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114-116 Myrtle Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 18, 2015
The teachers at OLOW are there because they want to be. There fulfillment comes from the education they provide our children with and watching them grow and flourish!!

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Amount of homework: Just right
July 18, 2015
Just right--at least that I am aware of through second grade, will know more in years to come.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 18, 2015
Our children are given the faith, the strength and the values to stand up for themselves, value themselves, and not succumb to peer pressure.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
July 18, 2015
I volunteer up at the school for the lunch program. All of the children have such well manners and etiquette. From 4 year olds to 12 years old, they all say please, thank you...they all say hello and good bye...

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Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 18, 2015
Without a doubt. These children from grade preK to 8th grade truly care about one another and watch out for one another.

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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 18, 2015
This school is the epitome of honesty, integrity, and fairness...also faith, education, values and understanding!

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 05, 2015
The teachers are so dedicated to their students success. These dedicated educators who have been there for years, have made the commitment to stay and teach not for the financial reward but for the love of teaching. I love OLOW teachers

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July 05, 2015
Schools should be about promoting education, this school not only promotes excellence in education, it promotes love, brotherhood and kindness among students that's long lasting. My oldest child graduated over 2 years ago and her friendship with her OLOW classmates is still present.

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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 02, 2015
The teachers at Our Lady of Wisdom School are committed to the holistic education of each student. They are receptive to Parents and Students, and easily accessible to discuss the student's needs. They provide a strong Academic Foundation , and a strong Christian Value Foundation. They are positive Role Models for all our children. They take the time to reach all the needs of each child. I volunteer daily at the school , and I'm so grateful we found this school! The Priests, Principal, Teachers, Teacher Assistants, Administrative Staff, School Nurse , Parents and students foster a true sense of Community, Value Based Education and Academic Excellence. Each morning our Grandson can't wait to get to school. He loves Our Lady Of Wisdom and all that it encompasses! We Love Our Lady Of Wisdom for all it has to offer to enrich the lives of all our children. Additionally, I love the way the older children reach out to the younger children. There is a strong message of self accountability and love at our school. This message is seen each day in how the students learn, work together and come together for charitable projects throughout the year. Our Teachers Teach by example, and this is evident in the character of our children at Our Lady of Wisdom.

- submitted by a community member
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 02, 2015
I feel that my son has exceeded by attending this school. The teacher's are professional, extremely intelligent and kind. I am nothing but proud that my son is enrolled at Our Lady of Wisdom!

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May 20, 2015
This school I thought was a gem in the hills of Port Jefferson. Unfortunately, they do not have the resources to provide the optimum education a child can have. I believe in a Catholic Education. Times have changed. A decrease in enrollment, equates to lack of funding for certain areas. They provide what is needed to run the school. They do not have a reading teacher. However, there are some good teachers in the higher grades 3, 4th grade. The previous principal was dismissed under mysterious circumstances and bullying was not addressed. This new principal needs experience.

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March 25, 2015
Five years later, we continue to be very happy with our decision to send our children to OLOW. The educational experience is rigorous so that our kids are challenged to be creative, thoughtful and imaginative. We love the smaller class sizes as compared to public school. Not only does this foster greater attention between teachers and students but the children bond and form close friendships. The school offers many extracurricular sports and academic activities. Last but certainly not least, the spiritual engagement at OLOW is inspiring. Our children are growing in their faith as the Christian values we practice at home are also interwoven into the daily curriculum at school. The Principal, teachers and staff are fantastic and fully committed to providing our children with the best educational experience possible. Each day I see our children continuing to grow into bright, engaged, responsible and considerate people. I am confident the education they are receiving at OLOW will position them well as they get older and prepare for the next step in their academic lives.

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March 25, 2015
My decision to send my children to OLOW was based almost solely on the students I saw when I walked into the building for an open house. Well mannered, well spoken young men and ladies. After being here for 5 years, my reasons for continuing to send them here are obviously based on different factors- Most importantly, the catholic education they receive cannot be compared to a public school. It means so much that they pray each day, they respect and care about their classmates and teachers. The older students look out for the youngsters, and it is safe to say every child in the school knows one another. The teachers, principal and nurse are phenomenal, as well as the dedicated parent volunteers who run or help out with clubs and programs. It sounds cliche, but OLOW truly is like a family. I can't imagine my children anywhere else.

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March 24, 2015
This is the BEST Catholic School!! I've had my children attend OLOW and I have to say it was the best decision I could make for my son. My little guy finished Pre-K of instruction and moved to Grade-k with confidence, leadership, and knowledge. I have to admit once I hear from friends that have their kids in public school and they tell me what they are doing curriculum wise my little guy is ahead due to OLOW. The principal and teachers have helped my son significantly gain confidence and self independence. I am confident that he will enter 1st grade with a great head start. The wonderful programs here at OLOW also help to enrich our Kindergarten experience. He is taking advanced Spanish, music, art history and science. The loving and religious environment, the organization, and the teacher instruction are what I believe to be the key success of Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School...

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February 22, 2015
Two of my children and in another year my third attend OLOW. The school is incredible and provides more than just an education but rather a community. Your child is taught by teachers that really know them and care about them academically but personally. My children are thriving in this environment. Their confidence has improved as well as their academics. We wouldn't change a thing.

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February 12, 2015
our son attends OLOW , we started mid year so things were in full swing and yet from the principal to the teacher, nurse and very welcoming families, they made the transition easy for us....what can I write .. when a 7 year old gets up and is so eager to go to school says it all...smiles going in smiles going out. and we can talk academics he is learning more and new things, he isn't just a number in a class being pushed from one class to another, his teacher is very in tune with her children she see's them as individuals and each needing different things, they aren't a number they are who they are and allowed to be and that's big for us... thank you Mrs B first grade for doing what you do !!

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February 11, 2015
I am a former student from OLOW and I am extremely grateful that my parents decided to send me here. I have made lasting friendships with classmates, teachers and faculty. I truly enjoyed the small school atmosphere because I felt like I was given more attention/help when needed and OLOW became my family, where everyone knew my name. I always feel welcomed back when I go to visit. This school has given me many memories and provided me with many opportunities to succeed in high school, college and beyond. I believe that the faculty and staff at OLOW work extremely hard to make sure parents and students are given the support they need. OLOW is constantly looking for ways to be better than the year before, and they always have their students and parents in mind. As I walk through the halls as an alumni, a lot has changed, but one thing has always remained the same, the love, hard work and dedication these teachers and faculty members have for their students.

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January 22, 2015
Prior to the change in administration I considered pulling my children from OLOW. I am so happy I stayed the 2014-15 yr because the new administration has transformed this school! The environment in the school from the new administration and staff fosters a love for learning. The individual attention the students receive is remarkable due to the small class sizes. Music lessons for even the younger children! A monthly science program for preK! There is always an event and such a sense of community. As a public school educator for 15yrs I am fortunate to see both sides. While both have it benefits and disadvantages, at OLOW small class sizes, individual attention, extra help for all grades, foreign language starting in preK, the teachers and Principal know EVERY child by name these are just a few positive attributes of this school. It promotes an environment that is a simple without the unnecessary "bells and whistles" that so often distract from to true learning. A true sense of community. I live in a GREAT school district but we still chose OLOW.

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January 06, 2015
My son recently started this school and we are so pleased with our decision in him attending OLOW. The staff is outstanding and e support is amazing. For once my son is super excited to attend school. Coming from public school we are happy to see him excel.

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January 05, 2015
It is our son's 2nd year at Our Lady of Wisdom. His progress spiritually and academically has exceeded our expectations. The dedication of the teachers is phenomenal and the sense of family is amazing. My wife and I could not be more happy with our decision to send him to Our Lady of Wisdom.

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December 15, 2014
This is our first year at OLOW, the staff, students and parents welcomed our family with open arms. My son immediately made friends, started to enjoy school again and was excited to get onto the bus and start his day. We came from a horrible experience in public school where the classes were too big and the teacher spent their day herding the masses, not teaching the lessons. At Our Lady of Wisdom, there is much more structure, disciple and understanding by the staff. The children are better behaved and are academically focused. There is always a social activity for the kids or an event for the parents. The sense of community is unmatched in the public sector. I am so thankful to have found OLOW, my son s life will forever be changed and enlightened by this school. I would recommend it to anyone who wants their children to grow up healthy, caring, respectful and knowledgeable on life, academics and faith.

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December 15, 2014
Great atmosphere with professional and caring faculty, administration and staff. The school combines tradition with innovation, making for a positive, effective learning environment.

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December 08, 2014
The teachers make the school and this is true about OLOW. And now under the leadership of a hands on, active, involved, caring, and well educated Principal, it just gets better. The small class sizes and support is outstanding. The families that not only care about their own children but yours, makes it a warm environment for everyone. We could not be more happier watching our child succeed more and more each year at OLOW and look forward to many more years ahead. I give it 5 stars...would give more if I could!

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June 19, 2014
We are the parents of two children who are about to complete their first year at OLOW. My children are reading, writing and excelling in math way above their public school counterparts. They are also learning cursive which their public school friends are not. Their second grade teacher is kind-hearted and simply fantastic! They have had a loving environment and are learning our Catholic faith on a daily basis which has been a blessing both to them and our whole family. The OLOW families believe in their pastors, school board, principal and teachers. We have had a great year and are looking forward to another great one next year! GO OLOW!!!!!!

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June 16, 2014
We are a proud OLOW family. It is the little school that could and will continue to be great. To those of you who are posting negative comments please stop. You all should be ashamed of yourselves. It is not what a person of faith would do. Stop trying to sabotage any future enrollment with your nonsense. We are staying and couldn't be happier. We love OLOW.

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June 13, 2014
After reading the last 6 reviews I felt that I need to write one also and clarify few things that were stated. This is my first year in OLOW and although I came into the "turmoil of administrative and office changes", this was the best decision I made for all of my four children. The staff and teachers have been wonderful. To all the previous very negative review writers. Rumors are just rumors- don't believe them. I have been volunteering at all of the events not to socialize but to raise money for the school- where were you? It is the same few people over and over organizing and running them , have not seen your face there, so please don't make assumptions and statements that are not true??? The person with enrollment comment- the last time the school was at 249 was in the 1980's, as of today there is 162 students enrolled, I checked today when I was at the school. The dissatisfaction with administrative changes??? what are you dissatisfied with? the new principal, with all the appropriate credentials? Our children are not affected by the few bumps in the road but by the negative parents like yourself. I am looking forward to the new school year. GO OLOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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March 14, 2014
I am a product of public school. Times have changed. I have had my children in public school for quite a while to make a credible statement. The level of education that my children have received this first year was above average. The staff has shown outstanding concern for both of my children and they have tutoring available for those students who are in need. The public school that I pay high taxes for did not have full time kindergarten but part time. My public school does not offer tutoring. My children did not learn enough in public school. My younger child at first struggled however at this time has caught up to maintain a good grade. Children in public school do not learn at the same grade level. Ref public school,the child maintains an above average they may be placed in a category where they are learning below grade level as the "teacher" feels the child can't handle it (For Ex:3 different spelling groups). I removed my child from public school as they gave up on my child. They did not give up on my child here.My children do not have IEPs, it may be avail here depending on your child's circumstances if needed.The above is from my own experience.I'm not astaffmember.

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September 12, 2012
In response to your quote "I don't think it's accurate to blame a school for not addressing bahavior problems in children because quite frankly it's not their job" is absurd. When your child is being injured because of another childs behavior the teacher should absolutely address it !!

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March 11, 2012
Learning disabilities are very different from behavioural issues. In my opinion, no one should expect teachers or members of ANY school to correct their child's behavior problems. It is your job as a parent to set an example for such things at HOME so when your children go to school and out into the world they know how to act and treat people with respect. I don't think it's accurate to blame a school for not addressing bahavior problems in children because quite frankly it's not their job. Teachers are there to TEACH children, not step in as a role of a parent while the kids are in school. As far as small classes and such, some students may prefer that. Some, like myself, can't handle large classes and too many people rumaging and pushing through hallways. If you don't feel it's a good fit for your child it is a simple task to change schools. However, I don't really think it's necessary to bash a school just because you didn't have a very good experience. Everyone is different and learns at a different pace and in different ways.

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February 28, 2012
I think you'll find that most of the complaints are from 2009. I believe the new principal is dealing with the couple of kids with behavioral problems with stricter guidelines on discipline that enables teachers to elevate issues and cracking down on rules that were being ignored (uniforms, etc.) Some parents probably don't like it but, to me, that's one of the reasons I send my kids there - structure, respect, uniforms, morals, values, etc.

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April 19, 2010
I love OLOW and so does my son. He is turning out to be a very smart and articulate young man who has a strong religious foundation and understanding. I wouldn't send him anywhere else.

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December 02, 2009
I removed my children from OLOW. They now attend public school. I am Catholic school educated and wanted the same for my children. OLOW has been on the decline for years. I knew it but felt it was better then Public school. I was wrong and regret that I did not do it sooner. I have spoken to a few familes who left OLOW and no one regrets it. I am a little confused about the term partnership? Do you mean picking up the slack from the teachers? When your paying money for your childs education the school should bow to your demands. I am sure the enrollment must be at an all time low. The same people getting involved is because the moral, spirit was gone . It's a sad, cold little school.

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no rating
November 19, 2009
Our lady of Wisdom School is a wonderful place to educate you child. The curriculum is rigorous and the expectations are high for your child to excel. It is a wonderful place to have a parent school partnership so your child may learn. Many disatisfied parents did not take the partnership seriously. They or their child developed an issue and when the school did not bow down to their demands they took their child and sour grapes to another school. Several parents do get more involved than they need to, only because if they won't others don't step up. If your willing to take the partnership role in your child's education seriously OLOW is the school for you.

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November 03, 2009
I love OLOW and so do my children. There is no compariosn between public and private. The education is great and I love the strong religious component.

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no rating
October 19, 2009
OLOW lost many wonderful children and familes who were assets to the school. For you to say the children who left were children with behavioral problems is a typical OLOW response and clearly not the truth. Those families left by choice, their own!!! My decision to leave has been the best decision I have made. I have set high goals and expectations for my children that OLOW could never have prepared my children to achieve. OLOW has many great kids and families still there. I wish them all the best.

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October 02, 2009
I find the environment at OLOW to be one of caring, consistency and kindness. Many students left this year which was great because most of them were the kids that were disruptive with parents who expected the school to fix their child's behavioral issues. The academics are above our public school neighbors. I find it refreshing to have my child in a place where speaking about God is a good thing and learning to be kind to others is demonstrated.

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July 21, 2009
I pulled my children from this school due to the multiple problems occuring within the school. Everybody is pulling their kids out of the junior high. The junior high offers no social interaction, no preparation for high school, and the kids are treated like they are in kindergarten. This led to alot of frustration and boredom in my child. I would never put my child in such a small school again. I feel the school actually hindered their emotional growth.

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no rating
June 04, 2009
I was very happy with the school in the earlier years K,1, 2 and 3. As my daughter got older however, I found the school to be very limiting. Since there is only one class per grade, the children will remain with many of the same classmates. If your child hapens to end up in a class with a well behaved group of kids, you are going to have a better experience. However, if you end up with a class of difficult kids, you can be dealing with all the troubles that go with it for a very long time. I agree wholeheartedly with some previous comments that there are those parents/families that have way too much control and leeway with the administration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 01, 2009
Best school in the area! small classes and teachers make themselves available to help students

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March 30, 2009
I removed my children from OLOW for many reasons. My children were bored. They were restrained academically so that others who needed special attention could try to catch up. The administration caters to a certain group of parents/students and do not properly address the behavioral issues of many of the students. We have never met such a group of mean spirited children and staff then is displayed at OLOW. I am convinced that if you want your children to succeed, public school is the way to go.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
August 26, 2008
I think this school is not very good. We don't have a gym, cafetiria, lunch program, or a recess yard and is not worth the tuition my parents pay. Most children are disrespectful to the substitute teachers and is meant for a jr. high school.

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 11, 2007
I have a child in OLOW and have been especially pleased with the staff and quality of education. That being said, it most definately has one of the most clique oriented groups of parents I have ever seen, and yes, as written below, the administration does cater to the clique.

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May 18, 2007
I wish to address the former post regarding the 'Special Ed' issues: Parochial schools, in general, have never been, or will ever appear to be, prepared to instruct the child with special education issues. The parents are not going to the trouble to register their children and pay the tuition just to avoid the 'SpEd' label...come on! These parents, whose children may or may not be children with needs, are probably former parochial attendees themselves, and are doing for their child what was done for them. Do you really think a parent would deliberately enroll a special needs child in a school that is not equipped to address their issues? No. And I would also like to point out to that if their children were enrolled in the Port Jefferson school district, the child with 'SpEd' issues would not be in a sep class. they mainstream the SpEd children in reg classes.

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November 10, 2006
The administration seems to be more concerned with increasing revenue instead of improving the education. The administration has lowered the admission standards where they allow troubled students with serious behavioral and learning problems. Reason being, parents don t wish their child labeled as receiving Spe-Ed in public school, thus they come to OLOW & have their child pushed through the system. In public school these students would be placed in Special Education classrooms where they would receive the proper assistance. The administration caters to the who s who politics, and it s all about whom you know! The students that want to excel academically and have no behavioral or other issues, are hurt by this, and are kept back academically. Internally among the faculty there are problems.

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July 27, 2006
My son got a very good education from caring teachers. He was taught organization which helped him greatly as he entered high school. My son entered the school in 6th grade, I had a hard time getting 'in' with the parents. It seemed they had already formed their groups.

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May 18, 2006
Wonderful Technology Program and teachers

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May 18, 2006
The Principal is great and the children are cared for in a loving enviroment. My children have been very happy here.

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August 23, 2005
Great school if your child can handle the small size and strong discipline environment. The school is VERY DIFFERENT than a public school setting! My child attended in the early elementary grades.

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August 15, 2005
My children are treated as individuals, with love, compassion, and by people who care.

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July 25, 2004
Wonderful school and community. Our Lady of Wisdom offers a wide variety of activities and a sports program. Sports programs are rare in Catholic schools. The academics are challenging and the teaching staff want their students to succeed. We love this school

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Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School
114-116 Myrtle Avenue, Port Jefferson, NY 11777, Port Jefferson, NY  11777
(631) 473-1211
Last modified Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady of Wisdom Regional School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top