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Our Lady Of Grace School

Private | K-8 | 251 students

 
 

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Posted August 10, 2013

My first son has attended OLG since he started Kindergarten, and he will be entering 3rd grade this September. Each year, I have been extremely impressed by the quality of the teachers, programs, and administration. They do a great job with the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic while also providing a solid education in Catholicism. We like the school so much that my second son will be starting T-Kindergarten at OLG this September.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2013

I am so thankful we decided to send our children to Our Lady of Grace Catholic School! From Transitional Kindergarten all the way up to 8th grade all the teachers are exceptional educators and mentors to the "scholars" they teach. The principal has wonderful leadership skills and truly inspires the kids. What a wonderful school community to be a part of. This school excels at educating a well rounded child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2012

This is more than a school - it is a village consisting of wonderful students, excellent teachers, attentive staff, fantastic principal.and caring parents. We transferred our child from a very good, highly rated as we were looking for something with consistent structure, strong values and opportunities for greater learning outside the box that is the public school curriculum. We have found it at OLG.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

Our child has been attending OLG for that last few years and loves it. It is a safe and nurturing environment. The new principal is wonderful. He has injected a lot of energy into the school. He greets and speaks to the entire student body every morning and is motivating, funny and personable. Yet he also teaches the students to be respectful and to display good conduct. He is very approachable and really does have an "open-door" policy. He will answer any question or resolve any issue you may have right away. The older students interact a lot with the younger ones through faith family groups which creates a fun and supportive environment. We have been very pleased with our child's academic progress! The teachers are great and the lower grade classes all have teaching assistants. The school has embraced technology and uses it effectively in communication between the administration/faculty and the parents. If you want to give your child an excellent education within a safe, fun and bully-free environment with the added benefit of gaining a morals/value-based foundation, then take a look at this school, we are so happy we did!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2010

Our child is in their 2nd year at this school. They are great with technology including interactive white boards in all classrooms, weekly computer lab time, and a recent fundraiser to purchase iPads. Parents are required to volunteer 30 hours per year which forces us to keep involved in the school and get to know each other. It's a nice sense of community for the parents and kids. From K-8 the kids are well mannered and seem to take care of each other. It's a nice environment and my child loves this school. It's great to see the younger and older students knowing each other's names and interacting regularly. It's almost like having 150 brothers and sisters. The new Principal is great and very involved. He seems to have raised the bar even higher for the school. He directs traffic many days. He also challenged the kids to read a certain number of hours which they met. He had green slime poured on him one day and had to wear roller skates another day to pay off the 'bet' with the student body. The kids were really motivated and thought it was great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

I like the faith families. Faith families are made of children from K to 8th grade. The join in their groups or "families" weekly to play game and learn how to live their faith. It's a great feeling when you see the young students adoring the older students; there is no fear, just a look of awe in their eyes. Watching the older students care for their group and the younger students, you have to acknowledge that these are some great kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2010

Excellent liberal arts curriculum! These teachers know how to teach children to read and write! Math and Science program becoming very competetive. Electronic white boards in most classrooms. Small teacher to student ratios. Music program still alive during and after school. After school Spanish class! Yearly dance program with 100 % participation including middle school students. Middle school kids have manners! Sense of community is wonderful. Awesome parent involvment. Nice principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2010

When I enrolled my child I wanted a well balanced education, which OLG has meet. The school encourages parent participation, but I found that staff and parents aren't as willing to interact if you are not in the inner circle which makes some parents feel uncomfortable.
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Posted August 23, 2009

I have found the community I had always hoped for. My vision for my childrens education has always been a vision of intelligent thought combined with heartfelt wisdom. I want my children to learn art and still love humanity, to excell in science not let it question their spirit, to believe in their abilities to create goodness in the world. I have found all of this at OLG
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

In addition to a stellar education, including all 8th graders accepted to their high school of choice, our children receive moral guidance, social support and compassionate values. Our children go one to make this world a better place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

OLG has made great strides in the last few years. Changes in leadership and some faculty, smaller classes, updated curriculum materials - it's all made a big difference.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2008

Great school. Wonderful teachers! At the end of kindergarten... my son is able to read,write,math, tell time... and much more. We look forward to another great year at olg!
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Posted February 24, 2006

Curriculum at OLG is challenging and varied. Student-teacher ratio, especially in primary grades, is very good. Performing Arts program has strong support. Sports offered for many sports, both boys and girls. Parent involvement is encouraged.
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Posted August 21, 2004

OLG parent involvement in school functions and support is high. The school suffers from poor leadership at the top that encourages old functional thinking. The result is a program that lacks both in creativity and diversity.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 34% 26%
Two or more races 30% 3%
Hispanic 12% 52%
Black 10% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Ryan Brusco
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • bcourtney@csdo.org
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • RTI
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Diocese of Oakland
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • CYO Sports
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • CYO Sports
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Girl scouts
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Bishop O'Dowd High School
Moreau Catholic High School
Castro Valley High School
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3427 Somerset Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
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Phone: (510) 581-3155

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