Oakcrest School, an independent college preparatory school for girls, opened its doors to twenty-two students for the first time on September 15, 1976, in Washington, DC.
The dream of a school with a unique mission had become a reality for the founding parents and educators who shared a common vision of education, which would serve not only their daughters, but also a need in society. The founders believed that the best education develops the whole person; it integrates academic excellence and personal character development. They also believed that a child’s education is the primary responsibility of his/her parents, who are supported by professional educators. From the beginning, Oakcrest was established as a college preparatory liberal arts middle and upper school for girls that focused on academic excellence, character development and active parent involvement.
After the first year, the school moved to a relatively larger facility in Washington, D.C., and continued to add a grade each year to complete the upper school grades. For the next twenty-four years, the school established its programs and reputation, and continued to draw students from the DC, Maryland and Virginia areas, as well as international students.
The greatest strength of Oakcrest School is its philosophy and mission. The educational philosophy of Oakcrest is inspired by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church founded by St. Josemaria Escriva.
- The move in 2000 positioned Oakcrest to increase enrollment and expand its programs and facilities.
In 2000 Oakcrest moved to McLean, Virginia. With this move, the school was positioned to increase enrollment and expand its programs and facilities. In 2003, the school added a 6th grade to complete the middle school and upper school configuration. Oakcrest has expanded its athletic, fine arts, and co-curricular offerings while continuing to offer a comprehensive college preparatory program. Today, Oakcrest provides an environment where girls make a difference – at school, at home and in the world at large. Oakcrest continues to fulfill its mission, by challenging students, each one individually and in partnership with her parents, to develop her intellect, character, faith and leadership potential. A girl’s years at Oakcrest will make a difference in her life and prepare her to make a difference in the lives of others in whatever she chooses to do.