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Our Lady Of Grace School

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Posted November 24, 2013

I cannot comment on the current state of OLG but I can say that I am from one of the first graduating classes back in 1971 & its first basketball team. I attended from 1963-1971 and went on to Saint Joseph's of the Palisades in WNY. Then onto FDU where I received a BS in Business Management and an MBA in Marketing. I went on to a successful career at AT&T for over 30 years and I have since been involved with a few other exciting business opportunities. I look back on my years at OLG with such great memories. Without a doubt I received a strong educational foundation. The years I attended the country was in turmoil, in first grade JFK was assassinated, 6 years later a man landed on the moon, and during my years there, the Viet Nam War was fought. Through it all, we were nurtured with caring and engaging teachers overlayed in a spiritual and religious environment. Maintaining excellence over many years is challenging. The parents input is critical and the staff must be open to criticism and change in order to make the adjustments to stay on a path of excellence. I feel an alternative to public education is necessary.OLG served me well; I hope it continues to do the same for others.

Posted May 6, 2013

Excellent school. It has become one of the best in Bergen County. It offers more activities for both parents and students than any other.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 4, 2012

I have been a student at OLG for 5 years and they have all been great. At OLG I have made friendships that will last a long time and have learned a lot from the great teachers. I love how the school has so many great activities that I can participate in. I will always be grateful to all the teachers and everyone at OLG for being so nice and helping me to reach my full potential . GO ROYALS VOLLEYBALL!!!!!

Posted May 12, 2012

The Vice Principal DID NOT WRITE that herself. She has better things to do to run a school. I a parent wrote it and everywhere people talk, if they don't like it there are plenty other schools. My sons have been there since grade K and will stay until Grade 8. I like the whole staff they are good to my children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 2, 2012

That review on April 2011 was probably written by the vice principal herself, I have not heard a single parent talking positively about her.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 13, 2011

Shows improvement from last year. My kid is on Kindergarten & this is Year #3 at OLG. Pros: Diverse classroom curriculum. Lots of homework. Staff well organized in the morning for taking in the kids. Feedback on kid's progress by chatting w/ the teacher in the morning. Computers available in each classroom for the students in all grades. Broadcast System that places calls to inform of closings or activities. Diverse cultural and ethnic environment. Good balance b/n school and religion. Cons: Not to happy about their explanation of the nurse's shift being only part-time because of some law. Law or no law, fact remains that a nurse is only present part-time. OLG has a very close relationship with the town's Law Enforcement & First Responders, so that's what keeps me at ease for now... Overall; I'm very happy with the school and my child's progress. I recommend the school to friends and family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 27, 2011

We were hesitant in enrolling our children at OLG, having come from a Montessori school for 3 years, however, this has been on of the smartest education decision we've made. The teachers we had in 1st and 2nd grade, were great, the curriculm is excellent and they have the right balance between church & school life. Father Peter is very hands on with all the childrens activities. There are so many opportunties for parents to be involved and spend quality time with the kids in a fun, loving and educational environment. I am proud to recommend Our Lady of Grace to my colleagues, friends and family and we have nothing but great things to say about the school. The children indeed get a quality education and the school is very much into doing things together as a family.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 17, 2010

This is my child's first year at OLG, however I am not very pleased with school.I had very high expectations about the school but my expectations were not met. The vice principal is rude, and very unprofessional. I cannot believe her lack of professionalism. Every morning, I drop my child at the school. She passes through the hallway where many parents are standing with their children. She walks by the children and their parents and til this day she has never said a 'Good Morning'. She will laugh and talk to the school faculty but completly ignores the parents and the kids. She should set the example for everyone else, that is why she holds the position in the school. I am not the only parent that has noticed because other parents have noticed the same. On the other hand, Father Peter is the best!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 8, 2009

OLG has shown lots of improvement from last year. The new teachers that came into the upper grades were a huge help. They pushed the children to learn and they actually did work. Finishing the book shouldn't be what is important. It should be mastering the work so they can retain the information- not simply be pushed on the subject.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 2, 2009

School year 2008-2009, my son's class did not finish all chapters in any subject. We are advised that unfinished chapters will be part of next year's program. They collected tution fee for the year to cover the entire text book, not some of it and now.... At least in public schools they finish all the chapters. Now if my child goes from OLG to public school, he will be at a loss as he did not learn all the chapters during the school year. Way to Go OLG, Way to go downhill!!!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 6, 2009

This school helped me reach my full potential . I went from D's to A's.
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 10, 2008

It seems the principal and parish priest only want parents help for money, other donations and special events. When it comes to the classrooms parents are expected to 'mind their own business.' Many teachers seem unhappy and it affects the classrooms, including how children treat each other. There is very little hands-on learning even in the lower grades, just work books and work sheets. Office staff is kind but even the simplest of procedures seems to be disorganized. Many times it seems like the 'right hand' doesn't know what the 'left hand' is doing. Even notes that go home and are signed by the principal are confusing or leave out important information, so parents have to ask the teachers a lot of questions about school events or procedures.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 26, 2008

some of the kids are nice but they are rude. they make fun for the most ridiculos reasons. some teachers are ignorant, but the system this year has gotton alot better. OLG Royals lets go
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 9, 2008

I am disappointed overall with OLG this year. The previous comments are right on. A few of the teachers are wonderful, others barely teach and if you complain they critize you or pick on your child. The principal always sides with the teachers. If your child is having trouble then it must be the child's fault (he/she not paying attention in class). I have a hard time believing the my daughter can go from average to above average in Terra Nova's one year to being below average in all subjects the next. It's the teacher not the student or the parents. The school needs to acknowledge this or they won't be around for much longer as registration is down and there are a LOT of unhappy parents suggesting that they'll give the school one last year (2008-2009) and then look elsewhere. I am one of those parents considering this.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 21, 2008

I am extremely disappointed in the school this year. Like was said before it is always the student and parents fault they never think to blame the teachers for the poor skills.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2008

This school was a good school. Now my opinion has changed the classrooms are very crowded . The teachers are very lenient and bottom line it's all about the money ! credit p
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 9, 2008

WHile this school has some very good teachers. teh overall style of teaching is old school. Some teachers are in a rush to finish the book by the end of the year, and don not explain things properly that need explaining, leaving it up to the parents to reteach lessons, or pay someon to tutor their child in order to pass. In most schools when there is a high failure rate in a particular class most Principals investigate and then correct the problem, not at OLG, it is the child's fault. The only sport is basketball, which is pretty good program, which is run by the parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2008

I believe that this school could be a good school but at this time I am not happy with their math curriculum. My daughter/son is in 8th grade and did not do well at all when taking the COOP test into high school because OLG is so behind in math. This is not fair to the children or the parents, they should take away the computer fees and concentrate on getting better books for the children to be at the level they need to be when entering high school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 5, 2005

My daughter graduated from OLG, she fared very well because she was a stellar student. My other daughter was not and she is now in public school doing much better. Most of their teachers are inferior, there was no extra help. It was classmates helping the struggling students. My daughter went from failing 5 classes to a 'B' Student. I would not waste my money sending my children to Our lady of Grace. For a 'Catholic Family' they are very uncaring and ungiving.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2004

Our Lady of Grace's curriculum was ridiculous. I was not prepared to start high school. Teachers didn;t care about the students. They felt that finishing the book was more important than teaching it to the children. The prinicipal needs to learn to be more approachable. The Pastor is great but I believe he does not know exactly what is going on in the school. Teachers and principal made me feel that I could not accomplish anything in life. They insulted me and my homework. Not a good school to send your child to.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 62% 22%
White 31% 51%
Two or more races 5% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 9%
Black 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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400 Kamena Street
Fairview, NJ 07022
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