1100 Gumwood
McAllen, Texas 78501

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Phone: (956) 686-3651
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Religious Education
Reading Program
Tutorials & Homework Help
Pre-Kinder/Kinder Montessori
Junior High
Core Curricula
Enrichment Courses & Activities
Academic Support Programs

curr_picThe curriculum at Our Lady of Sorrows School insures strong academic expectations and the development of the whole child. The curriculum is delivered through lesson plans designed to meet student's unique social, physical, emotional and academic needs.

The curriculum meets the standard requirements of the State of Texas - Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as well as the objectives set forth in the curriculum guides adopted by the School Department of the Diocese of Brownsville. The Principal observes and works closely with classroom teachers to serve the needs of all students. The core curriculum is supported by a variety of enrichment classes and programs to support student learning.

Religious Education

All students are required to attend religion classes and participate in daily Morning Prayer, weekly Mass, and monthly Eucharistic Adoration. Students also participate in seasonal Para liturgical celebrations, retreats and required community service projects.

Reading Program

The school uses "Success Maker®", a research based software program from Pearson Digital Learning, to improve reading and comprehension skills. One-on-one and small group tutoring is also provided to students based on ongoing assessments.


Teachers have integrated technology into all core curriculum subjects. All core subjects use technology at the appropriate level of student proficiency according to the state's Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). Enrolled students will also have the opportunity to take technology courses to increase their technology skills. The school is equipped with a Computer Lab and computers in every classroom.

Tutorials & Homework Help

Teachers also provide small group Tutorials to meet the individual strengths and weaknesses of each child.

Pre-Kinder/Kinder Montessori

The school utilizes the Montessori method, which allows the child to work with concrete manipulative materials in all areas of the curriculum. The materials are presented to the child according to his/her abilities and special needs. In this type of environment the child is able to advance at his/her own pace, since the materials are presented individually.

The Montessori curriculum includes: Art, Handwriting, Language Arts (Writing, Phonics and Reading Skills), Library, Math, Music, Practical Life Skills, Religion, Science, Sensorial Apparatus, and Cultural subjects. Classes are composed of mixed ages (3-4-5). In this type of setting children learn from each other. The younger ones observe the older students' activities and the older students reinforce what they have learned by teaching the younger ones.


Elementary students are provided balanced core curricula of Language Arts, Library, Math, Physical Education, Religion, Science and Social Studies. Students are also offered enrichment classes such as: Art, Music, Spanish and Technology.

Junior High

Junior High students are provided balanced core curricula of Language Arts Math, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. Enrichment classes include: Art, Library, Physical Education, and Technology Applications. Students in 7th and 8th grade are provided advanced courses, which may qualify for advanced high school credit in Spanish, and Algebra. In addition to the above curricula, 7th graders as part of their Texas History course take a tour of our State Capital. Similarly, 8th graders are provided a wilderness experience at the YO Ranch in May. Below is a list of all core curricula and enrichment courses and activities.

Core Curricula


  • Catechesis/Doctrine
  • Scripture
  • Life & Social Skills
  • Sexuality Catechesis
  • Liturgy & Prayer Service Preparation



  • Hartcourt Science

Junior High

  • Hands-On Integrated Life, Physical and Earth Science

Physical Education

  • Physical Education Courses are age appropriate by grade level
  • For more information visit the Athletics page

Language Arts

  • Grammar
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics
  • Reading
  • Literature
  • Spelling



  • Holt Math Program

Junior High

  • Holt Math Program
  • Pre Algebra
  • Algebra I (7th or 8th AP)*

Social Studies


  • Texas Edition for Social Studies & Science

Jr High

  • World History (6th)
  • Texas History (7th)
  • American History (8th)

* Advanced Placement courses are eligible for high school credit.

Enrichment Courses & Activities 


  • Art (1st – 6th)
  • Music (1st – 6th)
  • Spanish I – II (2nd – 6th)
  • Spanish AP (7th – 8th)*
  • Robotics (7th)
  • Technology (1st – 7th)


  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Electives (8th)

  • MS Certification
  • Peace Studies/Media Studies
  • Yearbook

Educational Outings

  • Texas Historical Experience (7th)
  • YO Wilderness Experience (8th)


Academic Support Programs

Guidance & Counseling

  • One-on-one and group counseling

After School Care

  • Supervised study
  • Fun activities

The Private Schools Interscholastic Association (PSIA) also supports our academic program in a meaningful way. The PSIA is an excellent opportunity for students to refine their physical and mental aptitudes, nurture self-realization and build self-confidence.

PSIA encourages academic excellence and it complements student Classwork with practice and performance. Students are challenged to do their best and in the process learn how to have fun doing it. For more information about the PSIA program go to the Extra-Curricular webpage.

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