Award Year: 2017

Our Lady of the Lake School

26 Lakeside Avenue
Verona, NJ, 07044-1819

(973) 239-1160

Mr. Benjamin Ronquillo, Principal at time of Nomination

Archdiocese of Newark

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Our Lady of the Lake School's faith-based approach promotes a student-learning environment where all are welcome, involved, and accountable for the successful outcome of each student.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 14%
  • White: 52%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 15%
Exploring the sciences through technology and collaboration.

Exploring the sciences through technology and collaboration.

One of New Jersey's leading Catholic elementary schools, Our Lady of the Lake School (OLL) has been connecting on a higher level since 1924. Home to PreK-3 to eighth grade students, OLL has been recognized as a 2011 National Blue Ribbon award recipient and is accredited by the Middle States Association.

OLL strives to create a student-centered learning environment that prepares all students to realize their academic potential and apply their abilities and talents to make a positive difference in our world. Being agents of their own learning, students develop a sense of personal responsibility and a lifelong commitment to faith, education, leadership, and service.

Faculty integrate technology into the teaching and learning process to enhance collaboration and engagement. The use of SMART boards, document cameras, iPads, 1:1 Chromebooks and a computer lab are some tools used. Members of the faculty participate in the Engineering for the 21st Century science program while incorporating STREAM throughout curriculum.

Students learn about community outreach through various organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Doctors Without Borders, Catholic Charities, and various other mission projects. They are involved in clubs and activities such as Book Club, Forensics, Peer Program, Student Leadership, and the entrepreneurship program TREP$. Graduates are recipients of many academic scholarships, and placed in numerous honors programs and advanced placement courses.

OLL is a Catholic community committed to teaching compassion, forming character, and shaping values. It creates a special atmosphere and community that our parents and children share, appreciate, and love.