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Our Lady of Victory School

Private | K-8



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Posted December 7, 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted September 9, 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.

Posted 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

Posted April 5, 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

Posted March 5, 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

Posted 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

Posted November 2, 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted 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

Posted March 9, 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.

Posted February 9, 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.

Posted 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.

Posted 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

Posted 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.

Posted September 5, 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

Posted 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 67% 7%
Black 16% 80%
Asian 6% N/A
Hispanic 6% 12%
Two or more races 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Blue Ribbon School of Excellence - U.S. Department of Education (2007)

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School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus

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Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dottie Sansalone
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
  • Roman catholic
  • NCEA


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  • Religious
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish


School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
  • Archdiocese of Washington
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School culture

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  • As soon as a student enters olv, every effort is made to involve the parents in as much of their children’s activities as possible. the olv parent organization has a three-fold purpose: to foster communication among parents, to establish communication lines between the school and the home, and to offer service to the school. the home and school association relies on the annual activity fee, paid by each family, to support the events designed to help it achieve its purpose.
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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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4755 Whitehaven Parkway NW
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