Welcome and thank you for visiting OLM’s website.
OLM offers a warm and safe family atmosphere, and we educate students from two to eighteen years of age. Ours is a small, inclusive school, having just two classes per grade level. Our students feel highly cared for and valued, and we are proud of our strong program to support students’ social and emotional learning. Pre-School students and their families benefit from the close relationship and advice from our Wellness Coordinator. From 1st Grade through 12th Grade, we offer Guidance Counselors, with one in each segment.
Our academic results are excellent. OLM students graduate successfully and head to outstanding universities in the United States, Brazil and Europe, having benefited from our College Counselor who guides students so that they make informed choices about universities, courses on offer and destinations. Our curriculum complies with both American and Brazilian requirements. From 1st to 12th Grade, project-based learning (PBL) puts the students firmly at the center of their educational experiences, with students working together to solve problems. We aim to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world, in which the 4Cs of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity will be the key skills required for them to continue to succeed.
OLM has a dedicated, visionary Board of Governors, a highly supportive, active PTA, and a team of educators passionate about student-centered learning and achievement. We would be very proud to show you our happy, thriving school.
Mr. Craig Woollard
Head of School
OLM is a Catholic American School whose mission is to educate the whole person for global understanding.
Empathy, Equity, Excellence.
The Society of
Our Lady of Mercy School
The Society of Our Lady of Mercy was founded in the City of Rio de Janeiro in 1919 by a group of English Speaking Catholics who wished to have a Chapel where they could be attended to by English Speaking Clergy. The Society flourished and in 1952 established the only English Speaking Catholic School in Rio de Janeiro. The school followed and still does the American Curriculum in Education and Religious Educations as an integral part.
Admission of students to OLM, please contact: (21) 2266-8258 or
Work at OLM
If you are interested in becoming part of the O.L.M. staff, please send your resume and area of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org, so that it can be considered for a future position.
Our Lady of Mercy is committed to safer recruitment
Learning Resource Center
The Language Development & Special Needs Resource Center is to make possible that the complete inclusion goal is achieved by creating an adequate environment for students...
Physical Education is an integral part of the educational process. It contributes to the development of the whole child.
The Guidance Counselors give support to our student body and their families and to the teachers. The School counselors provide students with services that include counseling, staff consulting, referral of students...
Our Lady of Mercy School participates since 2003 of The National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN), an international event that gathers students...
The program is based on the idea of a relaxing space, where fun goes hand-in-hand with a respectful attitude.
Being in touch with library users’ interests and habits is more essential to a library’s relevance than ever before.
"We are the Green Team, a volunteer group of staff members and parents whose mission is to change some daily habits of our community and make our School a more sustainable place.
The greener we act, the greener we will be!"
The School paper includes school related events, articles written by OLM students themselves, by Teachers, lots of pictures, videos, and many other interesting features waiting to be explored by all.
The Community Service component of Our Lady of Mercy School aims to integrate the students into social service activities. This component is a practical way to live out the Commandment of Christ to love and serve our neighbors, especially those in need.
The students are encouraged to exercise solidarity toward people living in Institutions like day-care centers, orphanages, and nursing homes.
Little by little, they will experience the difference they can make in the lives of so many brothers and sisters and continue to volunteer their services, as they grow older.
Our Lady of Mercy
The Our Lady of Mercy Society, composed of a group of English-speaking Catholics, maintains an English-speaking Parish and Catholic School, under the Archdiocese of “São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro” authority. The Parish is located within the School Campus at Rua Visconde de Caravelas, 48 in Botafogo. Mass is celebrated in English every Sunday at 9:30AM followed by breakfast. Confession is offered before Sunday Mass, or any other time by appointment. You may also contact us for Baptisms, Preparation for the Sacraments of First Communion, Confirmation and Matrimony.
Schedule of Masses:
Mass in English - 9:30 a.m.
Missa em Português - 18h
Tel: + 55 (21) 2266-8297 / 2266-8273
Fax: + 55 (21) 2266-1569
God bless you!
Msgr. Dr. André Sampaio de Oliveira
Pastor and Society’s Chaplain