One of the unfortunate facts about this school is that it has become attractive to families whose children clearly require more assistance and resources than the school can provide. While the educational standards are much higher than the local public schools, over time some classes have been dragged down by a handful of children who have such severe behavioral problems that the whole class suffers as a result. Complaints that are made about bullying and disruptive behavior in classes are met with a repeated we re handling it response, and then nothing changes and there is never any follow-up. When parents complain, privately or in PTA meetings, the school administration spends more time trying to deny there is a problem rather than trying to figure out how to fix it. Parents are very involved in supporting the school through volunteer work and fundraising, which gives the school a close-knit, family-like feel. It tends to be the same families that get involved, largely because of very exclusive cliques as well as the complete lack of action of the school to reach out to new families. The school also does not offer much in the way of after-school activities.
good school with dedicated teachers and staff. there are sports teams, arts classes, and lots of extra activities such as brownies, cub scouts, an academic fair, a talent show, a school play, etc. the parents are very involved in the extra activities and in coaching all the teams. we like the class size and the school location. we like that morals and ethics are a part of all teachings, not just religion. could improve - more arts focus on more feild trips to expose the kids to the arts
Our child is in his third year at OLS and we couldn't be happier about our decision to enroll him here. The academics have exceeded our expectations and the School is void of any of the negative stereotypes you might hear about a small, Catholic school. The teachers are highly qualified and committed to the students and the facilities and technology are second to none. He is truly thriving academically. The added bonus is the sense of community that OLS cultivates and supports. Our whole family has benefitted from the experience and we are truly thankful for this wonderful school.
My eldest child attends OLS, my youngest soon will. So far the experience has been terrific. Nice classmates, friendly parents, and a school administration that really tracks and cares about your kid. No one is just a 'number' here. The education is good, but most importantly, the environment is really welcoming, for both kids and parents. The public schools might get more money, but this little Catholic school has more heart.
As the parent of a Kindergartener, I am brand new to OLS. Having been a teacher for the past 11 years, it surpasses my expectations of a private, Catholic school. There is the perfect blend of traditional education with more modern approaches. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The curriculum is outstanding, as are any of the teachers I have encountered. I feel I made the best choice for my child by selecting OLS.
I have two children who both go to OLS. We were debating moving to CT for top quality public schools and it came down to my kids thriving at OLS and loving the school (as my oldest stated it is 'fun.') The school has a warm community feel to it and the children get along well and are very polite (no bullies). My children do well in the small school setting. Negatives are that class size tends to be large (but not a big problem since the kids tend to be at same level) and not a lot of extracurricular activities because it is small.
After using the WP Public school system, OLS was a refreshing change for my child. He is now in a more professional, nurturing environment. Not having to bother with CCD is also a plus. Good teachers, small class sizes and a more respectful atmosphere is a plus
Our Lady of Sorrows School is only successful because most of the children happened to come from professional, stable homes. The children tend to be terrible clicky and exclusive and the parents get way too involved with their children's friendship. The principle does nothing to prevent this behavior.
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