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Our Lady Of Perpetual Help School

Private | PK-8 | 247 students

We are best known for academics & Catholic identity.

 
 

Living in Ellicott City

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $351,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

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2013:
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2011:
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Posted August 22, 2014

If you're only looking for a school with strong academics, then go down the road to Ilchester. However, if you want your kids to grow spiritually, then this school is the best you'll find anywhere. Weekly Mass creates a community grounded in faith. We have daily Religion class where we go deeper into the mysteries of our faith through discussions. We also have two awesome priests who are very involved in both the parish and the school community. There is a very strong sense of family and the teachers and students really care about you. Prayer is an essential part of the day at OLPH. They also have lots of extracurricular activities to choose from. There are some discipline issues in middle school, but there is much less bullying than you will find at the average public school. Overall, the academics at OLPH are average and the faith community is outstanding.


Posted August 20, 2014

OLPH has provided a solid faith-based education that has helped to develop our children to be confident life long learners. The faculty, staff, students and parents provide a strong caring and nurturing community. Our children were well prepared for Catholic High School and most importantly to be compassionate, well rounded, civic minded citizens. OLPH School is a Christ-centered educational institution that is having a profound impact in developing future evangelists!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2014

OLPH has been a blessing for our family! My children love their teachers, they are thriving academically, and we feel like the teachers and staff truly care about each student. They have added numerous new clubs and enrichment programs to reinforce what the students are learning. My son loves the robotics club and is learning some pretty cool stuff. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for strong academics, truly personalized attention and authentic Catholic formation. The two priests are wonderful and very involved on a regular basis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2014

I'm a parent with a wonderful child who as being going to OLPH school for 5 years. The principal plus faculty is great but their are some problems with bullying not major just slight problems. They don't get much homework but my child has advanced so much in her learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2014

Great school for the "typical" student, however if your child is "different", be prepared for your child to be ostracized by the other students. While Christian values are taught, they are not always put into practice by the students. Kids here are no different than kids in public schools. Mr. Pellechia, the new principal, has been a huge asset to the school. Most teachers are fantastic, and very caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2013

Posted a review in 2012 as a new parent and promised an update. This school has come a long way in a short amount of time. All for the best and still more to come! The transformation of making a solid great school of many years to an above average impressive school in just a year has been a pleasure to witness and our family is proud and blessed to be apart of the OLPH community. Where do I begin? The Principal, of course. Mr. Pellechia only started a year ago, and HE has made a HUGE difference in so many ways. His daughter is in Kindergarten & one on the way! He truly has an "open door" policy of hearing all of our parent concerns and suggestions. Not only has he made a difference, but the School Board and HSA (Home and School Association) have made a progressive, positive impact as well. All are truly committed and work together to make OLPH the best school for your child to thrive academically, spiritually, and socially. The surrounding community involvement (parish and non parish) is amazing as well. The new Interactive Learning Center or iLC is a must to see. It was literally built overnight (during the summer) and has the adaptability to change as our technology changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2013

Wonderful school! So many positive changes in the past couple of years. This school is really moving in the right direction. We love the families and feel so blessed that our kids have good friends who share our same family values.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

We feel like we are part of an extended family at OLPH School! The teachers and staff are very dedicated to their students, and they expect involvement from the parents as well. They are strict with behavior but it leads to good self-discipline for the kids, and it's a very loving environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

OLPH is a phenomonal school. The wonderful staff and teachers are extremly attentive to the students in and outside of school. I could not have asked for a better school for my child.
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Posted September 12, 2013

Coming from a public school I wasn't sure what resources a private school would have. I am very impressed with the Principal and the teachers as well as the guidance staff. Overall a good curriculum and a smaller environment for my daughters to excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

We moved to Maryland from another state and attended another private Catholic school in the area. Academically the school was doing well. However, socially, religiously, fundamentally, and with respect to community the school was lacking. OLPH embraced us as a family and welcomed us with open arms. Principal Pellechia, the administrative assistant, and the teachers are amazing. The atmosphere is welcoming and each child is treated individually with respect and love for who they are and what special gifts/talents they possess. Academically they are on par with the other private Catholic schools in the area. Socially and Religiously they excel. They teach the foundations of what each Christian family would want their children to exemplify and demonstrate to others. Father Erik and Father John are both very involved with the children even in the PreK classroom. We have found a home and look forward to many more years at OLPH school and parish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

OLPH has been great. The 1st time we visited the school, we knew it this was the place for our kids. We registered our daughter that day....and have loved it ever since.
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Posted September 12, 2013

I am a parent of 3 children who have all attended OLPH since kindergarten. The staff fosters not only educational achievement but spiritual enrichment everyday. The new media center and advancements in technology are outstanding. There is a wonderful blend of new and more experienced teachers that keep the curriculum fresh. We are blessed to belong to such a loving and exceptional school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2013

I am the parent of 3 children that have attended OLPH since kindergarten. All 3 children have different personalities, different learning styles, etc. In the past years we have seen a consistent move to improve the resources within the school and the further development of the kids. This is evident in the new technology center, and also in the extra curricular activities that have been added. The new principal has be a GREAT addition to the school to move it forward. This school is small, with one class per grade. The size adds to the personal touch and attention, as well as to the family atmosphere. One of my children has graduated and moved on to a private high school. She was placed in all honor classes, and has handled them well. I did give the school 4 stars and not 5, for no other reason than I think as far as education for our kids go, there are always areas to grow and improve. The nice thing at this school is that you have active parents, active school board, engaged faculty and staff who are consistently looking for ways to do just that. Keep up the great work OLPH!!
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Posted September 11, 2013

OLPH School has a wonderful environment which helps children feel safe and loved, which in turn helps them feel more confident and ready to learn. I have two children at the school, who have very different personalities. OLPH does a wonderful job challenging and encouraging both of my children to have them excel at their natural abilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

I like this school , because we feel very comfortable dealing with every body from the staff . it looks like a big family , and my daughter loves it and loves her teachers. I gave it 5 stars .
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Posted September 11, 2013

OLPH is a unique learning environment. Its small size and caring teachers create a very sincere and focused setting in which our son is thriving after only 2 1/2 weeks of school. The parents also make OLPH more than just a school - it truly is a community. We feel so lucky to have found this incredible school and we couldn't be happier for our son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Learning more than ABC's and 123's. This is my daughter's third year at OLPH (1st grade) and every year continues to get better. Wonderful school with extended parish community. OLPH embraces parent involvement and welcomes diversity!
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Posted September 10, 2013

I can't say enough great things about OLPH! The staff, principal and Pastor provide a wonderful, loving environment for the children. There is such positive energy at the school right now. The parents are willing to get involved in every aspect of school life, the teachers are coming up with fresh, new ideas to keep the children engaged and excited, and the principal is very dedicated to the school, staff and children. If you are looking for a loving, caring environment for your children, I highly recommend OLPH!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

We have two children currently attending OLPH and we could not be more pleased. It is a wonderful community with an extremely dedicated staff. We love all the improvements that have been made over the last couple of years. We are confident our children are getting a quality education in a caring, supportive environment.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 6%
Two or more races 4% 4%
Hispanic 2% 12%
Black 1% 35%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Choose Civility Award (2010)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Nancy F. Malloy
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Roman catholic
Associations
  • NCEA
Fax number
  • (410) 788-5210

Programs

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  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Mathematics
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
More from this school
  • Four-year-old preschool program opening Fall of 2011.
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4801 Ilchester Road
Ellicott City, MD 21043
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Phone: (410) 744-4251

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