Testimonials - Why Choose OLGC?

What Alumni Say -

  • A Dinner of Hope - 2016 PTO Essay Winner

    Abby S., OLGC Class of 2016

    If I had the opportunity to take Pope Francis out to dinner, there is no doubt where we would go. It is a special place, casually known as KHS. They do not take reservations, yet there are often long lines waiting for the chance to be there. KHS, you see, is not the monogram of a famous chef or celebrity. KHS stands for the Katherine Hanley Shelter.

  • Joseph, Class of 2014

    Joseph

    OLGC Class of 2014

    I graduated from OLGC in June in 2014, and I am now attending Paul VI Catholic High School as a freshman. The transition was challenging at first because I was used to the friendly atmosphere of OLGC and how things worked there, and I didn’t want to leave that behind. However, I soon became comfortable in my new home at Paul VI because of how well OLGC prepared me for the years to follow eighth grade.

  • Katie, OLGC Class of 2013

    Katie

    OLGC Class of 2013

    It is hard to choose just one thing I like most about OLGC. OLGC was my family for nine years, more than half of my life. It’s hard to believe I was still going to school here just less than a year ago; the transition and change of high school makes it feel like it has been so much longer. Although I love James Madison High School, I look back fondly on my days at OLGC and feel that it did a terrific job at preparing me for high school.

  • Nick, Class of 2013

    Nicholas

    OLGC Class of 2013

    Speaker at the 2014 Middle School Parent Informational Night - I thank Mr. Poole for having confidence in me and for inviting me to speak this evening. I am currently a freshman at Gonzaga College High School. I attended OLGC from Kindergarten through 8th grade and I believe OLGC prepared me very well for high school.

  • Jill

    OLGC Class of 2006

    I still look back fondly on my time here and consider my Catholic education one of the greatest gifts my parents could ever give me. OLGC not only provided me with countless memories of time spent with prayer partners, play dates with close friends, many wins and losses at basketball and softball games, and engaging classroom discussions, it gave me an everlasting passion for school and for God. My teachers were top-notch, with a dual focus on my heart and mind, preparing me with high level critical-thinking skills, while simultaneously caring about me as a whole person.

What Teachers Say -

"In teaching at OLGC Middle School for the past five years, each year I have been amazed at the academic development of the students from 6th to 8th grade. Every year alumni return and tell us how well they were prepared for high school and how successful they have been in honors and AP classes. Parents of alumni convey the same message, and these unsolicited comments are about students who found getting average grades very challenging at OLGC as well as those who consistently made our honor roll. The combination of OLGC’s Salesian spirit of trying to “live Jesus” and its rigorous academics produces very well rounded teenagers."   - Mr. Philip McDonald, MS Social Studies Teacher

What Students Say  - 

"One of the cool things about OLGC is the help.  If you have anything that you want o ask you will always be helped. Even if you are having problems outside of school, the staff, teachers and even older grades will help you" - 6th grade student

" I have loved OLGC since I started in Kindergarten. In middle school we rotate classes and have fantastic teachers for each subject. Each student has an iPad which helps us to communicate openly with the teachers and the other students. 7 th Graders participate in the diocesan science fair, and the process is both fun and educational. The 7 th graders also put on the Passion Play during Lent each year.”  7 th grade student

 "I love wearing a uniform everyday so I don't have to worry about what to wear.  I love learning about Jesus. Hot Lunch is a favorite of mine!" - 4th grade student 

"I love coming to school and meeting my friends each morning.  I also like being involved in my school parish with service hours an many group activities...My favorite part is all the caring teachers to help us through our journey of education, faith & life." - 7th grade student

"...I love Mary and Jesus so much.  I didn't know a lot about Mary and Jesus until I came here in first grade.  Learning about Mary at OLGC helps me to be a better Catholic." - 2nd grader

What Parents Say -

Words of OLGC School Parents

"OLGC offers my children challenging academics and excellent faith formation. The community is welcoming and every family is given the opportunity to make the most of their time through volunteering at the school and the church. The chance to broaden friendships and faith extends way past coffee and social events to making our children's education a family endeavor. The school has so many opportunities for both students and parents to get involved and give of their time, talent and treasure, that there is a place for everyone. A great place for a child to grow into his or her teen years. The middle school is exceptional!"  - Parents of 8th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader, & 2nd grader

"Perhaps the most amazing thing about OLGC School is the way that all the teachers present academics with a faith filled approach. OLGC graduates go to high school knowing how to thrive in their classes, but, what separates our school from others, is that they learn how to include, see and rely on their faith in each subject. Mr. McDonald teaches about the beginning of man in History while Mrs. Williams helps the students unlock Genesis. This same cohesion is evident in science, literature and all subjects from kindergarten to Mrs. Jewett and her amazing middle school team. Even our approach to technology, while advanced, is also met with faith. Imagine technology and faith living in harmony!!!   The synergy between a Eucharist-centered life and high academic standards is at the core of each day at OLGC. Where else but in a Catholic School like OLGC can the principal stand up after Mass and tell the student body to appreciate all they have been given as a gift from God?"  - Parents of 2 graduates, 7th and 5th graders and kindergartener    

 

 “Over the past two years I have watched my children thrive in OLGC’s Christ-centered care. The school environment reinforces their dignity, supports their individuality and motivates them to enjoy improving their abilities.”   - Parents of 5th and 8th graders

 “…we were looking for the total package – a high quality educational experience rooted in the Catholic values and traditions that together provide the foundation for a rich, faith-filled life. We see the benefits of our choice every day as we watch our daughter develop the self-confidence and life skills that come from both a challenging academic environment and a nurturing school community.”  -  Parents of 8th, 5th and K graders

“...loving sense of community shared by parents and teachers... There are numerous volunteer opportunities... reinforces our Catholic values... rigorous academic focus... administration is visible... and welcomes open lines of communication.”  - Parents of Kindergartener and 3rd grader

“Among our many blessings, we have the most wonderful, intelligent, athletic, personable, and happy child we could dream of. As much as we would like to take full credit for how he has developed, we cannot, as we owe too much credit to the school and church staffs, their tender leadership and the nurturing environment they have created. The teachers, the administration, and the Parish Ministry have our full and unwavering trust.” - Parents of 3rd grader

“…they can live Jesus in all that they do academically and socially. Our religion is a part of our lives, and we feel it is important that they know Jesus is with them at all times. In a Catholic school, we can speak and share our faith – it is the way we live and how we treat other people. We can follow the words of St. Francis de Sales – 'Live Jesus Live so live in me that all I do be done with Thee… and grant that all I think and say may be your thoughts and words today' – in all that we do.”  - Parents to 5th, 7th and 9th graders

OLGC Middle School was chosen because

"...One of the best features of OLGC is its amazing middle school. I can't think of a better place to enter the teen years. The middle school teachers work together to foster continuity, faith and camaraderie among the students. Overall, we are so grateful to the school for all it has done for our children and family." - Parent of 8th, 6th, 4th & 2nd graders

 "My son recently shadowed at a local Catholic high school.  The Honors English teacher shared with the Director of Admissions that she was so impressed by his participation in her class that day she felt he was one of her regular students and had been there all semester.  I am so proud of my 8th grader and so proud of OLGC School, especially his English and Literature teachers for preparing him to have the confidence and to be comfortable enough to get up in front of a freshman Honors English class.  Thank you all!"  - Parent of an 8th grader

“…this is the time when children learn the difference between right and wrong. Discipline is an important part of achieving success and Catholic Schools teach the importance of this value. Living our Catholic values on a daily basis creates a healthy and nourishing learning environment. Our children have a challenging learning environment yet they are supported by caring staff that bring out the best in each one.”  - Parents of 6th and 8th graders

“…of its reputation for giving children an excellent foundation in the 3 Rs, and the faith-based atmosphere in which classes are conducted. We hoped by making the choice for Catholic school, our children would be surrounded by a community with a similar value system to our own. Joining the school community made us feel more a part of the parish. We felt more connected and got very involved. Our daughter has enjoyed middle school thus far, and is looking forward to the milestones that await her (the 8th grade play and the 8th grade/faculty volleyball match being two highlights most often mentioned)!” - Parents of 6th grader and college students

“…we believe in the value of a Catholic education. A Catholic education provides more than the academic knowledge attained in the classroom; it encourages a faith-based life and fosters a sense of community and the understanding of the importance of service to others. Adolescence is a period of accelerated development in a variety of areas and kids are encountering new situations, responsibilities and people during this period. It is at this time especially that in addition to quality academic instruction, they also need the discipline of a Catholic school environment and the reinforcement of Catholic values and principles.”  - Parents of 3rd, 5th, 8th, and 10th graders

“…we wanted our child to experience a faith filled learning environment. We were comfortable that our values were being reinforced, which is not always the case in today's world. We also believe that our child has received a top notch academic education.” - Parents of an Alumni

We returned to OLGC because

“We left OLGC to find our neighborhood community at our local public school. While we found some new wonderful friends, we had lost our sense of purpose in the community. The geography of the OLGC family might be much wider than the few streets in our neighborhood, but the broad reach of the community spirit is overwhelming. We are happy to be united with our fellow parents in giving our children a comfortable and welcoming community to learn and grow.” - Parents of 2nd, 3rd and 6th graders

“OLGC brings a prominent level of education, religion and structure that are important to our family beliefs. There is a high level of teaching strong study and organizational skills that are imperative for their future in learning and readiness for high school and college. The teachers and gained friendships share so much caring and thoughtfulness. Returning to OLGC has been a wonderful welcoming opportunity for us.” - Parent of 1st, 3rd, and 6th graders