Our Lady of Victory School – Washington, DC

Award Year 2016

Exemplary High Performing Schools

Our Lady of Victory School

4755 Whitehaven Parkway, NW
Washington, DC, 20007-1558

(202) 337-1421

Mrs. Sheila Ann Martinez, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Washington

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Our Lady of Victory School is committed to providing a Catholic learning environment that promotes scholarly excellence and fosters moral and spiritual growth.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 17%
  • White: 62%
  • Hispanic: 10%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • ELL: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 6%


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Learn Today, Lead Tomorrow!

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Our Lady of Victory (OLV) is a dynamic Catholic school in Washington, DC. It attracts students from a variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds due to its location and reputation; students thrive in one cohesive community.

While most students are Catholic, other faiths are represented. Eighteen percent of students claim a second language, and ten percent of students receive support for learning differences. This diversity and the warm, nurturing environment make OLV a special place.

All stakeholders are committed to a partnership preparing students to "learn today and lead tomorrow." Parents serve integral roles as committee leaders and volunteers. Distinctive cultural and business backgrounds provide varied perspectives enriching the community. The faculty is highly qualified and invested in students, going above and beyond what is required. OLV is blessed with a determined principal and an administrative team providing endless support to all.

Small class sizes allow for individualized attention. A rigorous standards-based curriculum including advancement opportunities prepares students for challenges in high school and thereafter. Instruction is research-based, informed by data, integrated with technology, and varied and differentiated to meet learning styles and differences. Teachers utilize flexible grouping, co-teaching, and frequent varied assessments. Enrichment opportunities are available during and after school, including exciting field trip experiences.

OLV's Catholic tradition is the foundation of its purpose, mission, and vision. The belief that each person is created in the image and likeness of God, worthy of respect with unique gifts, and called to an individual mission is OLV's heart and soul.