Welcome to Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School and thank you for taking the time to explore our site to learn more about us. As our mission statement says, “Our rigorous academic program unleashes creative energy for the pursuit of knowledge and nurtures a hope-filled vision for Catholic leadership.” No website can give the full feel of a school, but I hope you can get a sense of our community, the scope of our programs, and our amazing results. Please come visit our school and get an even better understanding of the welcoming and supportive faculty, administrators, staff, parents, and students at OLM.
Our school is a community that believes each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. Students are helped to meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. OLM fosters three basic elements that are conducive to establishing such an environment,
(1) the teacher acting as a guide,
(2) allowing the child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and
(3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
When the teacher’s role is to guide, providing access to information rather than acting as the primary source of information, the students’ search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers to their own questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.
We believe that the ultimate goal of a Catholic School is to help each of its students get to heaven. In a nurturing community of faith, students at Our Lady of Mercy cultivate Christian virtues and are inspired to become the men and women that God calls them to be. The Catholic faith is the fabric of our school and is integrated into all aspects of student life. Through prayer, liturgy, the Sacraments, and Church teachings, students encounter Christ and develop a personal relationship with Him.
Please click through the pages to learn more and come visit us in Maple Glen.