Our Lady of Good Counsel High School
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Full
Countries Served: Austria, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Mexico, South Korea
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 36 semester or year inbound
Our Lady of Good Counsel High School is the top-ranked coeducational Catholic high school in the Washington DC area. Good Counsel was founded in 1958. The school has won the prestigious US Blue Ribbon Educational Award twice. Currently enrolled are 1,237 young men and women from grades 9 to 12. Fewer than 2.5% of students are international and come to Good Counsel from France, South Korea, Austria, Iran, Mexico, India, Brazil and China. Students find success in the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Fine Arts, and College Preparatory programs.
The college acceptance rate for Good Counsel graduates is nearly 100% every year. From the Class of 2016, the top 40% of Good Counsel graduates are attending universities ranked in US News Top 100 from among the more than 4,500 colleges and universities in the USA. Good Counsel has multiple acceptances to the Ivy League and other premier universities including Harvard, Penn, MIT, and Cal Tech. The Class of 2016 earned over $33 million USD in college scholarships.
The IB program allows students to earn both a Good Counsel diploma and an IB diploma, an academic credential recognized around the world. The STEM program (Science, Tech/nology, Engineering, Math) is a four-year curriculum that enables students to focus on a specific area of engineering study each year including Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Rendering Design and Development.
Our Lady of Good Counsel is located 45 minutes north of Washington DC, in a historical and safe area that was ranked as the 22nd on the list of Best Places to Live in the US in 2013 by Money Magazine. In addition, Olney is located near several famous universities including Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.
The facilities include a performing arts center, 51 acres of athletic fields, more than 10 science labs, a dance studio, a chapel, two weight rooms, two gyms, a football stadium with a turf field, and 50 classrooms wired with Apple TV / Smart Boards.
Our Lady of Good Counsel’s superior athletic program has had students continue on to compete in the Olympics, the NBA, and the NFL. The program is distinguished by both its breadth and the performance of individual students, including opportunities in track and field, golf, swimming, basketball and baseball.
The arts program connects students with professional artists from each discipline (instrumental music, choir, speech, debate, painting, drawing, ceramics, dance, drama) in a variety of ways including workshops, mentorships, and community-based relationships that connect our work in the classroom to the world at large.