Balance of Academic Learning and Social and Emotional Development
OLG has created a social environment where students can learn to relate to and interact with peers and develop good emotional skills. We balance a rigorous academic curriculum with social activities that allow students to learn both individually and as a group while developing good life skills. Children learn from one another every day, picking up positive social skills from their peers, with proper guidance from their teachers. In these group settings, they not only learn academic lessons but how to recognize and manage emotions, allowing them to focus on academics while building healthy relationships.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
SEL is the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. At OLG, we use a variety of tools to provide social-emotional learning (SEL) opportunities for all students. SEL is an important part of education and human development. It is the process through which we learn to identify our emotions, express emotions in healthy ways, maintain relationships, gain empathy, develop self-identity, so much more. Explore SEL at OLG by visiting the Social-Emotional Learning page.
Emotional Wellbeing & Safety
At OLG, we have specific policies in place for what kind of behaviors we do not tolerate from students and how misbehavior is handled. However, we understand that it is inevitable that, at times, some students might get caught up in peer drama, squabbles or even bullying behaviors, which can adversely affect not only their academic performance but -most importantly- their emotional wellbeing. At OLG, thanks to our our smaller student body and one-class per grade format, peer conflicts are quickly identified, prevented or de-escalated. Through an immediate-coaching approach led by our full time School Counselor and supported by our Principal and Vice Principal, our students learn to manage negative emotions and behaviors that may -otherwise- lead to violence. In addition, OLG works with Social Emotional Learning programs such as Kelso’s Choice and Second Step. Kelso’s Choice, used primarily from Pre-K through 4th Grade, is a conflict management program designed to increase a child’s confidence, prevent bullying and help students identify when they can resolve issues on their own and when they need an adult to intervene. On the other hand, Second Step, used from Pre-K through 8th Grade, provides us a holistic approach to SEL and common language that is used school-wide.
School Counseling Program
At OLG we provide a safe, inclusive, and collaborative environment where all students can develop the interpersonal skills that are the building blocks to reaching their personal, academic, and career goals. Our robust school counseling program is modeled after research-based standards for student success developed by the American School Counselor Association, and is centered around empathy, respect, inclusion, and being a servant leader. Aspects of the OLG school counseling program include in-class lessons, group work, and individual counseling sessions. Visit our School Counseling Program page to learn more.
We acknowledge and support the family as the primary educator of the child. This is why our school works in close partnership with each student’s family to create a nurturing environment in which students are challenged and supported to grow intellectually and spiritually, in service and leadership. Considering that a family’s attitude and involvement in their child’s education is vital for successful outcomes, at OLG, families are highly involved in the community in order to promote every student’s wellbeing and be better equipped to support the school’s efforts outside of the classroom.
Focus in Service: Service Stewardship Program
Within the context of Catholic education at OLG, a strong emphasis is placed on service. As a result,, the school established a Service Stewardship Program in 2001. The goal was simple; to make giving back to the community a life long activity. From preschool through eighth grade, all classes have an year-long age-appropriate activity from learning about the Childlife program at Seattle Children’s Hospital and collecting books to learning about and maintaining the Fauntleroy Creek watershed. Students learn about the underlying social or environmental issues, connect with local organizations, and reflect on their experiences. Typically, family members have opportunities to participate as well. You can learn more by visiting our Service Projects page.
CYO Sports: GO BULLDOGS!
OLG CYO sports provides opportunities for young people to develop strong moral character, self-esteem, and leadership qualities through activities of an athletic nature, which will lead toward the development of Christian ideals in the youth served. We encourage and promote teamwork, positivity, fun, and healthy competition. OLG CYO offers sports teams for kids in grades K-8. Participation in OLG CYO athletics is open to both OLG parishioners and school families. Learn more here about Sports at OLG.
- Fall Sports: Soccer (Grades K-8) / Cross-Country (Grades K-8)
- Winter Sports: Basketball (Grades 3-8) / Volleyball (Grades 4-8)
- Spring Sports: Track & Field (Grades 4-8)
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Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School admits students of any race, color or national and ethnic origin to all the rights privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to all students at the school. In the administration of its policies, the school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan and athletic and other administered programs.