Our Lady of Perpetual Help School (OLPH) in Ellicott City, Maryland, is a private, Roman Catholic school of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, where faculty and staff educate the heart, mind, and soul of each child entrusted to their care.
The school is accredited by AdvancEd and is in accordance with Baltimore Archdiocesan guidelines presents a Catholic Christian value-based curriculum.
The school is an integral component of the educational mission of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. The school is part of the total community of the parish and considers growth in faith central to its existence. It seeks to foster a learning environment where the teachings of Jesus Christ, as passed down through the Catholic Church, are taught and lived daily. Formal and informal prayer permeate the school day, with a religion program stressing basic formation in the faith, sacramental preparation and participation, opportunities for worship as a school community, and the call to service shared by all Catholic Christians.
The school seeks continuous improvement in its educational offerings and facilities, consistent with the requirements of the Course of Study for Elementary Schools of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It promotes a positive learning environment with an emphasis on mastery of basic skills to assure competence in the fundamentals of each academic discipline, while recognizing the challenges its students will face in their future.
The school faculty and staff see themselves as partners with parents in the religious and academic formation of the students, as well as promotion of student self-esteem and self-confidence. Faculty at the school seek to be supportive, prayerful, and Spirit-filled role models for their students and strive to enhance their skills through formal and informal professional development.
The school community is marked by very high levels of parental participation and volunteerism in classroom and non-classroom settings. The Home and School Association and the School Board provide formal means for parental and other professional input into school life.
Thus, the school seeks for each child the actualization of his or her potential through Catholic education, grounded in a broader parish and school community marked by respect and reverence. The school considers its mission to have been successfully fulfilled when it provides the environment for each child to grow and mature as a child of God, with loving recognition of the unique intellectual and personal gifts each child possesses.