Loretto College School
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|Loretto College School|
Cruci dum Spiro Fido
Throughout My Life, I Shall Place My Hope in the Cross
|151 Rosemount Avenue
Earlscourt, Toronto, Ontario, M6H 2N1
|School type||Catholic High School|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
|School board||Toronto Catholic District School Board|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jim Saraco
|Area trustee||Frank D'Amico
|School number||511 / 728063|
|Vice Principals||Rita Leone
|Colour(s)||Blue and White|
|Team name||Loretto Lightning|
|Parish||St. Nicholas of Bari Church|
Loretto College School (LCS, Loretto College, or Loretto) is a Catholic high school for young girls in Toronto, Ontario, Canada operated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. It was founded by the Loretto Sisters Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1915, whose founder, Blessed Mary Ward, advocated excellent education for young women so that they might “do great things”. The name “college” refers to the school's association with Loretto College, a component of the University of St. Michael's College, part of the University of Toronto.
Loretto College School was founded as a private school by the Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1915. The roots of the school go back to 1847 when the Loretto Sisters from Ireland opened a boarding and day school for young Catholic women in Toronto. The boarding school eventually became known as Loretto Abbey and the day school as Loretto "Bond Street" and then Loretto College.
The school building (built in 1954) and convent (built 1915) were located on Brunswick Avenue in the Annex neighbourhood and the school was usually known as "Loretto Brunswick". By the 1980s, LCS opened an annex on the former site of St. Dominic Savio Catholic School on Bathurst Street (closed in 1986) to accommodate overflow from the main campus. That campus later became Monsignor Fraser College Annex that eventually moved to the former St. Peter.
The school was relocated to a new building on 151 Rosemount Avenue, the former home of Richard W. Scott (Senior) Catholic School, in 2005. Originally, the site was shared by Bishop Francis Marrocco Catholic High School that opened in 1986.
Loretto College is a semestered school. Students select a program of study from courses at the academic, applied, open and locally developed levels. In Grade 11 and 12, courses are selected based on the student's post-secondary choice of destination- university, college, apprenticeship or the workplace.
Loretto's special education services are delivered through integrated programming in the mainstream classroom.
In addition to the academic program of study, students are encouraged to explore and develop the full range of their talents and interests by participating in athletics, student government, peer ministry, yearbook, leadership, drama, dance and musical activities.
As at all Loretto schools, students at Loretto College School take a religion course each year. The school's faith life also includes retreats, liturgies, charitable works and Catholic perspectives across the curriculum. Mary Ward and the Loretto Sisters are role models.
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One out of six students are on the school's honour roll. 84% of applicants have been accepted into post-secondary education in recent years.
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Diane Vautour, a history teacher, was awarded the 2010 Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching Canadian History.