Award Year: 2019
OLA Catholic School seeks to create a nurturing environment grounded in the Catholic faith, which provides for the spiritual and academic development of each child.
- Black/African American: 1%
- White: 79%
- Hispanic: 8%
- Asian: 4%
- Two or more races: 8%
Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1952, Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School (OLA) has been driven by a mission to educate each student according to their needs in a nurturing and accepting environment. This is accomplished with a dedicated and experienced faculty and staff, devoted families, and supportive pastor.
Through this community of acceptance, OLA can meet students where they are academically, emotionally, and spiritually. OLA has always been open to students with a variety of learning differences, but over the last two years the school and administration have worked to open the doors even wider. Opening the doors wider also meant being inclusive of all types of learners including children with special disabilities. Steered by OLA's professional learning communities, the faculty became equipped with methods including Universal Design for Learning, enhanced differentiation, and a variety of engagement strategies. Through the guidance of the USSCB pastoral letter on people with disabilities, we are a better school for all our families.
The demand for Catholic education in the local community inspired the administration to enhance the facility. In the fall of 2018, a new building including more classrooms, a state-of-the-art STEM lab, science and technology labs, a sensory room, administration offices, and a commercial kitchen and cafeteria was completed. This expansion allowed OLA to increase the 2019-2020 school year enrollment by thirty-two students. As we enter our sixty-seventh year, we look back with pride on our achievements and look forward to continued growth and opportunities for our students.