Our Lady of Hope Catholic School A National Blue Ribbon, K-8 school located in Potomac Falls, VA Educating for Eternity

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students attend OLOH?  What grades does OLOH accommodate?  How many classes are in each grade?

In Grades K-8, approximately 210 students are enrolled. We are a one track school with one classroom per grade, creating a small, family-like community.  We offer full day Kindergarten.  Currently we do not offer a Pre-K program.

What is the maximum number of students allowed in each class?

The maximum number of students in Kindergarten is limited to 25 students with a teacher as well as an instructional aide.  Grades 1-3 have part-time instructional aides.  Grades 1-8 have a maximum class size of 28 students.  

We attend another Catholic parish, can I send my children to OLOH?

While our parish families receive first placement, our families come from throughout Loudoun and Fairfax counties for an education at Our Lady of Hope School. Catholic families committed to the Faith and registered within the Arlington Diocese will receive in-parish tuition.

What are the school’s educational goals?

Our students learn through technology and traditional methods. Here we teach cursive and use textbooks, ensuring our students practice the fine motor skills and critical thinking needed for healthy brain development. We teach Latin so our students are familiar with terms used in theology, law, and modern sciences. We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed. Our students not only meet academic and diocesan standards but exceed them.

How does the school teach moral values and spiritual truths?

As a school in the Diocese of Arlington, Our Lady of Hope offers daily instruction in our faith.  We are not a school that “happens” to be Catholic or simply a private school. We integrate the Faith into all that we do because we wish our students to have a strong Catholic identity and moral compass by living out the Catholic Faith. The relationship students form her with God carries with them into the world as joy-filled witnesses for Jesus Christ. We prepare each student to accept the challenges of being a Catholic leader in tomorrow’s changing, secular world.

Students prepare for the sacraments of First Penance and First Communion in 2nd Grade and Confirmation throughout Seventh and Eighth grades.  All students, Grades K-8, attend weekly mass. We begin each morning in community prayer.  Each class begins with a prayer, and our day ends in a prayer.  Each day our morning prayers are offered for a school family. Classes pray the Rosary weekly and all students attend Stations of the Cross on Fridays during Lent.  The Pastor and Parochial Vicar visit in classrooms, especially in the middle school, to discuss relevant issues and church doctrine. Our Parochial Vicar also team teaches 7th & 8th Grade Religion.

What curriculum opportunities are there for high school placement?

Students entering public school will be able to take the SOL for Algebra I. Students who are going on to Catholic diocesan high schools may qualify for the more difficult level of algebra and take the algebra exemption test for diocesan high schools.  Geometry is offered for students who have successfully completed Algebra I in 7th Grade.

Our students are also very well prepared in Science and are exposed to principles taught in high school. Our Middle Schoolers have completed dissections and complete an 8th Grade project either in robotics, engineering, or rocketry.

Our students’ integrity, self-dicipline, and knowledge base set them apart from their peers and the public eye. They frequently are complimented in high school for their preparedness and character.

To which schools do graduates go?

Our Crusader graduates attend many Catholic high schools, including Paul VI Catholic High School and Bishop Denis J. O’Connell. Some students choose programs at private high schools like St. John’s Prep as well as the local public high schools. Our students have also gone on to participate in AOS, ROTC, and TJ.

What are the teachers’ qualifications?

Our Educators are certified and licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, either through the Virginia Department of Education or through the Virginia Catholic Education Association.

How does the school handle discipline, including bullying?

Our Lady of Hope has a strict discipline code which includes zero tolerance of physical violence, bullying, and cyber bullying.  Teachers and administration respond swiftly to any reported incidents.

Is financial assistance available?

OLOH participates in the Diocese of Arlington’s financial aid program, which is based on financial need.  Families may apply online.

Does the school offer other classes?

Basic instruction and music is provided for Grades K-8.  Band is offered to students starting in Fourth Grade.  Students may also participate in our Children’s Choir starting in Fifth Grade.  In addition to daily curriculum instruction, students have Art, Music, Computers, Library, and PE.  Students in Grades 1-8 do hands-on activities in their Science Labs once a week.

What other extra-curricular activities are available at OLOH?

We offer a variety of activities for students in Grades K-8.  Please view our Activities page for more details.

Does OLOH provide transportation?

No, parents are responsible for the transportation of their students to and from school per Diocesan policy.  Our families often join carpools to share the responsibility of getting to and from school during the week when coming from a distance.

Does OLOH have an After-School Program?

Yes, we offer Before Care & After Care each day.  Parents need to provide transportation for their child from the program.  Our program is licensed through the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Does OLOH offer hot lunches?

Yes, we offer hot lunch through “Yay! Lunch” Monday thru Friday.

What is the School Uniform Policy at OLOH?

All students in grades K-8 are required to wear a school uniform.  This information may be found under our Parent Resources tab on the school website.

Does OLOH follow Loudoun County Public School’s Calendar and Schedule?

The Diocese of Arlington calendar is very similar to the LCPS calendar with the minor difference such as Christmas break, Easter break, teacher workdays, and the end of the school year.  For weather related closures, we follow Loudon County Public Schools.