MISSION STATEMENT

We, As cherished members of a Christian catholic community, are called to be Christ for others, to see Christ in others, and to provide a loving environment wherein all may grow in faith, wisdom and knowledge.


PHILOSOPHY

Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic School, in partnership with the parents, strives to enrich the lives of our greater community through prayer, academics and service. Following the traditions and teachings of our faith we are called to emulate a life of spirituality.

The administrators, teachers, and support staff recognize the dignity of all children and embrace their uniqueness in learning. We take responsibility to offer an education that will provide opportunities for each child to grow spiritually, morally, intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Our students will acquire skills they can use with confidence and competence to continue learning and serving throughout their lives.

As the students are empowered in their role as members of our faith community and of our diverse society, they will be responsible in their decision making and in their actions. They will demonstrate respect for all God’s creation. They will be resourceful in promoting justice and peace in their relationships and activities.

HISTORY

During the summer of 1910, two Dominican Sisters from Adrian Michigan arrived at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish and in September of that year, Catholic education began on the southeast side of Aurora. The school opened on the second floor of the then new church. Eight students made up the first graduating class in 1912.

The decades that followed showed a slow but steady growth of both the parish and the school. By 1925, the school had grown to the extent that the Adrian Dominicans did not have enough Sisters available and were replaced by the School Sisters of St. Francis out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The influence of the School Sisters was to be profound and from that time until this very day, they have had an important presence in our school.

While the Great Depression of the 1930's slowed growth generally, the school continued to expand. The graduating class of 1930 numbered twenty, by 1939 there were forty three graduates. The war years of the early 1940's were a difficult time By 1943 there were 190 young men of the parish, most of them graduates of our school, in the armed services. The school children did their part during these years organizing paper drives and participating in "Junior Victory Garden" contests.

With the end of the war, the next twenty years were to see an explosion of growth. By 1962, the enrollment of the school was well over 700 and in January, 1963, a new school building was opened. By the 1970's, the rapid growth had run its course and the school enrollment settled in for the next two decades at around 530. During this time, the emergence of lay involvement in the teaching and administration of our school became especially important. Graduates of our school have been on the staff for over four decades and have been prominent in local government, education, the professions and in all spheres of community life. A good many of our alums have expressed their appreciation for the quality "Catholic" education they were given in our school.