A Note from the Principal
I am pleased to welcome your daughter to Loretto Academy Middle School. Our dedicated faculty and staff look forward to working with you to empower your child to reach her full potential. At Loretto Academy Middle School, we support and hone the academic, spiritual, and social-emotional skills each child will need to successfully navigate a global society. We look forward to partnering with you as an active participant in this endeavor.
Mary Ann Olivas
In addition to the standard curriculum required by the State of Texas, Loretto Academy incorporates the following programs to ensure we are working with parents to form our students into intellectual young women who are prepared to lead with compassion and justice.
In middle school, the religion program becomes much more in-depth. The students are taught to understand Bible passages, and how they relate to everyday life. In their religion class, the students start with a daily Scripture reading to build and intensify their relationship with God. The girls are taught to experience their faith in different ways, and participate in a living rosary, daily and Lenten devotions, and often receive the sacrament of Reconciliation. The girls also obtain hands on experience while celebrating Mass, where they keep the tradition started in the Elementary School of serving as ministers and lectors. Middle school girls also begin experiencing annual religious retreats, where they bond with their classmates, and strengthen their faith and relationship with God.
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 serves them throughout the academic year by volunteering their time, giving donations, and by hosting events. Learn more about the students’ service learning projects here.
The robotics program continues into the middle school. The team, AngelBots Blue, has completed projects such as the development of “Plasti-Crete,” an original type of concrete made from the plastic bottles as a solution to minimize the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” that is currently contaminating our oceans.
Using Khan Academy, the middle school girls learn how important math is to make Disney and Pixar movies and make their own animations using the same techniques. Middle school students participate in an annual science fair, where they ask and define problems, use models, investigate, interpret data, and find solutions, to then compete with each other to qualify for city or state wide competitions.
The middle and high school art programs feature a competitive curriculum that motivates young girls to be expressive and push the boundaries of their creativity. Loretto’s art program features different enrichment and elective courses, and AP level classes.
The middle 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 middle school show choir. With harmonizing voices, the girls sing at special masses and events, including their own show choir performance each semester.
Mr. David Perez is the Band Director for Loretto’s Middle and High School Band. For more information on the band, please click here.
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.
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. Each year, Orchesis officers visit New York City’s Broadway Dance Center, where they learn a routine, and bring it back to show their peers, and perform in their different shows.
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