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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

The Admissions process at Lial looks a bit different during this time. If you would like to join our waitlist, please fill out the inquiry form available on the link below. If you are interested in a virtual tour or a personal conversation with Vice Principal, Lynn Cherry, please email her at She can explain the new process and answer any questions you may have. Learn More

  1. Academics
  2. Diversity
  3. Teachers


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Interview Required
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Yearly Tuition
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
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Big Things Happen At The Little School In The Woods

Nestled in the Oak Openings region Lial Catholic School has been educating children, Pre-K through 8th since 1972. There is no other school like Lial. It is a beautiful blend of traditional and Montessori practices with faith at the center of everything we do. A day would not be complete without leaf pile jumping, sledding down the meadow hill, or building forts in the woods.

At Lial, prayer and play go hand in hand. You won't find a single desk inside Lial classrooms. Instead, community tables are used to promote genuine conversations and collaboration among peers. Learning is an on-going process. Lial's multi-age classrooms allow students to move through the curriculum at his or her own pace growing in self-confidence as they do so.

United in partnership with our parents Lial helps children grow into the people God intends them to be. We invite you to join our family.

Readiness Enrichment Program

This program complements the established excellence of our Readiness room while meeting the needs of families desiring an all-day option. Enrichment students have opportunities for hands-on learning, dramatic play, and plenty of outdoor play. Little boots in the hallway are evidence of daily exploration of Lial's nature trails. Each adventure ends with nature coming back to the classroom.

School Details

PK, K-8
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  • Female
  • Male
Student Diversity
  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic
  • Multiracial
  • African American
  • Native American
  • Pacific Islander


Annual Cost
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
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  • Offers Part Week
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    Lial Catholic School Reviews

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    Lial has been our home for more than 10 years... through all levels of learning, my kids' lives have been enriched by caring teachers, a wise administration, and the knowledge that God is present in the every day world around them. During this coronavirus quarantine, we miss and appreciate our Lial family more than ever. My daughter has been connected from day 1 to her teachers and friends through Google Classroom, with a well thought out, solid schedule that keeps her learning and working daily. A normal mix of video and live meetings, online resources, textbook chapters, written answers, and projects is taking place at our house, just like school! As always, the teachers are proactive and available to each one of us to meet our needs. They are showing now more than ever how much they really care. I have every confidence that Lial School Online will keep my daughter prepared for next year and the years to come!
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    My daughter and son attended Lial and I can't say enough about how Lial prepared them for higher education and overall life. The academics are top notch at Lial making the transition into high school easy. Additionally, both children felt comfortable getting up in front of groups and speaking because Lial offers this opportunity starting in Readiness. It was second nature for my kids. The high school teachers always commented that both children would say good morning as they entered the classroom and thank you as they left. Lial reinforces the values that you teach your children at home. Lial develops the whole child and helps your children be the best child God intended s/he to be!
    I have two children and Lial and I can't say enough about the Lial Family. The teachers and staff are amazing. The education isn't restricted to academics, but to the development of young people learning organizational skills, responsibility and self-reliance. It is a very positive atmosphere and encourages parent involvement. It is a small school with a big heart!