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7500 Pearl Street
Bethesda, MD 20814

(301) 654-5376
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April 27, 2014
Perfect. We aren't Catholic. I was simply looking for the most nurturing, competent place to put my just turned three year old there was. As a several generation Washington/Bethesda native who has traversed the private and public school arenas from McLean to DC and from Chevy Chase to Potomac, I knew quality when it presented itself and present itself, it did. I am a grandmother. I have raised several children hereabouts and I have bought the services of the most prestigious educational institutions. Lourdes is the best, at least for my bright, sweet little child. The strong principal graciously lead the experienced and creative teachers, all very talented. Mr. Long a terrific male role model and former Marine led the children in a no nonsense challenging and fun athletic program. I could not recommend a school more highly than Lourdes.

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December 11, 2013
OLOL is an excellent school. The principal's strong leadership and guidance sets the tone for a nurturing, high-quality educational and faith-based environment. Our daughter's teacher is an excellent educator who has coupled rigor with creativity, play with discipline, and faith with joy. I cannot recommend this school more highly. Parental involvement is strong, a sense of community pervades, and the school continues to impress me more each day.

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June 26, 2012
More than just a great school tOLOL is a community centered on academic excellence, service, faith and ...fun.. Our Lady of Lourdes is an outstanding inclusive school which recognizes the gifts and talents of every child and nurtures those gifts in every child. The school is academically challenging and innovative using textbooks, age appropriate novels field trips, technology, physical activity and more to engage the children. The principal is a strong knowledgeable leader who does not have a cookie cutter approach to education and includes innovative strategies to engage all children including those with differing learning abilities and needs. If that were not enough, the school excels in sports and includes physical activity into the learning process, fundraising and extracurricular activities.

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February 15, 2012
This school is simply amazing. Our daughter started in PreK and she has transformed tremendously. The Pre-K program is very strong academically and very well organized. The classes are small and plus the children are broken down in small groups so the children really receive individualized attention. The leadership Mrs McGann and Mr long are very caring about their children and very involved in the development of their children. Mr Long has definately the best camp as our daughter vocabulary, self confidence boosted during the ten weeks. We could not believe our eyes. We are really proud parents as we could not have asked for a better school.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2011
Our children love attending our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. OLOL is a special school. The school has excellent leadership--a strong principal who genuinely knows and cares for each and every child in the school. The school environment is inclusive and demands/fosters kindness and respect. One can sense the fruits of this when meeting students from Lourdes. Students are challenged academically but the school is not a pressure cooker. Children are encouraged and expected to use all of their gifts and talents to the best of their ability. There are opportunities for all Lourdes students to shine and to help each other shine. The extracurricular activities, including sports teams, are inclusive and affirming. We discovered Lourdes a bit by accident and happily recommend it; it's a rare gem in the heart of downtown Bethesda.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2011
I have just returned to Lexington,Ma. after attending my granddaughter's First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Lourdes Church. As a retired teacher and administer, I am so pleased that my two granddaughters are fortunate enough to attend this school. I was there for a week and attended the opening of each day with an assembly that sets the tone for each school day. There are announcements for birthday and /or other events,prayers,singing ,.etc. Every child is standing in line with their class in a comfortable, community based setting. The principal always ends with words of encouragement and a message. One day, it was to do one nice thing that day for someone.I had carried a chair for my husband to sit on and when the students were dismissed, a 5th grader came to me and offered to carry the chair for me. I replied,'You have already followed your principal's request. The faculty is dedicated and caring and it shows in their smiles and behavior. Bravo to all!

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October 10, 2010
LOVE IT!!!! Is not only a school but a family, and a place to grow with your child. To meet their friends, and to be tehre for them.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
OLOL is amazing! We began in Pre-K and were so impressed we have continued. The school works hard to create a very close knit group-Teachers and students all know every student in the school by their first name. They take time to learn about each student so an 8th grade teacher will say hello to a 3rd grader by name. The after care program is run by Mr. Long who also has a summer camp. The children love it--you can sign up once a week or all year. Principal McGann has done an amazing job in very tough economic times to support technological advancement. Each class room has computers and smart boards. Yes the school building is old but the classrooms and hallways are bursting with art work and color. The school is socially and economically diverse which I love- something for everyone! We love OLOL!

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February 15, 2010
My children have been at Lourdes for three years. Although it is a nice school it is not great. My children have had problems with friends, and some of the teachers are not as experienced as I thought they would be. The falculty also keeps changeing each year. I am very dissapointed as I thought Lourdes would be a better place where my students could live and love. But so far they have come home crying and upset at what Lourdes has done to them. I hope the environment at Lourdes will change as I have a friend who is looking to send her son to Lourdes, and I do not want her to go throught the same things I did with having to deal with Lourdes.

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November 18, 2009
We are completely disappointed in Lourdes this year. Students are unsupervised and complaints are not taken seriously. This is the second year that we have been at Lourdes and there will not be a third.

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no rating October 14, 2009
Lourdes has been a great environment academically, socially and spirtually. It has a great small community feel with the low student to teacher ratio and offers a nice learning experiences and programs for children I am impressed with the teachers from our experience in the early primary grades. The facility has some great upgrades like the gym, field and media center. Our son is enjoying school, likes his peers and is learning a lot. Great school!

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no rating October 13, 2009
I love Our Lady of Lourdes for its nurturing environment. This is a place where 'everybody knows your name'. There is a true sense of community and support.

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October 08, 2009
Lourdes is wonderful! After observing the interaction between the teachers and their students, I happily report that the teachers provide students with an environment where they can truly thrive. Although some of the teachers are young, their passion and commitment to their students is like none I've seen before. I would recommend Lourdes to anyone of my family or friends who were looking for a Catholic School that provides students with an atmosphere that is warm and friendly, yet academically challenging. A perfect combination!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 08, 2009
At OLOL, children of all ages fondly greet each other by name, followed by hugs. Older children are paired with younger children to facilitate inter-grade learning. Administrators and teachers use every available educational tool technology, discipline, community service, games, sports, art, science, whatever it takes to find the right motivation for each child to excel in learning. Recently, the school made a huge investment in technology - including state-of-the-art laptops for computer training in a brand new library. Education is a team process between all students, teachers, administrators and parents, and the results are evident in high test scores, honors, and strong sense of community. Setting high goals - academic and ethical - and achieving them together is what OLOL is all about.

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no rating October 08, 2009
My oldest son has been at Lourdes since he was 3 years old. He has grown and flourished within this tight and nurturing community. My youngest son is enjoying the same benefits and loves school!

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September 02, 2009
I was disappointed to find out that yet again teachers had changed over the summer. The teachers are all almost all very young in the lower grades, with varying levels of experience, but mostly in the early stages of their teaching careers and with little experience. I have heard that some of the middle school teachers are fantastic and really prepare their students for high school. There is little sympathy in the MS for learning issues, but there is strong support for learning issues in K-5. There are a number of after school activities available, but there is not a Boy Scout or Girl Scout group at Lourdes. I personally do not feel welcome at Lourdes, but have spoken to parents who have been happy with the school. There is not a new library/media center, though the plans are in the works.

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August 06, 2009
The facilities are lovely, though dated. There isn't central air though money was raised for that cause several years ago. For the past few years there has been a plan for a Library/Media Center, but so far it has not materialized. Most of the teachers have little experience though there are a few strong teachers. There is high turnover. A lot of teachers have left in the past few years. The principal used to be in health care, then was a gym teacher, then was in admissions before becoming a principal. She has been principal at OLOL for five years. There are mixed reviews.

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July 13, 2009
We have had children attend the school from pre-K through 8th grade; the younger ones still attend. We been very pleased with our experience. Our older children were well prepared to excel in a rigorous high school curriculum. The principal is entering her fifth year; previously, she was an administrator at a local Catholic high school and, for years, a teacher at the elementary level. The faculty is very strong, and turnover has not been an issue in recent years. The school is particularly diverse for the area--its location in downtown Bethesda means that many of its students' parents work nearby, though they may live farther away. The Catholic identity is very strong. The physical plant is much improved, but still modest. The 1940s structure has a renovated gym and new turf field, and the library is being relocated and updated, but the building still is limited. Tuition is (relatively) reasonable.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
Completely disappointing experience. The principal is unexperienced, and it shows. The faculty is unprofessional, the students are ill prepared, and there is little to no Catholic identity.

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March 19, 2008
We have been extremely please with Our Lady of Lourdes for our three children. Lourdes is unusual in that it does a very good job of meeting the needs of children with different issues. We have children at both ends of the spectrum academically and they have fulfilled each childs needs beautifully. Lourdes has also given our children a nurturing environment what they are not afraid to try new things. Furthermore, we like the diversity, social awareness, parent involvement and sports programs available at Lourdes. It is a special place!

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September 20, 2007
This is an excellent school! The teachers, parents and principal are dedicated to working together to ensure the success of the children. The academic programs are designed to give children experiential learning opportunities outside the classroom. Children are given the opportunity to explore, and to think authentically. Physical education, art, music and the dramatic arts are woven into the dynamics of the school's overall academic program. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular sports activities and community service. The school is an ideal learning environment for children.

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February 07, 2007
We are thrilled with the school and its leadership and teachers. Everyone is very supportive and caring. It is difficult to find an acceptable environment for children and we have. Both the shool and after-care programs are top notch.

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January 21, 2007
We are very pleased with the new Pre-K program at Our Lady of Lourdes. From the beginning, the teachers and volunteers created and established a caring and academic environment. Teachers have always offered suggestions for parents to help in the learning process, and welcome parents to volunteer. OLOL is a caring environment and reinforces our Catholic tradition in our children. Not only academics is focused but also learning to be a good citizen and helping others less fortunate.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
Small classes and a diverse student body. Great track record for acceptance to the best high schools. Strong core parent group would welcome other committed parents and their children.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
We are very pleased with the education our children have received at Lourdes, which they have attended for several years. The school is small and nurturing. School families, which have an exceptionally wide range of backgrounds, form a welcoming community. Lourdes is the oldest Catholic school in the Bethesda area, and it did not begin to get needed upgrades until recently. However, a recent capital campaign was successful, and the parish is quite supportive financially. The gym has been totally redone. Work on the cafeteria is nearly complete, and the computer lab is well-equipped. The library will be upgraded next. The faculty has some real stars, and some promising newcomers. A Ph.D. from NIH, who already taught Latin part-time, will teach science and math full-time next year. Activities include chess club (many kids participate), a good band, and numerous sports. Recently, Lourdes students have fared very well in Catholic H.S. admissions.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2004
Little to no leadership at this school (more than 3 principals in the past 5 years), high turnover of faculty, low pay, and poor facilities.

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Our Lady Of Lourdes School
7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda, MD  20814
(301) 654-5376
Last modified Our Lady Of Lourdes School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady Of Lourdes School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top