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Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School5
Posted March 06, 2015
- a parent
I currently have two children attending OLL. My husband and I did not grow up in Washington, and moved here when our oldest was about a year. We did not have any family in town, and we began touring schools. OLL was the school that stood out the most to us. Over the past five years, I have watched my children and the school grow. My oldest has flourished academically and socially. My youngest loves preschool, and cannot wait to be in school full time. OLL prides itself on the services and resources it provides to the children of this community. They have kept up with the demand for technology, and have set high standards for student success. I continue to be extremely happy with OLL, the teachers, staff, students, and parish.
I was unable to give this school a negative rating. It is, quite possibly, the worst elementary school ever. I assume that the two glowing reviews were written by people who have no other recent school experience in which to compare OLL. The author who wrote about the cliques was accurate. The academics are terrible. In a total of 11 years we had two good teachers- and both left within two years. In science they learned that glass is a liquid (no, amorphous solid), molecules, atoms, elements, compounds, etc were completely wrong on the "teacher's" own printed and distributed notes. In contemporary geography they learned country/capital names for countries that haven't existed for 20 years. The music program. If you want to go see a "children's concert" and see the music teacher sing and dance for two hours, then you are at the right place. And all this plus the girls in the class called "retards" by the teacher!! The racism and bigotry displayed regularly by the students and faculty is very disturbing (very Christian). Oh, did I mention that about 98% of students/faculty are related in more than one way? Time to diversify the gene pool. Too many horrifying examples to write.
I have 2 very different kids at OLL. Both have attended from ps. One is academically achieving & places high on nationally ranked tests, showing OLL 's strong academics.The other is language delayed & has challenges. For him, OLL promised what they could: to make every effort to help him be successful there. When most private schools would have given up, they tried harder & worked with us, & he is doing better & better. In addition to striving to accept students of varying abilities, which diversifies the school & teaches kids that differences are ok, I have great appreciation for how OLL also works on developing the whole kid- character building & a sense of personal responsibility are cornerstones of the invisible curriculum. Also, every year I have seen improvement in my older child 's class from their public speaking opportunities- those that are shy over the years have become more confident, being gently coaxed from their comfort zones & those that naturally like public speaking are learning how to refine it. As a bonus, writing skills are worked on year after year across many subjects. Strong academics & a welcoming culture make OLL a very special school & I am grateful.
We have had a very bad experience of the pre K program here. The curriculum is very dumbed down although they claim it's a full Pre K program. There is very little or no emphasis on emergent reading skills or math. If we didn't work with our child at home they would not be ready for K. The school is also run by a small click of parents and the teachers have their class student favorites and their favorite parents. If your child is not in the click they do not get equal attention from the teachers. I could not recommend this school. Poor academics.
The Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Grade School is THE rising star in the Washington area for private grade schools. Enrollment has been steady or rising, tuition has remained constant for the past three years, the technology budget has increased every year, and our test scores are in the top 5% in the nation. OLL students are recognized for their accomplishments in academics (through scholarships to the local Catholic High School), the arts (vocal and instrumental music as well as writing and speech), and in community involvement. The Pastor here truly supports the school and is often seen working or playing basketball or soccer with the kids. There is not a better Catholic Grade School in the area!
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is one of the best schools in the Washington area, private or public. OLL consistently has the highest test scores and academic programs in the area and has by far the most Valedectorians and Salutorians of any grade school at the local private and public high schools. The keys to this success are experienced teachers (the most experienced and most master's degrees in the area), a focus on disciplined academic work, and the best computer facilities in the area. The computer lab itself has 40 computers with a full-time computer instructor and there are computers and peripherals in all classrooms as well. This focus on academic achievement is supplemented by very successful sports program, scouting program and community-focused volunteer programs. Overall, the students that graduate from the 8th grade at OLL are the best prepared in the area for high school.