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PK-8
Private
Darien, IL
Students enrolled: 365
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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709 Plainfield Rd
Darien, IL 60561

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(630) 325-9220
(630) 325-1995
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November 06, 2014
Faith, Family and Future are lived! OLP offers more than just a superb education, students learn the importance of their Faith and how to live it, the importance of tradition and the importance of planning for their future!

- submitted by a teacher
April 10, 2014
I have been a parent of children who have attended Our Lady of Peace School for almost 20 years. Would I stay this long if it wasn't a fabulous school and my kids weren't getting an awesome education? My adult friends are mostly parents from this grade school even though some of my children are in college and high school now. There is a special bond between parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I am very pleased with the education & staff of OLP. Very helpfull & informative.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
I love the way Our Lady of Peace School communicates with families. The weekly Crusader Chronicles keeps me in the loop.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
This school has staff that goes out of its way to help the children. The teachers stay after school and run homework clubs without being paid for it, AND it is free! My children that have graduated have gone on to be successful in high school and gotten into the colleges of their choice with great scholarship offers. They are so well prepared and ahead of the game that many of the books that they have read, they are reading again in High School!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Good morning, having just received this email form our school I felt compelled to answer and rate our school right away. If any one knows me they would surely laugh that I am trying to use the computer but I just had to write and tell you about our school. We have been at OurLady of Peace for 5 years since my youngest daughter has been in Kindergarten. We have seen a lot of changes , principals, teachers, students and other staff members but the feeling of stability between the parents has remains the same. I have made so many new (and now old) friends and so have my children. It's such a warm friendly and caring environment that I'm so glad we became a part of. I would rate this school as excellent. We are vert happy to be going to Our Lady of Peace.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My child has gotten a wonderful education at Our Lady of Peace. The teachers are dedicated to the children and always willing to help and listen.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Our Lady of Peace is awesome in many ways and a true blessing to our child. The teachers truly care about their students and do everything possible to prepare them for high school and beyond. They are also very good at communicating with parents by sending out a weekly email and announcements.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
My daughter attends Our Lady of Peace School in Darien. She has been attending since Kindergarten and has just loved it. The teachers truly care about their students and now with the new principal on board, I can only see great things ahead for OLP. L. Eichberger/K. Boyd

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Our Lady of Peace School is a wonderful school to teach in. The commitment of the staff and faculty to educate each and every student is outstanding. There is a mix of younger teachers along with teachers who have given their entire careers to making this school one of the best in the area. Respect, integrity, and effort are just some of the words that describe what we try to achieve daily. The parents that volunteer their time and talents whether it be fundraising, helping with lunch duty, being room parents, etc are awesome. Being a Catholic school lets Jesus be a part of a student's day.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
A K-8 school with caring teachers, engaged students, and highly supportive parents. Our students move on to one of four public high schools and typically one of three Catholic high schools and do very well in their high school careers.

- submitted by a teacher
April 07, 2014
I am very happy with the education my children are receiving at Our Lady of Peace. The teachers are very dedicated! I would highly recommend this school to parents looking for a great Catholic education.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
Our Lady of Peace is an outstanding school. The education that my children are receiving is great. My youngest is in first grade and needs a little extra help and her teacher is fabulous, she goes beyond what a teacher is expected to do! There are a few hiccups but that happens at every school. I feel that this school is headed in the right direction and I am extremely pleased.

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2013
The school is excellent in every which way. Both my children attend OLP and I know that they are in good hands. My son is in seventh grade on the honor roll and is a Volleyball player and a Basketball player. My daughter is in Pre-school and she loves it ! The staff is very supportive and whenever I needed anything, they were always there to help my children. They even have before and after care programs which is a huge deal when it comes to working parents. Both my children actually look forward to going to school and that itself shows the kind of attention that they are receiving. The staff treat the children like their own. I am actually very proud to say that my kids attend Our lady of Peace.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2013
Our Lady of Peace is an excellent school that prepares each student for high school whether private or public. Our students meet the rigor of higher education with success and enthusiasm. OLP's curriculum is both demanding and challenging, and the faculty is dedicated to helping each student reach their potential.

- submitted by a teacher
November 12, 2013
Our Lady of Peace is a wonderful place to come each day. The teachers are dedicated, the parents are supportive, and the students are ready to learn when they walk through the doors.

- submitted by a teacher
November 06, 2013
I am happy this is my child's last year at this school. A Catholic school should be acknowledging a students strengths more than a students weaknesses.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
My school is family orientated and morally conscious. Homework can be challenging, but not beyond what a child is capable of, nor exceeding how much they should have each night. Children are encouraged to learn to work in groups as well as independently on projects, and to think outside the box.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
I like this school because they have excellent academics and even better christianity. This school has an atmosphere that each student is important. Each child is protected and cared for. The parents want their children to have a great base for their future. They are involved in their life at home and at school. Its a close community with a positive message of love and respect. We try to keep our children focused on important things while building their self image and spiritalality. Its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
I am a new teacher to Our Lady of Peace, and the teachers and kids are very nice and helpful. Some of these kids have some great potential for their future. The only problem is our technology is really outdated. If we could possibly win this grant, it would be great to have just a little new technology. Thank you for your consideration.

- submitted by a teacher
October 27, 2013
The school has a great mix of teachers. The seasoned teachers mentor the newer teachers. The curriculum challenges the children and really prepares them for high school. There are plenty of sports and other activities to participate in. There are many volunteer opportunities for the parents both in school and after school. I am glad my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
We chose Our Lady of Peace because of all the great reviews we heard from friends and neighbors. My son loves going to school each day because of the friendships he has made and the structure of the classroom. He has a sense of pride belonging to such a great school academically and socially. We love the smaller classroom size and extra attention each student receives. Their are many fundraising activities and social events that really aid in getting the parents involved and getting to know one another. The sports program is also great along with the other acamedic programs offered through the school!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2013
What a great school! The kids are well rounded, parents are very involved, and the teachers truly care for their students. Small class sizes and teachers who are available and will even call a parent at night to discuss a possible concern, shows just what a great school community OLP is - not to mention teacher good Christian values. Love this school!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
When looking at private schools, I was interested in a solid curriculum, small class numbers and dedicated teachers. After reviewing several schools in this area, I found Our Lady of Peace to be the only one to meet all three criteria. It is a tight community of hard working parents trying to make the school the best it can be. The teachers are always working to better the curriculum and are dedicated to working long hours. Finally, students that graduate from this school are almost always on the honor roll at any high school they attend.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
Great academics, teachers, And offers many extracurricular programs. Kids like their classmates as well. Religious based pre- 8 very positive environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2013
At Our Lady of Peace teachers hold kids to a high standard academically and there is a diverse and welcoming atmosphere. My oldest was well prepared for high school. The new principal is so far doing a great job balancing keeping the best of what OLP has always offered and implementing important updates from a fresh perspective. Most notably, there has been a welcome increase in communications from the school to the parents (now multiple per week keeping us updated on academics, activities, special concerns, etc.)

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2013
While the school does provide a sound education, there is NO COMMUNICATION from the principal and the school/board/principal has a problem firing the best teachers that the children actually respond to. My son and daughter attend OLP, and it seems every year they let go of another great educator. The latest was creating a vice principal position, then half way through the school year fire him, (while many of the kids have grown fond of him), and tell the parents the position is eliminated.,,,MAKE UP YOUR MIND. Horrible management and oversight, and I have no idea what the "School board" does. BOTTOM LINE, if you don't mind keeping your head in the sand, and don't plan to have any interaction with staff, this is the school for you..

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
Our Lady of Peace provides a strong academic and faith-based education. The children are well-prepared for high school and excel when integrated with children from local schools. My oldest placed into all honors in high school, passed out of Algebra and is currently ranked at the top of her class. I firmly believe that her success, as well as that of my daughter currently attending, is founded by the years that she spent at OLP surrounded by dedicated and talented teachers. Their strong moral values have been woven into their daily experiences at the School. OLP provides students with the tools to succeed in life. It is up to the students and their parents to use them to fulfill the child's potential. There is a community feel at OLP that makes the families truly believe that they are sending their children to the right school. The children treat each other with respect and the upper grades serve as leaders of the School. They strive to be role models for the younger students rather than self-absorbed like some junior high settings. OLP is one of the best decisions that I have made for my children.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2010
Ask yourself why families are leaving the school in mass numbers? Why is the church working with a consultant on its image and to increase enrollment? Why is the education declining and children not prepared for high school? Once this was a great school but has deteriorated in both spirit and academics. OLP problems are mainly with leadership and parents doing things that hurt people. The same parents are in control year after year and the biggest gossipers are on the school board. These decision makers have no experience and are leading us all down a dark path. Don't disagree with them, if you do you are castigated and so are your children. The reputation of this school is poor and everyone who had children there know how hurtful the OLP experience truly is. Many had enough and sent a message by leaving. If OLP is to endure they need to start with treating each other as brothers and sisters in Christ. They need to start thinking before acting on how much children, parents and the parish are affected by their decisions and how much they hurt people with gossip and words Many of OLP's problems can be solved just with acts of kindness and love.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2010
Information regarding public school is incorrect. In our public school there is a cap on 26 kids in each classroom. The children have smart boards, a high tech computer lab and teachers with master degrees. How many teachers at OLP have master degrees?

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
I feel fortunate that my children attend OLP. My neighbors that attend public school have said that some teachers, aides, special needs teachers, social workers, etc. have been let go which means much larger classes in the public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2010
Parent's only complain "here" because they have already complained "there" and nothing happens. It is freedom of speech.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
It is sad that a few disgruntled parents feel the need to complain on this site. My children have been well educated in this Catholic school. Their faith and academic progress is excellent. Our Lady of Peace is more than a great school, it is a terrific school! The principal, teachers, and support staff give 110% everyday. They truly care about every child in the school, and they strive for excellence in all areas of education. Don't listen to the few petty remarks made on this website. The positives far outweigh the negatives at OLP. My child would not be in all honors classes in her high school if she hadn't been well prepared at OLP!!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
Poor management issues have now affected the education quality for the children. It is sad to see a school with such legacy, begin to decline due the ineptitude of its current stewards. I won't rate this school a 1 because this isn't the worst. But when you have 4 star public schools surrounding this school it is hard for a parent to justify the money spent. In the end it's about education, and when there is no consistency or continuity, nor anyone working towards such a goal it does become unnecessarily chaotic and confusing to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2010
Academic programs are at best average and many parents have their children enrolled in Kumon type programs to supplement their childs education. Parents run the school and there are serious control issues. Board members serve for years not allowing new ideas by encouraging new members. The principal is not financially or business savy. The parish and school as a whole is pooly run by the pastor, he is in over his head. It is a chaotic, unfriendly and a unhappy place and the result is a decline in enrollment and parents transfering their children to the public school.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2010
OLP is run by the parents, not the principal. The principal completely lacks leadership skills and has absolutely no financial background or understanding of budgets. OLP's website states they begin Algebra in 8th grade, while local public schools begin in 6th grade. Their website also states they have SMART boards, however, last year only one was visible throughout the entire school, and a few were sitting somewhere in a closet, and the one that was visible wasn't even completely hooked up. The children do not receive Catechism on a regular basis, the subject is taught when there is extra time. There are absolutely no extra-curricular activities for the children to engage in other than sports. The parents are clicky and should start their own gossip column. Overall, the school is way behind the times, academically and technologically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2009
These previous posts must have blinders on. This school is going down the tubes. We started at OLP for it's dedication to the student and education. Now with a second principal and new priest, I worry about the future of OLP. The principal is very nice on the outside. Get to know her and she has no backbone. She is not the voice for our school. Communication at OLP is horrible. Check out our school webpage, that should say enough right there. I'm very disappointed in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2009
Dedication of the principal and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Great teachers and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Our school takes into account both the educational needs, the individuality and the spirituality of all the children in their care. It is a nurturing enviornment where kids can be kids but can learn the morals and values of Jesus along with their ABC's and 123's. I can gurantee you no teacher is getting rich by being a teacher here, but every single teacher that is here wants to be here teaching these kids - it's not just a job and it shows in everything they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
The education and love that my children get from the faculty and staff. I know that they are happy and safe in this environment.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
It's the warm, loving feeling my children get everyday that stands out the most. The staff really go that extra mile to welcome not only the children, but the parents as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
The faculty is outstanding! The most dedicated professionals I have every encountered.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 23, 2009
OLP is a community of parents and teachers coming together for the betterment of our children and our future.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
It's a place that feels like an extension of home. It's a warm and nurturing environment. My kids are getting a great education!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2009
We have the most incredible principal and parents who are involved and want the best for our school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
I love the great education,wonderful teachers and great family atmosphere!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2008
In a community where education should be competitive and accessible, District 61 schools, unfortunately, do not have the support of the taxpayers. As a result, academic rigor and educational quality succumb to the priorities of program cuts, reorganization and impending referendums. OLP provides a challenging educational program that pushes students to the limits of their abilities, focusing on academic standards across the curriculum and preparing students for transition to a myriad of the areas most selective high schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2008
I have a child in the primary grade at OLP. I must say that I am very pleased with the school overall. The staff are dedicated, the principal has done remarkable things for the school, and the parents are involved. There are many opportunities for parents to get involved. Parent involvement is an added bonus for the school and the children benefit from seeing their parents in the school. Academically it is a very challenging and the curriculum is above the public schools I feel. I am very pleased with the school, sending your child is will be the right decision.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2008
I am very pleased with the curriculum at Our Lady of Peace. I also feel the teachers are very caring and qualified. I have two sons in the primary grades and they are both good students, but they are being challenged and are praised for their good work. This school is the reason I live in the area.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2008
This school has a some nice features, like it's computer lab. It also does extensive fundraisers and families are expected to participate. When certain people have not participated, their names have been printed at times and those papers were given to school families. Very sad for what is to be a Catholic school.There is bullying at the school, people would be naive to think otherwise. The school has many rules, few are enforced. There is lots of gossip and the parking lot is not a safe place as people backup and pull in between students going to and from school. If you are involved in your child's education, it doesn't take long to see that their idea of 'advanced' is really average in most places.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2008
I have three children that attend Our Lady of Peace School (OLP) in Darien that are currently in 5th, 3rd and 1st grade. All have attended since Kindergarten. We are extremely pleased with the school and all it offers. OLP offers full day Kindergarten, a challenging cirriculum for grades 1-8 and many extracurricular activities from Spanish to band to boy's and girl's competitive volleyball, basketball, etc. The teachers have a vested interest in the children and are devoted to their profession. The majority of the instructors have been with OLP for many years and participate in continuing education. There is also a large and strong parent group that participates in supporting the school by volunteering and fundraising. The children that graduate from OLP are well equipped and peform well at the best highschools in the surrounding areas. OLP is a wonderful school that I can not say enough about.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
My two kids have attended OLP and both loved it. There have been no complaints from either student about the school or any student.They felt that they were definitely well-prepared for high school. Enough about my kids, now about the school, at OLP teachers are involved with students. They make sure that there is absolutely no bullying and that students are behaving appropriately. Proper punishments are given when needed. Although there is little parent and principal involvement, it does not effect the school dramatically. There are many extracurriculars to take part in and students automatically make one of the sports teams (such as 'A' volleyball and 'B' Volleyball). All in all I think OLP has been one of the best things we have done for our kids and I highly recommend sending your kids there.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2007
A good school for learning the basics and a good knowledge of the Roman Catholic religion. No advanced classes for exceptional students and very little effort expended to give challenging work to students performing above grade level. We elected to search out other schools that provide a gifted program rather than continue at OLP.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2007
Our Lady of Peace is one of the best schools in the Chicagoland area. I've attended and it has helped me spiritually and with my academics. Teachers go out of their way to help kids with homework, a problem with another student, or anything that might be wrong with them. It has many extracurricular activities such as basketball, football, volleyball, track, cross-country, art club, choir, and many more. The computer lab is wonderful and the Spring and Christmas Shows are great! Go Crusaders!

- submitted by a student
May 15, 2007
Our Lady of Peace (OLP) is such a beautiful school that teaches children to be good Christians. Teachers go out of their way to help kids and if someone wasn't being nice, they will make sure they talk to the students about why it was wrong. It's especially great for kids who aren't as athletic because they automatically make the school team and it's also great for kids who aren't as smart because there are programs at the school to help the kids learn the material easier. If you are looking at public schools around the area, don't even bother you're wasting your time, OLP is where you should send your kids!

- submitted by a former student
February 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2006
The academic programs are excellent with a lot of effort expended by the teachers to provide not only the core subject matter but also Roman Catholic religious beliefs into the learning process. The art program is excellent as well as the computer labs. The home and school association is very active in fundraising and providing support to the teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
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Our Lady of Peace
709 Plainfield Rd, Darien, IL  60561
(630) 325-9220
Last modified Our Lady of Peace is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady of Peace Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top