Academics

Our Lady of Mount Carmel has developed a rich academic “Sister of Mercy” tradition embedded with the Catholic faith. As a Catholic school, we provide an education rooted in Christian values. The expression of these values is lived every day at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School and we believe that each individual student will grow and develop to his or her full potential; becoming fully confident, well equipped, fully formed citizens ready to face the challenges of our times.

Curriculum

OLMC offers academic excellence in a nurturing and Christ-centered environment. Our dedicated faculty integrates the curriculum with 21st-century technology to promote digital literacy and to prepare students for our changing society. In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, students participate in weekly art, music, library/technology instruction, Spanish instruction, health and physical education. Our school follows academic guidelines prescribed by the Office of Catholic Education of the Diocese of Camden and is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools.

Homework

The value of homework depends upon the student’s interest in continuing his/her learning experience. The student gains values when he/she understands these concepts:

  • Homework has a definite function in enriching and extending what the student has learned in class.
  • It is a preparation for sharing with others something the student has discovered, read, or created.
  • It is practice to improve basic skills.

Parents have the responsibility to provide a scheduled time and a quiet place conducive to study, to exhibit a real interest in their child’s accomplishments. The recommended time allotment for assignments suggested by the Office of Catholic Education is:

  • Grades 1 & 2, 20-30 minutes
  • Grades 3 & 4, 40-60 minutes
  • Grades 5 & 6, 60-90 minutes
  • Grades 7 & 8, 80-120 minutes

Homework is not just written assignments. Reading and study assignments are just as important. All assignments are written in a notebook or distributed on a homework sheet each day. Failure to complete assignments are incorporated into the subjects’ mark at the end of each report period. Repeated missing homework will result in parent conference and referred to the administration.

When a student is absent, homework will be assigned as make-up work following the student’s return to class. Appropriate time will be given before the make-up work is due for completion. Or will be made available for pickup on the day of the absence