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Our Lady of Sorrows School

Private | PK-8 | 217 students


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Posted November 11, 2014

As a former student of OLS I thought that this would be a great school for my daughter boy I was wrong. We chose this school after her previous school closed down, the class is the same size as a public school class with one teacher and a part time aide which I think is ridiculous for the amount of money you pay. My daughter wasn't getting what she needed at this school and she benefited more from a smaller classroom . My husband and I decided to transfer her, well that was an experience in itself. Numerous messages left for the office staff for her records with no response even the school itself tried to contact them on our behalf. It got to the point where my husband had to take a day off and sit in the office just to get her records. Save yourself the trouble and don't go to this school especially if your child doesn't fit into the cookie cutter mold that they would like them to. I am very disappointed in this school especially how they treat African American students. I should have known when no one from my daughters previous school transferred here that should have told me something. Don't waste your time or money.
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Posted January 23, 2014

The teachers and school facility have provided a nuturing environment, filled with structure, discipline, a strong curriculum, all encompassed with religious teachings. Our children (who are in Pre-K and Kindergarden) have learned so much about their faith and their love for God and over all we've seen such an improvement in their love for learning! We'd definitely recommend this school to all parents.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 28, 2013

My daughter is in Pre-K 4 and loves going to school every day. Both of her teachers are very nurturing and have set up a wonderful environment for learning. She has made great progress in writing her letters and has also made a lot of progress in getting along well with others. I also like the fact that it is a Catholic school and students can say prayers, celebrate religious holidays like Christmas and All Saint's Day, etc.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 4, 2013

My children have both attended OLS since they were in Pre K 3. They are now in 2nd grade and Kindergarten. Thus far I have had a very positive experience here. The teachers are wonderful and caring and are able to adapt to the needs of different students. I feel they have a very strong academic program. I am consistently impressed with what they are learning particularly in Language Arts, Math and Science. We have an impressive computer lab, a shared group of ipads for the teachers to use with the students and smart boards in many classrooms. If a teacher does not personally have a smartboard there is generally a free one they may utilize. OLS also has one of the most impressive gyms in the area and a wonderful Athletics program in which students may participate for free. In addition to the confidence I have in the strength of the academics I am so happy to have found such a caring school community. My children and their friends are taught to be confident and respectful. They have fun at OLS and are challenged daily. So far we are very happy at Our Lady of Sorrows School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 19, 2013

I would not reccomend anyone to this school. They have horible technology they only have 3or4 smartboards in the school. The teacher do not care for african americans who need special help. They have very short tempers and sometimes tell us we are going no where in life. When visitors come they pretend everything is great. We pay all this money and there's no change in the school. There are bugs flying around the classrooms. The teachers make children cry. From kindergarden to 4th grade everything is fine once you get to 5th grade and up it all goes down hill. The only reasonable teacher is the gym teacher also during recess we play on a parking lot where cars park there cars while we are playing.well if you go to thisschool I wish you luck.

Posted January 29, 2011

My son is only 19 months old and attends the Nursery at OLS. I walk through the school grounds everyday when I take him to the nursery. I notice that the teachers, staff, and parents are very friendly, student safety is taken seriously, there are a wealth of after school activities, excellent racial diversity--important because in our lifetime we'll see the kind of racial diversity in the country that you can see at OLS. Once, I even saw the local fire department give the kindergarten class a tour of the fire truck--so cute! One thing I'd ask about is teacher/student ratio. The classes seem a bit large.
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Posted September 19, 2010

Teachers are very active with the students, and care about what is happening. As a result the school has increased enrollment. I have been thrilled with my son's progress and love of the school.
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Posted May 28, 2010

We have two children at OLS; it's the first year for our son and the third year for our daughter, and both have thrived there. The academics seem to be good, but what really impresses is the wide range of sports and other extracurricular activities that are offered - even to the youngest students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 13, 2006

my son has been a student at Our Lady of Sorrows for 4 years - I have the most extreme respect for the teachers at the school.
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Posted March 23, 2006

There are a lot of changes taking place at OLS. Enrollment is down. Alot of classes are being condensed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 20, 2004

This is my son's first year at OLS and it has been a great experience so far. He has been at another school and I was very displeased with the curriculum. OLS offers a challenging curriculm which is what I was looking for. I disagree with the October 2004 comment. I do have a son that is a 'minority' and he hasn't had any problems. He loves the school and I have only received positive feedback of his behavior. As for the principal, there is a new one this year and she is trying to make improvements. Give her time and I'm sure she will get everything in order.
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Posted October 28, 2004

I'm a student at this school. I think that this is a pretty good school. I have been to another Catholic school before and it did not compare to this school. Our Lady of Sorrows School, has many sports events, religious events, and both teachers and parents are able to participate in this school. We now have a new principal and she is very involved in this school. She is adding many things like morning assemblies. And, she is always watching us students, which is what a good principal does. We are very lucky to have her as our principal. Just to let you know, I'm in 7th grade.
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Posted September 29, 2004

I definately believe that this school is good in terms of curriculum and providing excellerated learning. However, the teachers run the school not the principal. All the teachers have been there at least 20 years. This means there are some unspoken ideas regarding children of various ethnicities, and dubious treatment of them. It seems as though there is a longing for the old days when S. Orange was not as diverse. If you are a person of color, you will need to be on top of things constantly, especially if you have a boy child! You will probably be told that your child needs some type of evaluation, monitoring, or special services simple because they have a different temperment or learning style. Why? The teachers here are older, set in their ways -- there's no room for change. Find another school if possible.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 23, 2004

As a student I was scolded and told I was a prostitute because I wore nail polish. At least two teachers were fired for hitting children, one of them making racist remarks. Some teachers appear to have problems with aggression.
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
Black 44% 16%
White 38% 51%
Two or more races 12% 1%
Hispanic 4% 22%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 9%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  • 8;00am
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  • 2:30pm
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  • Sister Judith Blair SCC.
  • Coed
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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  • Archdiocese of Newark
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