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Loretto High School

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Posted March 12, 2010

I currently attend LHS and I canhonestly say this school has its good and bad overviews. Things come easily to me but sometimes even I have difficulty understanding a certain teacher's teaching method. Over all, this is a good school with a caring principal and lovable staff.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2010

This school stinks, they never have homework, they study for major tests that are designed to give the school and teachers more moinies, but they hardly ever learn anything new. Unless you are a highly motivated, self starter on your own, this school is for babysitting only!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2010

I think this is a great school my child really likes this school. She has been in other schools and this is the one she liked the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

As a fomer LHS student, I would not recommend sending my child to the high school. When I started college, It was apperant that I did not have the same foundation that other students had. They do not focus on education, only discipline.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

my son loves Loretto High School. He says there is nothing like it, He says it is excellent and I like it to. He does really good there. He is on the football team and is planning in trying out for basketball.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

As an alumni of LHS, the lack of quality education is painfully apparant whenever the student begins college. Alot of pressure is put onto students to excel in the mathematic area. I believe that LHS loses sight of the significance of other courses such as English, and History. I had amazing grades in these courses, yet was constantly made to feel inferior because of my lack of mathematical skills. Despite this i managed to recieve a full-ride scholarship to the school of my choice. However once beginning the actual classes i realized how behind i was. Mr. Phillip Wright, the principal for the 2008-2009 school year was incredibly partial to certain students, and many of us had expressed concern in this area. His extreme favoritistic behavior became a major problem with the discipline system at LHS. We're very happy to welcome Mr. Augustin as the new LHS leader.


Posted July 27, 2009

I am an alumni of LHS who also went to other schools and am torn between my loyalty to the school and my knowledge of the quality of education there. As much as it pains me to admit, the quality of education at Loretto High is very poor with the exception of a handful of driven but tired teachers. I graduated from high school having done one science experiment; many of my fellow alums could not pass college chemistry and physics classes because we had never been exposed to the material. Note-taking is extinct there except with one or two teachers. If one can overlook the problems with No Child Left Behind and the constant behavior issues at LHS (in every class period every day), one still finds too many uninspired teachers who don't want to spend the time to make learning fun. I sincerely, lovingly hope it improves.


Posted May 18, 2009

LHS is a good small school with approximately 550 students, but to correct the student who posted that it is prodomainantly middle to low income Catholic students, there are only approximately 20-25 Catholic students at LHS and that means that it is not prodomaintly Catholic. It is prodomaintly christian, with some of those christians being Catholic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

LHS is a good small school . It was predomainantly middle to low income catholic students . I enjoyed my years as a student .
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2009

LHS was and is a great school. The teachers there actually care how their students perform in their classes. They want all students to be able to receive the best possible education. There are numerous opportunities for students to get involved from clubs to athletics. Their SGA and many other organizations are phenomenal with the amount of community service they participate in every year. If I live in Lawrence County when I have children, I will most certainly make sure my child attends LHS.


Posted October 12, 2008

This school doesnt let the children express themselves. The only religion you can express there is christiananity. And how can the children learn of other cultures with that one religion. The children there seem grimer than they were the year befor. Not being able to were what they want nothing insane but like a simple skull. But I think this school is unsatisfactory. All they do there is work and no fun, Loretto High might as well be a public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2008

LHS is only a school of about 550 students, but you can get a better experience there. With a new principal arriving in 2008-09 school year, all may change. As of right now, Loretto has a great balance between academics, extra-curricular activities, and athletics. With highly qualified teachers and staff, you can't expect LHS not to be achieving state levels of excellence!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2008

As a former student and graduate of Loretto High, I have to say, that I thought the school and staff were wonderful. I moved to Tennessee my junior year in high school and everybody was helpful and very friendly. Mr. Daniels at that time was the assistant principal and he was absolutely great. He was so much fun and he could always make you smile.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2007

I'm a student at Loretto high school and it is a lot better school than all the other reviews make it out to be. So yeah, its not the biggest school in the county. But because it is small you are able to know your teachers and your principal way better than somewhere else. The kids who are in special ed. don't get bullied, there just another kid like the rest of us and the school makes [sure] they get to go to events like the special olympics. The teachers there are great! If you've had a bad day and your walking down the halls at break you can stop and talk to one of the teachers and they actually care, its not just I'll talk to you in class and then I don't want to see you the rest of the day, they actually care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2007

I'm currently enrolled at Loretto High School, and it's not bad as people say it is. There are some parents who get realy involed with loretto high school, and that's a good thing to, because if they didn't we wouldn't have some of the things we do. But we need more parents getting involved. The sports are ok. Loretto has some wonderful classes. Even if someone is having trouble understanding (special ed.) But over all Loretto is a good school. When a student is hurt in a car accident or something we take up money for them. Overall we are a caring school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 13, 2006

As a community activist I am currently not pleased with the performance of Loretto High School. The school lacks culture! As far as academics are concerned.... lets just say they are not up to par. However there a few excellent teachers such as Helen Smith and Debra Barnett. This is a small school in a small town. Choose your cards wisely and the results will be in your favor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

The academic program of Loretto High School is for all types of students. Those who wish to take hard classes have the advantage and those who want to get by can do what they wish. There are many classes that teach art and music. The school has many clubs and the girl's sports teams are very well off. There are excellent baseball, softball, tennis, and football programs and the school is a wonderful place to send your children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2005

It is unfortunate that the previous opinion expressed about LHS was so negative. Besides a few 'rotten apples,' it would seem that there are also a few sour grapes. Is it possible the child of the parent in question did not receive an honor or award because a student more qualified or deserving received it instead? As an alumnus and parent of students at LHS, I have to give the school overall superior ratings for concern for students, academic program, teacher quality, and safety and discipline. The level of community service provided by students at LHS is phenomenal. As to the 'rotten apples,' I suspect that the percentage is less than that in business and industry, where some employees do not earn their keep, and the others work extra hard to overcome the deficiencies. Keep up the good work Mr. Daniel; your leadership is unquestionably irreproachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

I was a student at Loretto HS and I can tell that you first-hand that there are a few wonderful teachers, yet there are also rotten apples that only care about their son/daughter. The current principal has no consideration for students. He is either unaware or completely ignores the misconduct of students and some teachers. Unless you are related or constantly brown noseing Mr. Daniels, you(student)will be regarded as unqualified for awards or scholarships that are local.
—Submitted by a former student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

The state average for Algebra I was 65% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
39%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 42% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
35%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 62% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
25%
English I

The state average for English I was 68% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
68%
English II

The state average for English II was 59% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
59%
English III

The state average for English III was 40% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%
U.S. History

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Algebra II

All Students55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White56%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

Biology I

All Students68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English I

All Students79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilities36%
English language learnersn/a

English II

All Students66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

English III

All Students44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
White45%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities70%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Tennessee Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Tennessee Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 97% 67%
Black 1% 23%
Hispanic 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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525 Second South Av
Loretto, TN 38469
Phone: (931) 853-4324

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