Statement of Philosophy
“Scholarship, Leadership, Service”
Guided by the ideals of “Scholarship, Leadership, and Service,” Oak Hall School serves young men and women from diverse backgrounds that can benefit from a challenging college preparatory program. We are committed to the liberal arts tradition, which sees education as the worthy pursuit of a lifetime, an end in itself as well as a means toward personal and social growth. We believe in the power of a liberal arts education to transform lives, to develop unique talents, to enhance self-esteem, to build character, and to inspire a life-long love of learning. We seek to nurture in young people the qualities of intelligence, wisdom and moral commitment, and to foster in them an impassioned curiosity about the world around them as well as the imagination to seek new solutions to problems.
Perhaps most important in furthering our mission is maintaining a family-like environment that is physically safe and emotionally supportive, where intelligence and compassion are highly valued, and where close relationships between students and teachers are encouraged. Oak Hall School also seeks to provide many opportunities for our young people to develop in areas beyond acquiring essential academic skills. Our relatively small size, coupled with an array of extracurricular options, make it possible for each one of our students to play a leadership role in the rich daily life of our community. It is this unique blend of environment and opportunities—academic, athletic, artistic, and service – that provides students with the motivation to achieve academic excellence, to become leaders within their community, and to develop a strong sense of personal and social responsibility.
The following sequence of courses in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades supports the Oak Hall Middle School objective to provide an appropriate grade level program that enhances equally the content knowledge and the critical thinking skills of each student.
1. Successful completion of Foreign Language Levels IA and IB, Algebra I, Geometry, and Geometry Honors is recognized on a student’s Upper School transcript. Although the courses satisfy Upper School graduation requirements in foreign language and math, the grades earned are not calculated in a student’s Upper School grade point average.
2. Both,Grade 6 Computers and Introduction To Foreign Languages, are required courses that meet daily for a quarter.