Why Choose Loreto?

Loreto is a leading South Australian day and boarding school offering an all-girls education in Early Learning (6 weeks – 5 years), Primary School (Reception – Year 6), and Senior School (Years 7-12).

              Why Choose Loreto?

We are part of a 400-year old tradition.

With over 400-years behind our values and traditions our girls understand the important role that women have played across time in forging an equitable place for girls and women in society.    

We are one of the oldest Independent Girls’ Schools in Adelaide.

With over 110 years of tradition in educating girls, Loreto College Marryatville has a strong foundation in girls’ education which has been developed and strengthened over time.

We are an all girls’ school.

There is a great deal of research that supports single-sex schooling as the best place for girls academically, pastorally, and socially. Girls’ schools:

  • Celebrate being a girl and a woman and actively encourage girls to strive for and expect equal participation in society
  • Provide focussed learning environments which encourage the achievement of girls
  • Do not adhere to gender stereotypes, particularly in relation to curriculum, sport, and girls’ career aspirations
  • Build girls’ self-confidence and self-efficacy by specifically designing programs and experiences to meet the developmental needs of girls
  • Have higher participation rates in sport
  • Offer more leadership opportunities (all leadership positions are held by girls!)
  • Have higher participation rates in STEM-related areas of education

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools: http://www.ncgs.org/
Alliance of Girls Schools Australasia: https://www.agsa.org.au/

We offer a global education.

We are part of an international network of more than 150 Loreto schools worldwide. Combined with our use of the International Baccalaureate education programme, as well as our global outlook on education, our girls are prepared with the knowledge and skills needed for global understanding and participation post-school.

We offer a well-rounded education.

As well as a broad academic program, Loreto offers a wide range of sporting and extra-curricular opportunities including our renowned Performing Arts Festival, as well as extensive music, dance, and drama programs.

We develop girls with a social consciousness.

Our College prides itself on an extensive Social Justice Program, aimed at ensuring our students understand their responsibility to those less fortunate than themselves. Girls from Reception to Year 12 undertake community service, fundraising and awareness activities as well as participate in outreach programs and pilgrimages to both Vietnam and India. 

Our girls become future women leaders.

Being a girls’ school our students occupy all leadership positions, thus ensuring girls have greater opportunity to develop their skills and identity as a leader. Our Old Scholars are testament to the success of our leadership development.

Our girls achieve success in all areas of their learning.

Although we are not an academically selective school, our students achieve some of the best Year 12 results in the State and our student performance in the National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests are consistently above average. Our strong academic performance has seen the College produce two of South Australia’s Rhodes Scholars in the last three years.

We are a Boarding School.

Being a Boarding School our students come from a range of locations, both nationally and internationally. In addition, our school is very proud of its relationship with the Smith Family in offering the Indigenous Youth Leadership Project (IYLP) to students.

We are conveniently located.

Loreto College is centrally located in Adelaide’s leafy eastern suburbs. It is well-serviced by public transport and is only five minutes from Adelaide’s CBD providing access to both universities and other educational facilities. Students attend Loreto from suburbs all around Adelaide. A dedicated Loreto bus service connects students from the North, East, South and West. Loreto is also within walking distance of two cosmopolitan shopping precincts, Norwood Parade and Burnside Village, which both have many shops, banks, post offices as well as cafés and restaurants. The College is also only 30 minutes from Adelaide International Airport.

Adelaide is a great place to live.

Adelaide is a beautiful city that offers a style of living not experienced in other larger Australian cities. It is a safe, multicultural city with very reasonable costs of living. Adelaide offers a relaxed lifestyle with warm summers, mild winters and an outdoor lifestyle. In addition, recent research by global intelligence agency, the Economist Intelligence Unit shows that Adelaide is the most affordable destination in mainland Australia for international boarding students. Read more about the research.

Why choose an all-girls education at Loreto?

As an all-girls school, Loreto College has a learning environment tailored to how girls learn best. Research shows that girls and boys learn differently and that girls in girls’ schools achieve significantly stronger academic results than any other group in Australia.

At Loreto, our girls are free to pursue academic success and each achievement is celebrated. All activities are open to girls providing opportunities to participate, influence and lead - there is no gender stereotyping. Although we are not an academically selective school, our students achieve some of the best Year 12 results in the state and our student performance in the National Assessment Program — Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests is consistently above average.

Outside of the classroom, Loreto offers a wide range of activities for your daughter to explore. Performing Arts — music, dance and drama — are very popular with many international students, as well as a wide variety of sports, community service and leadership opportunities.

To find out more about enrolling your daughter at Loreto College, please visit our International Enrolments page


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