Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child have to be Catholic to attend Our Lady of Lourdes (OLL)?

Our Lady of Lourdes is a welcoming community, open to children of all faiths. We make every child feel welcomed and loved. All are expected to give respectful attention at religious services and take an academic course in Catholic religion.

Can I afford to send my child to Our Lady of Lourdes?

We believe an excellent Catholic school education should be available to all who seek it. OLL is surprisingly affordable. For about $180 per week, your child will receive an outstanding Catholic education. We offer several financial programs to those in need. For more information, please contact the school at 727-733-3776 to learn more about the financial aid packages available.

Is the academic program comparable to that of other schools?

Our Lady of Lourdes is accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference. OLL student test scores indicate that they consistently score at or above other schools in the Diocese, in the State and in the Nation. Furthermore, the curriculum of OLL meets or exceeds state of Florida standards. Our graduates are accepted into the high schools of their choice and continue to excel, due to the preparation they have received at OLL.

Are the teachers qualified?

Every member of the professional staff at OLL meets Florida Catholic Conference Accreditation requirements. In addition, they have received training in various methods of educational instruction. Every Religion teacher is also certified as a Catechist by the Diocese of St. Petersburg. The teaching staff is experienced with an overall average of 13 years in the classroom.

What grades are there at OLL?

Our school offers a pre-kindergarten / early childhood program, which is VPK certified, to grade 8. Unlike other programs that require children to move from school to school at sometimes very volatile stages of their lives, OLL students have a consistent program, allowing them stability and consistency in their years of elementary education. This is an opportunity for your child to begin attending a school at an early age and grow in confidence in the same safe and nurturing environment for 11 years.

What other programs are available at OLL?

Our Lady of Lourdes offers superior academics, solid Catholic foundation with daily Religion classes and weekly school Liturgy, VPK (Voluntary Pre-K), extended day program and enrichment clubs, a daily fresh and healthy hot lunch program, excellent fine arts program, competitive athletic program for 5th through 8th grade, leadership and social service co-curricular activities, advanced academic offerings for math and science, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Buddy Program with Kindergarten and Early Childhood.

What opportunities are available for parental involvement?

Parents are always welcome at OLL. Parents are the primary educators of their children and serve as the role models to their faith, volunteering in all aspects of our school. Some of the opportunities include: participating in the Home and School Association, coaching after school athletics, serving in the media center, art department, volunteering for a variety of fundraising and community events, and sharing personal areas of talent in a variety of ways to aid in the growth and development of the children.

How does my child become a member of the OLL school community?

We would love to show you first-hand what makes our community so special. We have a proud tradition of academic excellence in a faith-filled environment. Please call the school office at 727-733-3776 for an information packet and to set up a tour of our campus. You may also visit us on the web at: www.myoll.com. Come and see what makes our school great!