Loretto Academy was founded by the Sisters of Loretto in San Elizario, Texas, in 1879, as the first Catholic preparatory school for women in the Southwest. In 1921, against the advice of Bishop Anthony Joseph Schuler, S.J., the first bishop of El Paso, Mother Praxades bought 19 ½ acres of desert land in Austin Terrace. Bishop Schuler told Mother Praxades, “If you succeed in building here, I’ll say you are the special child of our Divine Lord.”
Founded by the Sisters of Loretto in 1923 as a celebration of faith in God’s love for us. Today, with your support, Loretto Academy continues to grow in its tradition of excellence and continues educating today’s youth, producing leaders in the community and nation. Loretto now offers over 16 Dual (college) Credit and Advanced Placement courses, Robotics, Theater, Dance, Art, Speech and Debate, and clubs and organizations that help our students build confidence and character. Loretto Academy was built for the love and purpose of teaching, in celebration of the mission of the Sisters of Loretto and continues as such today.
March 16, 2017100-Year-Old Notre Dame Glee Club Performing at Loretto Academy's Little Theater!
The Notre Dame Glee Club, established in 1915, is coming to El Paso for a special performance at Loretto Academy's Little Theater.Read more
September 23, 2021
We are going VIRTUAL in 2021 with the dynamic Mark Hart and musical guest Israel Houghton! The event will be live streamed on YouTube. Going virtual means that we can reach more people, raise more funds to support this great mission, and you get to have more fun!View Details
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