Our Lady of Grace Catholic School elementary program provides educational, faith and service opportunities to prepare students for the middle grades and beyond, including advanced placement in math.
The Middle School program provides opportunities for advanced placement, allowing our 8th graders to graduate with up to 3 high school credits: Spanish I, Math I (Algebra), and Math II (Geometry).
Our teachers integrate the curriculum in creative ways, exposing our students to a wide variety of cultural, aesthetic and extra-curricular experiences, as we seek to form global citizens.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School runs on a trimester academic schedule. Report cards are issued electronically at the end of each trimester. Students earn grades in Religion, Literature, Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Reading and Science. In addition to the core curriculum, students attend classes in Art, Computer, Library, Music, PE, Spanish, and STREAM.
Extending Education Outside the Classroom
OLG students have the opportunity to explore the world through field trips to area preserves, historical sites, cultural events and much more.
OLG challenges its students to be the best they can be, as students and as citizens of the community. By participating in programs outside of the classroom, they not only gain a solid foundation for future academic success, but also a sense of responsibility to use their knowledge for the benefit of others.
While OLG embraces students of all faiths, Religion is a core academic subject for students. The curriculum includes information about Catholic virtues, the liturgical calendar, prayers, religious vocations, lives of saints, the sacraments, and Catholic Social Justice. All students receive religious instruction, and each day begins with school-wide morning prayer.
Students live faith through student-planned weekly Masses, monthly visits to Eucharistic Adoration, service and stewardship, grade level retreats, and the study of one of the Catholic Social Justice pillars, (i.e. the call to "Help the Poor and Vulnerable" and "Rights and Responsibilities". Students have the opportunity to participate in our weekly Mass and seasonal celebrations such as the Living Stations of the Cross during Lent. As such, students gain experience in public speaking and students leadership.
Art is an important part of the education of the whole child. All of our children from the youngest Panther Cubs to the 8th graders visit the art room once each week. For the past several years, our Art staff has submitted an annual grant application to the United Arts Council and been awarded hundreds of dollars for special projects ranging from a celebration of our various cultural heritages to a school mural in the hall outside the cafeteria.
Lower School Art
Mrs. Patrick is the lower school art teacher and she has had a long successful career in art instruction at several area schools. She teaches children from Pre-school three & four year olds to fifth grade. Young students learn how to use art materials in a fun, creative, safe way. Older students explore, painting, drawing, printing, and sculpture.
Middle School Art
Middle school art is taught one day a week to Our Lady of Grace students by Ms. Fergus. Sixth through eighth grades make connections between art and other subject areas, while expressing themselves visually. Sixth and seventh graders completed a project this year in which they drew the church from observation and learned about the physics of Gothic architecture. Eight graders completed a design challenge for the annual yearbook.
When you visit our school, be sure to look for the colorful and creative student artwork which is always on display in our halls!
The primary objective of the music program at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School is to help students grow academically, socially, and spiritually. It works to achieve these goals through a variety of hands-on activities that teach music concepts. Music is essential to students’ education and will help them gain skills that are useful in other classes. By starting music from a very young age, students are encouraged to become lifelong learners for the arts.
Music classes are taught following a general music curriculum with students learning about music history, multicultural music, and music theory concepts such as pitch and rhythm. In addition, students learn about and play several instruments. Along with instruments, students in all grades are exposed to singing. In addition, middle school students make use of technology to learn about concepts, use games and activities that supplement music topics, and participate in group projects to encourage collaboration. All of these activities provide a solid foundation for students to enter into high school music programs.
In Pre-K through grade 6, Spanish takes an exploratory approach; students are exposed to the sounds of the language, basic vocabulary which keeps building with every subsequent grade, and cultural practices and traditions.
At the Middle School level, students learn to understand language and to express their own messages to communicate real ideas for real purposes. Students gain a novice level proficiency through vocabulary/grammar, listening, reading and writing activities. They also learn about the countries where Spanish is the main language, using materials authentic to those countries to facilitate this process. Instruction follows the guidelines set forth by the Standards for Foreign Language Learning -- to help students develop competencies in Communication, Culture, Connections to other disciplines, Comparisons between primary language and Spanish and Communities outside the classroom.
This level of preparation in middle school facilitates entry into Spanish Level 2 upon entering high school. Students graduating eighth grade and planning to continue with Spanish in high school have a high success rate of placing out of Spanish 1 and therefore directly entering Spanish 2 in 9th grade.
By building a solid foundation and early exposure to another language, students are encouraged to become lifelong learners.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School incorporated a new and exciting STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Art, Music) program during the 2019-2020 school year. STREAM classes are available to all OLG students in PreK-8th grade.
As stated by the Director of Professional Development for NCEA (National Catholic Educational Association www.ncea.org), Pam Bernards, “STREAM provides an excellent opportunity for arch/dioceses and schools to provide a challenging, transdisciplinary learning environment focused on the integration of the STREAM content areas through the lens of the Catholic faith, and also build 21st Century competencies needed for success in school and future careers. It demonstrates how faith, individual academic disciplines and life itself work together.”
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School strives to foster spiritual, physical, intellectual, and social growth in all students. Recognizing the importance of technology in our world, we believe it necessary to:
- Incorporate technology into our instructional process to encourage problem solving, critical thinking, and global learning
- Promote student-centered learning
- Use technology to increase the effective use of time for both students and faculty
- Provide appropriate technology resources for students, faculty, and staff, so that they are able to communicate with all stakeholders and maximize learning opportunities
- Empower students and staff with technical literacy skills
Ethical and responsible usage will underscore all elements of technology use at Our Lady of Grace. All students, parents, faculty, and staff are required to read and acknowledge the Our Lady of Grace Technology Resources Acceptable Use Agreement at the beginning of each new school year.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic School believes that technology is integral to student learning. Faculty members receive training to incorporate technology in their classes in order to enhance curriculum. Students must be able to use a variety of technology today in order to be prepared for the technology of tomorrow. In light of this, Our Lady of Grace continues to invest in its technology program, which includes:
- School issued email accounts through Google Apps for Education, which include Google Drive for collaboration, free word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation apps, and cloud storage
- PC lab available for use with classes and students
- Mobile ipad Mini carts(3 total, for a total of 72 ipad minis to be used school-wide)
- Mobile Chromebook cart with 29 Chromebooks
- Faculty laptops
- Document cameras available for use in classrooms
- Interactive Smartboard or a Brightlink projector board in every classroom
- Faculty and grade level server accounts
- Campus-wide wired and wireless network capabilities
- World Book Online for student research
- School Speak(online grades, schedules, attendance information, activities, and report cards)
- AIMSweb, Aleks, and Read Live programs for student assessment
- E-book library for faculty professional development