School Curriculum

As Christian educators, we have a special responsibility to encourage each student to achieve his/her maximum potential. Our curriculum is designed to ensure students can meet state, national and archdiocesan standards. For more detail on our curriculum and academic standards by subject, follow the links below.

Responsive Classroom

As context for OLG's curriculum, it is important to note that OLG K-5 teachers utilize the Responsive Classroom approach to teaching and learning, which sets the tone for all classroom activity. Responsive Classroom emphasizes teaching children to take care of themselves, each other and the school environment so that everyone can learn at their best. The program recognizes that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum, and that how children learn is as important as what they learn.  Classroom rules grow directly from the students' hopes and dreams, helping children understand rules as a necessity to make their hopes and dreams possible.

Key tenets of the program in K-5 are Self-Control, Cooperation, Empathy, Responsibility and Assertion. These concepts are reinforced through daily Morning Meetings, focused on classroom climate and sense of community, as well as logical consequences, which help children learn from mistakes in clear and non-punitive ways.

OLG Middle School uses the Developmental Designs for Middle School approach. This approach helps to create learning environments where young adults thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.  Developmental Designs offers a variety of strategies designed to keep young people safe, connected, responsible, and engaged in learning. One key component is a weekly Circle of Power and Respect (CPR), which brings students together in a  fun, lively, safe, and respectful meeting format that includes a greeting, sharing, and activity.   

Students in all grades take ownership and pride in their classrooms, naturally taking on the duties necessary to function as an effective community.  For example, classroom greeters warmly welcome any and all visitors to OLG classrooms.

Bullying Prevention

Building on the foundation of Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs for Middle School, OLG launched the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program in 2011.  Our goal: 

  • To create a compassionate and empathetic school environment where bullying is non-existent 

The Olweus program is a proven, research-based program focused not on 'rooting out' the bullies, but on raising up ALL our students, recognizing that all children make mistakes and our school needs to help them learn from those mistakes.  Olweus works to transform the school setting through systematic efforts over time, educating faculty, students, parents and the community to ensure bullying behaviors can be eliminated.  At OLG, bullying prevention is rooted in a welcoming Christian environment throughout our school community.

OLG adopted four simple bullying prevention rules, which are displayed throughout the school and reinforced daily:

  • We will not bully others.
  • We will try to help students who are bullied.
  • We will try to include students who are left out.
  • If we know that someone is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.

Key to the success of our program is empowering the bystander, teaching our students to speak up when they witness bullying behaviors and making it safe for them to do so.  Consistent documentation of any issues helps facilitate effective communication and management of any difficult situations that may arise.  Consistent consequences ensure students know inappropriate actions will not be tolerated.

Lessons focused on bullying education and prevention are integrated into morning meetings, CPRs and religion classes on a regular basis to ensure all students feel safe and welcome at OLG.

To learn more, review the Olweus Parent Introduction.