My family left OLG because of the lack of professionalism of the principal (Jessica Griswold) and her staff. Most teachers are unhappy working at OLG so they take out their anger on the children. If you bring up any concern to the principal she will weasel her way out of a meeting and act like you have the plague when she sees you face to face. She can't handle any form of confrontation and she is obviously not fit for her job.
Several families, including myself, have had issues with Jessica and her staff and their inability to resolve conflict, bullying, and staff complaints which have led us all to find other schools. OLG has potential to be great if it got rid of the principal and some of the unhappy staff.
Our lady of grace fosters a community of caring students. There is zero tolerance for bullying and older students look out for younger students. The students are expected to be compassionate to fellow students.
Our experience at OLG had been absolutely wonderful. Our son is a shy kid but at OLG he feels like he is with family. Class sizes are small, the teachers are excellent and parental involvement and school functions are top notch. We only had one issue that I needed to take to the Principle and he handled it right away. We are very happy with OLG.
The diocese is over looking the principal due to past mistakes he has made; however, is he the one reporting to the diocese?? That means they only know what he tells. Some of the teachers are dedicated and are great, and some are stagnate and need to be replaced. Principal DOES NOT deal with issues just talks his way out of things and does nothing. MANY families leaving this year and it is because some of the teachers are inadequate and he still supports them. Get rid of them, mentor them or move on yourself. Stop supporting some because they are your favorites. The good ol boys (and girls) should not exist - if they are good teachers replace them with teachers that actually like kids. All his stupid mistakes and behavior over shadow the good teachers that are there for the students.
The parent from 8/17 needs to join us in the 21st century. I'm just browsing schools and I hope that this archaic mentality is not shared by many parents there. I like for my child to visit the library and all, but the days of having to do research in a library are quickly disappearing. Maybe they were just a parent that had to complain about something???
OLG is a great community. It is small, safe, secure, and has a loving environment. Parents play a huge role in the success of our school. We teach to the NEW Common Core Standards. (All schools are suppose to be using these standards.) The standards require a wide variety of methods for teaching in order to reach ALL students. By the time our first graders finished school this pass year they were reading at the advanced level. I've heard people comment (NOT the teachers) that our 8th graders here at OLG are still above par. Teachers here at OLG continually strive to teach to all levels of student capabilities using diverse strategies. We treat all students with love and respect. And yes we are keeping up with the technology age.
The review written by the teacher lacks integrity. Most of the curriculum at OLG consists of worksheets. The claim that the library was only dispersed is misleading. The library no longer exists, so students are denied the crucial experience of conducting research in a library. Though technology is also useful, a search on the Internet does not suffice at any grade level. Also, most of the computers in the lab do not function. The claim that students will have computer assessments and a big screen in the classroom does not mean the instruction is adequate. Assessment is measurement of learning, it is not instruction. It concerns me that this teacher is not aware of the difference. The art and music teachers are great, but lack necessary materials, so their curriculum is inadequate. Teachers are fired with little or no notice, which means the faculty and instruction are inconsistent. The most shocking example is when the third grade teacher was fired mid-year in 2011 and the students were not given notice nor allowed to say goodbye to their teacher. My child and several others are not returning this school year.
Part two of three part response to 7/8 Post- I use the ISTE standards for technology. My students visit the computer lab 1-2 times per week for instruction. Each classroom is equipt w/ large monitors, so technology can be utilized for instruction in all subject areas, & modeled throughout the day. Now, students in grades 3-8 will be doing online math/ELA assessment every 8 weeks. The assessment will provide immediate feedback for teachers & students & offer online prescriptive support for areas of poor performance.OLG has weekly music instruction for all students. Students learn songs for liturgy, & are provided w/ music history & theory instruction in the intermediate grades. OLG offers weekly music programs for students in 2nd-8th grade who would like to play an instrument. As part of a long term plan, OLG now has an Art room used for Music & Art instruction. Students in 5th -8th grade will continue their weekly art instruction & grades K-4th will have monthly to bimonthly art instruction.