Our Lady of Victory School

4755 Whitehaven Parkway Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1421

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 203 students 11 students/teacher (DC avg is 14)

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About this school

Our Lady of Victory School is a private middle school in Washington. The principal of Our Lady of Victory School is Dottie Sansalone, who can be contacted at info@olvschooldc.org. 203 children attend Our Lady of Victory School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Our Lady of Victory School is 11:1. St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 62% %
Hispanic 6% %
Asian 6% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 21% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I graduated in 2007 and had a blast while at OLV. It definitely prepared me a lot for high school. I was never bullied nor witnessed friends that were bullied. I loved all my teacher's and received care and attention from each and every one of them. I am now in my second year of college and continue to reminisce about my days at OLV. OLV truly helped me become who I am today. I continue to have close bonds with the friends I made while at OLV.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our child continues to be bullied and the teachers and the principal ignore continue to ignore this very important issue. History has proven over and over again that when bullying exists terrible things happen if it is not addressed. In a Catholic School the expectation is a safe and caring environment. This certainly does not exist at this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son recently graduated from OLV and was accepted into an academically competitive prep school. The education he received at OLV clearly prepared him as he did well on the placement test which I chalked up to the school s focus and preparation. Also the teacher recommendations are important and their teachers do carry a lot of weight with the local prep schools. I do understood a few of the negatives mentioned on some of the recent comments about the favored treatment children of the faculty receive but all in all OLV is a tight close knit group that strives to do their best and the children are just that much better because of it. What hasn't been mentioned in the comments is that OLV gets their young graduates into very good prep schools both the girls and the boys. For a small school their batting average is excellent. The term I ve heard is 'feeder school.' So before a prospective parent turns down their nose at the asphalt playground or the Tokyo-like use of limited building space understand that it works. And it works in spite of those things because of the dedication caring and commitment of the faculty and parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    As a former student at OLV I would recommend this school but there are a few problems. The school shows heavy favoritism to children of faculty. The program of studies is very good all around especially Spanish but the math education was not good at all. Socially I enjoyed myself until middle school. I was bullied my last 3 years at school and when complaints were registered not much was done to deal with it. Despite this I had an overall good time at OLV and the pre-school and elementary school are incredible.

  • (3 years ago)

    We've had a great middle school experience at OLV. My child attended OLV for only middle school; it was as pleasant and enriching an experience as possible for those years. The exposure to tough academics coupled with strong support from teachers and peers really helped my child thrive - during what is usually thought of as the tough years. It's small but that turned out to be just what we neeeded.

  • (3 years ago)

    OLV is ok but leaves a lot to be desired. The school shows favoritism between families which seems to be driven by wealth. It is a small school so everyone knows everything about everyone. There is no open door policy at the school. It's very very traditional. So the school uses traditional worksheets to teach subject matter instead of innovative new techniques and practices. There is little to no staff diversity.

  • (3 years ago)

    OLV is like a second family for us! We love the close-knit diverse community that our child is exposed to at OLV. In addition to the wonderful community and comraderie that our child experiences we also find that the outstanding teachers and solid curriculum have really helped to turn our reluctant learner into a child who loves to come to school since each day offers new adventures and challenges. This is a great school and we have really enjoyed becoming a part of this community!

  • (3 years ago)

    A great option in NWDC! In comparing notes with friends at other private or top-tier public schools in Montgomery County in NoVA we seem to have had the most consistent run of great teachers. We've seen a little turnover due to marriage/childbirth but the principal always manages to attract another stellar performer to join the faculty. The school is small with a nice neighborhood feel but we love that it attracts a diverse group of students from all over the city along with a number of international kids from the neighborhood embassies World Bank etc. Parents are very involved and the community does seem to watch out for one another; one of our children had some health issues last year and I was heartened by the number of parents and teachers that approached me to check in and make sure things were going well.

  • (4 years ago)

    Best kept secret in DC! Our Lady of Victory literally changed our lives. The sense of community at this school extends to each and every grade. The diverse group of kids at OLV know each other respect each other and live out the school's values code on a daily basis. We started in Pre-K and now are now in our fourth year. In the early childhood years the environment is a warm caring fun learning environment. Grades one and two have been an amazing shift from "fun" to more serious learning. The curriculum is challenging the teachers are engaged and engaging and my child is LEARNING. And the entire atmosphere is one of a family. The key to all this is the school's principal. She is fantastic. Go to an open house and meet her- you won't be disappointed.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our Lady of Victory is a wonderful school with a very warm community. The new counselor is amazing and so are all of the other teachers. OLV is an excellent example of how a good school should be run. We have had our ups and downs with the school but in the end I could honestly and sincerely look back and think about all of the wonderful things about Our Lady of Victory. It is such a wonderful and loving community; anyone would be blessed to be apart of it. The school has excellent teachers a strong principal and many other amazing qualities that a great school would have. OLV has really changed my daughter for the better.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has been a part of the OLV community since 2006-7 and he/she has not like OLV. My child begs me to let he/she continue on to a different school. It does hurt me for the simple fact that it does cost a fortune but on top of that you can only participate in wearing your own choice of clothing -on days they say- if you bring in money. The school doesn't even use the money well as far as I'm concerned because the school facility is very dirty and it smells a bit old and dusty when you walk in. Also the facility is very small. My child complains that the classes don't rotate in middle school and he/she always has math in the morning. His/Her have dropped vaguely because of that. Another sad thing is that this school does not have any type of equality system. The children are very mean and some should be considered bully's. I don't mean to bash on the school but the system is sick and it is breaking both my child's health but mental stability. He/she goes through way too much for a child at that school and it hurts me. The charity giving is rather good and they donate a lot. I am very impressed with that but other than that my stars would be below one star.

  • (4 years ago)

    OLV is a wonderful school! I have a student in middle school and elementary and both have had very positive experiences so far. We came to OLV a few years ago and my children were welcomed by the students and staff alike. When my daughter was in 6th grade I'll admit that it was a rocky year but that is par for the course with making the switch to middle school. Middle school is considerably more challenging with different teachers for every subject and many new students start in 6th grade everybody trying to find their "sea legs."

  • (4 years ago)

    DON"T SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. I am a parent of a middle school girl at OLV and I do not recommend this school to you. Every single day my daughter comes home crying because someone has treated her poorly. The school isn't warm and open. The only way you can 'fit in' is if you start at Nursery. This school isn't friendly to new students. Don't send your child here. If you want your child to stay happy then DO NOT SEND THEM HERE!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love OLV. I feel like it is my second home. I have been here since nursery and will graduate next year. I know that I will really miss it. I like how I can always go to the teachers when I need help.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our child applied and was accepted here in 2009. When i dropped her off for her interview the secretary actually told me that OLV had a priority acceptance list where they first accepted kids of parish members then accepted Catholics then accepted sniff kids who were not Catholic. She made it clear that there was not much hope for us heathens. It made me feel like we were interlopers. Then we discovered that OLV issued its acceptance list and required a $1K deposit commitment from parents several weeks before the other private schools sent out their decisions. So we were faced with losing $1K or rolling the dice and seeing what the other schools said. Faced with the prospect of a concrete playground no playing field and nice but apparently snobby folks who preferred Catholics we rolled the dice got accepted elsewhere and never looked back. The people at this school seemed very nice and committed to their kids but non-Catholics should not be made to feel like second-class applicants.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Our Lady of Victory Currently and I really don't like it the school is very clique-like but it isn't separated by race. The school isn't challenging at all and the school is very poor normal tuition is 8 967 dollars. (cheap right!) It is so cheat because you are paying for nothing. If you think about it the tuition is too high it might as well be a public school. I have no friends at all and I sit alone. The English room is in a tailer connected with the 5th grade room.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter entered this year from a higher priced private school in DC. In the old school we had to cojole her to go to school each day; not so the case with OLV. Unless she is ill she wants to go to school and she enjoys herself. The curriculae is excellent and the teachers are engaged and motivated. The facilities are good and the school is working to upgrade and improve them. The school encourages participation by the parents; if you want to make an impact in OLV you can. Overall a very good school. Excellent for students who like smaller classes.

  • (6 years ago)

    the first year for my children was ok the year after that was less productive and conducive for my children to learn there. We move our children elsewhere where they could learn better and enjoy their learning experience other than OLV.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school! And I am motivated to write this as I too feel the negative comments are off base. We are in our third year at OLV. The principal is accessible caring and a great leader--she is always open to hearing from parents about any matter--large or small and this is not always the case in private (or public!) schools. The academics are very high and the extracurricular activities are expanding. There are many opportunities for extracurricular and sports beyond OLV in this area so this is not a huge concern. Parents know each other and are involved in the school. It is a warm welcoming and yet highly motivated environment. Most importantly my children are happy and we as parents feel they are in a safe and caring environment where they will be encouraged to achieve.

  • (8 years ago)

    OLV School continues to offer my two children an amazing academic experience. They are thriving here. The faculty is dedicated and hard working. They nurture each child to their fullest potential. New programs have brought new many exciting opportunities for the students including music sports art and Spanish.

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