From the Headmaster
Sincerely, thank you for your consideration of Oak Grove Classical Academy.
We are a wonderfully unique classical Christian school where education is all about the nourishment of the entire being. We believe that as students come into contact with and deeply contemplate all that is true, good, and beautiful their lives will be enriched. We provide challenging academics while seeking with passion to never squelch a pupil’s delight in learning. Indeed, we aim to create lifelong learners who love the Lord Jesus Christ and who will passionately bring all thought into its proper place under His rule. At Oak Grove Classical Academy we desire to honor Christ in all we do and think; please join us if you desire the same.
We strive to partner with parents in providing a Christ-centered, classical education utilizing a university model. We seek to inspire our students to love learning, to face life’s challenges with courage and character, and to apply God’s truth in their spheres of influence.
The vision of Oak Grove can be summed up in this phrase, “Learn for Life, Live for Christ!” In further detail the vision looks like this:
- Assume the responsibilities of the co-teacher for their children in each course of study
- Live out their role as the most influential spiritual advisor for their children
- Encourage one another in training children to glorify God
- Develop a love of learning
- Desire to grow in understanding and wisdom
- Cultivate personal expression and creativity
- Develop a Biblical worldview and a heart for those who have yet to hear the gospel
- Display Christ-honoring character and humility
- Learn to communicate persuasively and eloquently
- Demonstrate respect and honor for their elders and fellow classmates
- Display a love for God, a love for children and a love of learning,
- Demonstrate a passion for classical education and excellence in teaching
- Assist parents in their role as spiritual and academic mentors
- Cultivate effective communication skills to motivate and inspire students toward learning
- Demonstrate Christ-honoring character and humility
- Serve as a positive role model for students, parents, and the community
Statement of Faith
Teachers and Board Members of Oak Grove Classical Academy embrace the historic tenets of Christianity as presented in the following Statement of Faith. Beyond these primary doctrines, we respect and acknowledge many secondary doctrinal questions exist among the true Body of Christ. We defer to parents and their local evangelical churches to clarify these issues.
Young Grammar Grades K-2:
Ignite (v): to cause to catch fire
“Wisdom begins in wonder.” -Socrates
You don’t have to make a young child curious – they are naturally curious, desirous to learn and to know. In the young grammar school, we capitalize on this natural bent and seek to help our students ‘taste and see the Lord is good” (Psalm 34:8) ; bringing them into the presence of our great God in His creation and power and glory over all the subjects.
Upper Grammar Grades 3-5:
Incite (v): to stir up
“The beginning of knowledge is the definition of terms.” -Socrates
As our students grow in their understanding, we carefully teach them that the nature of things never changes – and that definitions are necessary to every part of learning – present and future. Guiding students to use God’s word as the source of all definitions, we encourage our students to hide the Lords word in their hearts so that they “might not sin against You.” (Psalm 119:11).
Logic School Grades 6-8:
provoke (v): to stimulate or give rise to
Students in this age group are called to question everything – and to argue, and view different sides of the issue. That’s because this is a critical step in learning to compassionately love one’s neighbor and also to correct any misgivings about knowledge. As our students let go of their own platitudes, they become teachable and capable of firmly arriving at the truth. Humbled, they acknowledge that it is critical to be able to “entertain a thought without fully accepting it” (Aristotle). They also gain a better view of their own humaneness and affirm: “Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying Your decrees.” (Psalm 119:5)
The paradigm disciplines of the secondary school years are logic and rhetoric. Logic School students begin as older children and leave as young adults. Logic is the art of thinking rightly. The study of logic trains and sharpens reason. Both formal logic, the study of syllogism and propositions, and informal logic, the study of the informal fallacies, are taught because thinking clearly and reasoning well aids students in the worship and glorification of God who is Logic Himself. Teaching logic is teaching thinking.
Our academic goals for Logic School include learning how to become life-long learners. Students learn how to manage their time and schedules as well as learning how to think critically and logically.
Some might think that classical education is attractive but impractical? Is that true? The pinnacle of study during the Logic School years is the study of Logic itself. Our logic curriculum and teachers equip students to be able to recognize errors in arguments (both in their own and others). It’s a skill they will take with them throughout the rest of their lives.
Into matters of faith, testing to see whether what is said is true in light of God’s Word.
Into science where they will learn to develop and test their own hypothesis;
Into mathematics where they will break down complicated problems into approachable equations;
Into latin where the learn the order and structure of language;
Into literature where they explore the author’s words and vision and develop their own coherent ideas; and
Into history where they examine the consequences of ideas and events.
Rhetoric School Grades 9-12:
refine (v): to continuously improve
Aristotle said, “Learning is an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity, and a provision in old age.” Our Rhetoric School students learn to value the possession of learning itself – to have the ability to keep learning for life. They have been trained to assess truth, perceive what is truly beautiful and identify what is truly good. Anchored in such, they recognize that these things will continue to bring delight, strength and sustenance to their lives to the glory of God. It is our desire that every Oak Grove Rhetoric Student will leave with this prayer: “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)
The goal of the Oak Grove Athletics and Activities Department is for coaches, athletes and teams to pursue excellence by the strength of God, for the glory of God. This is something that takes place in the heart but can be outwardly visible to the spectator as evidenced by the team’s commitment, work ethic, passion and conduct. Every coach, student and parent is charged with the responsibility of implementing these qualities because we represent the school, our families and Christ while competing as Owls.
At Oak Grove Classical Academy, the primary goals of the Fine Arts program is to promote among our students a more godly approach to both the practice and the enjoyment of the arts and to prepare them for more effective ministry to others. We hope to accomplish this not only by encouraging the development of technical and artistic skills but also by promoting a greater understanding of the value of the arts in developing critical thinking skills and an improved ability to employ the communicative power of the arts as a means of reaching out to others.