Registration is currently open for the 2022-2023 School year, PK-8th Grade
Our mission is to cultivate a zeal for Truth, and to shape students’ love of God’s Word, world, and people through a robust classical education that is affordable to ALL.
Oak Hills Academy believes that in order to have high quality and excellent education teachers must teach students objective truth that finds its roots all the way back to the person and work of Jesus Christ who is truth itself. In the name of neutrality, our public schools have removed all evidence of God from the classroom, curriculum, and culture. Our children are not taught what is right from wrong, or good from bad, rather truth is relative to the individual. Education that fails to acknowledge God is education against God. This is why our curriculum and teachers teach all subjects from a biblical worldview. We focus on truth, beauty and goodness. We help students love the things that are worth loving. We believe all subjects have unity because all things are from Him, through Him, and to Him and find their ultimate purpose in glorifying God.
One of the goals of Oak Hills Academy is to support the Church in its mission to make disciples of all nations. We pursue this goal by offering a school option that supports many of the local churches while also providing unity to the faith community. We encourage this unity by supporting the authority structures already in a student’s life. With four steps we encourage students to do the following when it comes to doctrinal and theological differences. First, pray that God would reveal his truth to you. Second, search the Scriptures for an answer. Third, seek out how the Church has understood this doctrine over history. And fourth, trust the teaching of your parents and their church until God reveals his truth to you.
Oak Hills Academy is a liberal arts school in the fullest sense of the meaning. We study material that liberates our children’s minds and hearts. We teach students to be critical thinkers who can problem solve and clearly communicate on tough issues. Students are not only taught what to learn, but how to learn for themselves. We teach students to lead with eloquence, we inspire depth and wisdom, and we help cultivate rightly ordered affections. We do this through subjects which are taught as an integrated whole according to the developmental stage of students.
1. The first developmental stage is the grammar stage. Here, the youngest students learn massive amounts of information that is memorized through song, chants, rhymes and games. Memory work is fun and easy at this stage, so we give them what they have an appetite for.
2. The second stage is the logic stage. This is the time when middle schoolers are curious as to the meaning of things and therefore ask lots of questions. They begin to argue with parents and point out flaws in their logic! So, we cut with the grain and teach them how to order information and rightly present their case, reasoning well and discerning truth.
3. The third stage is the rhetoric stage. This is when high school students want to express themselves and communicate their own thoughts. So, we teach students how to take the information they’ve memorized, put it in clear coherent terms, and express it winsomely with wisdom, and eloquence. The result is a graduate who thinks critically, knows what they believe and why, and can communicate effectively in order to make a positive impact on the community around them wherever they go and whatever career path choose.
If there is one thing we could know to determine the success of a student, it isn’t race, zip code, IQ, or income level. It is knowing how involved the parent/guardian will be in the student’s education. Therefore, we require parents to sign our Parent Honor Code and agree to participate in seven events throughout the school year. This includes a teacher home visit, two conferences, two Saturday school days, volunteer, and attending a fair share tuition conference.
As a ‘No-Excuses’ school, we hold staff, students, and parents to a high level of accountability that produces a strong character and high achievement. Our teachers are held to the highest professional and moral standards. Students that fall behind in their school work may have to attend the academic support center after class to catch up. Parents who do not uphold their promises as said in the Parent Honor Code and the Parent/Student Handbook may be asked to keep their child at home until an action plan is decided on.
The most important characteristic for our teachers to possess is that they love to shepherd the hearts of our students so that they would be bent towards Jesus. Having teachers that love and pray for their students is of first importance. Once every Fall our teachers will spend time meeting with families in their homes to build relationships. Once we reach the upper grades, teachers can expect to be leaders in a small group of their students, continuing to build on the missional mentality that is essential to our core beliefs as a school.
At Oak Hills Academy, tuition scholarships are modeled after the character of God found in Matthew 25:31–46. It is our desire to serve God by serving those He most closely identifies with, and ensuring that everyone has a real chance at affording private, Christian education. No one is turned away for lack of funds. In pursuit of His glory and in service to the “least of these,” we use a sliding scale based on income and family size, then trust God to provide the rest.
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