""Committed to Excellence in Education.""
Students enrolled 150
Hours 7:55 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mary Zachary Sergeena
Transportation options None
Type no info
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4434 N Laramie Ave
Chicago, IL 60630

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(773) 283-2229
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5 stars
Based on 42 ratings

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April 16, 2014
Great teachers who care about the students. A very passionate Prinicpal. Great community that is very involved with the church and school.The parents are very involved in the school and community.

- submitted by a community member
April 11, 2014
In addition to being a great academic school, it is family. My children enjoy school, their teachers and all the additional activities offered.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
What an amazing gem in Portage Park! There are many public and private schools in this area to choose from, OLV rises above. When looking into schools, we wanted a structured academic program that was on the forefront and would teach our son skills he truly needed to excel in life. The STEM program meets and exceeds this need. In addition to this, OLV has many supplemental programs and classes. Band, Chess, Latin, Spanish and Karate just to name a few. As a working family having extra classes after school and an extended day program to 6 pm is so very much appreciated. As a parent there is such a sense of family with this group. The teachers and staff are so open and it is very easy to communicate any special needs you may have. Going to school in not a chore but a happy, safe educational environment. Tuition is in line with area schools. If you don t think you can afford expense of a private school, there are several scholarship opportunities available. OLV was slated to close early this year. Faculty, parents and alumni united fund raising the money needed to bridge the budget deficit. What a wonderful feeling of spirit and pride within this family. OLV is here to stay!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
My daughter is thriving in the Pre-K program at OLV. At three, she could regocnize sight words and was ready learn some early reading skills. At OLV, we found an excellent principal and Pre-K teachers willing to provide the differentiated instruction that she needed. The positive energy and family atmosphere within the parish has been an added bonus. If you're exploring Pre-K options in the northwest side, OLV is a must see.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
With three, three year olds, we were looking for a pre-k program that afforded us structure and routine, firmly rooted in an academic setting. OLV welcomed our dynamic triplet family into an environment where our kids are thriving socially, emotionally and academically. The STEM program extends their reach of comprehension beyond just facts.. they are learning about polarization of magnets, germination of seeds, Spanish and Latin and are hitting the benchmarks for the pre-reading program for kindergarten readiness. The teachers at OLV go the distance each and every day. There is a special place for them... They are invested and have a passion for seeing the sparkle and imagination come to life with our kids. With a significant addition of families to OLV in just the past school year, the school has an energy and commitment unmatched by others. We look forward to supporting and building a bigger OLV family for years to come! Proud to be an OLV family.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2014
When I began my search for a school for my daughter in 2008 I went to various schools and attended open houses. I was not happy with what I had found but from the moment I entered OLV, I was hooked the staff were amazing and the children were so well behaved. In the 4 year old program I couldn t believe there were 20+ 4 year olds children in the room. I signed my daughter up to start classes the next school year and would never take her anywhere else. The school is like a home away from home for the students, the staff and parents are one big family working together to help develop and mold the most amazing children and young adults. The academics are unmatched and the extracurricular activities are phenomenal. We LOVE OLV!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
Our daughter is now in Kindergarten and has been in the school since Prek-3. We are very happy with the school and how it has been changed since our principal Mrs. Hodge came on board. In the last 18 months the school has been implemented a STEM curriculum for all ages , updating technology and opening a lot of after school programs. We have double our enrollment in the last months because the principal and teachers are doing a great job. We are happy to be part of the OLV family.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
We have two children enrolled at Our Lady of Victory (OLV) since 2006. The educational experience has been wonderful! Our girls have participated in hands-on science experiments and accelerated reading programs. The Science innovation lab, iPad and computer lab are favorites for the kids! Each classroom has iPads and an Apple TV or Whiteboard. The faculty is experienced and the teachers create a safe and enriching learning environment. The girls attend weekly all school mass where the classes take turns doing the readings and petitions. Monthly, the children participate in the Sunday mass. There is a wonderful band program and choir, as well as after school programs such as sports, chess, art and theater classes. The Girl and Boy Scout program is also very active. The community gets together for our Christmas Bazaar, Super bowl Sunday, St Patrick s Day Party, Vender Blender and many other activities. The OLV family is very welcoming and extends far outside of the school boundaries!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2014
We are grandparents of 3 boys who attend OLV and know that they are receiving a top-notch education. We attend many of the functions and have experienced first-hand the warmth and caring of this wonderful school. The staff is amazing and again, our 3 grandchildren are receiving a quality education.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2014
OLV has been a blessing for our children. Test scores are all the rage today; however, character development won't appear on test scores. OLV supplies our children with a rock solid education (with a darn good teacher to student ratio) AND provides a firm foundation for their character. In addition to OLV's S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) program, our children are involved in the following enrichment program. Chess, Latin, iPad lab, Spanish, Karate, Lego Club, Drawing Class and Eco Warriors. OLV is a financial sacrifice for parents, but I believes it's the best investment a family could make.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2014
OLV is a great school that provides children with an excellent education that is now grounded in its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math program. It also excels, however, in providing children with a solid spiritual environment that is essential to the development of character and personality. The other really outstanding feature that families will find at OLV is its strong community which quickly provides a sense of family and belonging to those who are interested in sharing of themselves.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2014
My school is Our Lady of Victory. I am a parishioner and substitute teacher. It is a wonderful school with a great staff, and exciting new programs.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
Great school with families who really care about quality education and work together. I am a proud graduate of the school, class of 1967

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2014
My son started school at OLV upon our moving to Chicago in 2010. Although there were some bumps in the road with the school itself in the beginning, we started developing a strong bond with the close-knit community. Something else I noticed immediately, OLV is a happy place. The kids and staff are always happy, positive and the kids are well-behaved and respectful. Once Mrs. Hodge became Principal, the school really began making positive moves. OLV is back on track, thanks to the leadership and dedication of Mrs. Hodge, the staff, and all of the parents. Mrs. Hodge has made (and continues to make) huge strides in advancing technology, committing to STEM programs, re-growing enrollment, and continually making OLV a great school for learning, faith, forming life-long friendships, and having fun. My son loves OLV! He loves science, is good at math and wants to be an engineer. He is involved in Cross Country and basketball (free!). He is challenged by his schoolwork and the teachers and principal are always available to meet whenever I have any questions. We are committed to the school and making it a great place for all children to learn, be safe, be happy, and be successful.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
OLV is a great school, with a great staff of teachers. Lots of programs for the children, including the Stem program, computer labs. The Children are Happy to attend OLV.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
My husband and I have very high standards for what makes a great school, and OLV has surpassed even our standards. Our daughter is in Pre-K 4, and I love telling parents at other schools that even in preschool, she is taking Latin, Spanish, and computer class. On top of that, she has a weekly cooking class and science lab. It's not just the curriculum and teachers that make OLV extraordinary. Parents, teachers, and students genuinely love the school, it's contagious. There are two very active Parent groups. As for principal involvement, it's hard to say enough good things about the principal. It's clear she is completely dedicated to the school and continually improving it. We are really looking forward to enrolling our son there next year!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Our Lady of Victory has the warmest and welcoming environment that you could ever find. There is a sense of comfort that comes from all faculty staff, students and parents, from day one expect to be treated like an old friend not a new one. OLV has the principal that every parent wants presiding over their child's education. It is the foundation that sets them up for life. In eighteen months time she has brought modern progressive thinking, outstanding academic standards, and technology while increasing enrollment by unbelievable numbers. The teachers are outstanding as well, expect a kindergarten student to amaze you with all the hard work they do. They go into first grade well prepared and ready. This cycle repeats itself year after year. The teachers love and adore each and every one of their kids and the kids know it. They all work really hard to impress their teachers, and that is a great combination. I enrolled my son and daughter at OLV five years ago in kindergarten. I could best describe the results of their time at OLV so far by saying that they are happy, loving, responsible, smart, forgiving, athletic, faithful and very, very lucky!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Our Lady of Victory has phenomenal teachers, extremely active parents and a principal that brings a new meaning to forward thinking. Our student enrollment has increased by 88% in the last 18 months. Our graduates gain admission into top high schools. For kids requiring additional learning assistance, the school has special education teachers and title I support. My kids learn differently so the teaching staff take steps to ensure the curriculum and approach meets my kids where they are at so they progress forward easily and effectively. I highly recommend this school. Parents are actively involved in all aspects of educating your children. They are passionate about the quality of education as well as their social and spiritual well being. Check OLV out!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Our Lady of Victory School is a 5 star school! The school has implemented a STEM Program (Science, Technology, engineering, and Math) for students, while Catholic theology and morals are the heart of the schools curriculum.

- submitted by a teacher
January 16, 2014
I have had my son here since last year. It has been a great experience. I love the small community and how everyone knows us by name. :-)

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Both of my daughters are graduates of OLV. Excellent education and a GREAT community! School and parish involvement is by far the best in the area, OLV is not just a school or parish, it is a family!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
As a parent in Chicago, the stress of selecting a school for our children was high, to say the least. After attending the OLV Open House, I was confident they would receive a high quality education from a group of wonderful teachers. While other schools are cutting programs, OLV is expanding them. My two children (ages 6 and 3) are getting art, music, Latin, Spanish, and computer classes every week. Through a partnership with the Museum of Science and Industry, OLV is able to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math curriculum to all of their students, including the primary grades.There is an Innovation Lab with microscopes hooked up to laptops, and an I-Pad lab for all students, not just the upper grades. There are even smart boards in the Pre-K classes! In the eighteen months the principal has been at the helm, I have seen only positive changes at OLV. She is supportive of the students, communicates openly and regularly with parents, and is full of ideas to make OLV one of the best schools in the city. My kids love school, they love OLV, & I love being a part of the OLV community. Sending my children there was one of the best decisions I have made as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
OLV has an absolutely wonderful preschool program with exceptional teachers! We researched many in the area & nothing comes close to the program at OLV. Looking forward to enrolling my daughter in the PreK4 program for 2014-15.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
My daughter used to attend St. Priscilla Academy at Divine Savior - when the principal, Mrs. Hodge, said she was transferring to Our Lady of Victory - we went with her. She is a motivated and involved with each child at her school. We have now been at OLV for 2 years and my daughter, now in Kindergarten, loves school and has learned so much, she has great friends and will literally run up to Mrs. Hodge to give her a hug. Thank you OLV

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Commitment Dedication Involvement in Faith = the Best foundation for our children's future. Jen Hodge has created a dynamic new curriculum focusing on STEM AND offering our students everything from theater to karate to Latin

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
OLV is the perfect school for my kids they can learn in a paceful environment and they are value exactly for they are no for they have. The principal, teachers and staff make you feel totally confident to let yuor kids with them and finally is a big family where they never want to go out. At OLV always find a big shoulder to rest and the Alumni is welcome in the best High Schools and Colleges. It is one of the best invesment in your kids lives.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Our daughter is now in fourth grade and has been at OLV since Kindergarten. She joined many clubs including the school choir, and then soon following that she volunteered to be an altar server. Very recently a cheerleading game conflicted with her altar server schedule, and she said to us I have to go to church to serve. If I don t it s like denying God. That s when we knew our little girl was now a young lady with a true love of God and her school. OLV continues to amaze us on their abilities as a school and parish to mold are daughter into a humble, caring young lady. Each year new exciting things have started at OLV reaffirming the best decision we ever made. Under the guidance of Mrs. Hodge; OLV boasts and incredible STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) curriculum that includes an IPAD lab, smart boards and IPADS in every classroom, an innovation lab and after school programs to meet each individual student need or wants. Enrollment continues to grow as we have double our enrollment in the last 18 months becuase great things are happening at OLV. In 2014 we are privledged to sent our son here for Pre-k3. Signed, Very Happy and Excited Parents!!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2014
Our Lady of Victory is a wonderful school and community. As a graduate of OLV I value the education I received as well as all of the relationships that I built during my time at this school!

- submitted by a community member
January 15, 2014
Our Lady of Victory has always been more than just a school. It is an amazing community that has shaped me into the person I am today. I graduated from OLV in 2004 and am still proud to say that I am a part of the OLV community. My education as well as morals were molded at Our Lady of Victory. The education I received in my crucial years of development have led me to become a successful part of today's society. The most important relationships I have in my life today began at Our Lady of Victory and I would highly recommend this school to everyone!! -A proud OLV graduate

- submitted by a community member
July 11, 2013
We've been through one year of OLV so far. We have loved that the school is implementing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) curriculum for all ages. We have also been so happy that even in Kindergarten we had Spanish, Latin, Music, Gym (twice a week), and Art. This year we're excited about the innovation space they are creating. Another benefit for us is the after school program. There are some programs available at additional cost (like more art) that we liked, but they also offer clubs and the opportunity to do homework, play, etc. It creates a space where different aged kids know each other, which is pretty cool.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
I LOVE OLV! It is a pleasure to go to school each day working with the faculty and seeing the smiling faces of all of our students. OLV is like home to me. We are implementing a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) curriculum for the 2013-2014 school year. Please don't hesitate to stop by for a tour.

- submitted by a teacher
March 26, 2013
This school has been completely revamped. A wonderful new principal has taken over who has raised standards and is well on her way to making this one of the best Catholic Schools on the Northside of Chicago. Enrollment is already up and they are actively implementing many improvements. The kids are happy, the staff is happy, the parents are happy. OLV is a very unique family oriented school!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2011
This school has an absolutely wonderful preschool program with exceptional teachers, appropriate discipline and a caring environment. However, past that, the academics are sub-par, the teachers biased and there is absolutely no leadership. It's a shame that parents are led to believe that exceptional educational standards continue past the pre-K level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2010
It is such a child centered school with loving teachers and principal. This school is struggling to stay open and is doing the best job they possibly can. They are very progressive in terms of Catholic schools. My children just love their school

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
I have been very please with Our Lady of Victory. My child is excited to go to school, loves her teachers and her classmates. While my daughter is a lower level student I find the upper class students very friendly, respectful and pleasant, which is often difficult to say for many children that age. I feel this reflects the school and their influence and teachings. I feel welcomed and a part of the OLV community. Everyone works hard and works together in providing hte best for al lthe children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2010
While other schools next to it are shrinking in size, Our Lady of Victory School increased its enrollment by 7% two years ago, and it maintains its enrollment this year. This increase in students happened despite an increase in tuition. How could such a thing happen during a recession? It is because of the strong commitment of the OLV parish, and the school's parents and staff, to modernize and provide the best educational environment possible. On May 22, this school will celebrate 100 years of serving the Northwest side of Chicago. My family will be there as OLV begins another 100 years of success bringing the Good News to Northwest Chicago. It is unfortunate that anyone feels the need to express frustrations anonymously, rather than meeting with people to resolve any problems. I encourage everyone to meet with the pastor or the principal if there are issues.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
This school is on its way down. Im surprised the Catholic community puts up with this.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
Great all-around elementary school...standardized test scores much higher than national average, opportunities for sports (track, b-ball, v-ball, cheerleading, etc.), music (band, choir), clubs (mass crew, student council, martial arts), and teaches the discipline and respect for self and others that's often missing in public schools. My kids love their school and parent involvement and pride is very high too. 2nd year principal is improving the school every day and creating more opportunities for the students to excel which is a wonderful thing.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2007
This is a Catholic School where discipline should be expected. OLV offers a faith based education with many opportunities for extra curricular activities. Free sports, band, art club, rosary club, Mass Krew, chorus just to name a few. The art program is very good-just take a walk in the hallways to check out the kids work. The new principal is great.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2006
This is my son's first year at Our Lady of Victory. I am very impressed with the faculty and other parents at this school. My son has slight special needs. OLV has made accomodations and is willing to help my son academically. OLV is also enriched with many extracurricular activities. They have music lessons, a great basketball team. The parents at OLV are so involved, informative and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2005
great techers and oppourtunaties to grow for the students.

- submitted by a student
May 13, 2005
very great community and school but the principal is IFFY but overall good school!

- submitted by a staff
August 23, 2004
Great Spanish program for pre-K through 8th grade. Dedicated teachers and a safe community feeling.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Wonderful teachers and staff. Huge parent involvement. Great community!

- submitted by a parent
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Our Lady of Victory
4434 N Laramie Ave, Chicago, IL  60630
(773) 283-2229
Last modified Our Lady of Victory is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady of Victory Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 46 reviews.