Academy of Our Lady Viewbook 2019-20

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Our Vision Academy of Our Lady lives the Salesian family spirit of reason, religion, and loving kindness and instills in young women the values to live as Catholic Christians, the drive for life-long learning, and the skills to succeed as responsible citizens in society.

Our Mission Academy of Our Lady is dedicated to providing a Catholic environment that encourages growth, creativity, self-discipline, and personal commitment.

Our Motto “Fiat Voluntas Tua” — Thy Will be Done.

Welcome to Our School Academy of Our Lady was founded in 2007 to give young women the opportunity for an exceptional Catholic, college-prep education combined with an innovative academic approach. Offering the traditional pillars of Catholic education, we provide spiritual and moral formation based on our Catholic faith, quality academics based on TOPS requirements to prepare for success in college, and a family-like atmosphere where Academy of Our Lady students feel free to discover who they are and what they want to become. There is something for everyone at Academy of Our Lady. Our nurturing environment has an academic program to suit a variety of abilities and interests. Academy of Our Lady students find academic success in a challenging curriculum. Perhaps the most exciting program offered is Academy of Our Lady’s Program of Academic Majors. Whether students desire a career in the field of medicine, law, science and engineering, or culinary arts, they have a chance for in-depth study, college credit, and real world experience.

Academy of Our Lady lives the Salesian educational philosophy of St. John Bosco, patron saint of educators. As the largest female religious order in the Catholic Church, the Salesian Sisters have as their sole mission the education and formation of young people. St. John Bosco’s educational philosophy—based on reason, religion, and loving kindness—is the foundation of Academy of Our Lady’s school culture. Academy of Our Lady students experience a holistic approach to education encompassing state-ofthe-art technology, a dedicated faculty and staff, a challenging curriculum, countless extracurricular activities, and the Salesian family spirit. Our students come to understand the love God has for them and His call to be leaders in their school, church, community, and eventually the world.

Our Campus The state-of-the-art Academy of Our Lady facility is situated on 22 acres and is located in Marrero. Our campus allows Academy of Our Lady to thrive with modern classroom space, STEM centered science labs, and athletic facilities. The campus includes a chapel, an administration and guidance complex, a classroom building, a cafeteria, a library, a television production studio, an IT suite, five science labs, a culinary arts lab, a 1,000 seat gymnasium, a softball field, a soccer field, a health care lab, and a fine arts building for music, theatre, and art. Green space includes a reflective courtyard, activities quad, and space for growth. Academy of Our Lady students are nurtured in the Catholic tradition while being given all the tools necessary to succeed in the 21st century.

How We Benefit Our Young Women Open Their Mind Beginning in the pre-freshman program, we provide young women a learning experience that is continuously adapting to new thinking and best practices in education and teaching. Opening minds and igniting imaginations, through dynamically delivered courses in subjects as diverse as art, forensics, and app design; pioneering industry programs such as culinary arts, healthcare, and law; and science programs with best-in-class lab resources, should students dream of someday curing a deadly disease or engineering a new chemical to separate oil from ocean water, potentially saving a local economy.

Find Their Voice No matter a student’s GPA, whether she earned a varsity letter, or how many classmates liked her Instagram post, she will leave the Academy of Our Lady campus her senior year with a sense of individual accomplishment and selfconfidence that no one can ever touch. She will know that with God’s love and with the tools acquired at Academy of Our Lady, she can be anything she wants to be, and that the best is truly yet to come.

Learn to Lead Our teachers methodically equip young women with the intellectual and ethical tools to think both independently and creatively, to empower them to seek challenging servant leadership roles in and out of the classroom to hone emerging leadership abilities, and to do meaningful good along the way.

Earn Scholarship Dollars Academically prepared, socially and morally grounded, and living a life of loving kindness to friends, family, and strangers alike, our students enroll and excel in world-class colleges and universities. Many earn tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships—all thanks to the generosity of their parents, to the effort they applied while at Academy of Our Lady, and to teachers who loved and believed in them, no matter what.



What We Do We Know From the first day a young woman sets foot on Academy of Our Lady’s campus as a new and nervous pre-freshman, our leadership, teachers, and staff will devote themselves to knowing—really knowing—her. We know who she wants to be when she comes of age, how she sees herself, her hidden talents and equally hidden struggles, what she likes and what she may fear, and which classes and teachers might best position her for success as a student and as a growing young woman.

We Demand We set high expectations for our teachers, and so we continually evaluate them in a classroom setting. Academy of Our Lady ensures that they are consistently representing our Salesian charism, effectively demonstrating subject matter expertise, enthusiastically encouraging an engaged learning environment, and continually providing the individual, one-to-one focus necessary to elevate an average student to good, a good student to great, and a great student to outstanding.

We Innovate We offer a true technological advantage preparing our students to flourish in a digital world. Wireless internet is available throughout campus. Each of our students and teachers receives an iPad for classwork and homework. The latest technology in the classroom, including 70 inch LED televisions equipped with Apple TV, inspires innovative teaching and learning.

We Model We live the Salesian family spirit of reason, religion, and loving kindness through each of our deliberations, decisions, and actions, setting an example for our students that ultimately—and positively—guides their own individual decision making and behavior, both on and off campus. We Discipline We provide consistent but loving discipline for all of our students in order to support a schoolwide environment that maximizes everyone’s ability to achieve their God-given potential.

Our Innovative Advantage With a strong belief that every young woman can learn, our faculty and staff is committed to providing a wellrounded education. We offer over 100 courses, including more than 70 electives. Our rigorous curriculum establishes a firm foundation for college academics, professional success, and life-long learning. We offer honor classes in every discipline and dual enrollment with universities for college credit. Unique to our curriculum is the Program of Academic Majors. This exceptional program offers Academy students a path of study with a specific concentration in Health Science, Culinary Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and Law and Civil Leadership. Young women participate in the Program of Academic Majors in conjunction with their college preparatory course load. The Program of Academic Majors gives students handson experience, invaluable opportunities to interact with local professionals and experts in their field, as well as the foundation needed to succeed in college.


Health Science Major

STEM Major

The Health Science Major lays the foundation for college coursework in the medical field. Health Science Major students are provided with a curriculum that allows them to explore a variety of health care professions, become comfortable with the language used by health care professionals, practice employability skills, increase their appreciation of the sciences, and learn basic clinical skills.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Major prepares young women for an engineering career and enhances their lives as global citizens in a technological society. Academy of Our Lady is one of five schools in Louisiana selected for membership in the Engineer Your World program and one of three schools in Louisiana to offer Engineer Your World II, the second year course of the program.

Academy of Our Lady’s Health Science Major prepares young women for a career as a health care professional. Gaining hands-on experience at local hospitals and health care facilities, students in this program observe doctors and nurses in various medical departments such as the emergency room, medical surgical unit, intensive care unit, and critical care unit. Not only do students learn about telemetry, dietetics, radiology, physical therapy, and pharmacy, they also have the opportunity to provide for the basic needs of the sick by taking vital signs and administering medication.

The Engineer Your World program is a joint effort of UTeach Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, the National Science Foundation, the Math-Science partnership, the Cockrell School of Engineering and the College of Education at the University of Texas, and the national network of Engineer Your World schools. This program is the foundation of the STEM Major at Academy of Our Lady and supports students in critical as well as analytical thinking about the world around them by providing realistic problem solving experiences.

Law and Civil Leadership Major The Law and Civil Leadership Major is designed to give students the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to the practice of law and/or lawrelated occupations. Students will gain a basic knowledge of the American Judicial System. Attention will also be given to Constitutional issues, including how the law is intended to preserve and protect individual rights and liberties. Young women who participate in the Law and Civil Leadership Major explore careers in the legal profession, government, and activism. Students will shadow lawyers, judges, arbitrators, court reporters, and law enforcement personnel, among others. Students will become familiar with a variety of legal disciplines and lawrelated occupations and come to appreciate the education, work ethic, and skills necessary for these professions.

Applying math, science, and technological content, Academy students who participate in the STEM Major gain hands-on experience completing numerous projects such as building cameras, programming robots, wiring grids, and re-designing products.

Culinary Arts Major The Culinary Arts Major addresses everything related to the food and restaurant industry. Students are provided the necessary tools to flourish in the culinary world. The Culinary Arts Major includes enrollment in the National ProStart program. Academy of Our Lady is the only Catholic school in Louisiana that participates in this two-year program which is sponsored by the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation. Mastering skills that experts identify as critical to success, our students are trained in safety, kitchen and management essentials, communication, leadership, purchasing, inventory, and cost control. The Culinary Arts Major prepares a student to pursue this career path in college.

Colleges & Universities The curriculum at Academy of Our Lady is designed to assure that young women will graduate having met the course requirements for TOPS scholarship eligibility. Our teachers emphasize that pre-freshman year is just as important as senior year, while energetic guidance counselors assure that students complete scholarship applications. Our challenging curriculum, combined with our forward-thinking teachers, help students reach their highest potential.

Academy graduating classes receive an average of $5.4 million in scholarships.

98% of Academy graduates go on to attend postsecondary institutions.

The majority of Academy students graduate eligible for TOPS Scholarships.


College Acceptances Academy of Art University Alabama A&M Atlanta College of Art Ave Maria University Baton Rouge Community College Baylor University Belhaven University Bethel College Bethune-Cookman Univeristy Birmingham-Southern University Boston College Brevard College Brown University Centenary College Christian Brothers University Clark-Atlanta University Columbia College Chicago Delgado Community College Dillard University Emory University Florida Institute of Technology Florida State University Fordham University Franciscan University Franklin Pierce College Georgia Institute of Technology Georgia Southern University Hampton University Harvard College Hofstra University Hollins University Howard University Indiana University Bloomington Iona College Jackson State University Kentucky Wesleyan College Langsford College Langston University Lewis University

Long Island University Brooklyn Southern Methodist University Louisiana College Southern University of New Orleans Louisiana State University Spelman College Louisiana State University Alexandria Spring Hill College Louisiana State University Shreveport Stillman College Louisiana State University Texas A&M University Honors College Texas Southern University Louisiana Tech University Texas State University Loyola University New Orleans The Art Institute of California Loyola University New Orleans San Francisco Honors Program Tulane University Maine Maritime Academy Tuskegee University Martin Methodist College University of Alabama Massachusetts College of Pharmacy University of Dallas and Health Sciences University of Denver McKendree University University of Georgia McNeese State University University of Holy Cross Memphis College of Art University of Houston Millsaps College University of Illinois at Chicago Mississippi College University of Louisiana at Lafayette Mississippi State University University of Louisiana at Monroe New York University University of Maine Nicholls State University University of Mary Hardin-Baylor North Lake College University of Mississippi Northwestern State University University of Nebraska Omaha of Louisiana University of New Orleans Nunez Community College University of Rochester Our Lady of Holy Cross College University of South Alabama Pearl River Community College University of Southern Mississippi Penn State University University of South Florida Philander Smith College University of St. Thomas Rhodes College University of Tampa Rice University University of Tulsa Saint Leo University Washington and Lee University Saint Mary’s University Watkins College of Art, Design & Film Savannah College of Art and Design William Carey University Seton Hall College Xavier University of Louisiana Shelton State Community College Southeastern Louisiana University

“What I like best about Academy of Our Lady is our spirit to learn, participate, rally and come together as a family.” –An Academy of Our Lady student

We Live the Salesian Family Spirit Academy of Our Lady is devoted to the Salesian spirit of reason, religion, and loving kindness. Our Salesian spirit is one that will serve young women well for a lifetime. Key to fostering this spirit and sisterhood at Academy of Our Lady are four components that are recognized in every Salesian school: a home that welcomes, a school that prepares for life, a playground where friends come to meet, and a church that evangelizes. These are all living expressions of our Salesian Catholic faith.

Living their faith also means Academy of Our Lady students are involved in community outreach. Our young women take pride in everything from spirit days to community service. Academy of Our Lady students participate in Salesian Leadership Retreats in New York twice a year. Every January, the Academy of Our Lady family bands together to provide over 10,000 hours of service to the Greater New Orleans area. One hundred percent of the student body participates in service-oriented activities each year.

School-wide liturgical celebrations, varied prayer experiences, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and other religious events are a regular part of life at Academy of Our Lady. Our campus chapel offers daily prayer services and adoration while gospel values and ethical principles are integrated across all disciplines. Popular retreats involve a broad cross-section of our students and faculty. A student points out, “The school is respectful of your religion, even if you’re not Catholic.”

At Academy of Our Lady young women not only develop the tools necessary to succeed academically and to become upstanding citizens, they also create friendships that will last forever. The sisterhood at Academy of Our Lady begins the moment a young woman steps foot on campus. Every incoming student is paired with an upperclassman “big sister” who guides her through her first year of high school.

We Play to Win Young women who want to have a key part in building championship seasons play for Academy of Our Lady teams. Our Penguin teams in basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball compete in the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The Penguin, the school’s mascot, exemplifies intelligence, courage, and teamwork. Academy of Our Lady Cheerleaders are a highlight of parades and campus performances. Our teams participate in local and national competitions, bringing home trophies and superior ratings. Academy students are also members of the Archbishop Shaw Band, Eaglettes, Color Guard, and the nationally ranked aw Cheerleaders.

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Express Yourself A Fine Arts Program is an integral part of a well-rounded education and is important part to every Salesian School. Academy of Our Lady strives to enable students to realize that all talents and abilities are God-given gifts to be developed and shared with all God’s people. Diversity, confidence, and individuality are readily fostered in the Fine Arts curriculum. Students enhance their own creativity and communication skills while learning the importance of critical assessment and commitment in learning environments conducive to the study of art, music, and theatre.

Art classes introduce students to the principals of drawing, three-dimensional design, the concepts of painting, and digital elements of art graphics. Students hone their vocal talents and instrumental skills by participating in choir and piano classes. Theatre classes expose students to all facets of the industry including performing, directing, and producing. Performances by the choir, drama productions, and the annual spring arts festival showcase the talent and creativity of our students.


Ambassadors Anti-Bullying Book Club Bowling Club Campus Ministry Culinary Club Culture Club French Honor Society Health Care Club Key Club Lend A Paw Marian Club Mission Club Mu Alpha Theta National Honor Society National Art Honor Society National English Honor Society National Science Honor Society Photography Club Rho Kappa Honor Society Right To Life Robotics SADD Salesians For Life Science Olympiad Society Of Women Engineers Spanish Honor Society Speech And Debate Student Council Student Union Diversity In Action (Sudia) Thalian Society True Love Waits Youth Relief Association

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Clubs, Societies, and More With more than 30 clubs focusing on academics, service, and spirit, we have an activity to match every young woman’s interest. Clubs have different purposes, some of which include community service, promotion of academic excellence, strengthening of spiritual values, and athletic competition. Academy of Our Lady is home to many nationally chartered honor societies. Science Olympiad teams participate in regional and state tournaments, usually placing in their divisions. Through their participation in extracurricular activities, our students get the chance to work as a group with a common goal.

“My four years at Academy of Our Lady taught me how to be a leader.”

“Our girls excel. They work hard in a supportive and secure environment where they feel comfortable exploring new challenges.”

–An Academy of Our Lady Alumna

–An Academy of Our Lady Administrator

“Salesian Sisters are comfortable to be around. They’re easy to relate to and they connect with the students. It’s an education of which to be proud.”

“I love the family atmosphere at Academy of Our Lady. People are willing to help each other and cooperate with one another to achieve their goals.”

–An Academy of Our Lady Teacher

–An Academy of Our Lady Alumna


Accreditation Academy of Our Lady is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Membership Academy of Our Lady is a New Orleans Archdiocesan high school and is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association.

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5501 Westbank Expressway, Marrero, Louisiana 70072 T: 504.341. 6217 F: 504.341.6229 Academy of Our Lady does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of their educational policies. Academy of Our Lady is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.