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52 Harpersville Road
Newport News, VA 23601

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(757) 596-2754
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June 03, 2015
This was my son's first year at OLMC and we could not be more pleased with his first school experience. Not only was he safe and in a rigorous academic environment, but we also knew he was loved. We could not ask for anything more and we look forward to more years to come.

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February 17, 2015
I really wished I love this school more. I would really like to be more involved, however, I never seem to know what is going on. There is little information on the school's website that is helpful. Even the list of teachers doesn't specify the grade they teach. I have know idea when the home and school board meets because that information is not on the website as well. The carpool is very time consuming. It is difficult to meet any parents or have discussion with teachers at the end of the day. The feeling of family or community, that I wished for just isn't present. There are no after school activities for young children, not even Girls Scouts for first grade, or soccer for preschool. The teachers only conference once a year and there are now written comments on the report cards. Public schools would never get away with that. It is a financial sacrifice for my single income family to seen my children there, just wish my heart wasn't so heavy about it. My husband and I attended Catholic schools for 12 years, this is why we have tolerated this school. I value Catholic education, however, there is much room for improvement at OLMC.

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February 12, 2015
Your child will spend half of their lunch time in "silent lunch", school policy. When they go outside for recess (they go outside even when the public schools deem that it is too cold) they must run laps. The teachers and principal will not address your concerns if they do not agree with you. I really don't find the kids to be any nicer or better (something the school and parents lead you to believe) than the kids in public school. I have not found them to be very accepting of the non-Catholics either and that is very sad. We are Catholic and that really bothers me since they like to say that they are a Christian school. It's time for us to move on. Spend a full day or two and see what really goes on during a day. If you decide to go there be sure to go in at different times to see what happens during the day. Class sizes can be large too. If they do not have 30 kids they will not split the classes. They also will not tell you this until the day that you find out who the teacher will be for the year. Oh yeah, by that time you have signed your contract and have either paid for the year or, signed that you will pay the year.

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February 10, 2015
OLMC is a good school, if you are Catholic. They are not very inclusive of students of other faiths and seem to go out of their way to exclude students and families who do not attend OLMC (parish). Some of the class sizes are too large for a small private school. The academic program is strong, but technology available to students is in great need of an upgrade.

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February 10, 2015
great atmosphere & learning environment in a Christian setting; wonderful teachers, spiritual and moral guidance to go with academic quality. no concerns.

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February 10, 2015
Our family has been part of the community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel school for 5 years now. We switched our oldest daughter to OLMC from public school where she was struggling to focus in class and complete her work. The teachers at OLMC helped her stay on track in class and worked with us to make sure she was able to complete her homework. We saw improvement in her grades immediately. Now she's in 6th grade and doing wonderfully. Her sister is in 3rd, and also doing well. Both girls have excelled in math and science and language arts. OLMC is more than just a school. It's an active community where parents, teachers, staff and students all work together. I think the emphasis on service is great. Families volunteer at the school to help with school events throughout the year, and I think that sets a great example for our kids. I cannot recommend OLMC enough. This has been the best school for our children!

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February 10, 2015
We are a military family who have moved MANY times and have had our four children in numerous Catholic schools across the nation. OLMC is,in our opinion, the very best of all the elementary/middle schools our children have attended. The Dominican Sisters, faculty, staff, and family community cannot be matched. The academic curriculum has helped our children grow intellectually and achieve numerous goals at not only this educational level, but also in high school, and college. Their time at OLMC certainly provided a solid foundation for them academically, and most importantly of all, it helped them to grow spiritually. The strong Catholic identity of this school is a most welcome facet of their education particularly in these morally precarious times in which we live. Choose OLMC and you will be blessed in so many ways!

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February 09, 2015
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel school has taught my children so much more than just a wonderful education- they have learned to be kind, caring and expressive individuals. Each teacher cares individually about each child and allows the child to grow mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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February 09, 2015
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is phenomenal-helping each student discover their talents and abilities both inside and outside of the classroom. Students are supported and encouraged to stretch themselves navigating their way through their educational journey while exploring the numerous possibilities available to them. The OLMC School faculty and staff are caring and nurturing, happy, qualified, and competent professionals who join the families and students during the learning process. The OLMC campus is welcoming and safe a tremendous environment to engage each type of learner from Pre-K 3 through 8th grade. The confidence and leadership skills my children have gained are priceless!

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February 09, 2015
We love this school. Small class sizes, a focus on whole child development, spiritual development and special classes offered to children starting in Pre-K are just a few of the great things OLMC has to offer.

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February 09, 2015
Our family has been an OLMC School family for the past 8 years. I am very pleased with the educational standards and curriculum taught there. Additionally, OLMC is concerned with the "whole child" rather than being focused solely on education. Social, community, religion, service, and self -esteem to name only a few. Although no school is perfect, I am certain you would be pleased and confident in this choice. Sadly, we have only one more year there before moving on to High a School. Before making your final decision, go visit, attend a after school sport game, attend an all Mass on Friday with the children. Really see for yourself what I am struggling to find the words to tell you .

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February 09, 2015
Great and attentive teachers that are always available in person or electronically for questions or comments. Small classrooms. Parental involvement welcomed and encouraged. Teachers/Administrators seem to genuinely listen to my 2 cents! Excellent Pre-K and after school care also available.

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February 09, 2015
Our daughter started 1st grade at OLMC this year and we can't say enough positive things about the school. She is both challenged and supported in her academic work. One of the things I love most about Mt. Carmel is the school's emphasis on educating the whole child. Focus is placed on academics, community, and citizenship. The art teacher is phenomenal. Communication between the school and families is clear, consistent, and frequent! Opportunities to get involved are plenty, and are flexible for working parents. We love OLMC!

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February 09, 2015
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Catholic school in Newport News serving preschool, elementary and middle school students. It is a GREAT school! Our son is in the 3 year old pre-K class. We wanted to start him out slowly because he has always been home with me, so he is a half day student a couple of days a week. Classes are taught by nuns and lay people. At the risk of sounding corny, you can really feel the love when you enter the school. The teachers love what they do and love the children. I will never forget how the principal said "we are trying to raise saints". I think that is a beautiful sentiment. We want to maintain his innocence as much as possible. This is the perfect school.

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February 09, 2015
I have 3 kids going to OLMC, from pre-k through 8th, it is really is family type atmosphere. With all the UPS and downs that come with a family, but always with alot of love. I couldn't be happier.

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February 09, 2015
Great school with a warm and caring atmosphere. Both our boys go there and the Christian morality shines in them both. I am glad we have this school in our area.

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February 09, 2015
As a parent, my wife and I wanted the best education, opportunity, safe environment, and a moral/religious teaching for our 3 kids. Unequivocally, we have to say OLMC is an outstanding school and our children are very happy to be there. Already, we've had 1 child graduate OLMC and is now attending Peninsula Catholic, testament to a solid educational foundation. Our other 2 children attend OLMC and are getting good grades (learning!) and are active in sports, art, and band. The school workload is appropriate with routine homework that teaches not only the subject, but also time management. Be prepared for writing assignments, science fair projects, nightly reading, and Catholic based religious education. We've tried public schools and another private school. Again, OLMC proves to be the ideal venue for the melding of concepts, moral teaching, and a solid education. OLMC is a safe environment that will not tolerate bullying, disrespecting adults/teachers or other students, and the staff is easy to work with. In closing, OLMC is a great school for our family and we have been very pleased for the past +4-years.

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February 03, 2015
My children have attended OLMC School since they were 4-year-old preschoolers (now in 1st and 3rd grades) and we love the school, students, teachers and staff. We can tell the teachers care about their students personally, and they offer much more than simply a great academic program. I have no doubt this is the right place for my children to learn and grow!

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December 16, 2014
New to this school, non catholic. Love the advanced school work. Diverse culture, warm and accepting to all. Great school to send your kids. Staff and students a joy.

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June 26, 2014
Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is an excellent choice for Christian Education. I am pleased with the small class sizes and attention to each learner. It is nested in a beautiful setting with an out of view private playground that my children love. As a parent it is important to feel my children are protected and have freedom to play without being in the public view from the road/street. The school has so much to offer; cafeteria with hot meals, a full time nurse, fenced in middle school, transportation,nvolunteer opportunities, a variety of clubs for students, community service and many more. I am so glad we are part of the family at OLMC and being anywhere else is not even a thought!

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August 29, 2013
My kids love this school!!! Best school ever!!!! I have one child in first grade and another in Pre-K. The staff is really good and will go out of their way to help you and your children. This school promotes success for its students which is something that should be admired... especially in Newport News.

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March 08, 2013
OLMC School has really caring teachers who are also very talented. In a recent contest across the HR area seven of the top 20 teachers were from OLMC. It is just a high quality education.

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January 24, 2013
Wonderful school! My daughter is in her 2nd year there and I love the staff and sense of family that the school provides. There is NO COMPARISON to public schools in Newport News- even BC Charles and Gildersleeve don't compare- which my older children attended.

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January 17, 2013
We are a new family this year, and could not be more pleased. My son in middle school is having great success with being a gifted child there. The school has continued to encourage and find ways to keep him challenged. The lower school has been a success story as well, the teachers make very good use of classroom time so homework is not filled with busy work, just reinforcement of concepts all ready taught. We really are enjoying the school, very refreshing.

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April 04, 2012
OLMC is a wonderful school filled with extraordinary teachers and students. Our child has gone there since kindergarten and to show you how much we love it, we live in Williamsburg and commute there everyday!! The feeling of community is very strong and academically we couldn't ask for more.

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April 04, 2012
Initially we were very happy with OLMC. After a year, however, we are seeing some major flaws which will be making our decision to leave much easier. The school offers very little technology education. My daughter has learned more about using computers from just playing at home than what she will ever get at school. For a small private school, the class sizes are HUGE which makes individualized attention impossible. Also, the discipline code is very strict, especially at the lower grade levels. My child has a discipline report almost every day for very minor infractions, yet has been essentially bullied by other students and I have seen no evidence of anything being done in this situation. And, now with our new contracts, every family is required to work bingo. I have worked bingo and know that it is terrible. The players are rude and the level of smokiness in the room makes it very difficult for those with asthma to breathe. It's sad that the public school alternatives are worse than this.

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March 28, 2012
My child has been at OLMC for four years. We are strongly considering going to another school next year. The physical plant leaves a lot to be desired. My child has had very little computer learning compared to other schools that his brothers have attended (also Catholic). He has had 2 out of 4 great years with outstanding teachers-sadly, this year is not one of them. The classes are large, with very little personal attention. I believe my bright child is bored, and the school does not seem to be able to accommodate many different levels of intellect.. And , the last straw was the school contract this year. We registered two months ago, which requires a fee. This month's final contract had a big surprise-forced bingo attendance Monday nights for an unspecified number of times next year, with a 200 dollar fine for missing your night. We have been pleased with the religious education, and the large religious presence at the school-there are 4 Dominican nuns at this school, which is rare these days.

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March 27, 2012
I am new to OLMC, and am very pleased with my daughter's academic and religious education, and most importantly the overall tone set by the teachers and the principal. The environment is nuturing while encouraging children to challenge themselves and explore the world around them. Sister Dominic is hands on and genuinely cares about the students and their families. My child loves her teacher and the students readily welcomed her from the start. We are so glad that we came to OLMC.

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March 26, 2012
My oldest is an 8th grader at OLMC. She started in Pre-K and we are very pleased with all that this school has offered her. This is an outstanding community to help develop a child both academically and spiritually. No, not every thing is perfect. However, nothing can be perfect with the exception of God. I have grown up Catholic and thought that I had been taught so much of my religion growing up (I went to public school) But I have learned so much through what OLMC has taught my child about our religion. I would not trade the fact that my children can pray in school and freely speak about our God. I would highly recommend OLMC.

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March 23, 2012
My son started kindergarten at OLMC this year and I attended when I was a girl. This school has fabulous teachers and a wonderful atmosphere. As a former teacher I am impressed by the standards of both behavior and academics that OLMC maintains. The school is small enough to have a family feeling but large enough for the students to have variety. I plan on sending all 3 of my children to OLMC in the coming years.

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March 23, 2012
My experience with OLMC School has been superior. My child, a fifth grader, entered OLMC School in the fourth grade, having been in the public school system the prior years. The quality of education has exceeded my expectations with academics, teachers, administrators, etc. all being top notch. Additionally, my son is getting a first rate religious education that reinforces our family's values. I could not ask for anything more from a school!

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March 01, 2012
OLMC School has a long-standing, excellent reputation in the Hampton Roads community. They strive to educate the whole child (mind, body and spirit). The academics are outstanding as evidenced by their Blue Ribbon achievement, without the feel of an "academy". The goal is to offer a solid education, emphasizing the Roman Catholic faith to all those who desire it for their children. No educational environment is without flaws, but the administration, faculty and staff strive to provide a platform in which each child can cultivate and enrich their God-given gifts and talents. It is a wonderful foundation to provide for your child in their most formative years. Highly recommend!!

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February 22, 2012
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is by far the best school I've ever sent my child to. The teachers are professional, educated and experienced. The academics are challenging, and the teachers are right there to see that each student understands what is being taught. Aside from academics, the students grow in the Catholic faith. Christian values, daily religion and weekly mass are a very important part of this school. The Principal is easy to approach, responsive, and demonstrates excellent leadership. She genuinely cares about the students and knows each one by name. Parents have many ways to get involved, and there is an open door policy. I am comfortable knowing that my child is at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, and am very happy with the education and values that are taught here.

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February 14, 2012
I am very disappointed with OLMC. My child attended OLMC starting in Kindergarten. In 5th grade we had to pull our child out due to bullying. I had encountered other parents who had complained about the tolerance for this behavior but regret that I did nothing about it until it happened to my child. It is really a failure of the entire school community. Parents are sending their children to OLMC but not teaching them to be Christians. I am aware of a child who was attacked by an older student in the bathroom and a child who required stitches due to a fight at recess. I think that if you are looking at attending this school you need to be aware that there are problems with bullying that the school is unwilling to address in a firm and consistent manner that will eradicate the problem. One additional thing that has always been a concern of mine is that I percieve that the staff is not very happy. Observing the staff during car pool, one rarely sees the teachers smiling. I have felt that some of the teachers regard parents as adversaries. My experience with the academics is that they are no better or worse than public schools.

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August 18, 2010
I am a student who has recently graduated from OLMC. I cannot say I regret any of my time there. The teachers really care about you and the Enviroment at the school makes you want to be there. school isn't a pain. Some complain that there arent programs like "tag" (talented and gifted) as most public schools do. But thats the difference. Everyone at OLMC is talented and gifted and we all need to learn in different ways. We do have many academic groups such as NJHS (national junior honor society) for kids who deserve recognition for there academic achievments. We also have a student council which we vote for starting in fifth grade. The mount carmel curriculum is also alot more advanced than public schools. OLMC also recieved the blue ribbon school award this year for outstanding academics. everday after prayers/announcments we are reminded to be kind to one another.

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June 08, 2010
The staff and parents here are SO nice, but the education is just average. I feel that little effort is made to go above and beyond the average requirements. No gifted program, no advanced math, no AR program - these are all things that are standard at most schools, let alone private schools. My children were both in classes with 25 children/1 teacher this year. They are very bright and I feel that they were largely ignored as "good enough" while attention was focused on children with more immediate needs. I want my children to be challenged, but instead I felt that I was teaching them a lot at home. Definitely not worth the money..

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April 27, 2010
We have been at this school for 5 years. I can not say enough good things about it. The teachers staff and parents are really a wonderful community that works together. They teach not only academics but help the children become wonderful people. I couldn't be happier with OLMC.

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March 18, 2010
I pulled my child from another private school and put him in OLMC. This school does a fabulous job in teaching students and I find that the academics are as high as my child's other school but more importantly the teachers, the parents, and the children are of such great character and integrity. I am very happy with OLMC.

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December 04, 2008
The religious education is good, but the academic education is mediocre for a private school and there is a real problem with student behavior not consistently handled by the administation.

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December 02, 2007
Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a wonderful community school and is also affordable. We are blessed with wonderful, dedicated teachers who go the extra mile. In addition to our dedicted teachers and staff, we are blessed with the Dominican Sisters who are such an epitome of God's love and Grace. Most especially our principal who handles matters with diplomacy, kindness, and carins. Thanks be to God for Sister John Paul and the other Dominican sisters, along with faculty and staff at OLMC. I have my fourth son currently in the fifth grade. Maggie Beals

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November 29, 2007
My 3 children have attended this school for the last 6 years now. The teachers have been warm, friendly and very empathetic towards my children and any needs that may arise. The community of parents is very helpful and encouraging. Everyone is so freindly and supportive. I am very happy that we chose this school.

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November 28, 2007
I wholeheartedly concur with the parent that posted the review a few days ago. We have one son who has attended OLMC School for the past four years. Our experience has shown the teachers to be academically sound. We have found the teachers to be friendly, helpful, approachable, and without exception willing to go the 'extra mile'. Additionally, the faith-based atmosphere is structured in the classroom (religious studies, weekly mass, observation of significant holy days, etc.), but also reaches the lunchroom, playground, interactions with friends, family and ultimately the community. We had an issue that warranted principal intervention last year which required discussions on several occasions and during each conversation Sister listened to our concerns, offered her own insights and worked with us to ultimately reach a successful resolution. I am rating OLMC School with 4 out of 5 stars as I feel that there is always opportunity for positive growth.

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November 28, 2007
OLMC is an excellent school. I attended OLMC in the late '60's early 70's and am currently sending my third child to OLMC. This school provides an excellent educational and spiritual foundation for our children that leads to academic success in later years. As an educator in the public school sector for the past 23 years, I can honestly say that the education received at OLMC is superior. The teachers are involved, motivated, and truly caring to each and every child. If you are looking for a private school in the Hampton Roads area - OLMC is the place to be. OLMC students go on to attend Peninsula Catholic High School and the transition from middle school to high school is smooth and well planned with the students in mind. Keep up the great work OLMC!

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November 26, 2007
I was very sorry to read the parent review from March 10, 2007. I couldn't disagree with that parent more. I currently have two children at OLMC School. This is our third year here. I can't say enough about the school, esp. the new Principal (the last one was great too)! My kids have found the academics to be challenging, teachers kind and concerned, and the staff friendly overall. (By the way, the school has done such a good job of preparing the students that my child scored in the 99th-percentile on a National Standardized Test last Spring!) A majority of the parents are welcoming, supportive, and friendly. The greatest gift which this school can offer to our children are the Dominican Sisters. Currently, there are five Sisters teaching within the school. They are young, vibrant, and kind. It is a blessing to have my children at this school.

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March 10, 2007
My child attended this school for a short period of time. I felt that the teachers were not helpful and many of the faculty and staff were quite rude. The teachers were patronizing. There was no school spirit or even a welcoming appeal of the school. It was definitely a low point in our lives when we attended this school. No sense of community at all. I do not recommend this school. We have since sent our child to another private school in Newport News area and have enjoyed every second of it. Think twice before sending your child to this school.

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April 01, 2005
My son has been at OLMC for 7 years, K-6th grade. We have found the level of academic standards to be excellent. Faith, prayer, and high moral standards are an integral part of everyday life at the school.If I could change one thing, I would like to see more priestly presence in the school. OLMC is a very large parish with a Pastor who is very busy/active in the church and community.

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel
52 Harpersville Road, Newport News, VA  23601
(757) 596-2754
Last modified Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top