• Christine Nussio

Dear Friends,

In the Upper School, Oakcrest students embark on a formative journey that will prepare them intellectually, morally, and spiritually for adulthood. At Oakcrest, our students develop love and respect for truth, and develop the virtues necessary for authentic interior freedom which enables them to know, desire, and choose well in life. Through our liberal arts curriculum, our students become lifelong learners with the moral courage and intellectual honesty to pursue wisdom and truth in all their endeavors.

In the first years of Upper School students develop good habits of discernment and reflection, fostering greater self-knowledge and allowing them to form stronger and more positive friendships. As they mature in their junior and senior years, Oakcrest students are challenged to turn their focus outward in service and leadership in the school and wider community. In their studies and culminating in the senior thesis, students learn to put the art of persuasion in the service of truth and to explain what they know with clarity and beauty. 


Christine Nussio
Upper School Director

Grade 9: Life as a Heroic Journey

For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, virtue with knowledge, knowledge with self- control, self-control with endurance, endurance with devotion, devotion with mutual affection, and mutual affection with love.” 
—Second Letter of Peter 1:6-7 

Virtues: Self-knowledge, sporting spirit, fortitude
Theme: Heroism and Journey 

Grade 10: A Lover of Beauty and Goodness

“Whatever things are true, whatever things have honor, whatever things are upright, whatever things are holy, whatever things are beautiful, whatever things are of value, if there is any virtue and if there is any praise, give thought to these  things.”
Philippians 4:8 

Virtues: Discernment, empathy, authenticity
Theme: Beauty and Culture 

Grade 11: A Trustee of Humanity

“Whoever knows exactly why something is good or beautiful will not simply assume the attitudes of another. And then the exercise of this intellectual critique develops the ability to distinguish between spiritual truth and falsehood. Emotional reactions invoke action. Those who truly love their neighbor will not be unsympathetic and apathetic to their neighbor's need. Words should inspire action; otherwise, words are mere rhetoric camouflaging nothingness, concealing merely empty or illusory feelings and opinions.
—Edith Stein 

Virtues: Constancy, gratitude, prudence
Theme: Person and Woman 

Grade 12: A Noble Citizen Who Lives Virtue in Truth

“No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind…” 
—John Donne 

Virtues: Seeking good counsel, patriotism, courage
Theme: Society and the Common Good 

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