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K-8
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Vienna, VA
Students enrolled: 448
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8601 Wolftrap Rd
Vienna, VA 22182

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(703) 938-3600
(703) 938-2933
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November 29, 2014
OLGC has 30 students in nearly all classes & wait lists because it is a great school. Academics are the focus at the school. As for previous post about it not being a school for special needs kids, the public schools ARE better able to address varying needs of children & have taxpayer funding to place aids with special needs kids. There are advanced classes at OLGC for kids who are ahead & need an academic challenge. OLGC has a specialist who can help the kids who need that little bit of help. It's unfair to other students (& tuition paying parents) if a teacher has to focus on a child with special needs to the detriment of the other kids' education. Unlike OLGC, other Catholic schools in the area (St. Luke) do no testing of kids prior to admission & this is a huge disadvantage to the able children because children who fail to thrive in public school are accepted & the kids who have special needs aren't adequately helped--some of these kids were wandering around the classrooms, throwing things in class, needing constant help & were a huge distraction to other students. OLGC is a compassionate environment & considers the interests of all. Schools have kids and kids get lice.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
PART 1: The teachers are dedicated and hard working and have the best interest of the student at heart. There has been more than normal turnover because some of the most dedicated teachers who push to help struggling or high-achieving students are met with sheer hostility. *If your child has special needs and/or an IEP OLGC is not the place for you. It is a good fit for the average student. If your child is below average or needs extra attention, some service is provided but not like you would receive in public school. If your child is extremely bright, there is very little in the curriculum to meet their needs. The teachers teach to the lowest common denominator because there are 30 children in the classroom. The school has been battling a lice problem for the last three years and notification is not always prompt. I personally have seen the black mold in one third grade classroom and when I said something to Administration, I was told there was no mold problem. I was also told that a piece of equipment was to be installed on the elementary school side to help with the moisture issue but last I checked, that was not completed.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Two sons have graduated from OLGC and our third will enter middle school this fall.. Our oldest son was exceptionally prepared for the riggers of catholic high school, placing in advanced math and honors classes. Our second son has some learning challenges and was well supported by the caring middle school teachers. The middle school environment at OLGC is nurturing bringing each child to their full potential. OLGC Middle School was instrumental in developing our son's self esteem, organizational skills, academic development and social interactions. Caring teachers, involved parents and a supportive parish make OLGC our continued choice for child #3 as he enters middle school!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
OLGC provides an academically challenging atmosphere while keeping great focus on developing sprituality and core values within the students. Not having attended Catholic school as a child, I am impressed with all of the opportunities given to my children in strengthing their learning, volunteer offerings and the level of community this school supports.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2014
Our Lady of Good Counsel School provides exceptional academic, social, physical, and spiritual learning experiences for children in grades Kindergarten through 8th. The school received Blue Ribbon status from the Dept. of Education in 2005 and students consistently score in the upper percentiles in national testing. The Virginia Catholic Education Association (VCEA) has accredited OLGC School since 1972. OLGC School is also a member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA). OLGC has a well-equipped science lab, a gymnasium, a library, and technological equipment throughout. In addition to providing so much academic opportunity, OLGC also encourages the students to participate in community outreach projects, such as raising money to help a school in Haiti. These students learn about the world and about how they can make a difference in it. They are instilled with the philosophy and spirituality of St. Francis de Sales who said "Be who you are, and be that perfectly well."

- submitted by a teacher
March 11, 2014
Having been members of the OLGC school community for seven years, it is difficult for me to imagine a better environment academically, socially and spiritually for my son. From the first moment we entered the building felt a tremendous sense of warmth. That feeling has only grown over the years. The teachers are effectively my son s parents and guardians more waking hours of the day than is my wife or I. I trust the faculty and staff implicitly to ensure that our collective priorities are met on a daily basis: 1) academic rigor, 2) a strong religious and moral foundation, and; 3) discipline and character development. Though I have tried, I cannot imagine a better experience and believe choosing OLGC was one of the best decisions my family has ever made. There may be other schools with better facilities or more elite reputations or more advanced teachings but I am sure the cost is many times more. OLGC has become a second home for my family and it will be a tremendously sad day when my son leaves. I have no apprehension that my son has been given the strongest foundation possible on which to build a successful future in high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
I am a parent of two children who have graduated from and two children who currently attend OLGC. I have found the community at OLGC to be warm and welcoming both at the student and parent level. The teachers at OLGC are dedicated and caring and create a nurturing environment, which not only supports the academic development of each child, but also each child's spiritual development. Religion instruction is not only limited to daily lessons taught in the classroom, but it is also fostered in the celebration of the Mass and special prayer services. Sports are also strong at OLGC. OLGC has an exceptional House League basketball program for 4th and 5th graders and our teams consistently do well in the CYO basketball league and CYO track meets. In addition, our Art teacher inspires students creativity as any visitor can see when visiting the school or attending our Art Fair. The computer club and Lego League robotics club are two other extracurricular programs that enrich the curriculum at OLGC. Overall, my two older children were well prepared for high school and my younger two children are being challenged as well. The bottom line is that my kids were/ are happy at OLGC.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2014
OLGC has been a wonderful school for our daughters. We have been pleased with the high quality education that our children have received and the nurturing environment in which they have received it. The teachers have been very caring and supportive. Our girls have been academically challenged and have thrived in the loving environment that prevails throughout the school. OLGC has played a significant role in teaching our daughters important values and how to strive to "live like Jesus and have Jesus shine through your heart." The Catholic values that have been instilled in our children will help them overcome the challenges they may face in the future. Our children have been very happy and comfortable at OLGC. We could not be more pleased with our experience at OLGC. We feel very blessed to be a part of the OLGC family.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2014
I chose OLGC for my child after a few years in a nondenominational private school, where the focus seemed to be more on fancy technology and facilities but the quality of learning varied greatly based on the teacher and the other students in the class. Although my child has more students in her class here, the education she receives at OLGC is superior to her other experience. Her teacher better differentiates learning for each child despite having more students in her classroom. There is a greater focus on character education, not only through weekly Mass and religious education, but also through direct teachings of personal integrity; in my experience, this integrity is modeled by the faculty and administration. Her 'outside' music teacher even mentioned to us how much she is flourishing at this school; she is upset when school has been closed for snow. When I ask her each day how school was, the usual response is "fun!"... followed by a list of things she learned in Science Lab or Art class or Math. I've never seen her so excited about her school, and I can't imagine a better experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
In teaching at OLGC Middle School for the past five years, each year I have been amazed at the academic development of the students from 6th to 8th grade. Every year alumni return and tell us how well they were prepared for high school and how successful they have been in honors and AP classes. Parents of alumni convey the same message, and these unsolicited comments are about students who found getting average grades very challenging at OLGC as well as those who consistently made our honor roll. The combination of OLGC s Salesian spirit of trying to live Jesus and its rigorous academics produces very well rounded teenagers.

- submitted by a teacher
February 13, 2014
We have been at the school for over 8 years. My children have had a variety of teachers and experiences. We see the school and church community as our home. The children are challenged to do their best and most teachers bring the students talents to the forefront. There are so many educational opportunities from art, science, music, writing and sports that all children can find their strength and use that to grow. Because the school is K-8, the children can see what being a leader is all about and get excited when it is their turn to experience something that the older students do. Traditions are a wonderful part of the school experience. The Teachers really enjoy teaching and truely love the students. Parents have a great opportunity to meet other parents through a variety of different committees whether you work at home or have a full-time job.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
OLGC offers my children challenging academics and excellent faith formation. The community is welcoming and every family is given the opportunity to make the most of their time through volunteering at the school and the church. The chance to broaden friendships and faith extends way past coffee and social events to making our children's education a family endeavor. The school has so many opportunities for both students and parents to get involved and give of their time, talent and treasure, that there is a place for everyone. A great place for a child to grow into his or her teen years. The middle school is exceptional!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2014
Overall, I am pleased with our decision to send our children to OLGC. I like the smaller class sizes (compared to our public school), the communication from teachers, the principal and PTO, and quality of education. My only complaint is that a lot of the parents are very cliquish. It has been difficult to get to know parents, which has been frustrating because we kept hearing about this wonderful "community" at OLGC. I suppose there is about community....only not everyone is part of it. But that is okay. We are not there to make friends and have a social life, we are there for our kids to get a good, faith - based education. On that point, OLGC delivers.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2013
I have had kids at OLGC for years. Academically, the school is solid. If your kids are doing well with their studies and getting along socially, there will essentially be smooth sailing. If, however, you have a concern and choose to express it to a teacher, be prepared for them to be ultra-defensive. Also, be prepared for those same teachers to gossip about your family and go out of their way to make life difficult for you even when you need something small (i.e., homework for a sick child before the 2-3 day waiting period as firmly stated in the handbook). The lower school has a decent level of communication between parent-teacher, but there is absolutely no individual feedback given to parents of students in the middle school. In fact, the best way to judge the middle school is by looking at all the majority of teachers who work at the school, but choose to pull their own kids from OLGC once they reach 7th grade for public school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2013
We are really pleased with our decision to send our child to OLGC. We love the quality of the education with energetic and creative teachers, the great sense of community, and the regular communication from the principal, PTO president, and our child's teacher. There are a number of opportunities for parents to volunteer and be part of their child s school. Most of all, we love how happy our son is going to school each day. He has really thrived at OLGC.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2013
My daughter has attended OLGC for a year now, and she loves it. Their language arts programs and mathematics programs seem quite strong. My daughter enjoys the science lab and computer lab. The teachers are strong, and clearly care about the students. And I really appreciate that the good academic performance goes hand in hand with a strong faith formation.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2013
OLGC is faith based with a great academic curriculum. It has a caring faculty and staff . There is an emphasis on community service and service to the school and Church. My children have been very happy there and we can not imagine a better place for them.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
The school has a long standing reputation for chaos and insensible staffs. My son was told to go away when he reported bullying to a teacher.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2013
All my kids went to OLGC and I think it prepared them well for high school and college both academically and socially. Students are challenged to work hard and taught to be organized. The principal sets a good example for faculty, students and parents as to christian values. The community is strong and really comes together when there is adversity. There is great school spirit and pride and lots of great traditions.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2013
The parents-teacher organization gives you a false sense of welcoming and friendliness. The parents and students are cliquish. A cruel environment. Religion without kindness at OLGC.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
We feel so lucky to have found OLGC. It's not just a school, but a community. Parent involvement is incredibly high, the feeling is warm and supportive and the quality of teachers is great. My kids have had very loving teachers who seem to really enjoy their jobs. My only complaint is the large class sizes, though having assistants in each class makes a big difference.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2013
There is definitely a lack of communication between faculty and parents at OLGC and classes are too large. Many parents I know have had concerns that other parents definitely had a right to know about - student behavioral issues especially. Though these problems aren't necessarily shocking (especially when the student/teacher ratio is so great), parents have a right to know they are happening so as to capitalize on this learning experience and reinforce a positive message at home. Instead, band aids are placed on issues as they are swept under the rug and continue to resurface. Classes that are too large prevent one-on-one attention for students and present an impossible environment for teachers to be at their best. Teachers continue to leave for the upcoming year as well. Perhaps it is only a coincidence? We really had hoped to see a higher moral standard this year but sadly OLGC falls short again. Our children will not be returning.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2013
I am the parent of two children that attend OLGC. I feel blessed every single day to have chosen this school for our girls. The teachers are excellent, happy, charismatic and fun. The academics are challenging but the children are encouraged to work hard and succeed in a nurturing environment where they are provided enrichment if they require it and assistance if they need it. I love the fact that the principal is ALWAYS outside to greet the kids in the morning drop off (often times meeting them with an umbrella and escorting them in) and is also ALWAYS outside to dismiss them at the end of the day. The entire faculty loves the kids, and it shows. The standardized testing that compares the academics of OLGC to other diocesan schools indicates that they are WELL above the county average (a fact that they are proud enough to share on their website). Feel free to ask other schools for their Terra Nova scores and compare! My girls come home every day and say they LOVE it at OLGC and so do we. I hope this review helps if you are looking for a great school for your kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2013
OLGC is a top-notch school! There is a statement made in another post, that should be clarified. The turnover of teachers is not that high among faculty as was reported in another post. Yes, a record-high 8 teachers left last year. However, of the 7 that left on their own accord, none of them went to teach in another elementary school in the area because they were disgruntled. Rather, 2 - retired 1 - is taking time off, 1 - teaching at high school level and 3 - changed location and were very sad they had to leave. In another post, somebody made that sound like a symptom of unrest at the school. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I feel sorry that they left feeling bitter (enough to post on this website). I hope they found a better fit, but please don't make negative and misinformed generalizations about a school that I hold dear to our family's heart.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
Education is average when comparing to Fairfax public school. We made a great decision when transferred our two kids to public school this past year. We were not shocked when our friends told us about OLGC s suffering a high turnover rate among teachers (8) within this year. The hostile environment within the school is main problem. The shouting between teacher-to-principle and teacher-to-student has been going on for years. Teachers are consistently shouting and humiliating the student in class. My advice to all the parents is to talk to your child every day about school. You'll be amazed of what he/she has to say about the teachers/students.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2011
I have a 1st and third grader, and I can honestly say OLGC is a fabulous school. I find the teachers very caring and there are very consistent boundaries set for the children making a secure environment. My child had a few problems settling in and the problems were address quickly and resolved in a very child focussed manner. I have seen the standard of my childrens work progress well, and there knowledge and interest widen through school work and school projects. The school is on a lovely site with plenty of open space and great facilities for example the gym, art room and library which is really well stocked and regulary updated.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2010
It is wonderful for a child to receive religous education on a daily basis, such as is offered by OLGC. HOWEVER, the overall atmosphere of the school erodes any academic instruction of Christian morals. Multiple teachers have a reputation for class control through yelling and humiliation. Many of the textbooks are outdated compared to other local schools. The bullying at the school is known throughout the community and is the cause for multiple families to have pulled their children over the years. This in spite of their policy on zero tolerance for bullying.

- submitted by a parent
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Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School in Vienna, VA, established in 1957, is an elementary and middle school for children in kindergarten through grade eight. The school has a long standing reputation for excellence in academics and a caring, family environment which facilitates learning and the child’s spiritual, social, emotional and physical growth. A member of the NCEA & awarded USDEd "No Child Left Behind" Blue Ribbon Status.

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Our Lady of Good Counsel School
8601 Wolftrap Rd, Vienna, VA  22182
(703) 938-3600
Last modified Our Lady of Good Counsel School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Our Lady of Good Counsel School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top