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Loretto Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 1106 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted August 8, 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


Posted 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!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Both teachers and parents are amazing! Everyone works together to make this school the best it can be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 5, 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 :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 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


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 58% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
85%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 83% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 81% in 2012.

175 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
98%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Black 8% 23%
Hispanic 8% 29%
Asian 5% 3%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 67%65%61%
Master's degree 32%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 1%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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3900 Loretto Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32223
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