The goal of the Upper School curriculum is to lead the Oakcrest student towards an in-depth understanding of life, of herself, and of her responsibilities to others and to the common good. The curriculum teaches a love and respect for truth, and invites the student to ponder what it means to be human and how to advance on her path towards self- knowledge and wisdom. The first years of Upper School emphasize communicating effectively as classes across disciplines seek to develop clear reasoning and rhetoric, while the latter years require greater abstract thinking, leading to an increased appreciation of speculative knowledge and the nature of reality. Throughout her studies she comes to understand herself and human nature, she learns new ways of reasoning, acquires precision in language, and recognizes the beauty of ordered reality. She comes to respect the art of human communication and appreciates the depth and breadth of human experience and aspiration. She learns to listen to others while gaining new ways to express her own thoughts and experiences. She discovers and ponders the workings of God in the world and in her life. With a solid foundation for understanding the world, others, herself and her responsibilities, the Oakcrest student is equipped to live fully and thereby affect positive change within society.