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18437 Superior Street
Los Angeles, CA 91325

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August 15, 2015
This school used to be a great school. It is so disorganized! Poor administration, not all teachers are strong, poor classroom control. They take iPads away from kids who forget to recharge them as a punichment. They yell at students in the class. Poor communication is between teachers and kids. No more tuition discount for parish members. The new principal said all schools do this. St John Eudes and St Gen's give parish discounts. School is only interested in being nice to you if your family is there every day at every church function and church club. My husband doesn't like OLL Mens club because he does not feel comfortable with those men because they are mostly white. The men now is not friendly with him. If you r not part of the popular OLL crowd with lots of money, you won't be accepted. Your kids are given 3rd class rating. My sister and I went to school at OLL in the 90's. It was better then. The sisters were good to us. They knew that our parents spoke little English but made us feel welcome. We are not happy.

- submitted by a parent
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
August 15, 2015
I think Catholic and private school education is known for its outstanding work in teaching having morals, fairness, tolerance to differences in people, and teaches the kids to have integrity in everything that they do. My family is been in this school for several years. I have not seen this in the last few years. We got new principal and he wants just money but no more help to teach teachers to be better like public school teachers. There are teachers who teach that being a seen Catholic at the Mass is the only way to be really accepted by the church community and the school. They do not separate the school from its church. The kids at the school have shown poor integrity in the activities that they participate in that represent the school. When we see OLL kids at AYSO soccer, Girl Scouts, Cubs and Boys Scouts, Little League baseball, Hip Hop class, Swim Team, we see kids whose parents allow them to cut corners. Some parents at OLL teach their kids it is ok to have their parents do their work for them or their fundraising. Teachers know that this is going on and let it happen cuz it is easier for them. Teachers are not taught how to handle kids of all walks of life and levels of academic skill. So it is sad. I feel worried that my kids is not able to learn better from their teachers about being good people who are honest and work hard.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2015
Most of the staff and parents are uninformed as to hours owed and fundraising in general. There are lots of rumors and communication is poor, poor, poor. I cannot wait to end this school year.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2015
The school has always been a very good one with a huge alumni of great people who have hallowed the halls thought the years. The new principal should be leading the hot dog stand, not the school. To the dunk tank with Bruff...He's not what this school needs or deserves...

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2015
Our Principle Mr. Brough, is truly amazing and understands us as kids. He talks with us, as if we were adults just having a normal conversation. He doesn t hide in his office; he is always out around the school. Our Pastor has done so much for us, and he is helping connect the church and the school even more. He is always around the school and church, and occasionally stepping into our classroom to discuss what we are learning. He is very nice, polite, and funny, he puts others in front of him, to make sure we are all happy. As a child gets older they can participate in even more things around the school. We have Decathlon, Year Book, Student council, Alter Serving, and sports. In conclusion, I absolutely positively, love being a student at Our Lady of Lourdes!

- submitted by a community member

January 29, 2015
We love OLL! Our kids enjoy the spirited community. Year after year we are impressed with the faculty. The teachers and staff work so hard for our students and the proof is in the pudding - kids are well behaved and test scores are high. The parish community is welcoming and the school's new leadership has been a breath of fresh air. Our kids look forward to school everyday! We make sacrifices to send our kids to Catholic school, my husband and I think OLL is worth every fundraiser and festival service hour.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2015
I'm not sure if this school is worth the drama and bad teachers. OLL is a disaster. You've got broken promises regarding the curriculum, the teachers do not spend close attention on each child, they are negative about certain kids in front of their student peers, the teachers dont know or care how to help them properly. This school never quite lets parents know what's going on and the principal and the main priest who "runs" this school have very unfriendly and fake attitudes, I cannot see what the hype is about. They are really fake about it. Yeah, but one thing that you can count on from this school - is calls for fundraising and donations. And if you dare to voice your opinion about the school, you will be voted off the island! Either agree that OLL is the most awesome or leave. As a parent who questioned issues with the school, I felt like I was treated like the enemy! We are about to pull our children out of OLL which touts a premiere private school education in a sea of better Catholic and private schools in the Valley. Nobel Patrick and Patrick Henry are a million times better. If your considering OLL, run away!

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2015
We are a current parents at Our Lady of Lourdes.We brought our kid to this school this year as a new younger student.We were promised by the last principal enrichment activities after school, good kinder and elementary teachers, a foreign language program, even if was done with Rosetta Stone.The school teachers and parents are unfriendly to the new families.If you are not part of their click, then they will not want to socialize with you or give you information. We're working parents.We don't have time to socialize with non-working parents. They must live a life of luxury because we have to work to pay for our kid's tuition. There is no parishioner discount.The priest that runs the school took that away.The kids look unhappy except for the ones who are in a click(parents are in a click). Enough already. We will take our kid and our money and go to another school. If Christ said open your arms with love to everyone, then why does this Christian school keep their arms crossed all the time?There is no Christ-like love here. That is very hypocritical and we see this as night and day from the visit that we had last year with the last principal who was open to us coming here.

- submitted by a parent

November 27, 2014
As a parent who attended Catholic schools and whose children are graduates and current students at OLL, I am pleased that our students are encouraged to serve the school. Unfortunately, as shown by a previous posting, this value seems to undervalued or misunderstood. I remember when I was in school, having to serve the school and parish community, often during school hours. As to the rise in tuition, I did not notice the small increase, but I remember seeing that the tuition for parishioners is lower than the cost of educating my children. Also, I was glad to see the multiple child adjustments return. Parents, nice, mean, or snobby are a part of any school. It is a reality of living among other people. What is unfortunate is how many of the parents use social media, like Facebook to complain about little inconveniences. I brought this up to the teachers during conferences, and though they thanked me, I was also told not to worry about it, people need to complain. I really have been happy with the school and look forward to what the future holds with the new administration. Since it is thanksgiving, I will say that I am thankful for all who take care of my kids at OLL.

- submitted by a parent

November 20, 2014
Change is never easy, and our community is trying to adapt. I have experienced some frustration as well, but I believe that giving a 1-star rating is an emotional response. OLL is still one of the best schools in the area. There is a reasonable classroom size (approximately 25 students). It is a safe environment, and a well-kept campus. There is a solid academic program, with up-to-date technology. Parents of older OLL students and/or graduates have told me time and time again how prepared the kids are when they get to high school. There's also art, singing, performing, PE, etc. I really like that the older students are required to commit service hours to their community. These kids are encouraged to thrive in a nurturing community. Regarding the 'snobby parents' comment below. Yes, there are a handful of snobby parents at this school. But I'm not one of them. And neither are the majority of other parents at this school who, over the years, I've come to consider not only as friends, but also as family. This school is not perfect; there are opportunities for growth and development. But if we want our community to thrive, we have to be part of the solution.

- submitted by a parent

November 19, 2014
I am just glad we left at the right time. As a paying parent in this economic time , i really can't afford to subject myself or my kids to such changes . I'm sure the storm will pass and I pray that our Parish will survive this tumultous time for the best.

- submitted by a community member

November 10, 2014
During the past year, there has been a change in administration at school. Like the other parent reviewer, I also think this change is politically motivated. A principal with over 14 or more experience was replaced with a principal who has no background experience whatsoever running a school. This is very obvious with his decision making. I believe Principal Brough was hired just to carry out orders from Father David who has a different agenda for the school. Numerous staff were laid off in the past few months which administration has cited to provide financial stability for the school. However, administration has raised the monthly tuition cost by $80 per student this year with no ample notice. This is one of the largest tuition increases the school has had since we have been here. The school is a non-profit institution but it is starting to be operated as an institution for profit. One of the casualties of the layoff was the Librarian. With the librarian gone, there is no one to maintain the library. Administration is now using the 8th grade students to clean and maintain the library once or twice a week. As a parent this very upsetting. This time should be used for academics.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2014
It is sad when a parent (or disgruntled previous staff member) maligns a good school due to administration change they may not agree with. As a long time teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes I can honestly say the school is back on track. Over the last several years administrative leadership was lacking and ineffective, parents were feeling disenfranchised, and teachers were on edge due to the policy inconsistencies. The new administration has publicly expressed he will be making changes that will improve the school setting for all students. It is true that some layoffs were necessary to facilitate financial stability of the school, a change that upset some, but understood by others. As a parent and teacher whose children have gone through Our Lady of Lourdes, I say come see for yourself what Lourdes has to offer. Don't take the word of someone who may have an axe to grind, or may not agree with policy change. Lourdes may be the school for you.

- submitted by a teacher

October 29, 2014
Beware of this school. As the other reviewer has written, there is a new administration at Our Lady of Lourdes, one that is both inexperienced and politically-motivated. Those who attend a Catholic Church school or are involved with a Catholic parish know exactly what that means, and it is not a positive connotation. There is a total lack of organization at this school since the exodus of the last administration. The teachers and principal have no clue how to centralize their homework assignments and test/quiz dates effectively. The teachers are on several different platforms for assigning homework that make it complicated for the student and the parents to understand. The school lacks consistency in communicating with the parents, despite their poor attempt with the weekly "brown" envelopes and weekly emails. There have been important events, policies, and situations that have occurred that were never conveyed to the parent. The information sat with a 5,6,7,8th grade child who has a lot of things on their mind by 3pm each day, none of which are those important bits of information that you are a parent need! If you want clarity and organized teachers, go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2014
Our child loves this school, we love this school. The teachers, administration and pastor, Fr David are equally wonderful. There is no bullying, no cell phone usage, monitored rest room visits, strong sense of community, locked and secured access during school hours, strong faith and curriculum standards, monitored and taught respect for teachers, parents and fellow students,ipad instruction during the week, plenty of PE, art and music, strong parental participation, screened and office permitted access only to property/school during school hours, parental participation, consistent progress reports and testing, strong homework guidelines with signed daily parental approval required, positive and friendly sense of welcome and community, taught and demanded respect and manners and high requirement for an excelled and far above average education. Bravo!

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2014
OLL is a nurturing, highly aware and very well run academic institution. We considered many schools for our son, our only child and distance didn't matter (within reason).my wife found this school after heavily researching all area schools throughout the entire SFV. And beyond as well.The teachers, parents and students are a great family-like community that insure the students are caring for each other, excel in their academic level of achievement , and remain as bully- free, drug-free and danger-free as any parent could hope for. A truly wonderful experience that we would highly recommend to any caring and concerned parents. Our son is in great hands, loves the school and is always well adjusted thanks to the "well-oiled" practices, procedures and highly qualified staff and curriculum at this school. Every school should be as concerned for student well being and as "buttoned up" as this school. Worth EVERY penny and more! A truly outstanding experience.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2013
As a teacher myself with 15 years experience, I highly recommend OLL to families seeking a well-rounded, confident child. This school nurtures the young child as they learn through play and prepares them for the rigor in each subsequent year until they're ready to move on to their high school years. It is a true working dynamic that involves the teachers, parents, peripheral staff, students, AND the community. There are numerous programs that tap into every child's interests. They offer Kids Club for parents that need before and after school care for their children and it is a VERY well structured and engaging atmosphere for all students. It is a small school so everyone watches out for each other. Excellent service programs and camaraderie between students and teachers. Computer lab is state of the art and school tuition is quite reasonable. Staff is professional and respect throughout the school community is evident. Great pastoral leadership, too. It's a great place to be!

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2012
It's okay here..... if you fit in. The parents are very clicky, as are the kids. Very hard for older kids to transfer to this school, since friends have already been made in earlier grades and parents and kids are snobbish. I would recommend starting from Kindergarten, if possible, rather than transferring in. Teachers seem ok, but unfortunately, there's only 1 class per grade, so you're stuck whether you like your teacher or not. Academics are very light in early years, then piled on in later years. Keep this in mind if you might transfer out later, or move away. Your kid will be behind public schools academically for grades K-3. They catch up in Grades 4 & 5, and for 6, 7, and 8, your kid will be ahead of public schools. Don't ask me why they do it like that, I dunno. We have 2 sons still there, our older one is having a hard time with friends and academics, the younger one, who is a slow learner, is actually doing better here. Technology program is awesome, though. Also, don't get on the wrong side of the Principal. She's great if she likes you, but get on her bad side and things get ugly quickly. I've seen it with another parent. So we have mixed feelings, hence the 3 stars.

- submitted by a parent

April 22, 2011
The academic bar is set high and the faith traditions have given my husband and me a renewal of our own faith. When our son got accepted, he was having a very difficult time adapting to the routine after transferring from a local school. The staff really worked with him at his level and brought him up to where he shined. Kudos to OLL, they really knows how to assess and teach a child on his own level. Did I mention this school is leaps ahead in technology? Staff is highly qualified and there is a counselor on campus. The children that graduate from OLL are accepted to the most prestigious high schools in the valley. My son was accepted to both Chaminade High School and Notre Dame, he chose Chaminade High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 17, 2010
This school has been a breath of fresh air from the previous Catholic school I attended. The staff is amazing and this school and church are both on th same page and everything is about the KIDS. Which is the point of everything. I am happy to be attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 10, 2010
This is a wonderful Catholic school that has a highly educated staff who are hard working and are dedicated to their students success. This school is a community for learning while incorporating faith.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 21, 2010
Our Lady of Lourdes is a wonderful school. The teachers truly love the children. They do their best to guide our children and help them become loving, caring, responsible young adults who respect others. The Day Care Staff is exceptional - we couldn't send our children to this great school without them. The Day Care Staff helps the kids with their homework and spends quality time with them participating in wholesome activities. The Principal and Vice Principal are involved and concerned and have the children's best interest at heart. They make sure the children have what they need to get a high-quality, religious education. I feel lucky to be able to send my children to this school. (It's where I went to school!) I also feel my children are better educated than any child who goes to a public school. They are more respectful, considerate, trustworthy, loving, and well-rounded because of it. They learn about Jesus, Mary and the Holy Spirit and are better people because of OLL.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 19, 2009
I absouletly love OLL, they have an amazing education and truly care about the students.

- submitted by a parent

March 26, 2009
OLL is a warm and loving environment and a great community. Excellent leadership and staff, upgrated technology, tuition is a deal! Missing Northridge

- submitted by a parent

August 07, 2008
So far I'm happy at this school. Most of the parents are very involved. There is a strong feeling of community. The academics are strong and the religious education is also very good.

- submitted by a parent

April 05, 2006
Academics seems to be solid at OLL. It's a smaller school with just 1 classroom per grade for E-5 (pre-K) and K through 8th grades. Class size is 30-35 for all but E-5. Afterschool sports are available for upper grades. Music is limited to singing a few days a week. PE is 2 days a week. There are some afterschool art, science and chess programs available. Parents are very involved. There is a 40 hour per family volunteering requirement. But this helps parents get to know each other and be more involved in the school, so it's a good thing.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2005
I enjoyed learning at this school and believe other children will benefit from the experience.

- submitted by a student

July 20, 2005
We are very happy with Our Lady Of Lourdes. The teachers and parents are wonderful. A real sense of community.

- submitted by a parent

June 09, 2004
Commited to Excellence. Faculty and Staff surpass expectations,all of them, man and woman of Character. They are the best influence for our children after My husband and I. The sense of family is well felt all around. We are very grateful for their hard work, love and passion to bring out the best of our children. In other words to 'Educate' intellectually, morally and physically. It is a wonderful environment where Christian Virtues are lived and trasmited.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
OLL is a school that cares! It cares about education, religion and things that count. I am so lucky to have such a great school in Northridge.

- submitted by a parent

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Our Lady Of Lourdes
18437 Superior Street, Los Angeles, CA  91325
(818) 349-0245
Last modified Our Lady Of Lourdes is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady Of Lourdes Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top