At a Glance

Day in the Life

OLQA’s Early Childhood program fosters independence, social development, and school-readiness, while introducing crucial literacy, math, and science concepts and skills so students hit the ground running in kindergarten. With two teachers per class and no more than 20 students, children benefit from individualized attention. 


8:00 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Instruction in basic literacy and math
9:30 AM - 11:00 AM Center Time including Science and Drama
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM Lunch and Recess
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Nap and/or rest time
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM Studio Art
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM Religion
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Storytime, vocabulary and narrative discussion
2:30 PM Dismissal
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM Optional After-School Program

In kindergarten, OLQA students dive into crucial reading and math concepts. Using the SMARTBoard and other learning technology, children are engaged in the mastery of skills that will support their future academic achievement. Music, studio art, and physical education enrich the school experience.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM All-school Assembly and breakfast
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM Project-based literacy, work with math manipulatives
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Physical Education
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lunch and Recess
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Studio Art and Music
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Technology-aided writing and math
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Religion
2:30 PM Dismissal
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM Optional After-School Program

With individual help from their teachers, OLQA’s first and second grade students succeed in an important job: becoming independent readers, mathematicians, and scientists. OLQA’s extended school day ensures that students have the time to learn and reinforce crucial academic concepts. Literacy is a major focus, through small group reading on iPads, paragraph composition, vocabulary acquisition, and the Reading Eggs online phonics program.

8:00 AM All-School Assembly and Breakfast
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Class morning meeting; Preparation for the day
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Math Block: Manipulatives, Instruction
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM Literacy Block: Vocabulary, Composition
11:30 PM - 12:30 PM Lunch and Recess
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Religion/Values
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Science with hands-on lab
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Studio Art
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM End-of-Day reading and theater performances
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Optional After-School Program

In the third through fifth grades, OLQA students receive literacy and math coaching that ensures students are mastering crucial material. Students build ELA and math skills through whole class and small group instruction, poetry, author studies, independent reading, and the Mathletics online fluency-building program.  In addition, enrichment programs such as studio art, music, the New York Philharmonic School Visit Program, and the Learning to Look Art Appreciation Program develop well-rounded interests in every student.

8:00 AM All-school assembly and breakfast
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM Literacy Block: Vocabulary, ELA, Poetry, Author Studies
9:45 AM - 10:30 AM Studio Art
10:30 AM - 11:30 PM Science with hands-on lab experiments
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Lunch and Recess
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Social Studies focused on global community
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Math Block: Instruction, Mathletics program
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM Religion/Values
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Optional After-School Program

At OLQA, the middle school years focus on preparation for high school, college, and beyond. Math comes to life through real-world applications and an introductory finance course. Students build ELA skills including development of writing mechanics emphasizing structure, vocabulary, and detail. Through the Friends of Nick program, the oldest students build habits of integrity, kindness, and hard work. Through workshops and one-on-one counseling, OLQA’s pioneering High School Placement Program exposes students to a range of high school options, prepares them for high school entrance tests, assists families with the application process, and connects students to leadership and enrichment opportunities.


8:00 AM All-school assembly
8:15 AM - 9:45 AM Math Block: Reasoning, Geometry, Measurement, Algebra
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM ELA Block: Literature, Non-fiction Research, Vocabulary/Conventions
11:15 AM - 12:00 PM Music
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Lunch and Recess
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Social Studies: American/World History, Current Events, Economics, Politics
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Science with hands-on lab experiments
2:45 PM - 3:30 PM Friends of Nick character-building program
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Resume workshop with High School Placement Counselor