About Our Lady of Victory School

Our Lady of Victory School has been educating hearts and minds in West Haven for more than fifty years.

Our Lady of Victory School opened in September 1963, with one hundred twenty students in grade six. Father Thomas J. McMahon was the pastor of the parish and it was under his direction that the school was built. Four Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk staffed the school when it opened.

Fifty years later, the school serves one hundred sixty-six students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is currently led by Principal Ardell Bartolotta, and the parish’s pastor, Reverend Joseph R. Cronin.

The mission of Our Lady of Victory School is to educate students in a nurturing environment rich in Catholic tradition and academic excellence. Our Lady of Victory School community manifests its mission through a partnership with parents and guardians to challenge our students to become responsible global citizens, understanding each person’s role as a steward of God’s creation.

Over the years, many dedicated lay men and women have been a part of the school faculty. Current staff includes ten full-time and several part-time teachers. One Ursuline Sister, Sister Denise Farrands, continues to assist students at the school.

The pastor and parishioners of Our Lady of Victory Parish are dedicated to the support of Catholic education, and its vital place in today’s society. Their support and that of parents and guardians make it possible for Our Lady of Victory School to continue to flourish more than fifty years after its founding.