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!!!!!!
Go OLOW Go!!! 5 stars all the way! As parents we couldn't be more proud of how hard our parishes, school board, teachers, and parents are working to continue to make this school a success, to improve and strive to be all that education is meant to be. For those moving on...good luck and god speed!
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.
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best school in the area! small classes and teachers make themselves available to help students
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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