Award Year: 2018

Our Lady Of Lourdes School

510 Breckenridge Lane
Louisville, KY, 40207-3898

(502) 895-5122

Mrs. Jennifer Barz, Principal at time of Nomination

Mr. Jeffrey Scott Beavin, Current Principal

Archdiocese of Louisville

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Our Lady of Lourdes School is a parish ministry providing excellent education grounded in Catholic faith and Christian values, emphasizing students' intellectual, spiritual, and physical development.

Student Demographics
  • White: 97%
  • Two or more races: 3%
A hands-on blend: traditional letter tiles with 21st century learning.

A hands-on blend: traditional letter tiles with 21st century learning.

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is located in the heart of the community of St. Matthews in Louisville, Kentucky. Since opening its doors in 1950, Lourdes has maintained its mission of assisting its families in the full intellectual, spiritual, and physical development of their children.

Understanding that a strong foundation in reading offers academic benefits across all subjects and far into the future, Lourdes implemented its Primary Reading Program into the kindergarten, first, and second grades. The ongoing commitment to this program is credited with outstanding performance by students on annual standardized reading scores.

The program is robust in both structure and staffing requirements. Two to three times weekly, students rotate in small groups of seven to nine students to each of three distinct learning environments, where specific reading skills are practiced. To support instruction tailored to each student, groups are created after diagnostic testing and are fluid in the roster makeup, as skills indicate. The three rotations require the full attention of classroom teachers, teachers' assistants, and a full-time reading specialist, as well as an ongoing investment in technology dedicated to the program.

The deep commitment to the OLOL Primary Reading Program has helped produce consistently high Terra Nova scores. This strength, produced in the primary grades, extends as students move forward. It is not unusual for the school's national percentile of the mean normal curve equivalent to exceed National Blue Ribbon qualifying scores in reading by 10 to 15 points in any given year, at all grade levels.