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Schedule a visit now to learn more about the oaks for 2018-19 school year! - 509-536-5955

We're almost there! Help us reach our annual fund goal of $155,000 - donate here!

Schedule a visit now to learn more about the oaks for 2018-19 school year! - 509-536-5955

  The Oaks

A Classical and Christian Academy

  The Oaks

A Classical and Christian Academy

  The Oaks

A Classical and Christian Academy

"They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." (Isaiah 61:3)

a first-time Oaks parent

from our community ...

My family's favorite part of The Oaks is its Christian culture. The wise, Christ-filled staff have shaped my son and, unexpectedly, our entire family. We rejoice to have received such an incredible gift. Thank you!

an Oaks alumnus

from our community ...

My Oaks education continues to play a profound role in my faith and my desires. I am so thankful my boys get to grow up in this same life-giving culture that opens children's eyes to God's works and gives them a hunger for His truth.

an Oaks grandparent

from our community ...

Our granddaughter's delight in her first experiences of cantabile, printing her letters, and memorizing Bible verses - shared with her parents and us - testify to the tender, loving, and prayerful welcome she has received at The Oaks.

Glorifying God Across Generations

The early Christians saw in Greek and Roman education an unrealized search for truth. They brought those insights and methods into subjection to Christ. Our four founding families knew their children deserved this great Christian education that had been rooted in Scripture, proven over many centuries, and shaped the whole person in Christ.

We use the term "classical education" for what our past brethren in Christ simply called education.

Two decades later, we are greatly encouraged by alumni who are faithfully following the Lord. This includes some who are now Oaks teachers, as well as others whose own children now attend The Oaks.

By Grammar We Acquire Knowledge of Creation

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Photo by Oaks student of a magnificent sunset on Grand Tour, 2013

The Oaks curriculum begins by helping our youngest students bring every thought captive to Christ as they behold God and learn about Him in creation. Their capacity to absorb information, their enthusiasm for memorization, their keen observation of the world, and their joy in hands-on exploration of art, music, and science delights their teachers and parents, as well as themselves.

The grammar stage of the classical trivium (ages 5-11) builds an unforgettable foundation of acquired knowledge for all of life.

Employing Logic We Gain Biblical Understanding

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Photo by Oaks student of monuments in the context of modern life on Grand Tour, 2015

How did the past shape our present? Why did poets, artists, scientists, mathematicians, historians, and theologians describe and build their world so differently than we do today? Which of their decisions were based on consistent principles; which on fallacies that escaped notice?

The logic stage (ages 12-14) equips intermediate students, excited by their newfound passion for analysis and debate, to compare and assemble facts in the service of understanding. 

By Rhetoric We Express God's Wisdom

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Photo by Oaks student capturing the infused light of a cathedral on Grand Tour, 2014

Our culture tempts us to remain educational tourists who admire surface techniques without noticing the divine light pouring down from the heavenly sanctuary. Oaks secondary students master a wide range of new subjects in math, science, literature, and history.  However, wisdom becomes the prize their teachers urge them to pursue during the rhetoric stage of the trivium.

Their studies seemed to begin in kindergarten as mere memorization of external facts. Finally, they learn how to fitly express by written word and oral presentation all they have studied so closely. They graduate as qualified participants in a Christian conversation spanning two thousand years that will call upon, and reward, their best adult efforts.

Sharing Fellowship Without Limits

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Different grades pose no boundary to Christian friendship.

By God's grace, staff and students resist cliques, while rejoicing in individual gifts and differences. Together with Oaks families, we cultivate community across race, gender, grades and generations.

Only a few Oaks student will become musicians, yet all can learn music and sing creditably. Not many will scale scientific heights, but each student can master sound research methods and discover the joys of field trip experiments.

Art calls out to be seen, theatre to be experienced, sports to be cheered, field trips to be remembered, and special days to be shared with grandparents, parents and friends whom we love. Together, we are recovering culture and building the kingdom of God afresh in our region.

Educating the Inland Northwest for the Love of Christ

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Taking the lead in a cross-country race.

Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. (I Cor. 9:24)

Schools, as well as students, face 'final' examinations. Our generational vision will be measured by the quality of graduates whose passion for Christ will shape our region in coming decades.

How have Oaks students invested their educational inheritance forward, so far?

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enrolled
Families
represented
Churches
attended
Secondary ratio
1:
teacher/student
Grads at
%
4-year colleges
Engineering
%
& science majors

We are especially thankful that nearly 10% of our college graduates have worked as staff at other classical schools, including The Oaks. They have internalized the call to multiply Christian education as rapidly and far as possible.

Scripture promises that "those who sow in tears (of spiritual labor) shall reap in joy," (Ps. 126:5). We look forward in heartfelt expectation of beholding God's faithfulness to our graduates across generations as they enter fields ranging from politics, science and medicine to the equally culture-transforming vocations of pastoral care and familial home-making.

Getting to Know One Another in Christ

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Oaks graduates thanking their families in song at commencement.
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Oaks graduates thanking their families in song at commencement.

We know you have questions. We did!

How has The Oaks integrated its curriculum with the scriptures? How does an Oaks education build up the lives of students and families, together?

How late in their education can my child transfer, successfully, into The Oaks? How do you evaluate the need for financial aid? Which colleges accept Oaks graduates? What about ...

Our easy-to-follow enrollment process begins with an invitation: come and introduce yourself to our headmaster, observe our teachers with their students, and take home an application.

Call our office anytime (509-536-5955) to arrange a tour!

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Headmaster, Charlie Dowers, at the Christmas Program

We know you have questions. We did!

How has The Oaks integrated its curriculum with the scriptures? How does an Oaks education build up the lives of students and families, together?

How late in their education can my child transfer, successfully, into The Oaks? How do you evaluate the need for financial aid? Which colleges accept Oaks graduates? What about ...

Our easy-to-follow enrollment process begins with an invitation: come and introduce yourself to our headmaster, observe our teachers with their students, and take home an application.

Call our office anytime (509-536-5955) to arrange a tour!

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Headmaster, Charlie Dowers, at the Christmas Program