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Our Lady Of Lourdes High School

Private | 9-12 | 690 students


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Posted September 20, 2013

I was a student at this school but I left after my sophomore year. I left because I was bullied every single day I went to this school. If you are at all different the kids at this school will pick on you. The administration at this school is a joke. They only care about themselves and their money. There is very little diversity, except for all the kids from newburgh who get free or very very reduced tuition. I also left because my 10th grade guidance counsler told me that I wasnt trying hard enough (i missed alot of school due to health problems) she told me that I wasnt going to amount to anything in life and that I would just be a stripper. I switched to public school I love public school everyone is so nice and kind. I learned alot about art at the public school, something that OLL lacks, I took Fashion AP, Art AP, Woodtech, Photo, Graphics, Ceramics, And Drawing in the public school. I wouldnt of had that opportunity at OLL. Honestly I am so happy I switched. Definitely not worth that $7,500 or whatever tuition is... such a joke

Posted December 21, 2012

Lourdes is a good high school to go to, sure, if you are white and have the money. I sent my oldest girls here for a few years, up until the point where we couldn't afford the tuition. The diversity at OLL was very disappointing. Both my husband and I felt very insecure when around the parents at this school, for they very obviously judged us based on our skin color. The school is also very preppy, and all the students are well off. My family did not fit in at all and did not feel welcome. I would suggest the middle class find a nice public high school or a private high school they feel more comfortable at. My experience here was 2/5 stars.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 11, 2012

I have 4 kids first son has always been a top student and continues to be. School is entirely secular. Academic standards are high but virtually no spiritual leadership. The program entirely lacks components in technology, innovation, leadership. Son loves the school (actually his friends) but as a parent, I m disappointed w/broader education at this school. Not worth the cost. The school teaches elitist mentality as opposed to strong moral character.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 7, 2011

I had attended OLL 30+ years ago. It was a fairly safe school, this was at the old location on North Hamilton street which is something of a DMZ now, it was the former Poughkeepsie HS. My main gripe was with the lacking facilities. The coddling of the sports teams at the expense of the 'regular' students and worst of all... the complete lack of prep, or 'push' for college entrance exams. I thought that the whole reason for attending Lourdes was to prep for college. I never had a guidence councellor approach me about how I was doing with my college search, interviews, exam prep... nothing. A friend of mine and I even had to go straight to the principal when they tried to sneak an unqualified semiary student in to teach Mechanical Drawing and Art when our teacher left mid term of our senior year. What can I say. I felt over looked and not especially important as the 'jocks' were getting all of the attention from the councellors.

Posted August 31, 2007

Excellent academic environment. The teachers care about the students. The student body cares about the school. There is a common respect for all. The only drawback that I can see compared to a public school is the ability for the student to be involved in Chorus, Band and Art at the same time during the scholastic year. Overall this is a great school with a spiritual foundation, and an environment of support, talent and leadership.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2006

Okay school, but limited with music and sports programs. Dollar for Dollar the publich school offers much more.
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Posted January 6, 2006

A Great private education. Worth every penny. Focused towards higher learning, which is always a positive. Strong discipline is instilled, without being overbearing. Great sense of community.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted July 15, 2005

Our Lady of Lourdes has an excellent academic program. The teachers truly are caring about each child. Especially when it comes to keeping in touch via phone calls or e-mail on the progress of your child.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 11, 2005

This school is a very safe environment that teaches our youth how to be an active, caring part of our community while educating the students academically, socially, and spiritually.
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Posted December 1, 2004

I attended OLL in order to avoid public school, but may have been better served by Arlington HS. The facilities at OLL are mediocre, especially for the arts and laboratory sciences. The foreign language program is a complete joke (only Spanish is offered, and this program doesn't force the student to even try to speak that language). The sports teams have to play home games away from campus because there are no facilities. Discipline is uneven and often severe. Fundraisers, such as the annual Walk-A-Thon, are mandatory, so expect to pay more than the expected tuition. Although I now attend a top 25 university, the majority of students end up at SUNYs or 3rd tier colleges.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 31, 2004

I attended Our Lady of Lourdes and am so happy that I did. I was always a pretty good student, but I really thrived in the environment that OLL presented. I was challenged every single day to do my best academically, socially, morally, and physically. The teachers were wonderfully supportive and were always willing to explain things carefully to me if I did not understand. I believe that I have benefitted greatly from OLL and know that every person at the school has played a great role in my future success.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted April 10, 2004

I am a 2002 graduate of OLL, all I know is this high school gave me experience in having a good work ethic. Now in college, some of my friends here are brilliant but have poor time management skills, and this shows up all the time. The difference is clear.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted March 1, 2004

As a student going from public to Lourdes, I was mad. I hated private schools. But I have to say this is one of the best schools in New York. My grades are better, and I have more fun getting up every morning and going to school! I'm not even a catholic and I have fun every day.
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Posted September 9, 2003

This school has an excellent academic program and a high rate of achievement as evidenced by the number of students to do well on the recent Math Regents. The teachers take a very personal approach to education and make themselves available for extra help for those who need it. There is an extremely low dropout rate and a very high rate of graduates, many of who are awarded scholarships and go on to college. The administration seems to inordinately favor sporting activities rather than cultural ones. This is slowly changing but is still the main drawback of this school. Over all this is an outstanding school with a committed staff and a well-behaved student body.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 92% 52%
Black 3% 21%
Hispanic 3% 21%
Asian 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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131 Boardman Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
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