Elizabeth Black, Dean of Faculty & Curriculum

The liberal arts student sees the big picture. The individual facts and subjects that she learns find their broader meaning when seen in light of the true, the good, and the beautiful. 

Reaching Her Highest Potential

Good habits of mind and heart are the building blocks of a woman’s personal excellence and success. Oakcrest’s rich liberal arts curriculum fosters our students’ commitment to truth, personal integrity, and the responsible use of freedom. Our graduates become young women who lead, serve, and positively impact family and society.

A Liberal Arts Education

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 athletics program, round out the Oakcrest experience.

Motivation and Engagement

Oakcrest girls strive for excellence in a supportive environment that encourages the exploration of ideas and talents. Students gain confidence and resilience through competence and experience. They are given a springboard for success in college and beyond. Our faculty is committed to creating an environment where students pursue learning by active personal engagement with each other, with their teachers, and with the world outside the classroom.

Academic Support

Oakcrest provides a comprehensive academic support system for our students. Oakcrest faculty are dedicated to promoting engagement and understanding in the classroom. In cooperation with the Dean of Faculty and Curriculum, our Learning Specialist works with teachers to support students with a variety of learning styles, and social, physical and emotional needs. We aim to build resilient students who:

  • Engage actively in the learning process
  • Believe learning is based on personal motivation, perseverance, and effort
  • View mistakes as part of the learning process
  • See the teacher as a supporting adult
  • Understand their unique learning styles
  • Proactively seek help when they need it
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives—choice, not chance, determines your destiny.
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