Signature Programs

Music

OLPH’s music and art programs are designed to immerse students in fine arts to develop  self-esteem, self-expression, and creativity. All students participate in music instruction  weekly. By improvising, composing, and arranging musical selections, students gain an understanding and an appreciation for a variety of music.  They study music theory, explore various musical instruments, and learn to read and notate music.  Students in grades three through eight are assigned written class and homework assignments in various music units. 

OLPH students engage in a variety of performances, including an annual spring musical, a talent show, and performances at local sporting events and music festivals. The Christmas program is a highlight of the year for our students and families.  Uniquely designed to showcase the cultures and talents of our students, this program culminates in the telling of the story of Nativity, a Christmas tradition at OLPH.

Physical Education

The OLPH physical education program is designed to help students achieve personal development and promotes wellness and  maintenance of a healthy lifestyle into high school and beyond. By attending weekly, instructional physical education classes, students develop gross motor skills and acquire knowledge of the body and its systems. Students are guided toward healthy lifestyle concepts through physical fitness testing. Positive self-concept, social skills, and directional skills are integrated in cooperative learning activities, sportsmanship development, and self-discipline activities that promote health and wellness.

Library

We teach the library rules, the parts of a book, and how to care for all books. Students learn about many authors and illustrators and how the books are placed on the shelf in alphabetical order by the author. We teach them how to choose a book off the shelf, mark the spot, look through it and make sure it is a good choice for the week. The highlight is checking out books and getting to take it home for a week until they return again to library again. We end each class with a fun activity that is tied into the theme of the week.

Spanish

OLPH incorporates Spanish into the academic experience for the students through a Spanish instructor contracted through the Language Project (TLP). The Language Project offers a sequential and complete curriculum from pre-K through eighth grade with an escalating, eight-level program for primary and intermediate grades, as well as a three-level program for middle school students. The Language Project meets or exceeds the requirement set in Standards for Learning Spanish, outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century published by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). The Spanish language education program developed through TLP exposes students to the skills and grammar needed to successfully continue language learning in high school. 

Technology

OLPH School believes that technology has the power to enhance teaching, learning, and communication. Technology provides an avenue for communication, collaboration, problem solving, and efficiency.  Every student from Pre-K to 8th Grade participates in one block of technology class per week where they learn how to responsibly use the tools of our ever-changing technological world. Students in grades 1 through 8 enjoy a one-to-one Chromebook program while younger grades use iPads and/or Chromebook tablets. 

Art

The OLPH art program is continually evolving; the Makerspace Lab is a studio that fosters student’s creativity.  Our art teacher works with grades Pre-K-8 and focuses on developing student’s problem-solving skills and instills knowledge in art history and media during weekly instruction. Students create artwork via drawing, printmaking, ceramics, painting, collage, and fiber arts. The students’ artistic talents are highlighted as their creative projects are displayed throughout the school and during art showcases, most pointedly during Catholic Schools Week.