Students are responsible for themselves and they are very ware their actions are seen by their peers. They care about what their peer community sees in them - the school is a leadership training ground.
Lourdes Classical is all about seeking virtue and goodness based on western civilization and good solid teaching long lost years ago in the public schools. It is vastly different than other diocese schools in that it is the only classical school in the system. Mass everyday for middle school students and 2 times a week for the other grades sets the proper tone for all. It is a place where students are taught virtuous living, solid core basics and a method that encourages critical thinking, and leadership skills while being faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. It is a very UNcommon core and much needed!
Transitioning into classical education ruined the school. I do not feel that this classical education is the way to go. I let my kids experience that education for a year before we decided to go somewhere else.Because of that year of transitioning into classical education my children were behind at their new school .Be prepared to pay for tutors if you decide to let your children attend this school. Do your research before you think classical education is the way to go. Plus new administration would help out a lot too.
Our children are now in their 4th year at OLOL. The transition to the Classical education model was a difficult one at first, but well worth the time and effort. Unfortunately there was some attrition during the transition, but I feel that many of the parents that transferred their children out, did so due to the more challenging academic requirements for the new model. I heard parents that were leaving complaining about the new Principal and teachers, but feel that it was a convenient cover. Catholic faith is a common and emphasized thread that runs throughout all course curriculum and the addition of a latin class was HUGE. The classes are challenging, but the teachers are willing to work with all students to help them "catch up" or understand confusing topics. If you want your child to have a well-disclipined, but still nuturing environmemt, with a good foundation to transtition to high school, then this is your place.