OLA Catholic School: A Proud Tradition

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Putting faith into education for 65 years!

The dream of a Catholic School in Claremont was realized when the Benedictine and Felician Sisters settled here in the 1950’s and 1960’s. We have inherited and expanded this vision over 60 years, offering a Catholic education of faith, academic excellence and service.

“Catholic Schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the four-fold purpose of Christian

education – to provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ

is experienced, service to our sisters and brothers is the norm and worship of God is cultivated.”

(U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops, 2005)

Catholic schools are not like public schools, nor are we like private schools. Catholic parents and teachers know and understand the complex bonds that link faith and education, and that our actions and words reach beyond just our immediate personal needs and wants. OLA school is forming and preparing children who will serve as the parents, teachers and leaders in tomorrow’s world.

“Catholic Schools in collaboration with parents and guardians as the primary educators, seek

to educate the whole child by providing an excellent education rooted in Gospel values.”

(National Standards and benchmarks for Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, 2012)

OLA serves a very diverse student population. With the support of the Catholic Education Foundation, the OLA community and alumni, we ensure that Catholic education is available and accessible to all our families. Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School is blessed by our deep roots, traditions and heritage. We are deeply indebted to the community for the continued support of the students and families.

I am proud to have served in this ministry for two decades.  OLA is truly a second home, where everyone can flourish and grow, be inspired in faith, finding hope and joy in what they do, and in each other.  I believe in the development of each individual to know their unique value and purpose, and I am blessed to know these students, teachers, staff and parents.  We are chosen, gifted and beloved, and are the people in whom the hope and joy of God’s spirit is real.

Bernadette Boyle, Principal


View the narrative of the school's history compiled in 2005 for the 50th Anniversary of OLA School, including color photos on front and back pages.