THE OAKS at a GLANCE
The Oaks partners with parents to raise classically educated young men and women who glorify Christ, shape culture, and shine the light of God's truth on all of life's endeavors.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment.And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Our teaching staff averages nine years of Oaks experience and fifteen years of teaching experience overall. Thirteen posses Masters Degrees and several are published. The Board's dedication to making career-length teaching feasible for full-time teachers has yielded an unusually low turnover-rate.
The Oaks was founded in 1996 by four families convinced that cooperative, structured, Christian education, based on the Trivium model, would best serve their children and honor God. Bruce Williams was the founding Headmaster and led for 18 years.
Charlie Dowers is the current Headmaster, working alongside Ken Trotter (Dean of Logic & Rhetoric Schools) and Corey McEachran (Dean of Grammar School) to maintain the original mission while casting vision for years to come.
The Oaks Board of Directors relies on the Carver Governance Model, defining school mission, values, goals, and strategy while delegating flexible authority to the Headmaster to carry out these objectives. Current Board members include Travis Harken (President), Merrill Miller, Shawn Van Horn, Joe Cvancara, and Rodney Kleyn.
The Oaks follows a two-millennia long, well-proven classical Christian education model that integrates the Trivium across the K-12 curriculum. We scale its three stages (grammar, logic, and rhetoric) to the developmental maturity of students.
A short book written by Dorothy Sayers, The Lost Tools of Learning, serves as a readable introduction to classical education.
Honors Level Courses:
Calculus I & Calculus II
Rhetoric I & Rhetoric II
Our strategic plan anticipates annual enrollment growth over the coming decade, but some grades are filled ahead of others. We encourage timely contact with the office to ensure your child's consideration.
97% of our graduates have pursued further studies.
Graduates have attended outstanding colleges & universities like Harvard, Stanford, Dartmouth, Duke, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Hillsdale, USC, University of Washington, Baylor, Biola, New Saint Andrews, Wheaton, Grove City, Lipscomb, LeTourneau, Cedarville, and The King's College.
40% of our graduates enter engineering, science, and medical fields.
OUR STUDENT BODY
332 students enrolled in grades K-12
60 different area churches.
Latin studies currently span third through tenth grade. We structure a range of individualized tutoring options for transfer students to help them get up to speed.
Our program is gaining national recognition among other classical schools. Some of our staff have attended the world-renowned Academia Vivarium Novum for immersive summer training.
Music: We train all students to read music and sing parts. This climaxes with school-wide choral singing (we call it Cantabile) at the start and end of each school week. We also provide instrumental and band studies for interested students.
Theatre: Our theatre program has built a reputation for high quality performances over the past 15 years. Productions range from Shakespeare to classical musicals like The Sound of Music and Cinderella.
Visual Art: We teach grammar age students the facts and rules of visual art. This work is continued in 7th &8th grade and also in 11th & 12th grade.
BUDGET & RESOURCES
The Oaks has met its budget requirements every years since its founding in 1996.
Current Budget: 2.7M
We currently hold a long term leasing agreement with Valley Fourth Church.
The Oaks has purchased 8 adjacent acres on which to build a permanent facility.
Oaks students can participate in several sports options:
Cross Country (Grades 1-8)
Soccer (Grades 9-12)
Volleyball (Grades 7-12)