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Oak Grove Classical Academy

Private | PK-8 | 168 students

Oak Grove is the only classical, Christ-centered, University-Model school in ABQ
 
 

 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $192,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $680.

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Posted November 5, 2013

I love Oak Grove. Today my son said to my husband and I, "I like going to school." That brought joy to my heart. I love knowing he is learning from godly teachers and is being shaped to know and defend what he believes. The model for this school brings a joy to learning. We love participating in teaching our son and look forward to our daughter starting there next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

We have three kids in the school and have nothing but amazing things to say. The teaching staff and curriculum are incredible in challenging our kids daily. I am amazed at what my 2nd grader is able to do! We are ecstatic that we are not having to choose between a Christ-centered education and a rigorous one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

The best Classical school, without exception. I have tried numerous others schools, including homeschooling and family school, for my children. I can finally say that I have found our home. Oak Grove is truly the best of both worlds, combining Christian and Classical teachings, with the right amount of parental involvement. I don't know what axe the previous parent had to grind in saying this is "not a classical school by any measure." I question if they even know what Classical truly is because that statement couldn't be further from the truth. I would venture to say the opposite is true in that Oak Grove is the most Classical school I have found. Oak Grove takes great care and concern in educating parents like me as to what Classical is (and is not). I have learned so much since starting Oak Grove. The curriculum is exceptional and rigorous. It's clear their curriculum is carefully examined to meet high standards for Classical rigor. I love how it challenges my children everyday in ways I never would have thought. My kids absolutely love this school and enjoy their teachers. Take it from someone who's actually in the school, you will not find a better Classical school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

I came here to leave a great review for my school, because it deserves one. But I find myself wanting to defend it from the one star review left by a "parent". I find it hard to believe that person ever actually attended the school since their comments are, as they say, a "smoke screen". I've been a part of Oak Grove from year one, and currently have three kids in the school. Nothing in that poor review has any truth to it (other than the math curriculum). Math has changed three times in six years (not five), and for good reason someone who attended the school would be privy to. I absolutely love the school's Classical curriculum, and find it challenging on every level. It is a joy to see my kids love school, and I couldn't be happier with the progress they have made at Oak Grove. This school rivals any other perceived "rigorous" school like the Academy. But surpasses them, in my opinion, due to the rigor combined with a Classical, Christian education. This school is preparing my kids in ways I only wish I had at their age. I love this school, and you will to. Take it from an actual parent, and the many others who would agree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

This is currently not a classical school by any measure. 10 nearly identical reviews love it but you can get a comparable education with similarly vague expectations at Fam. school. At least it is free with mixed-age classes allowing advanced children to work at their level without being stifled by inactivity. Oak uses contemporary curricula, and books published mostly in the last 50 years. It's changed math curricula 3 times in 5 years and has a hard time sticking with any. It is a school designed for and by a tightly knit core of families with a Presbyterian outlook, with a token number of other Christians thrown in so they can claim a "broad family base". There is a long, time-consuming and misleading acceptance process reminiscent of initiation, as if to instill a feeling you get prestige by being accepted there after all the pain you're put through. This initiation process offers no concrete information, just the smoke screen that you can read on their site, which has very little to do with what you should actually be expecting. Basically they give a lot of empty promises in the beginning. It does have the potential to be a great school, if they change a few things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

Why anybody would put their kids in any school other than Oak Grove is beyond me. I have been a part of Oak Grove from the day they opened their doors, and I wouldn't even think about working for or sending my kids to any other school in Albuquerque. Other schools may be Christian, or classical, or "rigorous", or parent "friendly". But absolutely none of them combine all these elements. It is the only school that I've found that offers all these components, and they do a great job of balancing them. In a time of short attention spans and electronic overload, Oak Grove is "swimming against the current" by teaching students how to think, not what to think. The things I see my kids learning, and the things I see teachers teaching...I can only say how much I wish I had this when I was their age. It is the education I never had, and my kids are going to be so much further along then I was at their age due to what they're being taught, and how they're being taught.
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Posted September 26, 2013

Oak Grove is awesome! It combines the best of both worlds when it comes to education! The benefits of having intimate/personalized teaching done by a parent on home days as well as the social aspect and classroom experience of a school, not to mention the classical education that is proven and priceless!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

We have been so incredibly fortunate to have our children enrolled at Oak Grove Classical. I truly believe that it is the best elementary and middle school in all of Albuquerque if you are looking for a school where excellent academics and character-building are top priorities. We have three students currently attending Oak Grove and we have been pleased at every level- preK, elementary and middle school. The teachers truly care about the students on every level- personally, academically and spiritually. The other families are supportive and there is a great sense of community. The balance between time at home learning with parents and the time spent learning in a more traditional classroom setting has been wonderful. I cannot recommend this school highly enough!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

Two of our children currently attend Oak Grove. It is, hands down, the best school I have ever encountered as a student, teacher, or parent. The curriculum is classical, which is really just another way of saying truly developmentally appropriate, and with the goal of forming good men and women who are well-spoken. Oak Grove is not a Christian "bubble," and difficult topics are tackled head on with a Christian worldview. As a university model school, it strikes the perfect balance between parental responsibility and professional guidance. I cannot imagine sending my children to any other school, and that includes full time homeschooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

Oak Grove is a perfect combination of homeschool and classical private education. The teachers do an excellent job creating the lesson plans, challenging the students and being a wonderful resource to the parent co-teachers. I look forward to many years of watching our sons develop a love of learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

We have been a part of Oak Grove Classical Academy from the beginning (2008), and it is our desire is to see all 4 of our children graduate from there someday! We see the heart of the school is Christ-centered in all things, in the leadership, administration, staff and even in a likemindedness among families. We love the content of the material our children are learning! In fact, it's a good thing that parents get to co-teach alongside professional staff, because this is the kind of education we wished we had had. We see great formation of their character taking shape, and are expectant to see great things in them in the future as the fruit of a classical education more firmly takes root. We have joyfully chosen this path for our family because it provides the best parts of homeschooling (tightly knit family relationships, character formation, passing on of our Christian values) as well as the best parts of private school (social connections, professional staff, classical curriculum and treasured memories of school). We hearily recommend it to all our friends. The future looks bright for Oak Grove Classical Academy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Oak Grove Classical Academy was literally the answer to our prayers for our two daughters. Overwhelmed and intimidated by the thought of home schooling our two girls independently, the Lord brought us the amazing Christ centered, University Model school that is Oak Grove. The staff at Oak Grove have come along side me as the co-teacher to help me not only educate my children in Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic but, to teach my children to live for Christ. After 3 years of being a co-teacher with Oak Grove Classical Academy, the Lord urged me to teach there as well. Our entire family has been infinitely blessed by this incredible school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 24, 2013

Oak Grove Classical Academy was the perfect school I never thought to look for. I literally stumbled across its existence through friends. This school's focus is family, Christ, and the importance of wonder and discovery through learning. It is a part-time homeschool/part-time classroom University modeled school. Like all newer schools, it's a work in progress. The beautiful thing is that you can see the Lord's hand guiding this school's direction every year. It continually improves upon its already existing greatness. The most important thing is it excels in the things that matter most. The teachers and faculty care about their calling, (not job,) to teach your children not only subjects like Math or Science, but life skills like kindness, Godliness, and compassion. They do a wonderful job at supplementing what you as parents are already instilling. As parents, you get to be a co-teacher. You are part of the learning process, which is a beautiful, challenging gift. It's not for everyone, but for those parents out there that have considered homeschooling, I encourage you to consider Oak Grove Classical Academy. My child's educational and personal growth has been astounding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

We have had our children at Oak Grove since it opened. They have always maintained their high standard of excellence. The teachers are enthusiastic and love learning. Their love of learning spreads to the children. They also have top notch Music, Art and PE programs. I would highly recommend OGCA to any family who wants something different and challenging. This school is exceptional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2013

Oak Grove Classical Academy of ABQ has been a wonderful blessing for our family dynamics. Co-teachering is a wonderful experience and the support you get from your teachers is just awesome. They are always trying to improve new things and take the families suggestions into the decision making process. I welcome other families to take the challenge and partake in our wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Accreditation CSI (2012)
  • Accreditation AdvancEd (2012)
  • Certification-NAUMS (2011)

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)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
School Leader's name
  • Troy D. Simons
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Non-denominational
Associations
  • AdvancEd
  • CSI
  • NAUMS
Fax number
  • (505) 830-9684

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • University Model
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • None
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Sports pending 2013-2014
Girls sports
  • Sports pending 2013-2014

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student clubs pending 2013-201
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Christian and Nondenominational Oak Grove Classical Academy is a private, Christian school and an independently governed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. It is not a ministry of any particular church or denominational body, nor does it promote or endorse any particular denomination. OGCA plans to add a grade a year through 12th.
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10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
168
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
65

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$2000 - $4000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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4001 Osuna Rd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
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Phone: (505) 269-2696

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