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Mission & Philosophy



Within a multicultural community of critical thinking, equity, and belonging, The Oaks School honors childhood and the joy of learning, while preparing students to impact the world as active citizens with the combined wisdom of a creative mind and a compassionate heart. 



At The Oaks School, education is a partnership of children, teachers, and families. A strong commitment to inclusiveness and to collaborative decision-making is reflected in the classroom and throughout the school community. Active family involvement provides a model for service and citizenship in the broader community.

Our goal is to help construct a foundation in each child for lifelong learning. We believe that children acquire knowledge best by taking responsibility for their learning. We provide a safe, non-competitive educational environment where children are given the time to take risks, make mistakes, and build skills. Small class sizes and flexible teaching strategies enable us to address a range of learning styles and personal development. Our teachers offer a varied and invigorating program within a supportive structure to generate growth, enthusiasm, a love of learning, and the confidence born of accepting challenges and gaining proficiency.

Our curriculum is designed to promote growth in all developmental areas—intellectual, social, emotional, and physical—and to foster a culture that sustains the human spirit. We emphasize the essential academic skills of reading, writing, computing, creating, problem-solving, and critical thinking. Teachers facilitate the learning of these skills by designing integrated themes, projects, and activities that are engaging for children. The cultivation of social-emotional skills, such as expressing feelings and resolving conflict is also an important part of the curriculum.

At The Oaks, our teaching embraces the diverse contexts in which we all live. Through shared experiences, we come to know that which is singular and unique, and that which we hold in common. It is within the life of this community that we gain a fundamental appreciation for differences. Our classrooms and our school then become a means for understanding the world.