A WAY of  LIFE

G.K. CHESTERTON

"Education is not a subject, and does not deal in subjects. It is instead a transfer of a way of life."

THE OAKS COMMUNITY

When you join The Oaks, you join a family. We share the burden of education and cultural formation. We share certain compass convictions that direct our decisions. We encourage and motivate each other for the long distance run.

COMPASS CONVICTIONS

Proverbs 29:18 says, "Without a vision, the people perish." God's word casts the vision that directs our decisions. The atmosphere we enjoy at The Oaks is born directly from these guiding convictions.

CHRISTIAN and CLASSICAL: a great tradition.

We believe that education is the transfer of culture from one generation to the next. A cultural handoff that removes or marginalizes Jesus Christ— the one who holds all things together—is a handoff that will unravel culture. That's why we start with God's word as the foundation of our educational pursuits.

PARENT CENTERED

Oaks staff act on your behalf during the school day, faithfully raising up your children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Eph. 6:4). We partner with parents in light of Deuteronomy 6:6-7. "And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You (parents) shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up." 

STARTING WITH PRAYER

We know that unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain (Psalm 127:1). That's why we start every meeting and every class with prayer. With Anselm and Augustine, we say credo ut intelligam ("I believe so that I may understand"). 

DISCIPLED BY GRACE

We know that a healthy community practices thorough repentance and unrestrained forgiveness. Its members hold love and discipline equally in each hand. When discipline is needed, Oaks staff keep parents involved at every step. We labor and pray in hope of softened and transformed hearts thankful for God's grace—something far great than mere external conformity. 

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."

—Proverbs 9:10

The Beginning of Knowledge

ALISTAIR BEGG reminds us that the fear of the Lord is beginning of knowledge. 

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