About the Annual Fund
It takes only one conversation with an OLMA student or alumna to know that something exciting is happening here. The young women in our classrooms today have big plans. They will be some of tomorrow’s boldest leaders and excel in science, engineering, technology, business, medicine, education, social services, the arts, and more. As educators, we want nothing more than to see them succeed, but we can’t do it alone. As is the case with nearly all private schools, tuition alone isn’t enough to fully cover the costs of educating our students. That’s why we’re asking for your support of this year’s Annual Fund.
Forward Thinking Academics
OLMA has more to offer the young women of South Jersey than ever before. Coupled with the fact that an increasing number of students and families are realizing the benefits of an all-girls education and seeking us out, our enrollment has nearly doubled since 2016.
Our students are benefiting from our state-of-the-art MAC Lab and the new Center for Business and Collaborative Learning. The world of business is bursting with opportunities for women, and we are getting ours ready.
Our core academic curriculum also has new additions. Our Advanced Placement (AP) lineup grew by three courses — Computer Science, Calculus, and Language and Composition. Also new is the Introduction to Computer Science course and American Sign Language. Our foreign language program has expanded to include online courses providing students with a broader array of options.
Learning at OLMA expands well beyond the four walls of a classroom. Mini-Mesters, week-long courses introduced two years ago, help students step out of their comfort zones and into a whole new world of experiences and possibilities. The 2020 selection of Mini-Mester courses include: Surf/Yoga Retreat & Biological Survey – Costa Rica; Down to Earth – Yellowstone National Park; Exploring New Orleans; Artist’s Retreat in the Pocono Mountains; CSI – Forensic Chemistry; Service at St. John of God; Culinary Arts; Spain Exchange Program & Compassion Quest – service projects planned and executed by students.
Whether students join OLMA as natural-born leaders or are afraid of their shadows, it’s okay. The OLMA L2T Program builds self-confidence and takes communications and problem-solving skills to new heights. L2T stands for Leadership, Life Skills, and Technology and was created to foster the competencies for girls that today’s world expects from its leaders.
L2T begins with our Bravery Forward, Lifetime Fitness, and Public Speaking courses. In year two, it expands to include a Computer Science course focused on programming, technology, and STEM-related career exploration. It also includes a Business 101 course that covers financial literacy, digital citizenship, and business technology.
The results speak for themselves as students are overcoming fears and insecurities and succeeding at things they never imagined they could.
Leading a World of Change
OLMA empowers women to lead a world of change and achieve their full potential — as individuals, scholars, athletes, leaders, and in service to others. Thanks to the generosity of people like you, we are well on our way as we graduate young women who are informed, self-confident, service-oriented, resilient, and prepared with the competence and knowledge necessary to lead and succeed. Guided by faith, the young women of OLMA draw strength and realize their purpose from our core values of Wisdom, Unity, Mercy, and Courage.
Big Plans Ahead
This year, we officially outgrew the OLMA Cafe. While new growth is exciting, it leaves us with the need for considerable renovations. At the cost of more than $400,000, we will fully renovate the OLMA Cafe for the first time in the school’s 57-year history. The work includes installing central air conditioning. It will take place over the summer and result in a much larger, more functional, and inviting space for students to dine, meet, study, and relax.
What’s next? A brand new Science lab at the cost of more than $200,000. That’s a lot of dollars to raise, but with your support, we know we can do it. Your gift to the Annual Fund is an investment in the future of women everywhere. With your help, the sky’s the limit. For more information on giving levels and opportunities, please click HERE.