Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, established in 1957, is a parish elementary and middle school with approximately 400 students in kindergarten through grade 8. 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) and has been awarded U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School status.
The School provides a Catholic education instilled with the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. It is intended to "make your child's faith a living, conscious, and active one through the light of instruction." The integration of religious truth and values with life is the focal point of the curriculum. As part of its educational program, OLGC School strives for academic excellence, encourages appreciation of the fine arts, fosters self-respect and respect for all life, and attempts to develop responsibility for the total community.
The campus is located on 25 acres in a neighborhood setting in Northern Virginia. The school includes:
18 classrooms, a computer lab, science lab, library, music room, band room, art room, academic support center, foreign language room, math rooms, gymnasium, cafeteria, playground, and playing fields.
OLGC students have access to the following technology: the school-wide network, the Internet, desktop and laptop computers, iPad tablets, LCD and document projectors, wireless access, and interactive whiteboards. All middle school students are issued an iPad with keyboard for home and classroom use.
The curriculum is supported by and students have access to an online library catalog and other Follett Destiny resources, such as the WebPath Express - a safe, credible and fun educational search tool for students and teachers which integrates more than 85,000 trustworthy, relevant websites into your library catalog while filtering out questionable and irrelevant content. PowerSchool student information system, the Accelerated Reader program, Discovery Education streaming video, Moby Max personalized learning system, and various other online programs are used to deliver, reinforce and enrich the Diocesan curriculum standards.
Our school has 40 faculty members and staff, many with advanced degrees. Instructional aides and curriculum specialists assist in grades K-5 where needed. Limited small group instruction for students with learning differences is available. The Academic Support Center is staffed by teachers to provide help to students during the school day.
Scantron computer-adaptive testing is administered three times annually to students in grades 3-7. Students in grades 5 and 8 take the ACRE (Religion test). All students in grade 8 take the High School Placement Test which is the admissions test for Catholic high schools in the area.
Students are transported by car, walk, and bicycle to school. Students bring their lunch to school and milk is sold on a yearly basis. A vendor-provided lunch is available for an extra charge on Thursdays throughout the school year.
The Extra-Curricular Activities Program (ECAP) is available from 3-6pm after school. Other after school enrichment opportunities include Art Club, Band, Choir, Chess Club, Computer Club, Dance, Lego League, Science Club, Technology classes, Wildcat Chat School Newspaper, Yearbook Club, Student Council, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, House League Basketball, CYO Basketball, CYO Tennis, and CYO Track & Field.