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Oakhill Day School

Private | PK-8 | 310 students

Our school is best known for our child-centered program.

 
 

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Posted December 8, 2013

Oakhill Day School has been a wonderful experience. My daughter can receive challenging instruction FIVE days a week and the instruction is differentiated to fit her academic level and needs. Oakhill Day School implements the whole-child approach. My only wish is that we'd made the switch to ODS sooner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2013

My daughter attend ODS for 5 years. She's now in high school and has nothing good to say about the education she received at ODS. There were some bright spots, definitely. However, the level of teaching for English, science, and writing were woefully inadequate for today's world. She has worked very hard to overcome the deficiencies at ODS and has received numerous academic awards in middle school and ffreshman year at her current school (that she entered in 4th grade). Just saying.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2012

To the person who submitted about the school's enrollment not growing... you obviously do not have correct information. The school has grown 25% and is pushing 300 students (around 200 six years ago). That is a lot of growth if you ask me! Awesome school, great teachers, wonderful community. I am lucky to have my son in such a nurturing environment that allows for my child to grow and challenges him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2010

ODs is the best kept secret in the Northland. It take a special place to create life long learners who love to go to school. We have an amazing amount of family participartion and it's a rare place where all of the teachers know your child as they walk down the hallways. It is not necessary to have a gifted program in our school because most of our children become gifted because of the wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Good, personalized education for each student, regardless of level.
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Posted September 22, 2009

Oakhill has carried its excellence in education in early childhood and elementary into middle school. Oakhill's excellent middle school faculty and inspired program are a civilized oasis from public middle school. The students are bright, well mannered, and really seem to care about each other. What a wonderful program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Oakhill Day School works at each child's pace. For example, if one 3rd grader has mastered the Math curriculum, they move on to the 4th grade Math book. They have small class sizes and a fabulous Science lab where the students go every day. They are also dedicated to conserving energy and protecting the environment. They serve organic food from local farmers, compost in the cafeteria, garden, use reusable milk cups instead of cartons...... It is an incredible place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

Our children have attended over 9 years and they have not only excelled academically but have the emotional IQ to be strong individuals and good citizens. Each child is inspired to learn. From Kindergarten on up there may be 3 or more math groups per class so each child moves at their own pace and not the pace of the entire class so that by 6th grade kids are doing math at 7th grade level to algebra! Public speaking,reading music, learning Spanish, and a totally organic lunch menu make Oakhill stand out among area private and public schools. Why settle for Intro to Keyboarding in 6th grade when Oakhill students have already mastered Power Point by 5th grade? They have a great chess club after school for Kindergarten and up. Check this school out and you won't regret it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2006

Oakhill Day School was rated best private school in the Northland 3 yrs in a row. It's an outstanding atmosphere with great test results and the kids love it! Parents are encouraged to get involved and the board is always open about what is going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2006

My child(ren) is/are at Oakhill and the education is top rate. The schools ITBS scores are the highest in the city and this is why we are there. On the downside, you have to put up with the political crap that goes on. The Board of Trustees is very secretive about everything that goes on. The less you know the better off you are at this school. Put your blinders on and help the teachers out when needed and don't deal with the Board at all is the best policy around there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2006

My daughter started school as an Early Learner (age 2)and continued to the 2nd grade. The teachers encourages communication with the parents. This is a great school to for the children's early years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

When we moved to Kansas City, we searched for a school first and then decided where to live. When we visited Oakhill, we were absolutely blown away. We initially were planning to live in Kansas, because of their high test scores and academic reputation. However, we found Oakhill's academics to be second to none. Oakhill ITBS test scores are in the top 1% in all grade levels. The environment at the school is very comfortable and relaxed. Amazingly, our children have very little homework. They work hard at school and are able to relax and have fun at home. The families, staff and teachers are very involved and care about the students and one another. At Oakhill, we feel like we're closer to home. We couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2005

I was very skeptical of 'private school education' as I was public school educated. The class sizes are outstanding, and the teachers are very professional and able to individualize instruction to meet each child where he/she is and move them way beyond. Classes in Art, PE, music, Spanish, and computers are standard. Parents are heavily involved -- which makes for an outstanding school. Teachers say they come there because of the parental support they get and the freedom to deviate from a standard curriculum if the students' interest warrents it. There are many enrichment activities to choose from for after school from choir to sports to art to chess. Oakhill is a great place -- my daughter can't wait to get to school every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2004

A secret of the KC northlands! Our daughter has been at the school for 5 years, and is doing work 3 years ahead of 'normal' grade level! She loves going to school! The staff are caring and supportive - the school also teaches good values, and has a superb enrichment program - the musicals are so professional!
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 74%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Black 1% 17%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 5%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
French
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Suzanne McCanles
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (816) 436-0184

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Teacher-run
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $11000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
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7019 N Cherry St
Gladstone, MO 64118
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Phone: (816) 436-6228

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