with important paper work pertaining to these children They flat out do not care. Trust me when I tell you that if you send your child to this school he or she will just be a number not only do they not have the proper training as teachers to handle these issues, they flat out don't care. If you send your child to this school with these problem i promise you they will be just a number lost in the system.Frustrated

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
The new principal, Mr. Begley is great! He is motivated, enthusiastic and making positive changes to not just the physical plant of the school, but to the students and teachers. The school has always welcomed parental involvement. The children are encouraged to exceed expectations and to set and achieve goals. Yes, classrooms are larger than ideal, however the teachers work hard at making this situation a positive one. If we could change one thing it would be to keep more of the resource classes and to have them more frequently. Unfortunately, the cutbacks in the Duval County School budgets have forced these decreases. I coultn't end this without identifying some amazing teachers at Loretto - Mrs. Morcom, Mrs. Miller, Ms. Doan! Mrs. Miller, who is now working in administration was innovative, exciting and motivating! She made my child want to learn! Many thanks and keep up the good work.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2009
I loved going to Loretto. The staff are extremely kind and they always make sure that everyone feels that way.A lot of people are concerned about the attention that is given to their child in the classroom.Yes, it's true that the classrooms have 20-27 kids on average, maybe even more sometimes, but the teachers give their undivided attention.If there are more than 30 kids, there are 2 teachers.The teachers make sure that the kids understand the concept of the lesson and then they work on it more in the class or for homework.They make sure that you understand the importance of the lessons they teach.The kids feel better in a large class, that way they feel more like a family. In 5 gr,, you know everyone in school.Every child learns the requirements, even ones who are ESE.i would go to Loretto all over again if I could.

- submitted by a student
March 19, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2008
There are so many good qualities about this school. Teachers are outstanding. There is a lot of communication and the school encourages parent involvement. The problem here is size. There are a lot of students. They recently improved pick-up time so that you can get your child within 20 minutes of arriving on school grounds. The problem is- it also takes 20 minutes to drop your child off, and they do not excuse this tardy. The crowded classrooms are hard on kids with ADD or ADHD, as there is always some sort of distraction. I've spent days in the classroom trying to help my child focus because comparing homework and schoolwork is like looking at two entirely different children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2008
mrs miracle did an excellent job in teaching and relating to each child. my son strived to do his best and wanted to exceed his teachers expectations, and do so very well with her encouragement. she is a great asset to loretto and and welcome new teachers for 2007-08.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
Loretto has been a postive experience for my older child and I expect my younger child who starts Kindgerdarten next year to enjoy her time there. The teachers and office staff have always been great at allowing the parents to be involved and addressing issues that arise such as familial issues or learning issues. Ms. Chojn, Mrs. Bergan, Mrs. Herrmann/Ms. Fife (do not know new married name), and Mrs. Beaty (now retired) have been great!! We thank you for your firmness as an instructor, but also your compassion when life happens t our children

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
My son's experience at Loretto has been wonderful! We both love the school. I moved my son from a private school in Ortega because we recently moved to Mandarin and we're glad we did! The teachers care about my son and his education. I wouldnt change a thing! Way to go Loretto! Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
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- submitted by a student
April 05, 2008
My son went to loretto for Kindergarten in 2006-2007 we thought the education he recieved was OK. but really it was not. We sent him there for the first 3 weeks of first grade and it was so bad that I pulled him out and put him in a private school. I would warn other parents about sending thier children to this school. The classes are over crowded, the teachers are overwhelmed, they have very few resources for your child(music PE art etc.). As I said I pulled my child out once I opened my eyes to what was happening and thank goodness I did his new teachers said that he did not learn a thing there in Kindergarten and they had to teach him everything that he missed. It is sad that I cant send my son to the neighborhood school :(

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January 21, 2008
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August 28, 2007
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August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 08, 2007
I had serious problems with my child and his Kindergarten teacher and principal. Principal blindly supports teacher without ensuring the best interests of the child.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
I have major problems with this school. Not involved with the ar summer reading program this summer why not? Great way to get kids to read.Daughter had 75 ar pts last year made us both happy not this year

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2006
I thank it is a great school the teachers care about there kids. There is a lot of on hand work and one on one with the kids. They take the time to know that every kid understands the work that there doing.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2006
Way, way too big. Too many students. The classrooms are very small and have too many students in them. Teachers and administration have a very public school attitude. Meaning we really don't care about your kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2006
Loretto has been a superb school for our family. The teachers are great and very friendly as well. Loretto exceeds many private schools education levels. Parent involvement is high and it shows! We Love Loretto!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
My child attended Loretto for 3 years and was very successful there. Each year his teachers went out of their way to meet his special needs in the regular classroom setting. Even though the school is large, there is a community feel to the school and personalized attention is easily available. Many of the classes utilize co-teachers in a class of 30+ students. This is less than ideal even though it was at times helpful to have a 2nd teacher in the classroom. The classroom was crowded and having so many students made it more difficult for the quiet and shy students to participate in classroom discussions.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
teacher is very attentive, caring, my son has shown great improvement, its his first yr here in the United States coming from PR, thank you Ms.Zabrina Smith

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2005
Great school! Nice, caring teachers and students who really want to learn!

- submitted by a administrator
August 19, 2005
Wonderful school. I worked there in the past and its better than ever now. A+

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Excellent school. Older school with tons of quality academic programs and extracurricular activities (note: music fills quickly). Parents are rewarded for their involvement. Chilren are often bused in for their gifted programs.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
Excellent school. Full parental involvement allowed. There is even a parental lunch program (this is good if your kids are young- you can bring a fresh lunch everyday and eat with them on school gounds or leave and sign out/return them before the end of lunch period). Excellent gifted program where IQ scores from outside testing are permitted.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
The quality of the academice program is excellent. The music, art and sports are wonderful. The parent involvement at this school is awesome.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2005
I am a teacher here and think this is really an amazing school. The teachers work together as a team, love parent involvment and are led by a well-organized and strong principal.

- submitted by a teacher
August 07, 2004
Excellent school, new inclusion team of teachers for special education kids. cafetaria needs updating, great group of teachers at all levels. They welcome family involvement. After school tutoring is great.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2004
I think the ESE teachers are terrific. They try very hard to see the positive in their children and always are the child's advocate even if the parents don't agree.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
Overall, I am very happy with Loretto. The four teachers my kids have had have been great. I am conserned with resources in Duval County.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2003
This year has proved to be a very disappointing year at Loretto. The class sizes are too large and the children are not getting the individual attention that they need. There is no consistancy in the teaching. Unfortunately my child is in a 'team teaching' situation and it is not a good situation. The teachers run the gamut from overworked to underenthused, to say the least. I am very disappointed with my child's education this year. Loretto has a LOT of work to do to make it the 'A' school we are supposed to believe it is.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2003
The school is great. Teachers are knowledgeable and nice. Class sizes are at max for me, but at least they have gotten smaller. My child is adequately challenged in class and is excited about learning. The only complaint I have is concerning the contracting of buses and lunches. There is not enough control over these. The school should have a system of charging lunches when a child doesn't bring her money. The account could be paid before being allowed to receive grades, just as library fines, instead of calling parents to bring money or allowing kids to go without

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
I have mixed emotions about Loretto Elementary. This is our second year at Loretto and I was very hapy with my child's teacher last year. Hopefully this year will be a good one as well. I am happy with what my child learned last year, and feel that she is progressing as she should. However, I am very disappointed in several areas. Classes such as P.E., library, music and art should be scheduled every week. These classes are so scattered, that I don't feel the children have time to explore and learn in these areas on a routine basis. A set weekly schedule would be much better. Also, as a volunteer working in the hallway filing papers, I would see children running to different classes (speech, reading help etc. ) with absolutley no supervision. Sometimes they would linger about, running in and out of the school which I feel is not safe. Being that Loretto is an open campus, I think that this is an issue that needs to be addressed. The most important thing to me is that my child, and all children attending this school, are getting the best education possible, and that we as parents can send our children to school knowing that they are cared for and safe. Loretto does it's best to provide for our children and hopefully will continue to grow in the future.

- submitted by a parent
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Loretto Elementary School
3900 Loretto Road, Jacksonville, FL  32223
(904) 260-5800
Last modified Loretto Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Loretto Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top