Our Classical approach to Catholic Education
Our Lady of the Pillar Academy is an Independent, not-for-profit, grades JK-8, elementary school that enjoys Charitable status. We believe and support parents as the primary educators of their children. We provide a rich, Catholic educational experience, naturally and authentically presented. We follow a Classical curriculum for students to achieve their intellectual and spiritual potential. Our Teachers are certified, experienced, and vibrant Catholics themselves. Our recently renovated facility is attractive and boasts many modern amenities not often found in a small elementary school. We are located on a beautiful 10 acre site just west of Strathroy, Ontario.
Our faculty now includes a certified and experienced E.C.E. (Early Childhood Educator), 4 experienced and certified teachers, a school administrator, several bus drivers, a custodian and our added needs are met through the generous efforts of many, many volunteers!
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Why not consider becoming a member of Our Lady of the Pillar Academy? Doing so will allow you to receive monthly newsletters and to vote on important, future decisions that will shape the Academy’s future. (Learn More)
Our Lady of the Pillar Academy (OLPA) was founded by a small group of parents in 2012 as a not-for-profit, Catholic elementary school. They originally hired a single certified teacher to group-school their families’ combined children in a rural setting at an available, vacant home. With the expansion of the school, interest in future enrollment was being expressed by the public coming from Lambton and Middlesex counties. Given this interest, the board of directors began an intentional search for an available location more suited to the demand. The location came in the form of a previous public school; Metcalfe Central, located west of Strathroy. An offer and several counter offers took place with Providence favoring the original founding families. An offer was accepted and immediately they expanded their teaching staff to a second person, did some initial renovations to the original school and began teaching those same founding families students in a traditional form.
Following the end of the January-June 2015 single semester, new goals were set by the incoming board of directors and members at their annual general meeting. The board was expanded from 5 to 7 persons and included parents and non-parents filling the 7 positions. In September 2016, enrollment was expanded and some support staff was added including a single bus run and driver travelling from Sarnia to Strathroy.
The original student body of 15 children expanded to 22 students and the staff expanded from only 2 teachers to a total of 5 staff members, some part time. Following new fundraising initiatives and marketing efforts by the Board and OLPA members, OLPA was successful in seeing the student body expand further to 37 students as of September 2016. Staff was again expanded to ensure adequate teaching scope, an Early Childhood Educator was hired to teach the full day JK/K class and a second bus was obtained along with a driver to travel the south to north route. In September 2017 the student body expanded to 42 students. OLPA is continually examining how they operate and praying for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the support of the Catholic and Christian community that they intend to serve. It is our hope to fulfill an emerging and highly-desired goal of creating an authentic, parent-advised, independent Catholic elementary school. Tuition and donation to OLPA affords parents and donors a charitable tax benefit. This is a forward-looking concept that the founders knew would be helpful to ensure favorable fundraising and enrollment.