A Note from the Principal
Dear Loretto Academy Parents,
It is with great joy and anticipation that I welcome you to Loretto Academy and the 2023-2024 school year. This school year is a momentous one – it is the celebration of the founding of this institution by the Sisters of Loretto a century ago as testament to their strong faith in God’s love for us. For 100 years, Loretto Academy has been dedicated to the development of women of conscience, women of action, and women of spirit.
As the new Loretto Academy Principal, I bring to you my 31 years of experience in education. I have served the El Paso community as a teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Human Resources Director and Executive Director, and Assistant Superintendent prior to my arrival here at Loretto. My core values are deeply aligned to the Loretto Academy School Values of Faith, Community, Justice and Respect. I am passionate about teaching and learning and the transformative power of education. Serving the students, parents, faculty and staff of this renowned community is a privilege for which I am truly grateful to God.
This school year will be an eventful one for your daughter, for you – her parents, and for the Loretto Academy faculty and staff. The important work of your daughter’s learning and growing in knowledge and faith will be painted against the backdrop of joyful celebration of the 100th anniversary of our founding. I look forward to meeting you and enjoying the festivities of the anniversary together with your family in the true spirit of our Christian faith.
Let Loretto be Loretto. Forever.
Mrs. Nancy Tovar Principal
Loretto Academy recognizes that high school students are searching for a career path that matches their skills and abilities, and we offer classes that explore their unique talents to spark their interest. In addition to the standard curriculum dictated by the State of Texas, we offer the following courses and programs to assist parents in forming the students into young women leaders who are guided by Faith, Justice, Community, and Respect.
High school is a time of growth, when students are looking toward their future and where their studies will take them. It is a time where students start considering their vocation, and our religion classes aim to guide the young women through this process. The first years of High School focus on the Church’s teaching where students read Bible stories and Parables, the Pope’s Encyclicals, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. As girls approach their last years at Loretto, they are assigned different projects that help them understand what it is to live a Catholic life outside of a Catholic school and put their faith in action through works of mercy and discussing important and relevant social justice issues. Girls also explore different vocations, both in the clergy and laity, by interviewing them to learn about their vocation. This helps the students in the decision-making process as they go on to future endeavors.
Service learning has always been a major part of our curriculum. It is a method of teaching that integrates community service, teaches responsibility, and brings the community together. Through service learning, we instill a generous and giving heart in our students. We teach them how important it is to give to those who are less fortunate than them. We show them that even when we do not have money or material things to give, we can offer our time, talent, and prayers to help those in need.
Each year, classes choose a nonprofit organization or cause in the El Paso and Juarez community and serve them throughout the academic year by volunteering their time, giving donations, and by hosting events. Learn more about the students’ service learning projects here.
Math courses at Loretto Academy are comprehensive and challenging. Rigorous PSAT/SAT preparation is implemented in every math class, where the success and understanding of every student is priority. Our diverse science courses include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Principles of Technology, Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems, Human Pathophysiology, and Introduction to Forensic Science.
By partnering with Microsoft through T.E.A.L.S. initiative, Microsoft Engineers co-teach Computer Science and AP Computer Science with our own C.S. teacher
The high school art programs feature a competitive curriculum that motivate young women to be expressive and push the boundaries of their artistic abilities. Loretto’s art program features different enrichment and elective courses, and AP level classes. Annually, the high school hosts the International Extravaganza, where girls make beautiful dresses out of recycled materials.
The high school music program introduces students to various instruments, including the ukulele, guitar, and piano. Students can also take voice class and be part of Loretto’s beautiful high school show choir. With harmonizing voices, the young women sing at special masses and events, including their own show choir performance each semester.
Loretto Academy is home to newly renovated, state-of-the-art Little Theater. Our award-winning TAPPS Theater Company, Angels in the Wings, performs three different plays: a one-act show in the fall, a spring play, and a spring musical. The theater is also home of Loretto’s High School Drama Club, and the International Thespian Society.
Loretto Academy’s famous Orchesis dance club is one of Loretto’s longest standing student organization. It has earned a reputation for being a competitive dance group. The Orchesis girls perform at various school and city events, including the Diocesan Raffle, the All-Academy Mass, and other charity events.
With your support, we can continue educating young leaders, make our school more inclusive with the addition of an elevator, support more students with tuition assistance, retain and attract highly-qualified educators, and maintain and improve our school grounds.Donate Today!