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Our Lady Of Mercy Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 386 students


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Posted June 12, 2014

I have had two children at OLM. My daughter was a victim of ongoing bullying and inappropriate touching from another student. We brought the incidents to the attention of the school. Each time we heard Kids will be kids or we will resolve the situation with the utmost privacy and discretion. I asked for the school policy on several situations and never received it. I reached out to the principal on four separate emails and several calls. At each contact she said it was under investigation and that she would return my call. It has been almost 6 weeks since the incident in question. There has been no return calls or emails from principal. All of my requests for school policy have been ignored. As a parent I am mad and frustrated with the leadership from the school and I really question there ability to offer a positive and safe environment for my children. Clearly it appears that fund raising and tuition are more important than the welfare of the students. Please be aware before considering OLM for your children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 8, 2011

We moved our daughter from public school (7th Grade) to this school and WE LOVE THIS SCHOOL! The communication is excellent, the teachers are great and the kids are extremely mature and respectful. The families are dedicated and caring. The administration is very open to suggestions and follows through appropriately. There are excellent after school programs and we couldn't be happier. Highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 23, 2011

I have two children who attend OLM. We came to OLM not seeking so much the religious education, but for my children to experience great academics and social growth. We came from a very small non religious private school in Daly City. Both of my children are active in sports, music, and drama. We love that we have a choice to do something more than just the 8 to 3. The new principle has been such a blessing! She has brought a fresh breath to the school, attending most events at the school and a desire to keep the students and staff engaged.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 24, 2010

Our Lady of Mercy is a wonderful school. With recent changes the school has really become a community. Teachers/staff and parents are a large part of what makes this school so great. Students are inspired to work hard and achieve high academic levels as well as share their God given talents in many of the extra curricular activities that other schools don't seem to offer these day. I'm proud to be part of the bulldog community where "learning is for life."
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Posted July 20, 2009

Unlike many Catholic schools, OLM has full-time specialists who assist kids with special needs. The large size also allows OLM to offer a bunch of extra stuff that we don't see elsewhere: band, drama, choir, and so forth. I notice that the reviews from students are very positive, which fits with my experience, too. I've been involved with this school for more than ten years and love it! The school board is TERRIFIC, working hard each year to put together a budget that will keep our school in the black. So many Catholic schools have had to close due to low enrolment, but OLM has stayed strong, thank God. Go, bulldogs!

Posted June 5, 2009

I am currently a parent of a 1st grader and soon to be also a kindergarten parent for upcoming 09-10 school year. Academics are still strong and emphasized and most families are much involved with the OLM activities. We made great connections with other families who share the same common values of accountability of students and parents, involved with their kids' academics and up bringing, and want the best for their children future. Drawbacks: NO gymnasium. The PTO is literally administered through the principal. Which makes NO sense at all. The parents who pay the tuition should have an unbiased PTO organization that should focus on the sole voice of the parents' input and concerns. PTO is like more of a formality. Administration: It is true what other parents have commented about prior. There is one hierarchy, the 'Principal' thats it. There needs to better communication!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 11, 2008

I'm currently in junior high at OLM. and I think this absolutely amazing. my friends every way well as the teachers! the staff here...they're nice, and they're understanding. I'm in the 7th grade now. I'm in Mr. Mckeffery's homeroom. he's hilarious...btw. 7th grade so far is a little hassle...because i just started...and were only halfway through the school year...but i know after a while...i'll get used to's getting harder and harder to believe that with the help from my previous teachers, i'm actually in the 7th and 8th grade classrooms every morning at 8. i love this school, and next year in 8th grade...i will mis it when i graduate.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 20, 2008

I'm a parent at this school. One main reason why I send my son here (other daughter to follow) is the excellent academics and the attentive teachers in each grade as well as the strong sense of community, pride and parental volunteer support. It's important to note that although each class such as kindergarten is large (over 50 students) the classes are divided into 2 separate sections (ie Kindergarten A and Kindergarten B (with a little more than 25 students per section) and 2 teachers assigned to each section (which makes 4 teachers for the kindergarten class). Special attention is provided to students with special needs under the recommendation of highly experienced staff.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2008

I truely agree with the Sept 16, 2008 comment. The school is run like a business now. The bottom line is $$$$. Unfortunately children that are slow will get left behind. Just too large of a student body. No matter how hard they try, they can't give the attention to the students who need the extra help. Tutoring will cost you extra. Teachers are only following their boss. Can't blame them in this economy. Pretty soon I can't afford this school. I think the admin is unfriendly and needs to be revamped.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2008

currently, i'm an 8th grader at OLM. and i think the teacher are doing a great job of getting us ready for high school!! go shine 09!!!!`
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 16, 2008

I agree with the comment on Aug 18, 2008. The class size is too big and some children can get left behind. The administration is looking more for dollars than for the well being and education of the students with the size of the classes. Parents are great and the school has great spirit. The teachers are really good but I think it is very hard for them with so many students in one classroom.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 18, 2008

OLM is a very big school. Double grades. Tuition on the rise. Teachers are okay. Admin needs some work. I no longer park in their lot. My car was hit. Seen a few fender benders. Rather park on the street and walk my kids into the yard. I think they can use updated learning material. School is average.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 12, 2008

This is an average school. Teachers are great but new administration seem to have a bigger concern with increasibg class sizes and generating money than improving the quality of the school.
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Posted May 16, 2008

I graduated OLM (Our Lady of Mercy) at 2007. The teacher quality here is great.OLM doesn't have teachers who just got teaching degrees and started teaching. The teachers here are well educated themselves. One of my favorite ones graduated from Berkely and another from Lowell. The bond that students create here is irriplacable, no matter if it is a teacher or a group of friends. Their education prepared me for high school. I wasn't an honor student at OLM, just scratching 3rd honors a few times, but now I am a 4.0 student with high honors in my high school. The most important factor of all was not the education or the bonds, but what it was made to do, which is teach religion. Since this is a Catholic private school, OLM really did it's job, strengthening my relationship with God.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 29, 2007

Academics are pretty average. There's a sense of community for some.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 18, 2007

I went to Our Lady of Mercy, and I truly think that it is the best school that a parent could send their child to. The lessons that I learned while attending OLM help me so much now that I am in highschool. The teacher and student relationships developed while attending this school make learning so much easier. Also, the friendships made their are one of the purest and loyalest. The values that OLM teaches truly show in the students and the choices they make. I love OLM!
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 12, 2006

My children went to this school for a few years until we moved out of town. Academically, the classes were challenging for their grade levels,the teachers were involved and cared about their students. Activities include, music, arts and sports. Parents are asked to volunteer their time, so that they can be more involved in their children's education and to see up close what level of caring the teachers and staff have for the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2006

Great school. Strong academics. Parent involvement.
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Posted September 9, 2003

This is a very highly recommended school
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Posted August 26, 2003

I'm in junior high at the school Our Lady of Mercy and I think that our school is really a five star school. The teachers are very nice and are very smart, our principle is a very good leader, we have a very nice school yard that just got repaved, and many more things!
—Submitted by a former student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Two or more races 25% 3%
Hispanic 8% 52%
White 4% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • Rev. Domingo Orimaco
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Daly City, CA 94015
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