Q: Is Our Lady of the Rosary School accredited?
A: Our Lady of the Rosary is fully accredited through the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) through 2016.
Q: Is it true that Our Lady of the Rosary School offers free before and after school care for its students?
A: We do offer free extended care before school from 6:15 to 7:55am and after school from 3:00 to 6:00pm. Our students receive nutritious snacks, tutoring, and homework help. Additional enrichment classes are also offered, such as counseling and character education programs and drug and violence prevention programs. The enrichment programs also feature music education and dance. Our academic programs help our students meet state and local standards in such core subjects as reading, math, technology, the arts and physical education. In addition, we offer literacy and other educational services to our parents.
Q: Do students have to wear a uniform?
A: All OLR students are required to wear uniforms which are purchased from Merry Mart in San Jose.
Q: How do Our Lady of the Rosary School's test scores compare with other schools?
A: There are no scores published by schools in the Diocese of Oakland. Catholic schools do not use the same type of test, nor are the results used in the same way as public schools. The high schools that our graduates attend have told us that our students score well on their entrance tests, and many qualify for honors programs. 100% of our graduating 8th graders qualify for admittance to Catholic High schools.
Q: What high school do most of your students attend?
A: Our students have a 100% acceptance to Bay Area Catholic High Schools. In the past, a majority of our students have been accepted to and attended: Moreau Catholic in Hayward and James Logan High School in Union City.
Q: What type of involvement do you have with the Catholic High Schools?
A: We offer High School information visits at our campus each fall. Moreau Catholic offers a Visitation Day where students are invited to “shadow” Moreau students for the day. In addition, our teachers are in constant communication regarding placement exams, requirements and prepping our students on how to get through the application process.
Q: What is the student/teacher ratio?
A: Our present student to teacher ratio is less than 20 students to 1 teacher. Small group instruction is a standard practice for our teachers each day. Our classes will never exceed 25 students in one class.
Q: What does the curriculum include?
A: Our Lady of the Rosary School follows the Diocese of Oakland guidelines and Common Core State Standards with additional enhancements.
Q: What kind of technology does Our Lady of the Rosary School provide?
A: We currently have MacBook laptops, Ipads and Ipad minis available to students, with wireless access to the Internet around the school campus. In addition, we have Apple computers in each of our K – 5 classrooms and PC computers in our junior high.
Q: Do OLR students receive their sacramental preparation at school?
A: Sacramental preparation is part of our curriculum at Our Lady of the Rosary School. Second & Third graders receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation after preparation during religion classes at school, parent meetings, and retreats.
Q: Are volunteer hours required of parents or students?
A: We do require 50 volunteers hours per school year per family and 25 volunteer hours per school year for a single parent family. There are many opportunities to volunteer. Students in grades 5-8 do have a nominal number of community service hours they need to complete. There are also opportunities for child and parent to complete hours together.