Education in the Dominican Tradition

The Dominican Order is based on the four pillars of study, prayer, community and service. Overbrook School was established on those same four guiding pillars.


Overbrook maintains a high standard of academic excellence and prepares students for higher levels of education, while acknowledging and providing for individual differences. 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 special programs develop a positive self-concept, which helps students recognize the value of every unique person created by God and the gifts and talents within everyone.


As a Catholic school, Christ permeates the students’ entire day as 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 a creature made in the image and likeness of God. This dignity of life focus is developed by participating in the liturgy and the Holy Sacraments. Students study religion through prayer and scripture. School-wide Mass is held weekly on Friday mornings.


Overbrook places great value on the virtue of relationships and community. God did not intend for man to travel on a journey alone, but to experience life together as a community that seeks the common good and has concern for those in need. Teachers prepare students for the duties of good citizenship through development of character and leadership. An emphasis is placed on community through our Junior High House System and throughout the year with our many family activities and events.


St. Francis said, “Preach the Gospel always; if necessary, use words.” Overbrook 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 to others. As students grow, they also learn to step outside themselves and care for others in need.

Learn more about Overbrook’s patron saint, St. Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order


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