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Character Formation

 

Moral character is assessed not by what a man knows but by what he loves. -St. Augustine

lives of love…

Classical education is more than just a method of academic instruction. It is the foundation for a well-lived life — the life of one who leads by example and promotes the common good. OLMC offers students countless opportunities to become the servant leaders they are intended to be.

We believe that genuine civic-mindedness is not so much a matter of preaching the good as it is of living it. We train our students to become men and women of virtue because we are convinced that that is how they will have the most positive effect upon their families, their communities, and their country. We teach them to love wisdom, admire courage, and crave justice. Students are immersed in historical examples of human excellence. They become well-versed in and motivated by the lives of heroes, martyrs and Saints who gave of themselves for the sake of others. We also expose students to the best and most beautiful literature of all time, which helps to shape both their imaginations and their hearts as they grow in virtue and love for all that is good.

…and service

We daily impress upon our students that they have a responsibility to do what they can to relieve the hardships and anxieties of others. We offer many opportunities for service, focused particularly on feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick, and almsgiving. Among other recent initiatives, our students:

  • sewed mittens out of their own sweaters for homeless shelters during winter

  • made baby blankets for mothers and babies in need

  • baked dog biscuits and donated them, along with toys, to an animal shelter

  • wrote Christmas letters to soldiers serving abroad

  • launched successful food pantry, clothing drive, and blessing bag campaigns

  • sang Christmas carols & visited with residents at a nursing home 

  • collected school supplies for hurricane victims

the true measure of success

An education ordered to teaching students how to live well must also train them how to evaluate their progress towards that ultimate end. For this reason, we don’t place outsized importance on grades, because grades only tell part of that story. While important in assessing skills acquired and content mastered, the real measure of the work students do is only marginally approximated by a numerical evaluation. The truest criteria of success, rather, is whether they are better human beings for having been at school -- not just upon graduation, but at the end of every day. Have they given themselves over to the wonder and delight offered by each class that day? Did they seize every opportunity to grow in their understanding of the truth, and to live faithfully according to their individual callings as they understand them?

 This is the standard we hope our students will permanently embrace for themselves, for it is not only the best gauge of success in school, but also the truest measure of the good life.

COMPETITION & CAMARADERIE

We value friendly competition and genuine camaraderie, so we have a system in which each student is placed into one of four Houses, named after the Gospel writers. Throughout the year, the Houses vie with one another in academic and athletic competitions, earning valuable points and prizes along the way. This system fosters small group communities in which students feel known and valued. For the younger students, it allows them to take risks in a supportive and encouraging environment. For the older students, it gives them incomparable opportunities to develop and demonstrate real leadership skills that will last a lifetime.

 It’s not just about competition, though. The Houses also undertake many works of service, both inside and outside the school. The relationships forged by serving others together are authentic, deep, and lasting.


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