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The Oaks Academy

Private | K-12 | 287 students

We are best known for our classical & Christian curriculum.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $156,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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Posted September 25, 2014

We are at the Oaks because of their Christ infused curriculum - no compartmentalization; Christ is the center off all things - he is Lord of math, science, etc. The truth of Christ is taught in every subject. Each of our 3 children have been at The Oaks since kindergarten and each have different learning styles. Yet they have thrived as they are being taught the truth. Clearly the best parenting decision we've made. The have matured spiritually and academically; they have been trained to think through everything. It has been a life changing experience for us as parents and as a family. They are challenged in a loving manner. Each year with our children has been a true delight because of the beautiful way the teachers have supported us as we "train our children up in the admonition of the Lord." We are making "beautiful memories" - the ball is a beautiful, God honoring celebration and a whole lot of fun! As you visit schools to consider for your children, I highly recommend the following - Visit the kindergarten class, a 2nd or 3rd grade class, and then an 11th or 12th grade class. This will allow you to see the "fruit" of that particular education style produces.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2014

The Oaks Classical Christian Academy uses the Classical tradition of learning called the Trivium. Grammar (k-5), Logic (6-8) and Rhetoric (9-12). Moving our three kids from the public school to the Oaks has been amazing! Not only do my kids love being academically challenged for the first time, they are maturing and growing in their faith. The comment about hiring from only one church is not an honest statement. The staff represent a mixture of at least 5 different churches that I know of so not sure where the one poster got their information. Last year we had a graduate go to Westpoint and the year before to Harvard so I also find it hard to believe they are lacking in the sciences in the upper grades. The leadership believes the Bible is the Word of God and does not bend to the culture's every whim. We don't find that to be legalistic, but standing firm for truth. Like any church there are conflicts at times between peers or teachers but the door is always open to discuss the situation and to seek reconciliation. As parents we have also enjoyed learning along side our kids and attend as many field trips and school functions as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2014

As a parent to 4 kids in different grades, who moved from the public school system, we have been blown away by The Oaks. I am not understanding the negative reviews by parents as this school's academic excellence is a byproduct of teaching to the kids as a whole. Our kids have learned life lessons and improved on character traits that have helped them at home and in the world. The school teaches that we are all sinners and handles sin and each child in such a loving way. The love and respect between all the teachers, staff, parents and students is evident when you are there. Just shadow the kids for a day and you will see for yourselves. As far as love of learning our kids were burnt out at at public school and were the ones who cried when it was time for summer because they were going to miss their teachers and friends. The end result lies on you as a parent so for those that don't want to assist their kids or be responsible for the outcome this school isn't for you. It has helped raise the bar for us as parents in every area. Best parenting decision ever.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2014

They are very weak in the sciences and very legalistic in their Biblical views. The students are only trained in a classical style. Their quality of their teachers has gone down in the last couple of years because of them hiring people from their church or friends. Their Valedictorian last year had a 3.5 gpa and very average SATs. There is alot of favoritism in this school. So if your in the good with the teachers then you can get away with alot. They will tell you that the students are as if they are sinless. But under the covers all kids sin...they drink, the sneak around, they cheat, they bully, and they drop out of school. The new headmaster is very legalist in his his Biblical views and very prideful. Most of the kids that have great SAT scores it because their parents paid for tutoring to get they kids scores up they. They say their classes are pair to AP classes in the public school but except for English most kids don't do well on the test unless they received tutoring for them. Most of the students struggle in the sciences in the university level classes and most drop out of the sciences in college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

Our son attends the Oaks and we are very blessed with how he has matured spiritually and academically. The nurturing nature of the educational team has been amazing. Our son loves his teachers and the other students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2012

The Oaks is clearly the best school I have ever encountered. The environment is loving, warm and friendly, yet academically challenging. The students and staff have an immense amount of respect for one another. The staff cares about each child individually. The students are taught to love learning and realize how God has a hand in everything we do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2011

We looked at a number of private schools. We wanted one with the primary objective of building a cornerstone of Christ in the students' heart. Secondarily the school had to show excellent scholastic acheivment & opportunity for their graduates. Here we found 100% of the grads go on in school with 97% to a four year school. The average SAT score is 1871 and this year's graduating class, of 21 kids, received $1.8M in scholastic awards. All b/c the admin, teachers AND parents love the students, want to train them to be leaders, and accomplish it with a time-tested method. As a parent you only have once chance to infuse your child with an education like this. It is one of the only investments that pays off in knowledge, opportunity, and to future generations. It is a must visit, once you see this school it sets the bar for the others you preview.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Excellent balance of rigorous academic training and genuine love for the Lord. Tough balance to strike, but it seems to be producing wonderful results.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 15, 2009

This school creates leaders. All you have to do is sit in on a couple classes or watch some of their seniors. Amazing, Amazing school and amazing staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Outstanding school for families who seek a Christian worldview infused in a classical approach to education. While academically demanding, the teachers and staff clearly love their students as demonstrated in the classroom. If you are a family with strongly held Christian principles and seek an academically rigorous environment for your children, The Oaks is for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2009

This school has changed the way I view learning. I no longer learn because I have to, but because I want to. The excellent staff has taught me to strive for excellence, and to seek Christ is all that I do. In short, The Oaks has taught me to be a better student and a better person. Thank you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 24, 2009

This school has taught my daughter to love learning and to love the lord. She has grown so much because of this school's great leadership. This school is challenging, but it encourages students to love learning rather than grades. In secondary, students learn through discussion rather that rote memorization. The classical method works.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

The Oaks effectively equips children for a lifetime. We have four children in The Oaks and cannot say enough in appreciation and admiration for the school. The school integrates a Christian worldview and a commitment to Christ in all aspects of the curriculum. The Principal, staff and teachers are qualified, motivated and devote extensive personal attention to the students. The academic standards are very high but it continually amazes us what our children are learning. The Trivium approach to learning is of great benefit. We would highly recommend the Oaks for those who desire to have a Christ centered education from a classical perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

While Academically sound, that might actually outweigh the spiritual assertions.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 18, 2005

I believe the desire to be academically elite overrides the ability of each teacher to nurture the students as individuals and infuse in them a love for learning. The Oaks prides itself in being miles ahead of other schools and yet when we moved our children we found that in their academic assessments there were many steps of processing that were missing as a result of pushing so far ahead in age appropriate curriculum. While our children had good grades, they did not retain information, but rather memorized enough to score well in tests.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

We moved to Spokane to put our two children in The Oaks because of it's reputation for spiritual and academic excellence. We've seen true excellence in the standards set, teaching quality, leadership of administration, and how well our two children are doing. It is not an easy school by any means, but for parents who want God's best for their kids education, it has exceeded our expectations in every way. We also see the students graduating from The Oaks doing extremely well with school testing statistica to be very high compared to any other school in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2005

True excellence in academic and spirtual learning enviroment. Great teachers, outstanding leadership. Our children are learning far more that ever before. The love learning and are miles ahead of other students their age going to other schools. The graduates are high caliber young adults going on to greater learning institutions. A great value for the tuition cost. We need more like this school in our world.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 94% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Black 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 3% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 97% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Latin
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Latin
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Bruce Williams
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Associations
  • ACCS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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

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  • 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
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • College/career center
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

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

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Debate
  • Math club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • Our distinctive Classical & Christian curriculum using the Trivium produces wonderful results: * Academically, 100% of Oaks graduates have continued their education at colleges and universities around the country with SAT scores ranking among the top high schools in the U.S. (see our website for complete details) * Socially, with formal training in etiquette and manners our school culture is one of the highest respect, born out of Christian principles. * Spiritually, we strive diligently to chal
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 3%
4 year college - 97%
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2303 S Bowdish Rd
Spokane, WA 99206
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Phone: (509) 536-5955

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