At OLL, the faculty and staff seek to meet the needs of all students as best as possible and help them to develop into well-rounded, successful young members of the community.
Iowa Assesments (IA), STAR Early Literacy, STAR Math, and STAR Reading diagnostic tests, serve as the primary means for assessing where students stand with regard to the norms for the grade level. They enable our faculty to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the students and modify teaching styles as needed for students with higher and lower abilities.
Our Curriculum Coordinator advises the Principal on curricular issues. She coordinates the effective implementation of the Accelerated Reading Program and related Star Reading, Star Math, and Star Early Literacy tests as a means to improve the level of reading and understanding of our students. She assists teachers with the development and application of differentiated instruction strategies in their classrooms. She also supervises and coordinates our Catapult Learning / Title 1 and OLL Pull-Out Programs.
Following the directives of the Archdiocese of Miami Department of Schools, OLL has adopted the Common Core State Standards (C.C.S.S.) and is gradually implementing them in the areas of Language Arts and Mathematics under the coordination of the Curriculum Coordinator.
Our part-time school psychologist is another resource in determining a studentís needs. The psychologist meets with faculty, staff, and parents to facilitate student progress, visits classrooms, leads group discussions, and recommends possible courses of action. On-site screenings and outside referrals are done as needed. Accommodations may be recommended by the school psychologist to help meet the variety of ever-changing learning needs that students possess. Additionally, all incoming students are screened prior to acceptance.
In preparation for high school, seventh and eighth grade students are placed in a leveled program for science and math based on their grades, standardized test scores, and teacher recommendations.
During the course of the school year, administrators and faculty members attend workshops, some of them organized by the Department of Catholic Schools, on Common Core, Differentiated Instruction; i-Pads, Accelerated Reading Program (A.R.), STAR Math, STAR Reading, and STAR Early Literacy, and Lesson Planning.
In accordance with its philosophy and mission, OLL is committed to:
- Become an excellent Catholic school, that provides its students with a Catholic global awareness and age appropriate service-learning opportunities
- Implement an articulated, rigorous and competitive curriculum, aligned with Common Core State Standards, technologically implemented through effective, data based and differentiated instruction
- Establish a comprehensive arts curricular/extracurricular program that includes music (instrumental and vocal), visual arts (drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, film making), dance, and acting