The school curriculum is designed to foster the growth and development of the whole person. OLPH uses a traditional letter grade system to evaluate academic progress within each subject. Parents are notified of their children’s academic, behavior, and effort through quarterly reports.Fourth and fifth grade utilizes a departmental system where children explore, challenge and enrich talents, develop strategies to compensate for weaknesses, and experience programs that develop the necessary skills for the 21st century.
Ability grouping is an educational strategy used to address the individual needs of each child. It is introduced in the third grade for skilled subjects like math, reading, and language arts and then expands in fourth through eighth grades to include science, social studies, and vocabulary subjects. Flexible grouping allows teachers to explore the curriculum in response to the academic and developmental diversity within each grade. We believe students benefit when subjects are taught in a manner reflective of their specific needs.