The Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school that is the only all-girls school in San Diego County. Maintaining the highest of academic excellence, the school’s graduating class of 2013 was offered more than $19 million in merit-based scholarships and received 940 acceptances from colleges and universities across the nation and internationally. Head of School, Lauren Lek, proclaimed, “An OLP girl is different from female graduates of other schools, and that shows in her leadership, confidence, poise and readiness to take on challenges.”

The school was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who traveled to San Diego from Carondelet, Missouri to start up the school in 1882 with just $50. Its current hilltop location in Normal Heights is a beautiful setting with lush gardens and Renaissance-style buildings. In operation for 131 years, OLP prides itself on teaching young women the core values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. “OLP students are educated to become the intellectual leaders of tomorrow with a great focus on social justice and caring for others,” Lauren revealed.

The Academy’s rigorous curriculum includes access to all STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. OLP also offers opportunities in the Visual and Performing Arts. Innovative elective courses offered include Pilot TV, digital arts, marine science and cutting-edge classes such as genetics. In addition, OLP also supports a comprehensive college counseling program for grades 9-12. “Regardless of what path OLP graduates pursue, they are prepared for the rigors of higher education and success after schooling ends,” Lauren stated.

“OLP students are educated to become the intellectual leaders of tomorrow with a great focus on social justice and caring for others”  – Lauren Lek, Head of School

Even though OLP is proud of its altruistic and scholarly foundation, Lauren added, “That doesn’t mean our students don’t get to enjoy a social life as well.” The Academy has more than 30 clubs and organizations on campus, and 20 competitive CIF interscholastic athletic teams. In addition, there are frequent rallies, dances and other interactive activities with the students at St. Augustine, an all-boys school in nearby North Park. Lauren emphasized,

“OLP is the perfect balance of intellectual, emotional and spiritual learning that young women need.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to have your daughter experience this wonderful school. Parents of prospective students are invited on campus to join OLP for a student-led tour of the beautiful campus and a presentation of OLP’s academic and co-curricular offerings. This presentation will also include information about the admissions process and the opportunity to meet current OLP students, parents and alumnae. Parent breakfast tour dates are Nov. 8, Jan. 16 and Feb. 7. For more information about the parent breakfast tours and other OLP events, please contact the front office at 619-297-2266.

At a Glance

Name of School: Academy of Our Lady of Peace

Year of Establishment: 1882

Head of School: Lauren Lek

Director of Admissions: Jessica Hooper

Address: 4860 Oregon St., San Diego, CA 92116

Website: www.aolp.org

Email Contact: jhooper@aolp.org

Phone: 619-297-2266 ext 118

Description of Business: The Academy of Our Lady of Peace is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school for girls sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.