Students enrolled 203
Hours 8:15am - 3:00pm
School leader Dottie Sansalone
Type Religious
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4755 Whitehaven Parkway Northwest
Washington, DC 20007

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(202) 337-1421
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4 stars
Based on 40 ratings

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December 07, 2012
I graduated in 2007 and had a blast while at OLV. It definitely prepared me a lot for high school. I was never bullied nor witnessed friends that were bullied. I loved all my teacher's and received care and attention from each and every one of them. I am now in my second year of college and continue to reminisce about my days at OLV. OLV truly helped me become who I am today. I continue to have close bonds with the friends I made while at OLV.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2012
Our child continues to be bullied and the teachers and the principal ignore continue to ignore this very important issue. History has proven over and over again that when bullying exists, terrible things happen, if it is not addressed. In a Catholic School, the expectation is a safe and caring environment. This certainly does not exist at this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2012
My son recently graduated from OLV and was accepted into an academically competitive prep school. The education he received at OLV clearly prepared him, as he did well on the placement test, which I chalked up to the school s focus and preparation. Also, the teacher recommendations are important and their teachers do carry a lot of weight with the local prep schools. I do understood a few of the negatives mentioned on some of the recent comments about the favored treatment children of the faculty receive, but all in all OLV is a tight, close knit group that strives to do their best and the children are just that much better because of it. What hasn't been mentioned in the comments is that OLV gets their young graduates into very good prep schools, both the girls and the boys. For a small school, their batting average is excellent. The term I ve heard is 'feeder school.' So before a prospective parent turns down their nose at the asphalt playground or the Tokyo-like use of limited building space, understand that it works. And it works in spite of those things because of the dedication, caring and commitment of the faculty and parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2012
As a former student at OLV I would recommend this school, but there are a few problems. The school shows heavy favoritism to children of faculty. The program of studies is very good all around, especially Spanish, but the math education was not good at all. Socially I enjoyed myself until middle school. I was bullied my last 3 years at school, and when complaints were registered not much was done to deal with it. Despite this, I had an overall good time at OLV and the pre-school and elementary school are incredible.

- submitted by a community member
April 19, 2012
We've had a great middle school experience at OLV. My child attended OLV for only middle school; it was as pleasant and enriching an experience as possible for those years. The exposure to tough academics coupled with strong support from teachers and peers really helped my child thrive - during what is usually thought of as the tough years. It's small, but that turned out to be just what we neeeded.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2012
OLV is ok but leaves a lot to be desired. The school shows favoritism between families, which seems to be driven by wealth. It is a small school, so everyone knows everything about everyone. There is no open door policy at the school. It's very, very traditional. So, the school uses traditional worksheets to teach subject matter, instead of innovative, new techniques and practices. There is little to no staff diversity.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
OLV is like a second family for us! We love the close-knit, diverse community that our child is exposed to at OLV. In addition to the wonderful community and comraderie that our child experiences, we also find that the outstanding teachers and solid curriculum have really helped to turn our reluctant learner into a child who loves to come to school since each day offers new adventures and challenges. This is a great school and we have really enjoyed becoming a part of this community!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2012
A great option in NWDC! In comparing notes with friends at other private or top-tier public schools in Montgomery County in NoVA, we seem to have had the most consistent run of great teachers. We've seen a little turnover due to marriage/childbirth, but the principal always manages to attract another stellar performer to join the faculty. The school is small, with a nice neighborhood feel, but we love that it attracts a diverse group of students from all over the city along with a number of international kids from the neighborhood embassies, World Bank, etc. Parents are very involved and the community does seem to watch out for one another; one of our children had some health issues last year, and I was heartened by the number of parents and teachers that approached me to check in and make sure things were going well.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2011
Best kept secret in DC! Our Lady of Victory literally changed our lives. The sense of community at this school extends to each and every grade. The diverse group of kids at OLV know each other, respect each other and live out the school's values code on a daily basis. We started in Pre-K and now are now in our fourth year. In the early childhood years the environment is a warm, caring, fun learning environment. Grades one and two have been an amazing shift from "fun" to more serious learning. The curriculum is challenging, the teachers are engaged and engaging and my child is LEARNING. And, the entire atmosphere is one of a family. The key to all this is the school's principal. She is fantastic. Go to an open house and meet her- you won't be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2011
Our Lady of Victory is a wonderful school with a very warm community. The new counselor is amazing, and so are all of the other teachers. OLV is an excellent example of how a good school should be run. We have had our ups and downs with the school, but in the end I could honestly and sincerely look back and think about all of the wonderful things about Our Lady of Victory. It is such a wonderful and loving community; anyone would be blessed to be apart of it. The school has excellent teachers, a strong principal, and many other amazing qualities that a great school would have. OLV has really changed my daughter for the better.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2011
My child has been a part of the OLV community since 2006-7 and he/she has not like OLV. My child begs me to let he/she continue on to a different school. It does hurt me, for the simple fact that it does cost a fortune, but on top of that, you can only participate in wearing your own choice of clothing -on days they say- if you bring in money. The school doesn't even use the money well as far as I'm concerned, because the school facility is very dirty, and it smells a bit old and dusty when you walk in. Also, the facility is very small. My child complains that the classes don't rotate in middle school, and he/she always has math in the morning. His/Her have dropped vaguely because of that. Another sad thing is that this school does not have any type of equality system. The children are very mean, and some should be considered bully's. I don't mean to bash on the school, but the system is sick, and it is breaking both my child's health, but mental stability. He/she goes through way too much for a child at that school, and it hurts me. The charity giving is rather good, and they donate a lot. I am very impressed with that, but other than that my stars would be below one star.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2011
OLV is a wonderful school! I have a student in middle school and elementary and both have had very positive experiences so far. We came to OLV a few years ago and my children were welcomed by the students and staff alike. When my daughter was in 6th grade, I'll admit that it was a rocky year, but that is par for the course with making the switch to middle school. Middle school is considerably more challenging with different teachers for every subject and many new students start in 6th grade, everybody trying to find their "sea legs."

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2011
DON"T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. I am a parent of a middle school girl at OLV, and I do not recommend this school to you. Every single day my daughter comes home crying because someone has treated her poorly. The school isn't warm and open. The only way you can 'fit in' is if you start at Nursery. This school isn't friendly to new students. Don't send your child here. If you want your child to stay happy then DO NOT SEND THEM HERE!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2011
I love OLV. I feel like it is my second home. I have been here since nursery and will graduate next year. I know that I will really miss it. I like how I can always go to the teachers when I need help.

- submitted by a community member
February 09, 2011
Our child applied and was accepted here in 2009. When i dropped her off for her interview, the secretary actually told me that OLV had a priority acceptance list where they first accepted kids of parish members, then accepted Catholics, then accepted, sniff, kids who were not Catholic. She made it clear that there was not much hope for us heathens. It made me feel like we were interlopers. Then we discovered that OLV issued its acceptance list and required a $1K deposit commitment from parents several weeks before the other private schools sent out their decisions. So we were faced with losing $1K or rolling the dice and seeing what the other schools said. Faced with the prospect of a concrete playground, no playing field and nice, but apparently snobby folks who preferred Catholics, we rolled the dice, got accepted elsewhere and never looked back. The people at this school seemed very nice and committed to their kids, but non-Catholics should not be made to feel like second-class applicants.

- submitted by a community member
November 26, 2010
I am a student at Our Lady of Victory Currently and I really don't like it the school is very clique-like but it isn't separated by race. The school isn't challenging at all and the school is very poor, normal tuition is 8,967 dollars. (cheap right!) It is so cheat because you are paying for nothing. If you think about it the tuition is too high, it might as well be a public school. I have no friends at all and I sit alone. The English room is in a tailer connected with the 5th grade room.

- submitted by a community member
March 23, 2010
My daughter entered this year from a higher priced private school in DC. In the old school, we had to cojole her to go to school each day; not so the case with OLV. Unless she is ill, she wants to go to school, and she enjoys herself. The curriculae is excellent and the teachers are engaged and motivated. The facilities are good, and the school is working to upgrade and improve them. The school encourages participation by the parents; if you want to make an impact in OLV, you can. Overall, a very good school. Excellent for students who like smaller classes.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2009
the first year for my children was ok, the year after that was less productive and conducive for my children to learn there. We move our children elsewhere where they could learn better and enjoy their learning experience other than OLV.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2007
This is a great school! And I am motivated to write this, as I, too, feel the negative comments are off base. We are in our third year at OLV. The principal is accessible, caring, and a great leader--she is always open to hearing from parents about any matter--large or small, and this is not always the case in private (or public!) schools. The academics are very high, and the extracurricular activities are expanding. There are many opportunities for extracurricular and sports beyond OLV in this area, so this is not a huge concern. Parents know each other and are involved in the school. It is a warm, welcoming, and yet highly motivated environment. Most importantly, my children are happy, and we as parents feel they are in a safe and caring environment, where they will be encouraged to achieve.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2007
OLV School continues to offer my two children an amazing academic experience. They are thriving here. The faculty is dedicated and hard working. They nurture each child to their fullest potential. New programs have brought new many exciting opportunities for the students, including music, sports, art, and Spanish.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
OLV is amazing! We looked at many private schools in DC and the neighboring suburbs, but we decided to send our son to OLV because of the small class size and the principal, Mrs. Martinez, who instantly won us over with her sincerity and clear dedication to the children, parish and the wider community. All of the teachers are wonderful - energetic, creative, patient and kind. Honestly, I'm baffled by the reviews from June 06. I have yet to meet a parent who is disappointed with any aspect of OLV.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
We first visited OLV when our daughter school was closing, having an older daughter who had completed a catholic school education and had graduation and went on and graduated from college to become a professional we thought that we would try that route for our other two children. Our experience with OLV has had mixed reviews. First we thought as parents that we were providing the best educational experience for our children. Yes, it is true that OLV has high academics, however what we found amiss were social skills in which students could interact with others and feel comfortable doing so. We were quite disturb when our experiences were otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Small classrooms with energetic teachers. Upper grades do a lot of group work as well as research and writing. Welcoming community and diverse student body. I like the principal and teachers who are committed to the success of my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
It seems that most of the reviews written in August and September 2005 were written by the same person. You can tell by the poor grammar and sentence structure. If they went to OLV when they were young they would know how to write correctly! OLV is a wonderful school. The principal is amazing. The new pastor is fantastic. The curriculum is challenging. The teachers are smart, enthusiastic and dedicated. My three children are getting a wonderful education in a morally strong environment. It's the best kept secret in DC!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
My daughter switched from public school to OLV in Grade 8. My only regret is that we did not make this switch years ago. OLV provides a solid education by qualified and caring teachers who always go beyond their call of duty to be helpful and available. OLV's principal is an amazingly hands-on, involved and caring leader. The personal attention that the children get in the tender years of middle school, and the feeling of safety and security that parents have, makes this school really very special.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2005
OLV s pride and draw is its diverse, nurturing yet challenging environment. Teachers cherish their students, and most stay at OLV despite competitive salaries elsewhere because they value the qualities that make OLV a special place. Small class sizes (avg. = 15) with students from DC, Montgomery, PG, and Fairfax counties. Ethnic diversity in the student body mirrors that in the metro area. Students move on to various high schools including many of the top DC area private schools. OLV offers after-school programs such as basketball, karate, foreign languages, and Brownies. Programs are sometimes limited due to commuting logistics of our families around the DC area. The principal is accessible to both students and parent daily at morning assembly and throughout the day. Recent improvements include A/C, new windows and lights, and a new school counselor and teachers aides in grades Nursery-4. A new pastor was installed in October 2005.

- submitted by a teacher
September 26, 2005
OLV is a great school! Small class size coupled with strong academics greatly benefits my daughter. The atmosphere of the school is very unique, a good combination of discipline and old-fashioned friendliness. It emphasizes quality and solid subject matter, not fads and multiculturalism--if you prefer those things, enroll your children in public schools. The new principal is improving all programs and the physical plant, while ensuring that the school retains its solid Catholic identity. Extracurricular activities are expanding. The teachers are very dedicated and pay attention to each student. The small size means that teachers get to know a high percentage of the students in the school. I have been a college professor so I know how to judge academic quality as well as the general atmosphere of a school. There are many opportunities for parent involvement; I find some of the other comments on this site inexplicable.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2005
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2005
OLV had great teachers and staff my family's first year. When the former principal left, the school took a turn for worse. There were lack of communication with the present principal and a few families. Studies began to suffer. Academic excellence was not there for every student. As a parent there were no avenues in place for everyone student to be excel beyond measure that opportunity was only offered to a limited number of students. As a parent what I observed were some students were expected to excel while others were expected to merely get by and not expected to excel. Discipline at the school did not exist for every student at the same measure. Some students were able to exemplify misconduct and nothing was done, while others who exemplify misconduct were handle with extreme harsh discipline. The teachers at OLV were only concern with a few students exceling.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Olv school is a parish run school true enough. With that said, as a parent one would think that Olv School would show tolerance for every student and try to see that every student continue to excel there. Our family was not able to communicate with the present principal. Our children really were at a lost for what was suppose to be a good school which in terms was truly a not so good school. Olv show the meaning of a school having no tolerance for others. The teachers in the lower grades was not interested in all of the students receiving the same quality of academic excellence. There were inappropriate language usage among the high school students. OLV teachers and staff this past school year was only interested in its parish members students exceling only and no one outside the parish exceling.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
Olv has been a great disappointment for my family. For one thing the teachers in the lower grades were not attentive to the students needs. There were bullying going on at the school in which the school ignored. There was not an opportunity for every student to advance. Communication lack a great deal between teachers and parents and the current principal and parents. There were very limited opportunities to volunteer. If there were any concerns no one could address the matter. Academic excellence did not exist or was not available for every student. True Olv was great for the parish families who ran the school, no outside student were allowed to participate in the events though.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
What can be said about OLV, yes it has it small class size and it is a parish run school. However it does not have tolerance for all students. Every student is not treated equal. OLV does not make academic excellence for everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
As a father of a former student, my first year at OLV was great, the principal, staff and teachers were very supportive and interested in my child learning. However, the second year under new leadership, it saddens me as a father to have seen a school like OLV who have graduated many productive students take a complete turnaround job on education. Yes, true this is a parish run school that is what saddens me a father the most. To know that this is a parish run school and yet have no tolerance for diversity. The learning during my child second year was not very conducive for learning for all students. There were no diversified learning and teaching at OLV. There were no tolerance for all students at OLV. Speaking from a father's perspective my child who once love going to school and education began to develop a disinterest in schooling.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
i just graduated olv in june and im now off to a great high school. i was at olv since forth grade and i've loved every moment of it. i made great friends and my class was awesome. i really miss the small class sizes; my graduating class had thirteen people and my frosh class has four hundred. if i had my choice olv would go through high school.i think all of the other comments made were totally wrong and the new principal there is great...posibly the best thing to happen to that school in a while. - shannon

- submitted by a former student
June 12, 2005
As a former student of OLV I would like to express my opinion about the school. My first year was good with the old principal. The second year was not good. To put it plainly I felt like a fish out of water in an environment that was not conducive for me to learn. There were only two teachers who were really interested in me learning at OLV the second year. I would sit in my math class and raise my hand for a long periods of time and never once was I called upon to answer any questions. The faculty and staff was not very kind nor very nice to me as a minority student. There was no motivating factor at OLV for me to excel, my motivating factor was my parents. My second year at OLV show me how a school could be mean and cruel to students.

- submitted by a former student
May 12, 2005
This is the best kept secret in the DC area. The class sizes are small. The instruction is outstanding and culture of nurturing and learning is second to none. The principal and teachers are outstanding -- you can't ask for a better value. Our family could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
My child and our family have had a wonderful experience at OLV. We like the small class size and the friendly environment. The negative posts on this site are way off base.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
We have three children at OLV and in the fall a fourth will join, which will take us into our seventh year at OLV. We have been impressed year after year by the dedication of the staff, the involvement of a broad group of parents and the warm atmosphere at the school. As expatriates it was a significant factor in extending our stay in the US as we were reluctant to remove our children when they were thriving. It is a small school and so may not have as much extra curricular activities as elsewhere, but certainly enough for a reasonbly rounded experience.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Our Lady of Victory School has been a great disappointment to my family. The teachers and staff there are not really interested in the minority students excelling there. As a parent my belief was that every student should be able to excel, however, not at Our Lady of Victory.

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Classes are small at OLV, permitting more student involvement and contact with teachers. Emphasis is on traditional academic pursuits from an early age, rather than educational fads. Students are well prepared for the competitive academic environment they will face after graduation, as well as for engaging the social and political challenges of our time.

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Our Lady of Victory School
4755 Whitehaven Parkway Northwest, Washington, DC  20007
(202) 337-1421
Last modified Our Lady of Victory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Our Lady of Victory School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 40 reviews. Top