Students in grades 6 through 8 are prepared for high school by a content-specific approach to teaching. Teachers encourage independent learning and problem-solving in an atmosphere of respect and cooperation.

Students integrate the use of technology in their classrooms and on research projects done both independently and with cooperative teams. For at least one period each week students visit the fully equipped computer lab, and, under the direction of their homeroom teacher and the Educate Team, learn to incorporate technology into content-based projects. Students in middle school are given in-depth instruction on the usage of several different applications, including, but not specific to: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well as SmartBoard applications, Internet research, etc.

The school has a strong literature-based reading program with an emphasis on writing, speaking, and listening skills. Middle School students take 2 separate courses to fulfill these requirements: Literature and English. Included in Literature classes are Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency. Included in English classes are Spelling, Writing, and Grammar.

Students in grades 6-8 are assigned a homeroom teacher who they report to for attendance, administrative, and dismissal purposes. However, in coordination with a middle-school approach to education, there are separate teachers for each subject area.

Our students leave OLP with strong organizational skills and readiness for a high school environment. Advanced courses in Mathematics and Literature are offered to both 7th and 8th graders who meet the class qualifications. The 8th grade Advanced Math students take the Regents Exam in June and are given high school credit for a passing score. Middle School students also participate weekly in several special classes taught by other staff members including: Art, Computer, Gym, Library, Music, Spanish, and Tech/Research.

Students in 7th and 8th grade spend two years preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This Sacrament is celebrated every two years; during their preparatory years, students are required to complete community service hours in order to help them reflect on and share their religious faith.

Progress Reports and Report Cards are completed quarterly on the Churchworks Program designed by the Archdiocese of New York. Grades are determined based on a scale assigned to OLP by the Archdiocese.

High School Matriculation

Each year OLP sends its graduates to the to some of the best high-schools in New York City including:

Aquinas High School
Bronx High School of Science
Brooklyn Friends Seminary
Brooklyn Tech High School
Browning Prepatory School
Cardinal Hayes High School
Cathedral High School
Deerfield Academy
Dominican High School
Edward R. Murrow High School
Eleanor Roosevelt High School
Fiorello H. La Guardia HS of Music, Art the Performing Arts
Frederick Douglas Academy
Goshen Central High School
High School for Language and Diplomacy
Hudson High School of Learning Technologies
Institute of Collaborative Education
La Salle Academy
Loyola High School
Millenium High School
Monsignor Farrell High School
Mother Cabrini High School
Mt. St. Michael Academy
Notre Dame High School
Poly Preparatory Country Day School
Regis High School
Richard R. Green High School
St. Michael’s Academy
St. Peter’s Preparatory School
St. Vincent Ferrer High School
The Beacon School
The Brooklyn Latin School
The Westover School
Xaverian High School
Xavier High Schoo