Academic Excellence

For 125 years, Our Lady of Sorrows School has provided a top-notch education to the children of South Orange, Maplewood and surrounding towns. And, with recognition from elite academic institutions such as the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, OLS continues to deliver on the promise of high-level academic achievement today.

Interested in a tour of OLS School?

Meet our new Principal, Ms. Judy Foley. Tour the school campus. Learn about all the exciting things happening at OLS School. Request a tour today!

Catholic Values

At OLS, we believe that, in addition to a challenging curriculum and 21st-century education tools, the Catholic faith should be at the heart of everything we do:

  • Religious education is a core component of our curriculum.
  • Each day begins with a morning prayer.
  • At the monthly Student Mass, all students get the opportunity to participate through readings, bringing up the gifts, and more.
  • Throughout the year, each class participates in service projects to help those in need.

Interested in a tour of OLS School?

Meet our new Principal, Ms. Judy Foley. Tour the school campus. Learn about all the exciting things happening at OLS School. Request a tour today!

Innovative Education

OLS students have access to the latest in education technology – SMARTBoards, iPads, WiFi and more. In addition, earlier this year, we opened our brand new Interactive Library Media Center! This center is a state-of-the-art computer lab & library, containing interactive workspaces for students to build projects, research assignments and more.

We also utilize cutting-edge educational apps, such as the award-winning BrainPop and IXL, a comprehensive mathematics skills program.

We are very proud of the wide range of options available to OLS students, and plan to keep rolling out the best educational programs in the future.

Interested in a tour of OLS School?

Meet our new Principal, Ms. Judy Foley. Tour the school campus. Learn about all the exciting things happening at OLS School. Request a tour today!

STEM-Friendly School

Science. Technology. Engineering. Math.

STEM initiatives are a staple of an OLS education. The Science and Computer Education departments partner on joint projects throughout the year. Here are a few examples of STEM-friendly activities at OLS:

Roller Coaster Engineering
Students design roller coasters using a simulation program, which requires them to calculate the speed, weight, angles and slopes needed to get the coasters around the track. Then, the students build scale models of the roller coasters to determine if their designs work.

Sphero Robotic Ball
The Sphero is a robotic ball that students control via iPad. They navigate the Sphero through challenging obstacle courses. In addition, the students learn the fundamentals of computer programming while sharpening their Math and Science skills.

Computer Coding
OLS students learn that coding can be lots of fun. By using innovative programs such as Scratch/Scratch Jr., Code Studio, Kodable, and Tynker, the students get hands-on experience creating their own interactive games, stories, and animations. We are active participants in the annual “Hour of Code“, and have our very own Coding Club. Game on!

Interested in a tour of OLS School?

Meet our new Principal, Ms. Judy Foley. Tour the school campus. Learn about all the exciting things happening at OLS School. Request a tour today!

Tricky Tray is Coming!

OLS School’s biggest fundraiser of the year – with over 200 prizes!

The biggest fundraiser of the school year is right around the corner. Please join us on Saturday, November 18, for the 16th Annual OLS Tricky Tray. This year promises to be our best Tricky Tray yet – with many great prizes, including a $1,000 American Express Gift Card, Disney World Parkhopper Passes, 55″ curved Samsung 4K TV, and so much more.

The 2017 Tricky Tray is SOLD OUT! Thank you for supporting Our Lady of Sorrows School.

Q&A with Principal Foley

New OLS School Principal – Ms. Judy Foley

It’s a new day at OLS School! Our new Principal, Ms. Judy Foley, started in her new role on July 1. Since day one, she has been very busy implementing new initiatives to benefit OLS students and families in the upcoming 2017-18 school year and beyond.

Below is a short Q&A with Principal Foley, where she provides more details on her exciting plans for OLS!

Can you tell us about your background in education?

For over twenty years I have had the distinct pleasure to serve the Archdiocese of Newark as a teacher of upper grade level mathematics, algebra, and science. I also had the honor of facilitating a course for junior high students, a STEM course, called Synergistics.
The Educational Administration Program at Caldwell University sharpened my focus on the leadership skills needed to help students achieve in the 21st Century era.

What excites you about being school principal?

As a school administrator, it is my plan to provide leadership to enhance the learning in Our Lady of Sorrows School, for each and every student by creating and maintaining an environment where ideas are applauded and flourish. I look forward to synergistically working with the faculty, staff, parents and community, to help students realize their very best not only about their learning but most importantly about themselves as learners. As I look forward to the opportunities that come with each day, I want Our Lady of Sorrows School to be a place where students, and faculty and staff, also look forward to being part of on a daily basis.

Are you happy with your decision to come to Our Lady of Sorrows School?

I knew right from the very beginning that Our Lady of Sorrows School was a wonderful learning community, and one that I would be lucky to be part of. Faculty, families, and students, impressed me immediately with their love for the school. I could immediately align with their desire to embrace change to move forward into the future while still respecting the traditions that have enriched the OLS community throughout its history. It is with much happiness and pride that I welcome the opportunity to assume the role of principal. I want to work to create an excellent learning community here at Our Lady of Sorrows School, awakening the curiosity in each student, motivating them to think critically, enabling them to recognize their talents, and maximize the impact they will have on the world as they go eagerly and confidently prepared into their future.

What are some of your short-term goals for OLS School? Long-term goals?

This school year of 2017-2018 will be one where mathematics at every level will become an area for OLS students to sharpen their skills as problem solvers. Grades Kindergarten through Five, will have a new math series better aligned with the new standards of the Archdiocese to enhance their learning. The upper grades will have the opportunity to get extra help during math clinics which will be held a couple of mornings before school each week.

Language Arts, Literacy, and Reading & Writing across the curriculum will continue to be important areas of focus at our school. I also want to add the services of a school counselor to enhance the services for the students at Our Lady of Sorrows School.

For the school years ahead, starting with the 2018-2019 school year, I plan to have the students at Our Lady of Sorrows School participate in the Archdiocesan STEM initiative where meaningful learning has a cross curricular approach that is rooted in real world applications. I know that OLS students will shine in this area!

I also plan to continue to give our students opportunities to meaningfully utilize technology, developing in them critical skills needed in today’s world.

Continuing to help students grow academically, socially, and spiritually, is at the heart of the goal of Catholic education. An education that is well done also awakens in each student the values that will allow them to be thoughtful, smart, and caring individuals, ready to take on the future challenges ahead of them, creating a better world for all.

What do you hope students and their families take away from their experience at OLS School?

I want students and their families to feel the importance that they have in the school community. I want them to feel a new commitment to Our Lady of Sorrows School as we embark on a new path that will lead us to excellence and a sense of satisfaction. Our Lady of Sorrows School is the place to be and together we have a mission that is of the utmost importance – educating children on a multiple of levels, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually, to aid them in becoming ready for their future – ready to make a positive difference; ready to be the best they can be!

OLS School at West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday, March 12 – OLS School families braved the elements today to march at the 66th annual West Orange St. Patrick’s Day Parade. With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark, OLS School students and their parents showed their ‘Sader pride all along the parade route. Thanks to everyone who made it out today. And, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

OLS School takes the Prudential Center by storm!

Saturday, February 18 – There was an influx of Blue and Gold at the Prudential Center as the Our Lady of Sorrows School 3/4 Boys basketball team and Cheerleaders took the court during halftime of the Seton Hall-Villanova men’s college basketball game.

In what has become an annual tradition, the 3/4 Boys team played a short intrasquad game in front of a sold-out Prudential Center crowd. And, prior to the 3/4 Boys game, the OLS School Cheerleaders inspired the crowd with flips, cartwheels and (most of all) their spirit.

Congratulations to our wonderful OLS students who performed so well. And, thanks to all who make this day possible each year, especially the great folks at Seton Hall University!