This school has come a long way in the last two years. The Principal hired in June 2013 took on a school that was suffering from lax discipline, discouraged parents, and uncaring teachers. There has been a complete turn around since then. Teachers and students are held accountable for their actions and consequences are followed through. This is a tough Principal which was what the school needed. How much money you have or who you are is not the priority here. The students come first. We are happy and our kids are happy and we feel we actually are part of a school community. I recommend this school highly.
OLS is a wonderful school, however you would have to ask yourself "why is it that you want to send your kids here?" Academic or religious reasons... I believe academically we are behind from the public system. IMO, I feel that the kinder - 2nd grade classes are good. Once your child reaches 3rd grade, you will start to notice the lack of excellence academically. We choose to send our kids here because of our faith and religion. We believe that faith is the biggest and most important gift we can give our children.
I was new to OLSS this 2013-2014 school year to the 8th grade and really loved it! As many schools it has a few flaws. Most of the teachers are great! Only one or two that many students had issues with as well as I did. In the other hand the rest of the teachers and staff are nice and welcoming. If you need someone to talk to the teachers are there for you. Even though I only attend one year and didn't get to finish it was an awesome experience! I truly learned what real friendships are all about and felt stronger as an individual. My moral standards feel much better as well as my self-esteem. 8th graders as well as 7th and 6th graders do get a lot of projects. If you are lazy or a procrastinator you won't make it. As for the athletic department it still needs work a swim team would be great! If your kid is in need of help to getting to know who they really are as a person this school is great for them to develop their self image. As for the demerits it does get a little ridiculous sometimes the school just needs to work on a few things.
I am an OLSS graduate, and I have to say that this school is pretty cool. The students begin to bond with each other when they are young, and the K-3 program up to first grade is amazing. In elementary, kids might have a so-so education. In junior high: best years of my education. ACE teachers are really cool, and I believe we still have one. I have been in OLS since first grade with good grades, but I can't help but notice they are nice to the wealthy families. Field trips and events... a bit too much, fun, and yet expensive. Religion classes become fun, and boring classes become interesting. I am now in high school, and most of the concepts are complicated, yet when I was in OLSS, we learned the same thing in a simpler way (in a good way), meaning I'm ahead of my class. In junior high, students are required to take at least Spanish 1 and 2, knocking two years of Spanish in high school. I took Advanced Tech for my eighth grade year, and it really helps. This school is good in technology, and they encourage students in typing (good skill). All in all, this school's performance is better than what I hear from my public school friends.
We have been at the school for several years and was very disappointed with the previous principal and the direction they took the school. However, after hearing the church hired a new principal, I had to go in for a visit and hear for myself. I had similar concerns about the staff and teachers, however I can say with great certainty that things have really changed for the better at OLSS. I am very excited for new principal and her amazing vision and knowledge of what needs to change at the school. I will be keeping all my children at OLSS!!
My child has attended since pre k4 and school was great up until 2nd grade. is now in 5th grade and totally lost in math and science. They have the worst teachers after 4th grade. Especially math and science. The new principal is just terrible. . The teachers run the school and pick on students that are not their favorites. They are nice only to the wealthy. They issue demerits to some students for minor things and not to students who do bad things.
Great for PK4-3. 4th grade, the teachers don't help much. 5th grade, half the teachers help and the other half get annoyed if you ask for help. I recommend PK4-5 for OLS, and then Cathey Middle School or Vanguard Academy
My son is in his second year at OLSS and we all LOVE his school. The montesorri method in preschool is great because they can learn at their own pace, plus they get to interact and meet students that are up to 2 years older than them.