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+ Colleen & Scott Schechter, Parents of Molly ’16 and Faith ’19
“Our goal was to find a school that provided our children a caring and nurturing environment, where they could freely learn about God’s love and compassion while challenging themselves to exceed academically.
“Our Lady of Mount Carmel makes this dream a reality through its curriculum, teachers, extracurricular activities, and Catholic infused environment.
“We are confident our daughters have a solid foundation to build upon in high school and beyond!”
+ Gina & John Fata, Parents of Angelica ’18 & John ’20
“Our entire family has been blessed by Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and its many attributes. We have a son in fifth grade and a daughter in seventh grade, both of whom are new to the school this year. But we feel as if we have been here forever, because the entire community is gracious and welcoming. The nurturing, Catholic environment is truly an answered prayer. We anticipated a difficult transition because two of our prior Catholic schools closed their doors and we were forced to find a new “home.” By the grace of God and dedication of those at OLMC, we did!
“Not only have my children always been in Catholic school, but I attended Catholic school throughout my entire educational career. I can say with confidence that Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is what a Catholic school is intended to be. Educators focus on the child as a whole and approach each one as an individual. Every student is treated as God’s unique creation. With that said, teachers, staff and faculty have an amazing way of raising the bar on education and engaging students so that they are excited to learn. The academic program, which includes Latin, is exceptional. It is like nothing I have experienced before. Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is a small school with huge success.”
+ Patricia &
Carlos Tam, Parents of Benedict ’24
“We are so blessed to have our son in OLMC. This is the school that we have been praying for. He went to a public school in kindergarten where academically it was an excellent school, with the latest technology and multiple special programs. But it lacked what for us matters the most: the desire to become a better person at the end of each school day. OLMC is the place where we can see the great love and devotion of the teachers, a wonderful community and a great love for God.”
+ Johanna & Jay Webber, Parents of Annalise, Molly (’18), Cora Rose (’20), Jack (’22), Max (’24), Eli (’26), Lily (’28)
“We have always wanted to provide our children an education that helps them develop into happy students today and strong, confident leaders tomorrow. Our previous school offered top-notch academics and extracurriculars, but although our kids very much enjoyed it there, something within them remained dormant. Education became a line item on their to-do lists, not a passion.
“OLMC has awakened something more within our kids. It engages them to reach new depths of intellectual and ethical curiosity, and encourages them to aspire to new heights of imagination and creativity in every subject area. In returning to a classical curriculum and restoring the original ends of education, OLMC has liberated our children from the cookie-cutter constraints of old and challenges them to take ever new and greater risks in reaching for excellence, wisdom and virtue. Learning is no longer a labor confined to the classroom – the kids are now on a constant and eager search for Truth, Beauty, and Goodness, and they never cease to be filled with awe and wonder when they find It. OLMC is inspiring my children to become the best and most vibrant versions of themselves, and they have never been happier or more fulfilled!”
+ Laura & Paul Huresky, Parents of Gabrielle, Sabrina, Blaise, Jude (’18), Veronica (’20), Mario (’23)
“Our Catholic faith is central to our family, it is our compass, our anchor, our strength. When the Lord blessed us with children, we knew our goal as parents was to raise them to know, love and serve God in this world and to be happy with Him for all eternity in Heaven. With the birth of our first child I left the working world and chose instead the vocation of motherhood. Being on one salary for the first time required some “adjustments and sacrifices,” but we trusted in God. Staying home with our children full-time I was able to share our faith, morals and values with them daily. Every new situation, whether grocery shopping, going to the library or playground, provided teaching opportunities for us all.
“Although we would venture out into the world, our children were sheltered from outside influences. They always had me to look to for a reassuring glance or word of approval or rejection. Then it happened, they were ready to start school. My husband and I, both with public school backgrounds, enrolled our daughter in the same school I went to, a public school thought very highly of in our area.
“However, some 30 years later, many things have changed in our world. It is no surprise that with an increasingly materialistic society and the push to separate “church and state,” removing our moral compass from the school system, we noticed a shocking impact on the conduct of the majority of the children in the school. We knew that the current environment where our daughter was in kindergarten, spending the majority of her waking hours, would be extremely detrimental to her, mentally, emotionally and most importantly, morally.
“We have to say that we did not “choose” Catholic school, it “chose” us. God closed a door that day, opening a window to Catholic education. From the moment we walked into Our Lady of Mount Carmel and toured the school, we felt we were at home. The sense of peace was overwhelming when we stood as a family in front of the statue of the Sacred Heart. We knew that this was what was missing from public school, faith. God was there present every moment of their school day, whether it be in the statues or artwork that were reminders, or the prayers said daily, or most importantly, the loving, nurturing, faith filled environment provided by the faculty and staff.
“We enrolled our three children at Our Lady of Mount Carmel that day. It was a major financial sacrifice for our family, but the benefits far outweighed the cost of losing their souls. We trusted that God would provide, and He has since that first day. Fourteen years later, we have been able to provide for all six of our children to be blessed with a Catholic education, two are now in a Catholic high school and one in a Catholic university.
“This year though, something has changed at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Normally change is something that is met with apprehension in our family, but this was a very welcomed change, namely, our school’s curriculum. We have noticed that over the past 10 years or so, the curriculum not only in our school, but public and other private schools alike, appeared to be lacking in depth. Our children seemed to be just going through the motion of memorization and regurgitation of facts, never engaging their sense of reason or wonder. This year however, things are very different. With the implementation of Classical Catholic Education, our children are not just learning, they are being engaged mentally. They are actually learning how to think and reason, applying the information they are learning to gain true knowledge, this is happening throughout all grade levels. It is beautiful and scary at the same time, to see how high the bar can be set and that the children not only welcome the challenge, but more importantly, meet and exceed expectations on a daily basis. We are very impressed by the implementation of this new curriculum by our faculty which has resulted in our children’s newfound desire to learn.
“As one can see, Catholic education was not our first choice for our children, however, God always knows best. We found Catholic education at Our Lady of Mount Carmel to not only be far superior to that of other private or public schools from an academic standpoint, but more importantly an environment that reinforces our faith and family values. It is a safe place for our children to grow and mature and spread their wings. It is a place where teaching is a true calling, a vocation.”
+ Katie & Steve Pfundstein, Parents of Benjamin (’24) & Bridget (’26)
“As Alumni of Franciscan University of Steubenville, we have seen the value of being in an environment rich in Catholic culture and we have strived to continue to provide that in our family life. Once it was time to start thinking about our children’s education, we struggled with our options. We knew that we loved the close-knit community atmosphere that parochial schools provide, however as a young and growing family of six, it was difficult to swallow the idea of paying tuition when it seemed to us that most Catholic schools were working toward aligning their curriculum with the public schools’ and the religion classes were on par with a parish CCD program. When the time came, we decided to put our oldest in public Kindergarten. After six months in public school, we felt the pull to provide a Catholic educational atmosphere for our son and decided to try homeschooling with a classical curriculum.
“After realizing that homeschooling wasn’t a great fit for us, we decided to take a second look at the Catholic schools in our vicinity. That’s when we found OLMC School and discovered an unwavering faithfulness to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church that was woven into all subjects taught, complete with the time-tested classical model.
“Steve spent a few years in a high school that followed a similar educational model. Having spent half a year studying Euclidean Geometry and then transferring to a school that taught a modern Geometry method, he was blown away by how many students could not grasp basic elements of the subject. He soon realized that they had been taught to memorize the facts rather than going through the exercise of proving them out. Without that foundation, they were lost.
“At OLMC, children are given the foundation on which they can think, reason, discover, and eventually grow into the people God made them to be. We are so thankful to have found this school and to have once again been welcomed into a community with the rich Catholic culture we hold so dear. Although it is a 30-minute drive from our home, every penny, every minute, and every gallon of gas is worth it because we are investing not only in our children’s lives, but in the future of our Church and our world. There is no place like our new spiritual home at OLMC.”