What sets Our Lady of Peace apart from the other schools in the area?
We are a community of families, students, and faculty who strive for an inclusive culture where peacebuilding is emphasized and achieved. We support and encourage each other academically, spiritually, and socially, and we achieve as a community.
Our Inclusive Environment
Our school is a community where your child will be known by name and for the traits that make him/her unique and special. We consciously make multi-age interaction a priority to help create a sense of belonging and community between all grades. Some examples include
- Mass Buddies - Students in upper grades are paired with a younger student to sit together during Mass.
- Peace Circle - All students meet regularly to have a peace building - related discussion led by an eighth grade student
- Mixed seating at lunch which allows for greater interaction
- Kindergarten and fourth grade buddies work together throughout the year
- Our academic specialists work with every grade and meet all the students. Because our specialists have dedicated classroom space, students get to interact over a common curriculum in areas like music, art, technology, Spanish, physical education, and library.
- Faith Experiences - Daily religious classes, reconciliation for school during Advent and Lent, school masses, and service projects throughout the school year.
PeaceBuilders is a national character education program. At Our Lady of Peace it has become part of our daily routine and conversation. Our environment is strengthened by our ability to live peacefully. Every day students commit to building peace at home, at school, and in the community.
Students have a spirit of accountability at Our Lady of Peace. Older students act as mentors to younger students and are dedicated to their success. Leadership opportunities start early
- The Classroom Ambassador Program allows each student to be the classroom ambassador throughout the year. This student is responsible for meeting and welcoming guests, shaking hands and making introductions.
- The Middle School Leadership Development Program starts in fifth grade as students progressively add duties and skills as they move up in grades focusing on Civic Leadership (fifth grade), Liturgical Leadership (sixth grade), School Leadership (seventh grade), and Service Leadership (eighth grade)
Expectations are placed on students to come to class prepared to learn and succeed.
Learning is supported by up-to-date technology including a one-on-one Chromebook and iPad program for middle school students and an iPad cart for Preschool to Grade 4.