No rating

GreatSchools Rating

Loretto Academy

Private | PK-12


Be sure to visit


Living in El Paso

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $82,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $580.

Source: Sperling's Best Places
Last modified
Community Rating

3 stars

Community Rating by Year
Based on 2 ratings
Based on 3 ratings
Based on 1 rating
No new ratings

Teacher quality

Principal leadership

Parent involvement

Rate this school

Click on stars to rate
Please select a star rating for this school.
    Helpful reviews answer questions:
  • What do you think others should know?
  • What do you like?
  • How could your school improve?
    Review Guidelines
    GreatSchools won’t post reviews that contain:
  • Inappropriate language
  • Allegations of criminal conduct
  • Names of students, teachers or staff
1200 characters remaining
Please read and accept our Terms of Use to join GreatSchools.
Please indicate your relationship to the school.
Registration is required to post your anonymous review
We will not display your name, photo or email address with your review.
Your email address will never be published or shared.
Indicates a required field

20 reviews of this school

Sort by:
Show reviews by:
Posted August 2, 2014

I agree with the last 3 reviews, let's see if sister Elizabeth (superintendent) could do something, tradition of excellent? Maybe in the past, Catholics values? Of course not!! No at this school. Parents are very involved!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 6, 2014

This school is awful (Let's see if the school has my comments removed again!!!!) It seems they monitor this page more than they do each other. My daughter was discriminated against and treated poorly by the staff, who set the example for the students. I was raised in Catholic school and this is a school for the damned. Please do not send your precious daughters there, unless you want them to transform into self serving little monsters. What a waste! The smart ones are going to Radford. Go Knights!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 30, 2013

Terrible. You won't learn a thing. Most of the "teachers" are not educators. Catholic values? If you (or your parents) have enough money, you can get away with anything here. The principle is a lazy and difficult to work with. I don't know where all that tuition money goes cause it surely doesn't go into fixing the old building, old books, old (or no) equipment. This is more like a socialite school. I graduated about 5 years ago, my sister graduated more recently (we were forced) and we were both very unhappy. Please do your research before sending your kids here and please do not force your children to go to any school they don't want to. But if you want to literally waste your money then go for it. Send them here.

Posted July 6, 2013

Sure it's popular among parents but this school is simply about image, not values. This school boasts of Christian values but they don't follow them at all. As a student, I was often ostracized by students as well as staff, simply because I couldn't speak Spanish. Male teacher slip in sexist remarks, including "Women are seen, not heard." That is just awful and discouraging. Even the counselors gave me a hard time. It offers a good education, but a growing girl's individuality can be hindered greatly by the hostile environment disguised by the beautiful campus. I had gone there since 6th grade and had to transfer during the last couples months of my sophomore year. Being forced to go to mass didn't make me a better person. Each year, I felt like I was living the same day over and over again. I didn't get the beautiful friendships or "sisterhood" that all the alumna go on about. It's not for everyone. If you want your daughter to go here, please let her see the school. Whatever you do, DO NOT FORCE HER TO GO IF SHE DOES NOT WANT TO. You'd think that going to an all-girl school would be an empowering enriching experience but the way Loretto does things is closed minded and medieval.

Posted March 5, 2013

Switched our children out El Paso Country Day School to Loretto Academy after being there for 2 years....made a world of difference. EPCDS is the most expensive school in el paso but does not offer much. Loertto Academy has turned out to be a perfect choice for us. I have a son in first grade and a daughter in pre-k. They love it. Both are doing great academically and the kids and parents of this school are much less elite snobs and with no reason to be. LOVE LORETTO. They really support child growth socially as well as academically. Wish I chose this school first. I made the mistake of putting this school as my second choice and EPCDS as my first. My children paid for my poor choice. But they are doing great now.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 17, 2012

I love loretto and other student will too. Loretto will teach great educational skills . I highly recommend the Academy

Posted May 20, 2010

Traditions, small class size and teachers who take an interest in challenging each student toward a standard of excellence. I am one of three sisters (and several cousins) that attended.

Posted May 19, 2010

Love Loretto Academy!! Alumna and now a parent, my daughter is experiencing the wonderful traditions and excellent education offered by Loretto Academy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2010

i love everything about the school. the grounds, the students and teachers, the core values they teach, academics. the amazing job the theatre dept does with it's limited resources. the service learning projects. there is just so much. i went to school there and now my daughter goes there. i believe in the school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 8, 2010

I am a student who has been at Loretto my whole life and I can honestly say that the school is a waste of money. It used to be a good school, but it seems that in recent years it has become extremely unsatisfying. Loretto parents are very involved... So much so that many of the (uncertified) parents are now 'teaching' a variety of classes and attempting to enforce their own values upon the students. Although the school's administration will probably disagree, individuality is not encouraged. (I'm not a social person. I was recently threatened by the principal to be refused from the school unless I change my social habits and get some friends... I will be switching schools next year.) If you don't speak a reasonable amount of Spanish, this school is not for you. I can not reccommend this school and I advise you to seek education elsewhere.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 18, 2008

I am currently attending Loretto and I have always found it to be a very pleasing, friendly environment for a school. I have been attending Loretto since pre-k and I have never had any difficulties. My sister who is in pre-k is also a student at the school and she seems to enjoy this school as well. If you are a parent searching for a good school that will rovide your child with a good eduaction, then Loretto Academy is a school that I highly recommend.
—Submitted by a student

Posted August 10, 2008

My daughter attended Loretto from PreK through 5th grade and it was the best decision I ever made. She excels on national exams, ranking in the 95 to 99 percentile. She has a solid foundation of faith and treats everyone with respect (as do all the Loretto students). I love the small class size and the fact that all the students know each other on a first name basis. My son is also attending and will continue there until middle school. He, too, is demonstrating academic excellence. Well worth the money in my book!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2008

Teachers are well prepared and attentive to student strenghts ans challenges. My daughter is growing into a fine adult with good decision making. Academically my daughter is prepared for any school she selects
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 30, 2008

I am currently a high school student at Loretto Academy and I love it here. The studying environment is amazing at Loretto and the teachers do strive you to do great things. There are so many traditions at Loretto that makes it stand out from other schools. As students we attend mass every month, abide to strict rules to the upmost respect and challenge ourselves. I am currently a junior and about to graduate from this school. If you have a daughter and plan to send her here, I would highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 5, 2008

Loretto is a great school. The teachers are nurturing, the curriuclum challenging and administration responds well to any concern that may arise. My child has thrived at Loretto.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 18, 2007

Honestly, I did not find Loretto Academy to be worth the money I spent. My child went to the high school and I found that the education is not up to par with some of the surrounding public schools. Loretto may have had a 'tradition of Excellence' in the past but today for some reason that is not the case. I was disappointed with the fine arts area of Loretto. Many of the teachers at Loretto seem to have grown tired of teaching and seem to only be there to receive an income. I also found that because private schools are allowed to be more strict, some of the teachers took advantage of that and were emotionally abusive to the students. They seem to be so obsessed with rules that the students individuality is nonexistent and discouraged rather than embraced. I was not satisfied with Loretto Academy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 6, 2007

I had a daughter at loretto through 2nd grade, she loved the nurturing environment and they had a lot of field trips. I had to move her to another school because of the high costs of the tuition and I realize then that the academic level of this school had some deficiencies, she was far behind academically compared to her new classmates and she had to work really hard to be at the level. The extra-academic progams are fine, the building is nice and they even have a pool. I think the parents are too much involved not only with their children education but also with the way the school is ruled.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2007

My children love this school as do! We came from a larger school district in El Paso, TX and it was a breathe of fresh air. The staff is very attentive in regards to the children's safety. The teachers seem relaxed and happy. I have never had a problem contacting any of their teachers all have responded and communicated within a day. I love this school and unfortunately it will be their last year in elementary school. I highly recommend this school, it is clean, new and very organized all with a small town school appeal.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 25, 2007

I have two children in the elementary school and I must admit that there are great discrepancies between teachers. In one class, my child is challenged and all the children are expected to rise to the challenge, while my other child is in a class where the progress is halted until every child understands a concept. I love the concern the teachers have for their students, the special projects are insightful and the music program is wonderful. Private school is our only option because of where we live, however, if we were slated for a better school district, I would have my children in a public school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 4, 2005

The school provides a great education for the local environment, but the level of the teachers is variable. Accordingly, the school is far from being competitive on a regional or national basis. Overall, the high school is not interested in the parents' involvement and is extremely slow to to react to suggestions. Some of the disciplinary measures imtroduced at the school are contributing to a overall disillusion among students. This makes local public high school even more appealing. In conclusion, the school has lost ots edge and the negatives are slowly becoming too much to bear. With IB programs available at schools such as Coronado, and based on education solely, it would be hard to recommend Loretto to anyone. Factor a great number of the less than responsive teachers and administration and picking this school is no longer a good choice for high school for anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.

We currently do not have any test score information for this school. Unlike public schools, private schools are not always required to report data about their schools or not required to take the same tests as public schools. Many private schools take different standardized tests; however, that information is often made available only to families of enrolled students. We strive to acquire additional private school data whenever available.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 83% 51%
White 10% 31%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
Black 1% 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Oops! We currently do not have any teacher information for this school. We rely on the state Department of Education, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and in some cases school administrators such as registrars and principals for this data.

What makes a great teacher? Study after study shows the single most important factor determining the quality of the education a child receives is the quality of his teacher. Here are some characteristics to look for »

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Let your school shine!

School leaders: Help your school shine on GreatSchools
by verifying community responses, adding program highlights
and more! Get started »

School basics

  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • SACS
  • TCC
Fax number
  • (915) 564-0563


Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of El Paso
School leaders can update this information here.

Upcoming Events

No upcoming events found for this school
Searching for school events...
  • {{date}}
Export calendar
Microsoft Outlook
iCal Format
Google Calendar
Print Calendar
Uploading, please wait...


To learn more about enrolling, please call the school.

TIP: Don't forget to ask about documents required for enrollment, such as your child's birth certificate, proof of address, or a record of immunizations.

Notice an inaccuracy? Let us know!

1300 Hardaway Street
El Paso, TX 79903
Phone: (915) 526-8400


Compare this school
to nearby schools

Compare schools »


Add this school to compare

Nearby schools

Radford School
El Paso, TX

St. Joseph School
El Paso, TX