In the autumn of 1976, a group of families and educators came together to establish an independent all-girls school in Washington, DC, that would give young women an integrated education of mind, body, and soul that would prepare them to be forces for good in society. Guided by the teachings of the Catholic Church and the spirituality of Opus Dei, these pioneering founders launched Oakcrest with its challenging curriculum, strong parent-school partnership, individual student mentoring, and service-oriented leadership program.
Oakcrest opened its doors to 22 students and 6 teachers in a large house on Idaho Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC, the former site of the French International School. The following year, the school moved to a “real,” more spacious school building on Yuma Street to accommodate its growth.
By 2000, having once again outgrown its space, Oakcrest moved to the site of the former McLean Bible Church in Northern Virginia where it added a sixth grade class and expanded its athletics, fine arts, and co-curricular programs.
In the fall of 2017, Oakcrest finally settled into its permanent home in Vienna, Virginia. Designed in the tradition of a Virginia manor house and set on 23 beautiful acres of land, the campus accommodates its academic building as well as athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, and softball, providing the Oakcrest family a home uniquely tailored to the school’s mission.