The mission of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School is to foster a Christ-like spirit of respect, compassion and service based on a foundation of Catholic teaching. We are committed to challenging our students to learn, help and care for others. We teach crucial 21st-century skills through a rigorous academic program to enable our students to become leaders, problem-solvers and role models.
We nurture and inspire students to believe in themselves, to be inclusive as a diverse community and to lead by example in living a faith-filled life.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School opened in 1963 with grades three and four and was staffed by the Comboni Sisters for the first ten years. During the early years, the school doubled in size and eventually began serving two classes in grades Kindergarten through eight and one Pre-Kindergarten.
Who We Are Today
Our Lady of Lourdes School serves students from PreKindergarten through Grade 8 providing an excellent education that nurtures and prepares students to live in the challenging world of the future. At the core of Our Lady of Lourdes School is the belief that each faculty and staff member accepts the challenge of answering Jesus’ call to teach. This is put into practice by providing students with a quality academic experience within a framework of Christian belief and action.
- Majority of our faculty have 15 plus years of experience and hold a Master’s Degree.
- In 2011, we received the “Blue Ribbon School” designation from the U.S. Department of Education.
- Average class size is less than twenty students.
- Accredited by AdvancEd, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K-12 schools.
- Supported and directed by the Diocese of Richmond
Our Catholic faith permeates into every aspect of our students’ time at Lourdes. Our faculty deeply believe in the development of a child’s faith as a call to their mission as teachers. With this mission, students are led to actively participate in their own faith development by assisting at Mass, leading prayer, offering community service, and sharing their beliefs. Our student body is religiously diverse and therefore we create opportunities for those of other faiths to participate and learn in our Catholic traditions while respecting their own faith background.
We worship at Mass with our parish church every Thursday morning with students reading scripture, singing in the choir, and assisting as altar servers, ushers and greeters. Daily religion class includes instruction in our Catholic faith tradition and history while creating a disciple of Christ through role playing and team building efforts.
Our campus spreads over 14 acres with open fields, woods and natural areas. Our original building was constructed in 1963 with an additional 10 classrooms added in 1999. We built two modular buildings in 2007 to house our Spanish and Music classes. Our Lady of Lourdes parish is connected to our school by a covered canopy allowing students to easily walk to Mass each week. All students spend time each day outside for recess on our playground, soccer field, and blacktop area. A learning garden is under works this spring by our 4th and 5th grade classes. Our teachers enjoy taking their classroom outside for unique experiences or even just to enjoy a beautiful, God-given day.
We are grateful for our generous volunteer gardeners. They keep our campus beautiful with unique plantings, beautiful flower beds, and holiday decorations throughout the year.