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.
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.
OLMC provides a safe learning environment. Handson 21st Century technology. A variety of clubs for student interest.
Very surprised to find a former 2009 blue ribbon school with a noted resource program so different now. Resource program a sham! School is under Arch Diocese review and may soon be under DOJ scrutiny to enforce the American's with Disabilities Act.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My daughter has been at OLMC for 2 years and we love everything about the school, teachers, leadership and families we've met so far. My daughter is truly excited to go to school each day and asks when it will be time to go back after long breaks. I hope she keeps this level of enthusiasm through the trying times of middle school and beyond, but if any environment can foster that for her, I'm sure it is OLMC.
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!
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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..
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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