Our Lady of Refuge
Catholic School

Our Lady of Refuge Long Beach California Catholic School

Long Beach Catholic School

Welcome to Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School

Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School – is accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). OLR is part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We are located in East Long Beach, California. The school was founded in 1953 and we has provided excellence in education for over 70 years.

Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School is a place of Faith, Family, and Fellowship.

A Long Beach Catholic School

Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School delivers an exceptional educational experience grounded in our Catholic faith. In partnership with families, our curriculum in grades Transitional Kindergarten to 8th grade focuses on developing every student’s potential; ultimately creating model citizens who compete effectively in a challenging world, to make a difference in their lives and the lives of others.

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Our Values

Empowering Faith, Embracing Diversity


Learning and living the Gospel each and every day.


Actively pursuing spiritual, academic, physical and social excellence in innovative ways.

Servant Leadership

Empowering and encouraging each other to create change in the world by putting the needs of others first.


Building a peaceful, faith-filled community where all people are welcome.

Model Citizens

Developing moral and ethical citizens who will inspire others to make a difference in our school, our parish, our community and our world.

Our Accreditations

First-Class Education

Open more doors for your child. A Catholic Education is a gift for life.

School Philosophy: At Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School, we recognize that parents are the primary educators of their children. We cooperate with them in the educational mission of the Church, which is outlined in the document, To Teach as Jesus Did. This document describes our threefold purpose:

• To teach the beliefs and doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church

• To do so within the experience of Catholic community

• To prepare students for service to others

The administration and faculty strive to create an atmosphere that is conducive to the maximum development of the students’ spiritual, intellectual, moral, aesthetic and physical potential. This enables the students to integrate Christian principles, values and attitudes that will help them to live and to influence others to live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What makes Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School so special?

  • Students receive a faith-based and standards-based curriculum that educates the whole child spiritually, academically, and physically

  • Engaging English Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion, Social Studies, and STEM/ Science Programs

  • Student Marian Families

  • Affordable tuition

  • Small class size

  • Ideal student-to-teacher ratio

  • Credentialed teachers

  • Before and after school daycare

  • Weekly School Mass 

  • Schoolwide Peacebuilder Program

  • Art, Music, Computer, and Physical Education Classes

  • 1:1 student iPads

  • Extracurricular activities and sports

  • Theater, dance, spirit squad, choir, and student council programs

Start Early With Our Transitional Kinder Program

We can express our Catholic values in a number of ways. Each member of our faith-filled school community will be called to live out our mission, vision and values. It is the way in which these values are lived and woven throughout the fabric of our Catholic school community that help us express our unique identity.

We believe that, as Catholics, we are called to be Disciples of Christ. The distinct nature of Catholic education is rooted in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Everything we do in our Catholic school communities is shaped by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, who is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6).

Why choose olr?

Faith, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Model Citizens, and Community are part of our core values.

What students, parents, and teachers are saying about Our Lady of Refuge Catholic School....

"I love being at OLR because I have teachers and friends who care about me."
6th grade student
"I love that I have made lifelong friendships."
8th grade student
"I love that my teachers challenge me and make learning fun."
7th grade student
"OLR is so much fun! I love coming to school each day."
Kindergarten student
"OLR is like a second home to me."
8th grade student
"The OLR community is like a family."
Current parent
"Our small class sizes create opportunities for the teachers to get to know their students and meet their needs."
OLR teacher
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