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Our Lady of the Pillar School At A Glance

Our Lady of the Pillar School comprises three interconnected divisions: the Early Childhood Program, the Elementary Grades, and the Middle School.  Our school is united through our mission, our integrated curriculum, and our strong school community.  We are focused on helping each individual student reach his or her full potential—academically, spiritually, and morally.

2016-2017 Facts              

  • Founded:1938
  • Principal: Mrs. Heather Fanning
  • Grades: PreK-3 through Grade 8
  • School Day Hours: 7:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
  • Total Enrollment: 153 students
  • Number on Faculty:
    • 20 teachers
    • 1 administrator
    • 12 full time teachers
    • 7 part time teachers
  • Teacher Assistants: 4  assistants                                                                          
  • Student Teacher Ratio:
    • 10:1 overall
    • 15:1 homeroom
  • Average Class Size:15 students    

Core Curriculum    

  • Language Arts: reading, writing, vocabulary, spelling, oral communications, handwriting
  • Math
  • Religion
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Learning Center Enrichment
  • Spanish
  • Information Technology & Library Skills
  • Music
  • Art
  • Physical Education    
  Specific curriculum information may be found  under the ACADEMICS tab.

Co-Curricular Activities   

OLP students participate in a variety of clubs, sports and activities throughout the year.  
  • CYC athletic teams through the parish include soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball and track and field.
  • Chess Club
  • Panther Prints - OLP Quarterly Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Robotics Club
  • Mad Science classes
  • Bellarmine Speech Team
  • Children's Choir
  • Bell Choir
  • Altar Servers
  • Safety Patrol
  • Cub Scouting Program
  • Girl Scouting Program   

Standardized Testing

Each fall, Our Lady of the Pillar students take the Iowa Assessments®. 


  • Students are tested in the following general areas: reading, writing expression,  math, computation, science, social studies, and vocabulary.
  • Students in grades 2-8 are also tested in spelling, capitalization and punctuation.
  • The reading, written expression, vocabulary, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, mathematics, and computation tests have all been aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
  • Students in grades 4, 6, and 8 are also given the Cognitive Abilities Test or the CogAt®. The CogAt assesses students’ abilities in reasoning and problem solving using verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal (spatial) symbols.


Test scores are nationally standardized and are compared with other schools throughout the Archdiocese.  IOWA Assessment results are utilized to enhance classroom instruction.  Our Lady of the Pillar School’s standardized test scores are typically 10-20 points above the average scores for Archdiocesan schools.

Accreditation and Professional Affiliations  

Our Lady of the Pillar School is accredited through the Missouri Chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations.   

Our Lady of the Pillar School maintains membership in the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), and Colleagues in Marianist Education (St. Louis Catholic Marianist Schools)  


At Our Lady of the Pillar we view technology as a tool to enhance classroom learning. All homerooms at Pillar are currently equipped with either a SmartBoard or a Mimeo.   One Macintosh computer is provided for each classroom. A state-of-the-art lab of 21 computers provides space for computer classes as well as class projects in other subjects. Two portable laptop carts which contains One-to-one laptops are available for students in Grades 1-8. A wireless network is available throughout the campus  

Learning Center  

Our Learning Center is a program created and developed to provide enrichment and reinforcement of skills for all students, Jr. K. through fifth grade. Small groups of students work with teachers and parent volunteers on a variety of activities twice each week. Our fifth grade students complete a year-long world geography curriculum in Learning Center.  

After School Care  

Our After School Care programs is designed to be family-friendly.

Teachers and school staff members provide after school care most evenings from dismissal until 6:00 p.m. The structure and expectations of the program provide a safe and secure environment for students provided by adults who know and love them. Fees for this program are based on the number of children per family, and are charged by the hours. Families pay only for the time they use. Drop-ins are welcome, and are charged at the same rate.