The senior thesis is the capstone project of an Oakcrest student’s education and a cherished academic tradition at the end of the school year. Working with a faculty advisor, each senior writes an in-depth, 10-15 page research paper on a topic of her choosing from an interdisciplinary perspective.
In the midst of the challenging circumstances, Oakcrest School is celebrating the members of its senior class, who have been admitted into universities around the country, including the University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, The College of William & Mary, and Boston College.
While Oakcrest’s building might be closed, faculty and staff continue to communicate the vibrant, personal Oakcrest experience to students. The Oakcrest distance learning program provides order, support and structure for teachers and students as they work together to continue the learning process and advance to the next level of study.
Oakcrest is committed to supporting parents as the primary educators of their daughters. The school does this through a variety of means, including practical talks, Fathers Club events, and our Lending Library. An abundance of valuable parent resources can also be found on the Oakcrest website.
Oakcrest will send a mission team to Jamaica this summer to work with Mustard Seed Communities for the second year in a row. Nineteen Upper School students and five chaperones will spend the week of August 8-15 serving Mustard Seed residents.
Responding to Bishop Burbidge’s call to support the Virginia March for Life, Oakcrest School in Vienna sent a busload of students and faculty members to Richmond on February 13th. After having had the honor of leading the national March for Life in January, Oakcrest students recognized their responsibility to be leaders in the effort to defend human life at every stage.
Oakcrest School earned a spot in the Virginia Science Olympiad high school state tournament by finishing in fifth place at the regional competition held at the University of Mary Washington on Saturday, February 8.
Director of Catholic Women’s Forum Mary Rice Hasson visited Oakcrest on January 31 to speak about Christian anthropology, same sex attraction, and transgenderism to the 11th grade Moral Theology class. Several seniors and faculty members also attended this special lecture.
Oakcrest’s Upper School students will bring James and the Giant Peach to life on stage the weekend of February 21-22. The musical, based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel, is a growing-up tale complete with zany aunts, enormous fruit, and human-sized bugs.
On March 14 at 7:00 pm,Oakcrest School’s Sixth Annual O’Donovan Humanities Lecture will feature Dr. Evelyn Birge Vitz, Professor Emerita of French Literature, Thought and Culture at New York University. Dr. Vitz will speak about “Beauty, Piety and Fun in Medieval Literature.” The event is free and open to the public.
Oakcrest Parent Support is once again offering the Art of Living for Women, a workshop on the art of creating a home that fosters human flourishing. This year’s event, titled “Longing for Home,” will take place on campus on January 25 from 8:45 am - 12:30 pm and focuses on creating order and beauty in the home.
On Monday, December 16, Middle and Upper School students competed in Oakcrest’s annual Shakespeare Monologue Competition. In the Middle School division, Ashleigh Yaghmour (‘25) took second place and Charlotte O’Beirne (‘24) won first. From the Upper School, Catalina Scheider Galiñanes ('21) won second place and Ava Quaale (‘21) placed first.
At the heart of every Oakcrest student and alumna is a spirit of service. If you review the Portrait of an Oakcrest Graduate, leadership and a spirit of collaboration that inspire students to serve are key to Oakcrest’s unique mission. The recent Covid-19 pandemic put that quality to the test in a very real way for Oakcrest current staculty member and alumna, Nancy (Williams) Miggins (‘98).
After eight years of serving the United States Marine Corps, Ms. Leslie Kanuch decided it was time for a new adventure. She found her way to a faculty position at Oakcrest, where she currently teaches AP Physics, Honors Physics, Latin IV/V and Computer Programming.
Oakcrest science teacher Dr. Kat Hussmann takes listeners on an exploration of the history of viruses, what viruses are, what they do to our bodies, and the cutting-edge technology available to scientists. Listen
A discussion of the important role that fathers play in the lives of their daughters. Oakcrest Dean of Students Meghan Hadley and faculty member Ginny Boles share memories and anecdotes about how their fathers helped form them into the women they are today. Listen
Whether it’s serving as Student Council president or being active in her local community, Falan Kifle (‘20) is always looking for ways to help and get involved. And she has found many opportunities to grow as a leader at Oakcrest.
Oakcrest's College Counseling department hosted a discussion of what students and parents can do to prepare for the college application process, and how to find the school that's the best fit for them. Listen
If you ask Katie (Swedo) Beatty (‘07) what Oakcrest means to her, she will tell you, “Through my time at Oakcrest, I found my best friends, my faith and my husband. To say that those six years had a lifelong impact on my future would be an understatement.”
Sarah Robertson joined the Oakcrest community this year as Assistant Athletic Director and also as Head Softball Coach. She has jumped right into the life of the school, making valuable contributions to the athletics program.