OLMC is committed to achieving the highest possible academic achievement for students at all learning levels. Advanced students have opportunities to take on more challenging work while Resource Specialists are available for students needing more support.
Renaissance STAR testing is conducted four times a year to measure student progress and as a tool for planning effective instruction. Using this formative measure of student achievement in addition to classroom assessment, teachers are able to monitor academic progress and plan targeted instruction based on individual student and class areas of proficiency and areas of growth. We are proactively seeking opportunities to improve our instructional methods and tools to better prepare more of our students for ongoing success.
Saint Claire Instruction for ALL Learners Initiative
We have proactively embarked on a three-year, multi-faceted initiative designed to make a lasting impact on student outcome.
By joining the Saint Clare Initiative for Leading & Learning, OLMC Faculty has committed to a minimum of 50 hours of professional development focusing on literacy each year for three years. Research indicates this is the minimum necessary to effect real change.
The Instruction for All Learners Cohort is designed to promote masterful instructional strategies in differentiation to ensure a robust education for all students attending Catholic schools In the San Francisco Archdiocese. The Instruction for All Learners program innovates the approach to the daily schedule and core instruction in order to respond to the heightened need for individualized, responsive classroom instruction at the elementary and middle school levels. All teachers and administrators working in an Instruction for All Learners Cohort school must fully participate in all professional development and training.
Annual growth and performance goals will be set for Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Goals will respond to the current landscape with the expressed purpose of driving significant student progress on an aggressive timeline. Ultimately, it is the expectation of the St. Clare Initiative for Leading and Learning that all schools in this cohort will exceed the 65th percentile nationally in reading and math, with less than 10% of the total student population achieving in the bottom quartile, by the end of the 3-year cohort progression.
While the majority of our student body currently meets or exceeds the benchmark, our long term goal is to increase the number of students exceeding it. We are confident this focused effort will also challenge us to raise the benchmark minimum scores on Renaissance STAR assessments, ensuring all OLMC students are set up for lifetime academic success.