Academics

Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten
Nearly all four year olds learn to read using our proven phonics program while Kindergarten students typically read on a third grade level by the end of the year. Curriculum includes math, science, Bible, music, art, penmanship, foreign language, history and geography as well as outdoor play. Our classes at this level feature no pressure. Students learn through music, crafts, physical activity and in many other ways. We use Saxon Math 1 in the Kindergarten and Saxon Kindergarten Math in Junior Kindergarten.  Three year olds receive the same instruction but at a slower pace.

Elementary: Grades 1-5
Grade school, or grammar school, is a time for developing structures that reward self-control and personal discipline. Habits and concepts learned at this early age will stick for life if they are taught in an interesting and engaging way.

  • Using Shurley English, students learn grammar. Come see first graders diagramming sentences!
  • The outstanding Excellence in Writing program teaches artful communication
  • Saxon Math is used one year ahead of grade level preparing student for pre-algebra and beyond.
  • Students travel to our science lab for Mrs. Door’s elementary courses in Chemistry, Astronomy & Geoscience, Physics, and Biology. They learn scientific method and how to organize a laboratory notebook.
  • Latin with our veteran language instructors
  • Students read original works, from Curious George and Madeline in first grade to Robin Hood and Where the Red Fern Grows in older grades. As much as possible books that relate to a particular period in history are read while students are studying that time in history.

Even from this age students are pushed towards the solidifying analysis and communication of logic and rhetoric levels of learning, though the primary focus is on filling the mind with knowledge. If you visit, you may see 5th graders having a class debate of British vs. Colonists, 4th graders giving discovery presentations about electricity, 3rd graders acting out ancient customs, 2nd graders dressing up for a play, or 1st graders explaining their favorite U.S. Presidents.

Junior High
Algebra and Geometry and other math options are offered. Students take Astronomy & Geoscience as well as introductory courses in Chemistry and Physics along with a more intensive study of history and literature.

  • Formal logic classes train students in the correct use of reason. Students practice reasoning skills as they debate, participate in class discussions and critique one another.
  • Students complete Henle Latin One and become proficient with the ins and outs of a foreign language.
  • Science classes include labs which help the students learn the scientific method and how it is essential to true science.
  • Good writing includes logical organization of ideas. Children continue to practice their skills using the Excellence in Writing program.

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High School
Attending high school at Oak Hill your son or daughter can study math through Trigonometry and Calculus AP. We offer science courses through Chemistry and AP Physics. There is a strong emphasis on learning to read for ideas and enjoyment, learning to write clearly and to speak eloquently. Recent College Acceptances include The University of Virginia, Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering, Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, Virginia Tech, James Madison, New Saint Andrews College, George Mason University, Pensacola Christian College, Liberty University, University of Richmond, Mary Washington, Grove City, Mary Baldwin, Chestnut Hill College, Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.

The Logos Honors Program
With the help of the Veritas Omnibus textbooks and teacher-led discussion, students analyze timeless works of the West. Using logic and previous knowledge, students are able to discern the antithesis between biblical ideas and man centered ideas and how present streams of thought have been shaped. In a given year we cover Ancient Works, Medieval, or Modern Works.

Juniors and seniors are required to engage in a year long thesis writing process, culminating in defending a thesis before a panel of faculty and visitors. Rhetoric students practice many types of speeches, how to write in various styles, and incorporation of stylistic techniques, such as the figures of speech, which flavor communication.

The Honors Program also includes Latin, learning to read Cicero, Virgil, The Vulgate, Augustine, and others as well as spoken Latin as a tool for mastery. It also will include a music class during 2015-16 with Mark Reagan.

Honors students attend science and math courses with other high school students at Oak Hill.

Admission to The Logos Honors Program is separate from admission to Oak Hill. Attendance requires a lot of hard but rewarding work.  If you wish to apply please submit:  1)  Oak Hill Application for Admission and Registration Fee; 2) Statement of Faith (contact the office for this form); 3) At least two years of academic records including all high school level work completed; 4) A letter of recommendation from your pastor.  Please also contact the office to arrange for testing of your student.

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