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Our Lady of Victory

     Our Lady of Victory home study program was founded in 1977 by Roman Catholic laymen and was the first Catholic home school program established in the country.  For over 35 years our apostolate has been dedicated to providing parents with the support and confidence that they need in order to succeed in their home school endeavors.  
     Currently, Our Lady of Victory School has over 1,500 students enrolled worldwide, from Malaysia to Hungary. Most of those enrolled are in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Another 5,000 families, most with multiple children, are either affiliated through our Independent Study Program, or use our books.

Method

     We adhere to a Catholic scholastic method of education, meaning that we follow in the example of St. Thomas Aquinas who studied his intellectual predecessors and contemporaries in his quest to know and love Truth. We foster a child’s natural curiosity towards the True, Good, and Beautiful. Our curriculum is God-centered and not materialistic.

"Without confidence and love, there can be no true education." - St. John Bosco

Accreditation

Our Lady of Victory School has been accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic & Independent School (NAPCIS) since July 17, 2007.  

Since 1977, when Our Lady of Victory School’s Homestudy Program began, hundreds of our students have gone on to institutions of higher learning.  To date no college or university, has rejected Our Lady of Victory’s official student transcripts.

Contact Us

At Our Lady of Victory we offer you exceptional support.
Send us a message or give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you!

Get Directions

Speak to an Advisor

Phone

  (208) 773-7265        
  (208) 773-1951 (fax)

Address

421 S. Lochsa St.
Post Falls, ID 83854

Hours

Monday thru Friday, 9am-4pm PST
Closed Weekends and Holy Days

Email

Leave a message

FAQs

Getting Started Homeschooling

Is home schooling difficult?

Home schooling is not easy. However, it is extremely rewarding. We at Our Lady of Victory School are committed to your success — and, consequently, to the success of your children, by challenging them academically in this world, and by giving them necessary tools to help guide them to eternal salvation. Home-schooling families are close-knit families who work together, pray together, and play together, and who will, by the grace of Almighty God, become the backbone for the Restoration of all things in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Catholic home schooling is truly the beginning of the Restoration!

Must I start the school year on a certain date?

You may start your school year at any time. Our recommended 36 week school year has some time off for Christmas and Easter, and is divided into four quarters. While we provide a 36 week suggested academic calendar with the course material, there is no requirement to start on the date proposed, nor even to finish the work in the 36 week span. Our Lady of Victory School has students throughout the world, including the Southern Hemisphere, where the school year is opposite that in North America. Therefore, our tutors are retained throughout the calendar year.

How do I determine the grade in which to start my child?

The answer to this question is dependent upon a number of factors, ranging from the child’s previous educational formation to his achievement and aptitude. Additionally, it is not uncommon to find children who perform fairly well in one area, and quite poorly in another. If time is not an issue, we recommend having each child tested (some states even require this on a periodic basis) through a standardized testing process. These are not infallible, but they do give a good idea of an overall placement. We prefer the Iowa Basic Skills Tests.  See section above on Standardized Testing.

Is there much homework?

The amount of time required for homework normally varies from a minimum of about 20 – 30 minutes in Grade 1A (Kindergarten) to at least two hours in high school. Because of the uniqueness of home study, homework time may be adjusted on an individual basis along with extra reading assignments.

General Program

Do you offer materials for Special Needs Students?

While OLVS does not offer any materials specifically designed for Special Needs students, our program can be used in a way that will help the special needs student to succeed academically. Here is a statement from one of our parents of a special needs student:

“I cannot begin to express how pleased I am with my daughter’s progress. This is a child who was deemed to be ‘special ed.’ material by the public system this time last year. She can now read, write, spell and form legible sentences. Your curriculum has proven to be invaluable! Thank you so much.”

By simply following our daily lesson plans while adjusting the suggested time frame to the specific needs of the child they will be able to master the basic fundamentals of learning. As a result, both parent and child are given the opportunity to overcome the frustration and the rigors of daily schoolwork, while strengthening the bond between them. Please contact us for further details.

What does your religion program consist of?

Our program fosters a love of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the traditional rites of the sacraments, the Rosary, novenas, and the study of the traditional catechism, e.g., the Baltimore Catechism.  We promote a strong personal love for the saints and the Roman Catholic Church. With your nurturing, our religious program, encourages children to live and practice the Ten Commandments, to dress modestly, and to be respectful of their superiors (especially to priests and nuns with whom they may come in contact). Our program is especially unique because, throughout our materials, the Traditional Latin Mass is exclusively featured each time the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is discussed or depicted.  At Our Lady of Victory we are striving to do our part in the effort to preserve Catholic Tradition by supporting each of our families who are trying to do the same.

Who would be particularly interested in your program?

The Our Lady of Victory School home school program is for concerned parents who have decided that the danger to their child’s education, mental tranquility, and especially to his moral life, is so great that they cannot continue in their current school.

High School Program

Do you offer electives?

Yes, in grades 9 through 12, we offer a number of diverse courses, including Latin, Philosophy, Advanced Math, Typing, and a number of other challenging classes.  Generally, universities require at least two years of language.  Community college requirements are not as stringent, but do vary from one region to another. For those planning to enter college, we recommend two years of a modern foreign language.  Although we do not currently offer any modern foreign language curriculum we will gladly review an appropriate grade level language program of the parent’s choice and include it on the OLVS transcript after approval and completion.

An OLVS elective course can be used to replace a subject in the same category (no substitution for Religion) or may be added as an extra course. There is no additional charge for the elective chosen if replacing one of the six courses, although the cost of textbooks may be more or less. If permission is given by OLVS to add an elective to the other six subjects, an additional fee of $100 (plus cost of the textbooks) will be charged for the lesson plans and for our tutor to correspond with you, grade papers, and issue official grades and documents. If you should decide not to use our tutor, and instead wish to do all the record keeping yourself, the cost of the lesson plans for an elective is $25.

Do you offer a graduation ceremony?

Yes, graduates and their families are invited to the annual commencement exercises, held each summer right here in beautiful northern Idaho. Contact us by phone or e-mail to find out the date for the next graduation ceremony. If you are unable to make the commencement exercises you will receive your diploma through the mail.

College Acceptance

Will colleges and universities accept an OLVS diploma?

As long as your student’s ACT or SAT scores (or other such required standardized tests) as well as their GPA meet the college’s criteria, the student should have no problem gaining admittance to any institution of higher education with an OLVS diploma. Over the last four decades, our graduates have gone on to countless colleges and universities.

Our Lady of Victory

Our Lady of Victory home study program was founded in 1977 by Roman Catholic laymen and was the first Catholic home school program established in the country.  For over 35 years our apostolate has been dedicated to providing parents with the support and confidence that they need in order to succeed in their home school endeavors.  Currently, Our Lady of Victory School has over 1,500 students enrolled worldwide, from Malaysia to Hungary. Most of those enrolled are in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Another 5,000 families, most with multiple children, are either affiliated through our Independent Study Program, or use our books.
From the beginning, we have stressed Religion as the common thread throughout the curriculum.
Wherever the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is discussed, you will find our materials always refer to the Latin Tridentine Mass, as promulgated by Pope St. Pius V, though we happily welcome families who attend any Catholic Rite of Mass to enroll or use our materials.  We are deeply committed to upholding the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church and we have been honored to receive a Papal Blessing of John Paul II which hangs on our office wall as a “pledge of heavenly favors.”

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Our Lady of Victory

Our Lady of Victory home study program was founded in 1977 by Roman Catholic laymen and was the first Catholic home school program established in the country.  For over 35 years our apostolate has been dedicated to providing parents with the support and confidence that they need in order to succeed in their home school endeavors.  Currently, Our Lady of Victory School has over 1,500 students enrolled worldwide, from Malaysia to Hungary. Most of those enrolled are in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Another 5,000 families, most with multiple children, are either affiliated through our Independent Study Program, or use our books.

 

From the beginning, we have stressed Religion as the common thread throughout the curriculum.

 

Wherever the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is discussed, you will find our materials always refer to the Latin Tridentine Mass, as promulgated by Pope St. Pius V, though we happily welcome families who attend any Catholic Rite of Mass to enroll or use our materials.  We are deeply committed to upholding the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church and we have been honored to receive a Papal Blessing of John Paul II which hangs on our office wall as a “pledge of heavenly favors.”

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of Traditional Catholic Education

Method

We adhere to a Catholic scholastic method of education, meaning that we follow in the example of St. Thomas Aquinas who studied his intellectual predecessors and contemporaries in his quest to know and love Truth. We foster a child’s natural curiosity towards the True, Good, and Beautiful. Our curriculum is God-centered and not materialistic.

 

Much like St. John Bosco’s “Preventive System” of “Reason, Religion, and Kindness,” we give traditional grades, including “F” when it is deserved; however, we do not abandon the failing student. We place him at a grade level commensurate with his abilities, and we encourage him to advance from there. Pervading our educational program is an effort to help the students to grow both academically and morally.
We adhere to a Catholic scholastic method of education, meaning that we follow in the example of St. Thomas Aquinas who studied his intellectual predecessors and contemporaries in his quest to know and love Truth. We foster a child’s natural curiosity towards the True, Good, and Beautiful. Our curriculum is God-centered and not materialistic.

 

Much like St. John Bosco’s “Preventive System” of “Reason, Religion, and Kindness,” we give traditional grades, including “F” when it is deserved; however, we do not abandon the failing student. We place him at a grade level commensurate with his abilities, and we encourage him to advance from there. Pervading our educational program is an effort to help the students to grow both academically and morally.

"Without confidence and love, there can be no true education." - St. John Bosco

"Without confidence and love, there can be no true education." - St. John Bosco

Accreditation

Our Lady of Victory School has been accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic & Independent School (NAPCIS) since July 17, 2007.  This is significant because, as NAPCIS explains, “Membership in NAPCIS confirms the character and quality of the school and gives witness and support to its philosophy of education. It provides assurance that a school has met the high standards of spiritual and academic excellence which characterize NAPCIS schools.” (NAPCIS Membership Overview) Most recently our accreditation was renewed by NAPCIS in 2014. Overall, NAPCIS has reviewed and approved our entire curriculum without any changes, modifications, or exceptions to our course of studies.

Since 1977, when Our Lady of Victory School’s Homestudy Program began, hundreds of our students have gone on to institutions of higher learning.  To date no college or university, has rejected Our Lady of Victory’s official student transcripts.  This includes graduates who have gone on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world, several of whom have even received significant scholarships based on merit and academic standing.

Our Lady of Victory School has been accredited by the National Association of Private Catholic & Independent School (NAPCIS) since July 17, 2007.  This is significant because, as NAPCIS explains, “Membership in NAPCIS confirms the character and quality of the school and gives witness and support to its philosophy of education. It provides assurance that a school has met the high standards of spiritual and academic excellence which characterize NAPCIS schools.” (NAPCIS Membership Overview) Most recently our accreditation was renewed by NAPCIS in 2014. Overall, NAPCIS has reviewed and approved our entire curriculum without any changes, modifications, or exceptions to our course of studies.

Since 1977, when Our Lady of Victory School’s Homestudy Program began, hundreds of our students have gone on to institutions of higher learning.  To date no college or university, has rejected Our Lady of Victory’s official student transcripts.  This includes graduates who have gone on to some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world, several of whom have even received significant scholarships based on merit and academic standing.

Testimonials

“As a 2013 graduate, I would like to thank you for the Our Lady of Victory homeschool program. I am very grateful that a program like this exists. Not only was my life positively impacted as a student, but also as a person. This program helped me to cement a strong moral standard along with good academic habits. To be honest, I struggled at times, but in the end I can clearly see the positive effect that this program has imprinted on my life. I thank you for all of your work. God bless you and this program!”

Dyna K.Student

“Francine… passed the California high school proficiency exam and earned his high school diploma. His scores were extremely high, thanks to your excellent curriculum and outstanding guidance. OLV is the best Catholic school we have attended. Thank you for all of your hard work and for helping us.”

Francine L.Homeschool Mother

“I went to Our Lady of Victory from K-12. Now a decade after graduating the Class of `05 I just want to tell you all how much I appreciate what you do and beg you to continue working for children like I once was. You played a major role in forming my unruly fallen human nature into something God could use to make a Priest of His Church. I recently had a parishioner ask me for a book to simply describe the Mass and I could think of nothing better than the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass book that I had in 3rd or 4th grade. When I went on your website to look the book up it brought back many memories. God Bless you all and please keep up the good work [….]”

Reverend FatherTraditional Catholic Priest

“Thank you for your help, Our Lady of Victory staff. We have used your materials for over 10 years now. I am very grateful that I find the Catholic Faith is true to form in your books. I know many who have used other schools for materials and eventually realize that the content may be questionable. When these people come to me, I [begin] leading them to OLVS. I have confidence that you will always maintain the standard for the Catholic faith that I have become accustomed to sharing with my friends and family.”

Clare F.Student

“After 22 years, this marks my last homeschool student’s career. We are so grateful for OLVS and the opportunity to be a part of this remarkable program. I can’t imagine doing it without OLVS. This program brings so much peace and organization to a homeschool mom. It is so helpful to have an organization to fall back on for direction and support. Thank God for the wonderful tutors and advisors. It was always so rewarding to receive encouraging notes—it always reaffirmed our purpose. I have appreciated and learned about our precious Faith through this process. It is an unparalleled blessing! I think this is what I appreciate most about OLVS.”

Mary G.Homeschool Mother

“Thank you so much for offering us such a good quality choice for home education. [Our son] has benefitted greatly from your high quality & standards. He was able to get a job at the [local] Science Museum this summer – one of the youngest ever hired. We are so blessed to have OLVS as a partner in educating our children.”

Matthew & DanaHomeschool Parents

“The education I received in the wonderful OLVS Homeschooling Program provided the foundation for my priestly vocation. I was fortunate to benefit from the excellent textbooks, lesson plans and support provided by the dedicated staff of this school from Kindergarten through Grade 12. If I am a priest today it is certainly thanks to your help! Teach a child to fish...and God might call him to be a fisher of men! (Matt. 3, 19) God bless you and your invaluable work.”

Fr. Marcel StannusTraditional Catholic Priest, SSPX

Faculty

Scott Jones

Director

Charlotte Jones

School Administrator

Tammy Perez

Parent / Academic Counselor, Bookstore Manager

Christina Perez

Registrar, Administration Manager

Gayle Servando

Customer Support, Curriculum Developer

Elizabeth Leese

Office Assistant

Todd Angele

Shipping Manager

Jacalyn Rutherford

Tutor - Kindergarten, 3rd & 8th

Maureen Grubar

Tutor - 1st, 5th & 7th Grades

Anthony Mioni

Tutor - 2nd Grade

Patricia Carro

Tutor - 4th Grade

Sheila Metzger

Tutor - 6th Grade

Noreen Schelstrate

Tutor - 9th Grade (A-R)

Kathy Haynos

Tutor - 9th Grade (S-Z)

Maureen deTar

Tutor - 10th Grade (A-H)

Kara Kramer

Tutor - 10th Grade (I-Z)

Michelle Robinette

Tutor - 11th Grade

Susan Treichel

Tutor - 12th Grade

Adelaide Jones

Curriculum Developer

Sara Spindler

Curriculum Developer

Sebastian Jones

Shipping Department

Elise Jones

Production

FAQs

Getting Started Homeschooling

Is home schooling difficult?

Home schooling is not easy. However, it is extremely rewarding. We at Our Lady of Victory School are committed to your success — and, consequently, to the success of your children, by challenging them academically in this world, and by giving them necessary tools to help guide them to eternal salvation. Home-schooling families are close-knit families who work together, pray together, and play together, and who will, by the grace of Almighty God, become the backbone for the Restoration of all things in Our Lord Jesus Christ. Catholic home schooling is truly the beginning of the Restoration!

Must I start the school year on a certain date?

You may start your school year at any time. Our recommended 36 week school year has some time off for Christmas and Easter, and is divided into four quarters. While we provide a 36 week suggested academic calendar with the course material, there is no requirement to start on the date proposed, nor even to finish the work in the 36 week span. Our Lady of Victory School has students throughout the world, including the Southern Hemisphere, where the school year is opposite that in North America. Therefore, our tutors are retained throughout the calendar year.

How do I determine the grade in which to start my child?

The answer to this question is dependent upon a number of factors, ranging from the child’s previous educational formation to his achievement and aptitude. Additionally, it is not uncommon to find children who perform fairly well in one area, and quite poorly in another. If time is not an issue, we recommend having each child tested (some states even require this on a periodic basis) through a standardized testing process. These are not infallible, but they do give a good idea of an overall placement. We prefer the Iowa Basic Skills Tests.  See section above on Standardized Testing.

Is there much homework?

The amount of time required for homework normally varies from a minimum of about 20 – 30 minutes in Grade 1A (Kindergarten) to at least two hours in high school. Because of the uniqueness of home study, homework time may be adjusted on an individual basis along with extra reading assignments.

General Program

Do you offer materials for Special Needs Students?

While OLVS does not offer any materials specifically designed for Special Needs students, our program can be used in a way that will help the special needs student to succeed academically. Here is a statement from one of our parents of a special needs student:

“I cannot begin to express how pleased I am with my daughter’s progress. This is a child who was deemed to be ‘special ed.’ material by the public system this time last year. She can now read, write, spell and form legible sentences. Your curriculum has proven to be invaluable! Thank you so much.”

By simply following our daily lesson plans while adjusting the suggested time frame to the specific needs of the child they will be able to master the basic fundamentals of learning. As a result, both parent and child are given the opportunity to overcome the frustration and the rigors of daily schoolwork, while strengthening the bond between them. Please contact us for further details.

What does your religion program consist of?

Our program fosters a love of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the traditional rites of the sacraments, the Rosary, novenas, and the study of the traditional catechism, e.g., the Baltimore Catechism.  We promote a strong personal love for the saints and the Roman Catholic Church. With your nurturing, our religious program, encourages children to live and practice the Ten Commandments, to dress modestly, and to be respectful of their superiors (especially to priests and nuns with whom they may come in contact). Our program is especially unique because, throughout our materials, the Traditional Latin Mass is exclusively featured each time the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is discussed or depicted.  At Our Lady of Victory we are striving to do our part in the effort to preserve Catholic Tradition by supporting each of our families who are trying to do the same.

Who would be particularly interested in your program?

The Our Lady of Victory School home school program is for concerned parents who have decided that the danger to their child’s education, mental tranquility, and especially to his moral life, is so great that they cannot continue in their current school.

High School Program

Do you offer electives?

Yes, in grades 9 through 12, we offer a number of diverse courses, including Latin, Philosophy, Advanced Math, Typing, and a number of other challenging classes.  Generally, universities require at least two years of language.  Community college requirements are not as stringent, but do vary from one region to another. For those planning to enter college, we recommend two years of a modern foreign language.  Although we do not currently offer any modern foreign language curriculum we will gladly review an appropriate grade level language program of the parent’s choice and include it on the OLVS transcript after approval and completion.

An OLVS elective course can be used to replace a subject in the same category (no substitution for Religion) or may be added as an extra course. There is no additional charge for the elective chosen if replacing one of the six courses, although the cost of textbooks may be more or less. If permission is given by OLVS to add an elective to the other six subjects, an additional fee of $100 (plus cost of the textbooks) will be charged for the lesson plans and for our tutor to correspond with you, grade papers, and issue official grades and documents. If you should decide not to use our tutor, and instead wish to do all the record keeping yourself, the cost of the lesson plans for an elective is $25.

Do you offer a graduation ceremony?

Yes, graduates and their families are invited to the annual commencement exercises, held each summer right here in beautiful northern Idaho. Contact us by phone or e-mail to find out the date for the next graduation ceremony. If you are unable to make the commencement exercises you will receive your diploma through the mail.

College Acceptance

Will colleges and universities accept an OLVS diploma?

As long as your student’s ACT or SAT scores (or other such required standardized tests) as well as their GPA meet the college’s criteria, the student should have no problem gaining admittance to any institution of higher education with an OLVS diploma. Over the last four decades, our graduates have gone on to countless colleges and universities.

Contact Us

Leave a message

At Our Lady of Victory we offer you exceptional support.
Send us a message or give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you!

Get Directions

Speak to an Advisor

Phone

  (208) 773-7265        
  (208) 773-1951 (fax)

Email

Address

421 S. Lochsa St.
Post Falls, ID 83854

Hours

Monday thru Friday, 9am-4pm PST
Closed Weekends and Holy Days

Leave a message

At Our Lady of Victory we offer you exceptional support.
Send us a message or give us a call, we look forward to hearing from you!

Get Directions

Speak to an Advisor

Phone

  (208) 773-7265        
  (208) 773-1951 (fax)

Address

421 S. Lochsa St.
Post Falls, ID 83854

Hours

Monday thru Friday, 9am-4pm PST
Closed Weekends and Holy Days

Email