Uncommon Answers to Common Questions
Do we still have time to apply for next year? Can the school make any provision for our financial needs? Do college welcome your graduates? Is it really true that all the students wear uniforms and speak politely to each other?
Hopefully. We'll do our best. Totally. Well, yes.
What is the Oaks?
The Oaks is a private, non-denominational Christian school dedicated to providing families with a quality classical education for their children. Located in Spokane, Washington and serving grades K-12, it is one of the largest private schools in eastern Washington and has established a reputation for outstanding spiritual and academic excellence during its twenty-year history. The Oaks is a non-profit school and it is also an accredited member of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools.
How big is the Oaks?
Currently, over 300 students attend The Oaks in grades K through 12, with one classroom per grade, which makes it one of the largest private schools in eastern Washington. The Oaks employs 34 teaching and administrative staff members, as well as 11 support staff members. There are more than 160 families from over 50 different churches who make up the diverse socio-economic population of parents and students within the school.
What are the Oaks hours?
Office hours: 7:45-4:00 p.m.
School hours: 8:00-2:45 p.m.
AM Kindergarten: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
PM Kindergarten: 12:45-2:45 p.m.
What is the trivium?
The Trivium is an age old, proven, Classical teaching model which incorporates children’s three natural stages of learning - Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric. In the Grammar Stage, K-6 students learn the facts and rules of their subjects. The Logic Stage of grades 7-9, teaches knowledge with understanding of what is learned. Lastly, the Rhetoric Stage educates students in grades 10-12 how to articulate wisdom through concise verbal and written communication. An excellent article regarding the Trivium is The Lost Tools of Learning by Dorothy Sayers.
What do students study at the Oaks?
Students study core subjects such as English, Literature, Math, History, Geography, and Sciences, as well as, Bible, Philosophy, Latin, Logic, Rhetoric, and Choir. In addition, Secondary students choose electives from Art, Madrigal Choir, Leadership, and Debate. For an overview of their curriculum, visit the Academics page.
Many off-campus learning activities are conducted at various grade levels to support learning experiences such as: Oregon Coast Field Trip, Mount St. Helen’s Field Trip, Civil War Re-enactment, History Emphasis Week, Medieval Banquet, Protocol Event, Secondary Ball, Whitman Mission Field Trip, culminating in the Senior Grand Tour. These events are designed to give students the first-hand knowledge of God’s creation that books simply cannot provide.
What extra-curricular activities are offered at the Oaks?
Students at The Oaks enjoy a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including:
Drama, Debate, Math Team, Protocol Week and Spring Ball
Cross Country is offered for students in grades 1 - 8.
Girls Volleyball for grades 7-12 includes Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Junior High teams.
Boys Soccer for grades 9-12 consists of a Varsity team.
Boys Basketball for grades 9-12 includes Varsity & Junior Varsity teams.
Girls Basketball for grades 9-12 consists of a Varsity team.
How can I learn more about the Oaks and classical Christian education?
We would love to talk to you about The Oaks!
Please contact our staff at 509.536.5955, M-F, from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. PST to set up a time to come see the school. Parents are encouraged to visit the classrooms) and meet with the teaching staff and administration to learn more about The Oaks.
If you are interested in enrollment, see the Visiting & Enrollment page and the Admissions Procedure Document. To learn more about Classical Christian Education, consult the Christian & Classical Education page.
What are the financial commitments?
Registration Fee - $250 per student
Assessment Fee - $25 per student
Note: Tuition is paid in twelve equal monthly installments, due on the first of the month from July through June.
Lunches and personal classroom supplies such as crayons, pencils, and pens are not included in the tuition or book fee. The cost of the required uniform is approximately $250 for girls and $225 for boys. Transportation is the responsibility of the student's family.
No assessment fee is required from existing families for incoming kindergarten students.)
For more details, see Visiting and Enrollment.
Where do families who attend the Oaks live?
Families whose children attend school at The Oaks come from all over the Spokane, Washington area. There are families that travel daily from Coeur d'Alene/Post Falls, Liberty Lake, Cheney, and Nine Mile as well as the Spokane Valley, Spokane's north side and Spokane's south hill. Many of these families have arranged carpool with other families to help them in their travels.