The balanced academic curriculum at Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School is geared to the acquisition of the basic skills and concepts necessary for knowledge and understanding of a particular subject. The daily schedules of Our Lady Immaculate Catholic School include instruction in the areas of Religion, English, Language Arts, Science, Mathematics, Social Studies, Computer Literacy, French (8th) and Physical Education. The time allocated for instruction in each of these areas is determined by the needs of the students and remains in keeping with guidelines provided by the Louisiana State Board of Education, Bulletin 741 Non-Public. Drug education, safety education, citizenship and social justice are integrated into all areas of academic programming. Other enrichment courses are offered to all students to enhance their core academic instruction.
The Common Core State Standards are integrated into the OLI curriculum to ensure students can transition well into high school and college with the needed foundation. In addition, OLI has created a complete writing curriculum which addresses student writing at ALL grade levels in a wide variety of genres and for diverse and distinct purposes. Technology is integrated meaningfully into the curriculum to complete activities and/or create projects related to classroom learning.
A variety of textbooks, supplementary materials and media is used in order to make learning meaningful for the student. OLI participates in scheduled textbook analysis and adoptions to ensure materials are current, useful, and helpful to the learning process. In addition, the school holds licensures for various software for student use to support the curriculum including Renaissance Place’s Accelerated Reader program. Accelerated Math activities are assigned. OLI reassesses curriculum annually to make adjustments as needed based on current student performance. The instructional staff meets with other grade levels to discuss gaps and overlaps of instruction and to share ideas in instructional methods that best convey the planned curriculum.
Student performance is assessed in a wide variety of ways to guide instruction and to make adjustments to classroom instruction or curriculum. Classroom assessments include lesson quizzes, chapter tests, unit tests, written response and essays, benchmark assessments, and performance assessment using rubrics. Formal assessments include STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) Math and Reading assessments twice annually to show growth from the beginning of the year to the end of the year. Precursors to the ACT, the ASPIRE (administered to grades 3 through 7) and the EXPLORE (administered to 8th grade) are given annually. The standardized religion assessment, the NCEA IFG ACRE Edition is given to 5th grade. Student performance scores are analyzed individually, as a grade level, and as a school to identify student needs and trends, gaps, and overlaps in instruction. Students wishing to enter into a public school take any state tests required by the state.
All regular teachers, the administrator, the counselor, and the librarian are certified or state approved for their area of service. Teacher aides, office staff, and other personnel are hired and placed based on need, experience and performance. In addition, the school employs a Coordinator of Religious Education to plan the school liturgies and rites, oversee the required religion curriculum, plan faith-based activities for students, and monitor professional development for religion teachers. Finally, the school employs a Development Director to publicize, market, and provide additional school related information to the larger community.