The Dominican Order is based on four pillars: study, prayer, community, and service. Overbrook School, owned and operated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, was established on those same four guiding pillars.
Overbrook maintains a high standard of academic excellence, preparing students for higher levels of education while acknowledging and providing for individual learning. The faculty and staff made up of Sisters and lay teachers, provide an atmosphere in which children can grow to their fullest potential as they aim to find the truth in every subject.
Students’ lives are further enriched through a comprehensive fine-arts program and a versatile physical education program. These classes develop a positive self-concept, which helps students recognize every person is created by God and has unique gifts and talents.
As a Catholic school, we pray Christ permeates through the students’ entire day and is the source of their strength, the goal of their actions, and the center of their lives. Students are taught the worth of each individual as one made in the image and likeness of God. This dignity of life focus is developed by fostering a deep prayer life and by participating in the liturgy and Holy Sacraments. Students study religion through prayer and scripture. School-wide Mass is held each Friday morning.
Overbrook School places great value on the virtues of relationship and community. God did not intend for man to travel on a journey alone, but to experience life together as a community who seeks the common good and has concern for those in need. Teachers prepare students for the duties of good citizenship through the development of character and leadership. An emphasis is placed on community through our Mass and Book Buddy program and throughout the year with our many family activities and events.
St. Francis said, “Preach the Gospel always; if necessary, use words.” Overbrook School strives to live out the Gospel by developing a heart for service in every child following the example lived so perfectly by Jesus Christ. Pope Francis is showing students across the world how to live out this virtue through his actions and his zeal for service for others. As students at Overbrook School grow, they also learn to step outside themselves and care for others in need.