Does the Elementary school have boys?

Yes. The elementary school is co-ed and boys are enrolled in our academy from Pre-K 3 through 5th grade. We also have many after school sports and activities.

Where do boys go after Loretto Academy, and do they easily adapt to the new middle school?

Boys usually attend any of the Catholic/private middle schools after 5th grade and are leaders at the new school, and adjust perfectly to the environment.

Is enrollment on-going?

Yes. The only grade that we do not accept students midyear is the 12th grade.

Do we have to be Catholic to attend your school?

No. Loretto Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, or religion, and is accepting of all cultural backgrounds. Though we are a Catholic school, and we hold students’ masses, receive the sacrament First Holy Communion in second grade, it is not mandatory for students to participate if they are not of the Catholic Faith. We incorporate a rich curriculum in diversity and respect in each grade level.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes. Financial Aid is offered to all of our students. $650,000 in tuition assistance is given out on a personal need basis each year. About 35% of our student body attends Loretto Academy on a financial aid scholarship, and it is often our primary task in our giving campaigns.

Do your students receive athletic scholarships to university programs?

Yes. We have had several our students receive full academic and athletic scholarships. They have gone on to Rice University, Our Lady of the Lake, Yale, Eastern New Mexico at Portals, Adams State at Colorado, West Texas AM, and Odessa College. We compete in TAPPS and in District 1-5A.

Do you have small class sizes?

Yes. Loretto Academy has always held the philosophy that students learn best in small class sizes. Our teachers are able to adapt lessons according to each student.

Are single-gender environments really better learning environments?

Yes. Academic journals have shown that young women develop stronger leadership, public speaking, and independent critical thinking skills best in single-gender post-secondary academic environments.

Do you offer college credit courses?

Yes. In our all-girls high school, we have 10 AP Courses, and 3 Pre-AP Courses, and Dual Credit for Pre-Cal. Many of our students in the classes receive college credit due to their high AP Tests Scores.

Are your teachers qualified?

Yes. All of our faculty have a minimum of a bachelor degree, and have certifications. More than half of our teachers have a masters degrees, and one has an M.D. Is Loretto Academy a boarding school? No, we do not provide housing for any student. The boarding school closed in 1974.

Application Requirements

Applications are reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

At the co-ed elementary and the all-girls middle school levels, the director consults with faculty and makes the final decision on admission. In the all-girls high school, an admissions committee consisting of the director, faculty, and staff reviews each student’s packet and makes an admissions decision of acceptance, conditional acceptance, or denial. All students undergo an admission evaluation process based on the following:

Prior scholastic records Copy of the birth certificate Copy of the most current report card Copy of an original immunization card Parents and Student Interviews Standardized test scores Attendance/ Tardy Records Personal Essay Teacher Recommendations: Only 1 Teacher Recommendation form is required for students wanting to enter 1st-5th grade Three Teacher Recommendations are required for grades 6th-11th A Personal Application Form with a $10.00 (non-refundable) processing fee

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Interviews

An interview is required of all prospective students (Pre-Kinder 3 to 11th Grade, 12th grade exceptions for out of town applicants), and at least one parent must be present at the time of the interview. Please call the Admissions Office at (915) 566-8400 ext. 1109 to schedule an appointment.

Entrance Exams

An admissions exam is mandatory for all prospective girls entering 6th and 11th grade. To schedule an appointment or for information regarding admission exams, call the Admissions Office at (915) 566-8400 ext. 1109.

Notification

An Admissions Committee will review all files, and admissions decisions will be mailed or e-mailed.

Age Requirement

All applicants for the co-ed Pre-Kindergarten 3 class must be 3 years old by September 1.

I-20 Form for Non-United States Citizens

Once a student has been accepted by Loretto Academy and financial arrangements are completed any child who is not a United States Citizen Must have a Form I-20 signed by the Designated School Official (DSO) of Loretto Academy and all rules of the Point of Entry (POE) must be followed prior to a student attending classes.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees vary by grade level. See attach

Information

In order to have a school brochure mailed to you, contact the Admissions Office at (915) 566-8400 ext. 1109 or email Lily Miranda at lmiranda@loretto.org . Please provide the following information: parent(s) name, address, city, state, zip code, phone number, child’s name, and grade he/she will be entering. For addition information you and also visit our website: www.loretto.org.

Tours

Loretto Academy is a very special place that we hope you will be able to experience. We are thrilled that you and your family are considering our school for your child/children. We welcome the opportunity to give you a tour and introduce you to our exceptional faculty and staff. Call the Admissions Office at (915) 566-8400 ext. 1109, or email Lily Miranda at lmiranda@loretto.org to schedule an appointment to tour our beautiful campus and receive additional information.