Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, established in 1957, is a parish elementary and middle school with approximately 450 students in grades 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 was awarded U.S. Department of Education "No Child Left Behind" 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.
All students are admitted to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, or ethnic origins in the administering of its educational policies, admissions policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.Our Lady of Good Counsel School admits students of any race, color, and national origin.
The campus is located on 25 acres in a neighborhood setting in Northern Virginia. The school includes:
- 19 classrooms, a computer lab, science lab, library, music room, band room, art room, resource room, gymnasium, cafeteria, playground, and playing fields.
- OLGC students have access to the following technology: the school-wide network, the Internet, desktop and laptop computers, wireless slates, LCD and document projectors, wireless access, and interactive whiteboards.
- The curriculum is supported by and students have access to an online library catalog, Edline, the Accelerated Reader program, Discovery School streaming video, and various other online programs.
Our school has 35 faculty members, many with advanced degrees. Instructional aides assist in grades K-3. Limited small group instruction for students with learning disabilities is available.
Scantron 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 enrichment opportunities include Art, Band, Chorus, Chess Club, Computer Club, Dance, Lego League, 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.
community service activities
include food drives, Bracelets for Africa, Christmas Giving Tree and Adopt-a-Family, performances for seasoned citizens, cards for servicemen, and various fundraising activities.