A Message From Our Board: Welcome!
At Oak Hill School, our goal is to inspire intellectual curiosity, creativity and critical thought and to promote physical well-being, respect for others, moral fortitude and a global mindset. Oak Hill’s commitment to providing a first-rate and well-rounded education in a nurturing setting is all-encompassing. We offer an extraordinary breadth and depth of electives, unique programs and opportunities to prepare students for life in the 21st century.
Our students are bright, happy and engaged. Our teachers are passionate, talented and wholly dedicated. Our parents are also deeply devoted to the school and are involved as partners in the learning process. You will discover warmth and community on our campus.
Laying a Foundation
We believe that a strong, independent school must focus its energies on developing students’ self-confidence and encouraging risk-taking and collaborative approaches to problem-solving. Continued emphasis in these areas is vital to a student’s success in school. The foundation must be developed as early as possible, both in school and at home.
Learning is a complex process that involves a student’s own thinking and perspective, their life experiences and their individual timetable for growth and development. Teachers, therefore, have a responsibility to stimulate learning in all developmental areas and to strengthen a student’s self-confidence and positive feelings related to learning. An effective school embraces and cultivates this philosophy.
Supporting the Whole Student
We look to nurture the development of the whole student – emotionally, intellectually, morally and physically. In addition to supporting curiosity and a love for learning, our program aims to advance the development of individual character (especially honesty and integrity), foster an appreciation for diversity of thought, background, race, culture and socio-economic standing, and to engender respect for the needs, rights and beliefs of others. We also believe we have the added responsibility to help students appreciate and respect one’s own body, enjoy physical activity, and help them develop the skills necessary to participate in athletic endeavors.
Developing a Global Mindset
We realize that the face of education in America and elsewhere is changing as the world becomes more of a global community. Developing a true global mindset and an understanding and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs is increasingly important for students. English is no longer the most widely spoken language on the planet, which is why it’s important to include non-Western history and world language studies as part of students’ curriculum. Schools must also focus less on memorization of facts and more on learning in ways that promote deeper critical thinking and creative, innovative and collaborative problem-solving. Technology has become part of the fabric of education; it’s important that schools embrace it, while addressing the ethical and responsible use of technology.
Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders
Today’s students are being educated for jobs that do not yet exist, but the mastery of the mentioned core skills and abilities will be vital to students’ successes in whatever careers they choose. At Oak Hill School, we are committed to a program that embraces all these needs. It is exciting to know that the Oak Hill community is not content resting on its laurels but is instead looking to the future with both a sense of pride in the school’s many accomplishments, as well as an understanding of the priorities and challenges to be addressed.