Learning at Lourdes
Strategies for Student Learning
Classroom teaching strategies include differentiated instructional methods, cooperative learning, concept attainment, integrated thematic units, team teaching, hands-on learning, multi-age projects, independent research, and real life applications structured to meet the needs, talents and abilities of individual students. Communication skills, teamwork, use of technology, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills are emphasized.
Our Commitment to Your Family
Our Lady of Lourdes is committed to meeting the needs of students with a wide variety of learning abilities and skills. Math and Language Arts programs are structured to provide appropriate instruction for students – whatever their level of ability. Our K-2 leveled language arts program is designed to ensure that all students have a solid grasp of basic reading skills before entering 3rd grade. The standard for middle school math program is for all students to complete Algebra I. Higher achieving math students may complete geometry in the 8th grade, giving them a head start in high school.
A Resource Learning Center for challenged learners was created in 2014 to give these students the tools they need to succeed. The program is staffed by OLL Librarian and Reading Specialist - Beth Anderson, who also coordinates Title I resources for students who qualify, Resource Specialist Tricia Walsh-Coughlin, and contracted Speech Therapist, Mary Kilway.
Learning through Service
Service is incorporated into the school culture, ensuring that students learn the value of serving others in our local and global communities. Each class participates in a service project that serves our local or global community. Each class also participates in a Campus Chores program that keeps our parish/school campus neat and tidy. Middle School students take a more direct hands-on approach to service. As a result, they gain valuable knowledge about the needs of the community and the challenges of meeting those needs.
Technology in the Classroom
Technology is used throughout the school for both teaching and learning. In addition to a full computer lab, tablets are integrated into several classrooms and Interactive Promethean Boards are installed in every classroom. These technologies help teachers to reach students in new ways and allow for students to participate more fully in the learning process.
See the detailed SLE guidelines how our students become life-long learners in their spiritual, academic, and service pursuits upon graduating from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. Our curriculum and assessments, as well as the daily life of the student, are coordinated with the SLEs.