At Oakcrest, the liberal arts form the foundation for the art of living. Oakcrest recognizes the vocation of women as trustees of humanity and provides a culture of freedom and responsibility in which they can develop the intellectual and moral excellence needed to pursue the true and the good with optimism among the myriad circumstances of personal, family and professional life.
The liberal arts approach to education enjoys lasting value. Originally, the artes liberals (liberal arts) of the trivium—grammar, logic, rhetoric—and quadrivium—astronomy, music, geometry, arithmetic—prepared students to undertake higher studies, to function as participating free citizens in their societies, and to pursue lifelong learning.
Oakcrest’s core curriculum offers both depth and breadth in Mathematics, Science, English, History, Classical and Foreign Languages, and Theology as well as courses in Visual and Performing Arts, and Technology. Courses explore subject matter theoretically and practically from the fundamental through AP and advanced levels to prepare our students for college, spark their intellectual curiosity and love of learning, and help them refine their potential. We set high expectations for our students and provide the knowledge and support they need to fulfill them. A series of elective courses and clubs such as the Virginia Science Olympiad, Chamber Orchestra, Western Political Thought, and Debate, along with a robust athletic program, round out the Oakcrest experience.