Our Lady of Mount Carmel School has served families in the Hampton Roads area for over 55 years, teaching the whole child in the tradition of the Catholic Church and of the Nashville Dominicans. With a mission rooted in the gospel and in the Church, the school receives and participates in the great command of Jesus Christ to "go and teach all nations." It is a mission at once "ancient and new" since Jesus Christ is a contemporary of every generation. With morning and afternoon prayers, weekly attendance at Mass, and daily religion classes, the OLMC school community values the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. It is both an adventure and a challenge to be His disciples in the 21st century, but one which our students and teachers are ambitious to take. This generation seeks to build a Culture of Life, rooted in Christ.
OLMC School has long enjoyed a reputation for academic excellence, which was magnified in 2009 when it was awarded the National Blue Ribbon of Excellence for its sustained, distinguished academic achievement. The Blue Ribbon is a national recognition of what the students have always received at OLMC – a strong foundation in academics, morals, and discipline. The students and teachers, supported by the wider parent community and the parish, engage in teaching and learning in a creative, warm, and Christ-centered environment. Often, I have had the joy, which never becomes old, of hearing our students praised by people in the grocery store, by high school principals, and by coaches of other athletic teams and organizations. Our current students and graduates are frequently reputed for good manners as well as their strong academic preparation. Here they receive and master both the individual skills required to succeed in higher levels of study, as well as the broader picture that unifies all truth, which has its source in God.