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What is Classical Education?

The tried and true methods of education have long been abandoned. We believe the solution requires reclaiming the classical education that built western civilization. At The Oaks, your child will be part of that great tradition.

Christian Education:

We believe the ultimate purpose of education is to raise up followers of Jesus Christ who love God and serve people. That’s why we equip our students with a comprehensive biblical worldview and raise them in a Christian culture. We believe it’s possible to know right from wrong and to live according to values that transcend us. We believe that education is character formation. The formation of students, families, and community.

Classical Education:

We take pride in being a little old fashioned around here. We read old books, we give speeches, and, yes, we even memorize poetry. Instead of chasing passing fads in education, we use proven methods to train the next generation to think carefully and communicate persuasively. We believe God made the world and gave reality a unified structure that we can discover. At the end of the day, we’re simply giving children their heritage, the heritage that built Western civilization.

Education as Formation

"What if education wasn't first and foremost about what we know, but about what we love?”

—James K.A. Smith

In most schools, education is reduced to a transactional relationship between teachers and students. Information is covered, tests are given, grades are assessed, and the cycle never ends. This practice is so common that we are prone to believe that education has been and always will be simply a transfer of information. If that's true, we might as well dispense with schools—everything you need is on your iPhone. No wonder schools are failing. 

Your child doesn't need to be raised in a transactional environment. Education is about shaping your child's heart and mind. At The Oaks, you'll find a community of families, teachers, and administrators committed to an education that is nothing short of character formation. It's about raising up the next generation to love God and serve people. A school that is not purposefully forming its students in this way will unintentionally shape them into shallow and relativistic people. 

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”The combined folly of a civilization that has forgotten its own roots is forcing them to shore up the tottering weight of an educational structure that is built upon sand. They are doing for their pupils the work which the pupils themselves ought to do. For the sole true end of education is simply this: to teach men how to learn for themselves; and whatever instruction fails to do this is effort spent in vain."  

—Dorothy Sayers

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