Welcome to Our Lady’s Academy
The search for the right academic environment can be an exciting and challenging process. I am delighted that your search has led you to us.
As principal, I am blessed to be part of this wonderful and amazing world that breathes within the Our Lady’s Academy walls. The chitter chatter of learning that spills out into the halls, the melodic sounds of instruments during the after school hours, the hoorays of a good chess move and the quiet presence of prayer are just a few of the sights and sounds that fill my mind at days end. The presence of happy students and the warmth of the Our Lady’s Academy community makes learning become natural in this a very special place.
At Our Lady’s Academy we truly believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will soar far beyond their wildest dreams. We accomplish this by providing our youngest to our oldest students a liberal arts education anchored in Catholic traditions. Our students are offered an innovative and challenging curriculum that is taught in small classes and tailored to each child’s needs. We strive to provide an environment that supports the academic, artistic, athletic, social and faith needs of the students as they grow to young adults. All this is accomplished within a welcoming and nurturing community that is supported by a strong culture of Catholic traditions and values.
Our teachers are our greatest assets. All the faculty members are fully certified and most hold advanced degrees. Our committed educators believe in challenging their students within an environment of love and respect. Students are groomed to feel empowered, to take risks knowing that a faculty member will be there to provide support when needed.
Our student body represents a variety of races, creeds and cultures; the Our Lady’s community is a microcosm of the world in which we live. Respect, tolerance and appreciation for all people are nurtured and celebrated.
I invite you to visit us and to talk to some our faculty members and students to truly gain insight into the spirit of Our Lady’s Academy. I look forward to personally welcoming you to our campus.
Principal, Chandra Minor
A Message From Our Pastor: Father James M. DiPerri
Welcome to Our Lady’s Academy in Waltham Massachusetts.
We are a Catholic school, sponsored by Our Lady’s Parish, serving students from PreK to 8th grade. Our school helps to instill life-long and enduring values providing the students with the necessary coping skills to live in this world as they strive for earthly success, and the eventual goal of reaching Eternal Life with God.
While blessed with students of other faith traditions, we remain faithful to the mission of Christ and the Catholic Faith.
We welcome and admit all qualified students.
Under the expert direction of the School’s Principal, Mrs. Chandra Minor, and the guidance of our accomplished, dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, our students enjoy many new and exiting learning experiences and meet with success.
More extensive improvements have been made to the school property these past several years making it a positive, cutting edge place for the students to pursue their overall education.
These include new and renovated classrooms, state of the arts Computer and Science Labs, and a brand new completely updated and well-equipped playground-area.
Our Lady’s Academy ably prepares the students for High School by providing them an up to date, innovative and challenging curriculum within a nurturing atmosphere.
I join the faculty regularly in teaching the students in scheduled conferences. Growing closer to God through prayer and worship the students join me, and the faculty in the celebration of monthly Mass, Eucharistic Adoration, and other seasonal religious and charitable activities.
May Almighty God bless you and your families together with the prayers of Mary, Our Heavenly Mother, Patron of our School and Parish.
Father James M. DiPerri,
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
A Welcoming Letter and Spiritual Reflection from Father DiPerri
Dear Families of Our Lady’s Academy:
It is amazing that summer has nearly passed and a new school year is about to begin. Starting anything new offers us a wonderful opportunity to renew ourselves in a variety of ways. The most fundamental component of that renewal is deepening our relationship with God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Daily prayer, as we invite God into every aspect of our individual, and family life, is very important. Occasions to pray include: early morning upon rising, at meal times, at the end of the day or at any free moment we have throughout the day. Reading the Scriptures /Bible is also an enlightening time of prayer. The Mass, especially Sunday Mass, is the greatest and most powerful prayer. It is where Jesus Christ offers us the gift of Himself in the Eucharist. Receiving the Eucharist strengthens us on our life-long journey toward the hope of Heaven with God.
I invite all parents, who do not have to rush off to work, to join in the celebration of weekday Masses, in our parish church, whenever possible. Masses during the week are offered on Monday, Tuesday and Friday starting at 8:00 ending at 8:25 a.m. Presence at Mass helps us face the challenges of the day.
I look forward to many opportunities to share our Faith with the students, drawing all of us closer to God, as I teach, offer Eucharistic Adoration, and celebrate the Sacraments at school. Our Lady’s Academy is dedicated to God, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. May we also invite Her into our lives by praying the Rosary or saying our own words as we ask Her to pray for us before the Throne of God in Heaven.
May this new school year help us be greater ambassadors of Jesus Christ through our acts of charity and compassion to those in need. Know of my continued prayers for you. I ask God to bless all our new and returning students and their families. Together we are one at Our Lady’s Academy. In closing I would like to express my appreciation for our many volunteers, especially parents, who devote their time in building-up our school community for the benefit of all. May God bless our dedicated principal, Mrs. Chandra Minor, the faculty and the staff as we begin a new year of growth and learning in the knowledge that we are all children of God.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father James M. DiPerri,