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850 Balls Hill Road
McLean, VA 22101

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(703) 790-5450
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May 17, 2015
Oakcrest School, in McLean, Virginia, is an independent all-girls school guided by the teachings of the Catholic church for students grades 6-12. We have an Oakcrest grad and a rising 12th grader (we're not Catholic and that is okay!) and we've been so happy with the school. The academics are challenging yet manageable for all types of students. The small class size is advantageous. There is an AP curriculum in the upper school, strong liberal arts, STEM courses, theater, art, debate and chorus to name a few. Athletics for girls so inclined include lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, track, swimming and tennis. There are two theatrical performances a year for thespians. The spirit of service, virtue, community and faith are evident every day in the halls of Oakcrest!

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2015
Oakcrest is the ideal place to find not just an excellent education for your daughter, but also where she will have the nurturing and support during and after school to advance as a valuable member of society. One of my daughters was a student at Oakcrest for 3 years, the best school I could have found for her.

- submitted by a parent

November 17, 2014
I attended Oakcrest School starting in 9th grade and graduated in '13. After my first 3 semesters of college I cannot even begin to thank Oakcrest for what it taught me. I am very happy with my university (which I was very well prepared for) but most days I wish I were back at Oakcrest. To be honest, you must be a certain type of person to truly value the school. For me, as a protestant, I was immersed in the catholic belief. The Opus Dei aspects of the religion are all around you at the school but it never made me uncomfortable. I was not the only protestant/non-religious girl and a majority of us did not view the spiritual elements as a negative. I cannot thank Oakcrest enough for teaching me how to be a lady. Some teachers were tough, but hey that's life. However, some teachers (Ms. Salls/Mrs. Hanssen) really encouraged me to be a better person. Oakcrest doesn't just deliver you a great education, it teaches you how to live in a different way. It is a safe environment to get a glimpse of the real world and evolve. Everyday I thank my parents and Oakcrest teachers for making me into the woman I am today.

- submitted by a community member

October 11, 2014
Oakcrest is a wonderful school. My daughter started in the sixth grade and is now a senior. The academics are rigorous and I feel my daughter is very well prepared for college. She even has to write and present a senior thesis before graduation and is applying to most competitive colleges. In the past few years, Oakcrest graduates have gone to some of the top schools in the country: Princeton, MIT, Stanford, UVA, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, William and Mary, etc. However, Oakcrest is not just about academics. The spiritual and character formation my daughter receives is preparing her to go out into the real world. I truly believe she is well prepared to stand for what is right. I cannot thank all the staff and faculty enough. It's been a wonderful seven years.

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2014
Oakcrest was wonderful. As an alumna, I feel that the school truly provided an excellent foundation for all aspects of life. The teachers were dedicated to our personal and academic growth. I would pick Oakcrest again in a heartbeat!

- submitted by a community member

May 07, 2014
Oakcrest is a wonderful school. My daughter arrived in 9th grade, and even though she didn't know anyone there, she immediately fit right in with the girls there. Within a month or so, she felt like she had been there since 6th grade! The school administration is excellent, and the academics rigorous. What we especially appreciate is that they teach more than just the academics. Their focus is also on helping each girl develop into the best person she can be. They truly care about your daughter. In general, this is a wonderful, nurturing school with excellent academics and a very welcoming environment for both students and parents. No elitist attitudes here; all are welcome. The girls, as well as the faculty and parents, look out for and help each other. It is truly an exceptional school.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2014
Oakcrest school is good for girls who have been in private school there whole life, is catholic, and white otherwise if you are a young girl who is any other race and not rich or catholic then you will have Catholicism forced on your daughter and it will be hard to make friends. coming from a public school Oakcrest was pretty pathetic it -had cheap lockers -the cafeteria was the gym -the teachers were rude when the parents back was turned -small amount of clubs -you will be looked at as weird if you step out of line my experience was awful thankfully i was allowed to change schools that year i was a loner this year i have more friends after leaving please don't send your daughter unless you want her to become a clone of every other girl there

- submitted by a community member

February 26, 2014
Oakcrest is a one-of-a-kind school. Support is given to your daughter academically and socially. The administration and teachers are truly vested in getting the best out of your daughter and helping her realize her potential. The education (academically, in sports, and in theatre) our daughter has received exceeds what she received in local diocesan schools. She loves the freedom she gets to express herself and has the support from classmates and teachers. Our daughter can be herself and is realizing she can be whatever she wants to be in life. Oakcrest is truly vested in seeing our daughter succeed and live up to her potential. The teachers are truly exceptional and the administration is forward-thinking. Parents are involved, but in a way that benefits everyone. There are no cliques of parents. I have felt accepted by everyone. By the way, Oakcrest will be breaking ground very soon (in a couple of months) at their new site, at the corner of Hunter Mill Rd. & Crowell Rd. by the Dulles Toll Rd. in the Vienna/Reston area.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2014
As a parent, Oakcrest has been a fantastic environment for my daughter. The faculty provides not only fantastic instruction of a rigorous curriculum, but are also women of solid character. These teachers help the students grow into confident, strong and articulate young women who will contribute something positive to society. The school's academic credentials speak for themselves (do the research!); the other facets of our Oakcrest experience have been fantastic.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
We are yet to see another school like Oakcrest where all the girls are seen as individuals with great talents and potential to excel in whatever it is that they are interested it in. Oakcrest tailors to the overall character building and spiritual growth of each girl while allowing them the freedom to express themselves. Oakcrest is worth every penny and a good investment of which it's fruits last forever. The faculty are accessible and always willing to meet one on one with each girl and the principal of the school is such a perfect example for the girls of how to be humble but outspoken and successful in life.

- submitted by a parent

January 22, 2014
Where to start with exposing the sad excuse for a school? This place is literally the worst. Why? Is it because of the cranky, old, and verbally-abusive teacher? Is it because of the students, who are pretty much all rich, spoiled brats? Is it because of the times when the students are forced to gather with their "families" and pretend like they're actually all friends? Or is it the fact that what you see at a "Taste of Oakcrest" is the fakest thing you will ever witness? The answer is: all of the above. There's so many negative things to say about this place. Oakcrest is not worth a single cent of your money. PS- Catholicism will constantly be forced down your child's throat. That is about all the education one could hope for when sending their child to Oakcrest.

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2013
I can not say enough good things about this school. My daughter came last year in 7th grade and absolutely loves it. The teachers, the staff, the administration and the students all welcomed her and went out of their way to make her feel at home. The curriculum is challenging, but the teachers have all been available to work with her and help her out. What I love most about the school is that everyone we have met are sincerely dedicated to bringing out the best my daughter has to offer in terms of talent, faith and intellect. It is so important for our girls to see good strong women leading them. It is such a gift to have her at Oakcrest.

- submitted by a parent

August 12, 2013
this school had no diversity. there were no sports or music program that was half way decent the lockers were broken and i felt like an outsider. i hope to give my kids a better experience.

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October 23, 2012
I am an Oakcrest alumna and I loved going to Oakcrest! I am now an attorney, married and still close to my Oakcrest friends. I am sorry there are some people who did not have a good experience (as can be expected at any school or institution), but from my personal experience and the experience of my friends, we loved Oakcrest and still do!

- submitted by a community member

January 27, 2012
My daughter has thrived at Oakcrest. The teachers are dedicated and nurturing. The small size allows them to give each child individual attention. She can excel and play any sport because the opportunities are there. The school is also attempting to become more diverse; the lack of diversity in views in some facets of the school can sometimes detract from an optimal learning environment. It would also benefit the school if it did not act as a secondary sister school but rather an independent school on its own.

- submitted by a parent

October 06, 2011
I went to Oakcrest and the environment was not the best for me. I graduated about 6-7 years ago so maybe it has changed. Although the education I received was good, there was absolutely no diversity. There was no diversity in thought or in culture. In the future I want my kids to be exposed to different cultures and different ways of thinking and this school just didn't not have that. Obviously from my writing you might be able to tell that I was one of not many minorities that attended the school and I felt ostracized and uncomfortable. I did not fit in and found it hard to blend in and make friends with the others. If this is something that is important to you, I would advise you not to send your children to this school.

- submitted by a community member

April 13, 2011
I am an Oakcrest alum and now parent of an Oakcrest student, and I am thrilled to have my daughter there! She has struggled with shyness and other issues since she was little, and I feel like she is a new person since starting Oakcrest. Not that all her issues have disappeared - they haven't- but it seems like a weight has been lifted off her shoulders. She is comfortable, relaxed, and happy to be part of her class and the school. The teachers and administration really do care about the students and are great at making sure each individual gets what she needs to grow and excel. I know Oakcrest prepared me wonderfully for college and beyond, and I can see they are still doing the same for every girl that walks through their doors. I couldn't ask for a better school for my daughter!

- submitted by a parent

February 28, 2011
Oakcrest has been a great school for my daughter. She gets all the help and attention she needs. The class sizes are small, allowing her the opportunity to be heard. Staff and teachers are absolutely wonderful - and truly are there to support your children. Some private Catholic schools in the area are more about the parents and aren't that interested in educating children. This is not the case at Oakcrest - our daughters are their top priority!

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 2010
I love this school. I will be attendeing this school next year and from what i have seen and heard it is just phenommenal. No one imposes cristianity on you and you can be who you are and the all girls environment is just astounding. I think that this school is just fabulous.

- submitted by a community member

July 24, 2009
The small class sizes at Oakcrest make is impossible to remain unnoticed. The personal attention allows each girl to grow into a young woman. The teachers at Oakcrest genuinely care about the girls, making the academic environment comfortable. The religious education and spiritual guidance is what sets Oakcrest apart from other Catholic schools in the area. Oakcrest delves deep into Church History, Catholic beliefs, and philosophy, ensuring each girl is grounded in her beliefs before she goes to college. The relationships between the girls are extremely tight, since the grades are so small. Each grade is supportave of each other. Sports at Oakcrest are not up to par with similar schools in the area, however. But this does give average athletes the oppurtunity to play on a varsity sport. Sports and other after school activites strengthen the bonds between grades.

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2007
I used to go to Oakcrest, and I hated it. The majority of the teachers were discouraging, rude, and unhelpful to anything I was having trouble with.

- submitted by a student

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Oakcrest School
850 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA  22101
(703) 790-5450
Last modified Oakcrest School is a Private school that serves grades 6-12
Oakcrest School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top