Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Montgomery County, Maryland)

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Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
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Faciat Maria Nos Videre
Mary, make us to see.
Address
17301 Old Vic Boulevard
Olney, Maryland (Montgomery County), 20832
Coordinates 39°8′30″N 77°2′43″W / 39.14167°N 77.04528°W / 39.14167; -77.04528Coordinates: 39°8′30″N 77°2′43″W / 39.14167°N 77.04528°W / 39.14167; -77.04528
Information
Type Private, Coeducational
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1958
CEEB Code 211-083[1]
President Dr. Paul Barker
Principal Tom Campbell
Asst. Principal Chuck Ehrman

Amanda Stortzum
Kate Walsh

Chaplain Rev. Barry Gross
Grades 912
Enrollment 1200 (2010–2011)
Campus 52 acres (210,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and gold         
Slogan "In today's world, the loving, good person, even alone, can make a difference."
Athletics conference Washington Catholic Athletic Conference
Nickname Falcons
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[2]
Publication The Austringer (literary magazine)
Newspaper 'The Talon'
Tuition $18,050
Affiliation Xaverian Brothers
Alumni 11,000
Admissions Director Kevin Collins
Athletic Director Patrick Bates
Website

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is a private, Catholic, college-preparatory, coeducational high school in Olney, an unincorporated area in Montgomery County, Maryland. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Our Lady of Good Counsel is a school, covering grades nine through twelve, operated under the sponsorship of the Xaverian Brothers. With a student body of just over 1,200, the school prides itself on the quality of its academic offerings including AP and IB programs, faculty, students and community spirit. The school was founded in 1958 as a boys school, and in 1988 became coeducational.

The faculty comprises 200 teachers, counselors and administrators. In September 1993 and 2002, Good Counsel High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Secondary Education by the United States Department of Education. The school is fully accredited by the Middle States Association.

In the middle of the 2006–2007 school year, the school relocated to a new campus in Olney, in Montgomery County, Maryland, about 7 miles (11 km) north of its previous location in Wheaton.

Dr. Paul Barker took the helm as President on July 1, 2011. Alumnus Tom Campbell '93 is the Principal.

Academics[edit]

Good Counsel High School offers both Advanced Placement courses and the International Baccalaureate Program (it was the first private school in its district that has the IB Program). The school offer classes in three tracks: Honors, College Prep, or Ryken. Ryken classes are geared towards students with mild learning differences; the classes are named after Theodore Ryken, founder of the Xaverian.

Graduating classes in recent history have been awarded significant academic, merit-based scholarships. Additionally, many students receive the recognition of being either a National Merit Scholarship Commendent Students or a Maryland Distinguished Scholar Honorable Mention recipient.

Religious life[edit]

As a Xaverian Brothers sponsored school, Good Counsel has an active campus ministry. Students are all required to take 4 years of religious studies classes, as well as participate in religious retreats (which focus on all sorts of issues – spiritual and secular). Masses are held on major religious holidays, with students taking part as altar servers or readers, and with the school's major choir (as well as faculty and staff) providing accompaniment.

All students are required to complete a certain number of community service hours each year, for a total of 100 hours upon graduation.[3]

Fine arts[edit]

All Good Counsel students are required to fulfill at least one art credit before graduation. The school offers a variety of ways to meet the arts requirement including Theatre, Band, Chorus, Dance, and Visual Arts.

Good Counsel's arts program begins with the Art Fundamentals course, and continues through a variety of other courses that focus on drawing, sculpting, and artwork in other mediums. This continues all the way through IB art. The school has a myriad of musical ensembles. The school has ensembles including a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, String Ensemble, Beginning and Advanced Percussion Ensembles, Jazz ensemble and a Marching Band. The Marching Band participates in annual band competition and has performed quite successfully

The school also has a productive theatre program. The program puts on two Mainstage productions a year. Since Good Counsel lacks a theatre building, these performances are held at nearby Sandy Spring Friends School.The school is currently in the process of raising money for a new theatre. Their recent production of Les Misérables received a positive receive from the DC Metro Theatre Arts Magazine.[4]

Athletics[edit]

Our Lady of Good Counsel High School's administration has spoken about the importance of comprehensive education challenges the whole person. The Good Counsel athletic department has had many successes in competition and has hosted many talented student athletes.

The school has many of the top ranked programs in the area. The women's lacrosse team has won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) championship the past 6 years. Also adding to their consecutive victories and with a pre-season ranking of #2 in The Washington Post is the women's volleyball team. This program is looking to return to the top of the WCAC and add to their 8 WCAC championships. Also prominent is the women's basketball team who took home the WCAC championship for the 4th time in the past 6 years.

Since 2010, Good Counsel has won WCAC championship banners in the following sports:

  • Football
  • Boys' cross country
  • Wrestling
  • Boys' track
  • Boys' baseball
  • Girls' basketball
  • Girls' lacrosse
  • Girls' volleyball
  • Girls' soccer

Good Counsel has experienced a resurgence in baseball winning conference championships in 2006 and most recently 2010 against archrival DeMatha. Good Counsel finished its 2010 season ranked #1 in the state of Maryland.

Both the men and women swim teams are traditionally among the best in the Washington area. The women's team won 13 straight Metro titles from 1997-2009.

The varsity ice hockey team has made it to the MAPHL (Mid-Atlantic Prep Hockey League) Varsity A championship game in the late Winter of 2012 and later winning the title in 2013. The team also boasts a championship in 2002-2003 in the MSHL (Maryland State Hockey League).

Rivals[edit]

Good Counsel's most notable boys' rival is DeMatha, an all-boys school, with whom they compete fiercely in several sports, including football, baseball, and wrestling.

The girls' primary rival is Holy Cross, which is an all-girls school. They compete closely with them in basketball, field hockey, soccer, volleyball and softball.

Notable alumni[edit]

Military casualties[edit]

Marine Sgt. James R. McIlvaine, 26, Olney, Maryland; died April 30, 2009[5] while supporting combat operations in Anbar province; assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, California.

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