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Our Lady Of Sorrows Elementary School

Private | PK-8 | 106 students

 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $94,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $750.

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Posted October 20, 2013

Our family has been at OLS for 2 years, I can not say enough about the wonderful, caring staff at OLS. Our child is challenged, loves school and has made wonderful friendships. Our younger child is at the Early Childhood Center and the approach the staff takes with the three year olds is amazing. They are learning math and reading concepts through play which will help them excel in Kindergarten. Finally the families are the true support system at Sorrows. The uplifting, kind family atmosphere is truly a blessing for our children to grow up in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

My daughter attends this school since Kindergarten. This is a wonderful school to have your child in, very good academically, very friendly, child oriented. Bullying is not a problem here. Everyone is accepted for who he or she is. Teachers are great, very helpful, and open to collaboration and communication with the parents. School uniforms are required and that is a great thing!!! We love this school! Totally recommenced it!
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Posted June 21, 2011

I love Sorrows.!!! My dad went to school here, my siblings and I went here, my niece went here and now my daughters attend! The teachers are wonderful, hardworking and truly care about the children and the academic and spiritual education that the children receive. The parent involvement is awesome and the friends that my daughters have met through OLS are wonderful. I would definitely recommend Sorrows!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2011

I am a widowed single parent. Before my two children were even of school age, my husband and I had planned to send our children to Catholic School. I did everything I could to honor that decision. Both of my children attended Our Lady of Sorrows from Kindergarten through eighth grade. I could not be happier with the education they received. They were well prepared for high school and were both accepted to attend a Catholic high school. My older child is a sophomore at the University of Michigan and is on the Dean's List. My younger child is a senior in high school and is looking forward to the college experience after a thoroughly well rounded primary and secondary education. Both received a great foundation at OLS. The teachers are exceptional and all offered great support to both my children and myself. The administrators and support staff treat every student and family as their own. I would recommend OLS as a great school to anyone interested in attending.
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Posted March 25, 2011

Our experience at OLS has been a great one! Our children are happy and there is a great feeling of school community! From a social and academic standpoint, the school does a gret job of promoting the children's growth and development. Parents are welcome to be involved and there are many ways to help, the PTA is strong and vibrant. Our son started in preschool, but I did compare curriculums, prior to choosing to continue 1st grade. The OLS curriculum is much stronger, with higher standards then the local public school as well as other local catholic schools. The most important thing is our children have made great friendships, they are happy to go to school, and they are learning in a great environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

We pulled our 3 children out of OLS due to the poor leadership. There is suppose to be a bullying policy in place, but no one will follow through. The bullying is terrible. There are some really wonderful teachers, but there are a lot of bad teacers also. The preschool programs was in constant transition and choices that were made were to only make money and not what was in the best interest of the children. The families were all wonderful, but the education was a terrible mess.
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Posted May 2, 2010

I have had three children attend OLS. The academics are ok, in general, for a middle of the road student. Children who are advanced or need more help are left behind, bored and ridiculed in the classes. There are some teachers who are incredible and best in class. They are the few, not the majority. The history program at OLS is second to none in the country. Unfortunately, that teacher will be retiring. The math program is the worst out of all of the catholic schools in the area, and behind the public schools. This data is evidenced by the high schools who encounter the OLS students. Those students who are successful in math are either professionally tutored or tutored at home. The admistration has not listened to the many parents offering help in the curriculum, and does not seem to be involved. In general, the Farmington Public Schools offer a stronger program.
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Posted January 27, 2010

My children are getting a quality education at OLS; not only are their standardized test scores excellent, they are in a safe and nurturing environment aligned with our beliefs. We are happy that our Elementary and Middle School children are on the same campus with the same schedule. The Kids Club program (for before and after school care) is great for working parents.
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Posted January 27, 2010

This school is awesome. I have had three children graduate from OLS and one more to go and it has been a very good environment for all of them. The teachers are good, the children are very well prepared for high school and OLS is a very welcoming community.
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Posted January 25, 2010

OLS has given my children an opportunity to thrive. They are both in college now, and my husband and I attribute much of their success to the excellent foundation they received at OLS. The teachers are excellent and innovative, firm but fair, and they made learning fun in class as well as on the field trips (one was to Greenfield Village where they dressed in period costume, had lessons in a one-room schoolhouse, and learned what it was like to be a student at the turn of the 20th century). The learned how to learn, how to study, and how to serve other people, and to this day, in their daily college lives, they offer their services in tutoring high school students and guiding high school youth groups. Thank you OLS for the good start!
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Posted January 24, 2010

As an alum of OLS, I am happy to be able to send my daughter to the same school. So much has changed all for the better. More extracurricular and athletic opportunities exist than when I attended. Facilities have been expanded and modernized. Technology is improved every year. Being involved as a parent, with other like minded parents, has resulted in my child being happy and achieving measurable academic achievement year after year.
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Posted January 23, 2010

Two of my children attend this school and it is a great school. They both love going there. There are a lot of great families attending the school. They have great sports and extracurricular activities such as scouting too. I wish the tuition was a bit lower, it is getting tough with it being raised every year.
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Posted August 11, 2009

My child attended 3 yrs at Sorrows. Overall both my wife and I feel the school was good...not excellent. For the money spent I feel that the value was just not there. We live in the school district and they have very good schools in the area. We chose to pull our child out to attend a public shool and it was the best decision we've made. I would encourage people to do a lot of research. It really opened our eyes.
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Posted April 15, 2008

We're taking our child out of Our Lady of Sorrows at the end of this school year. The school does an okay job with academics. It could do a much better job if class sizes were reduced. We don't feel that our child receives enough individualized attention, and it is very difficult reaching the principal or individual teachers when you need to speak with them.
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Posted April 4, 2008

I can say that without a doubt the teachers have been a blessing with the care they give instruction, the aid they give us as parents in addressing concerns, and the receptiveness to listen to new ideas. The PTG has done wonderful things to raise money for the technological improvements to the school. Father Mark has been great in making efforts to promote the school as the great benefit to our children that it is. The new administration has shown great interest in continuing to improve the education value and moved swiftly in hiring a special needs teacher after it was suggested by parents in the recent school focus group.
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Posted April 2, 2008

My child is presently in 4th grade at Our Lady of Sorrows. I am mostly pleased with the school; however, I am concerned about two area. First, the class sizes are exceptionally large (30 or more students per instructor). Second, in my opinion, the school discourages parent participation (for example, parents are not allowed to volunteer at the school unless they attend a 3 hour seminar and parents are strongly discouraged from having informal contact with teachers and staff).
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Posted January 17, 2008

Our Lady of Sorrows has been an excellent choice of school for our children. The teachers are experienced, professional, and care about the kids. This school provides for strong academics, as demonstrated by good test results and strong high school performance by graduates. Our Lady of Sorrows' support in development of strong values and morals is very evident in our kids. We are happy that the school curriculum also includes Spanish, computers, art, music, and gym. This is a wonderful place for kids to go to school.
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Posted January 10, 2008

I am very pleased with Sorrows. My son of course is not the most academically inclined. However, he has learned a great deal from school. He also has developed exceptionally high morals and values only because he is in an environment that enforces and expounds upon my efforts in this area. I recommend this school to everyone. By the way, the alleged parent who tried to discredit the school by claiming that many families left the school, misled you. The only time a few families left was because of the shared time implementation. The only thing that changed from the new system was that possibly non-catholics teach art, music, and gym. Big deal. They are still good christian people. Thaaaat should tell you all you need to know.
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Posted January 10, 2008

I have been very pleased with my childrens education at Our Lady of Sorrows. The personnel attention and connection the staff and teachers have with my children has been priceless. Their education in academics, life skills and personel improvement has been superior. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for an excellent blend of Catholic teaching, strong academics, and an overall safe and positive environment for their children.
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Posted January 6, 2008

You couldn't choose a better school for your own children from PreK-8. My Children have found great success here! The environement is warm and open creating a stimulating atmopshere for learning. We have had great supportive teachers. Very happy here!
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 69%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 3%
African-American 5% 19%
Multiracial 4% 2%
Hispanic 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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24040 Raphael Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48336
Phone: (248) 476-0977

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