Oak Hill Academy (New Jersey)
|Oak Hill Academy|
|Head of school||Joseph A. Pacelli|
|Faculty||58.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||6.6:1|
|Campus||Suburban, 20 acres|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
Oak Hill Academy is a coeducational, nonsectarian private day school located in Lincroft, New Jersey, serving students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Oak Hill Academy was founded in September 1981 by educator Joseph A. Pacelli. The school is academically rigorous and boasts advanced courses in mathematics and Latin. Oak Hill has swimming as a mandatory part of the physical education program.
As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 382 students and 58.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 6.6. The average student per academic class is 15.
Oak Hill Academy is a member of the Educational Records Bureau and the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. The school was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1986, 1996, and 2008.
Grades five to eight, separated and departmentalized classes are taught by teachers who are experts in their subject areas. Daily sessions in literature, language arts, math, science, and social studies stress critical thinking, communication skills, writing ability, and good organizational habits. These courses, as well as French, Latin, Spanish, critical reading, music, drama, computer science, art, and physical education provide an excellent preparation for high school years. "Explorations," a research-based program and a project-oriented "math workshop," allow students to work hands-on in cooperative groups using technology.
For grades Pre-K-8, they all take a language. For grades Pre-K to 4, they take French. In upper school, grades 5-7, French is taken one half of the year, and Spanish is taken the other half. But in 8th grade, the students get to choose whichever language they like best to take for the whole year. French and Spanish 8th graders are ready for French and Spanish 2, 2 honors and at times French or Spanish 3 in high school depending upon the curriculum. Oak Hill Academy offers a two year Latin program in the 7th and 8th grade.
Beginning with a full-day kindergarten program, the curriculum is designed with the stages of child development in mind. Traditional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies are taught in a hands-on manner. These basic areas are complemented by Orff music, drama, computer science, art, library, physical education, French. An innovative enrichment program offers changing themes in a special "HandsOn/HeadsOn" room where real-life activities are based on grade level curriculum.
Learning and self-confidence are encouraged through discovery and play with an emphasis on all aspects of childhood development. Well-equipped interest areas allow for multisensory involvement of the student in inter-disciplinary subjects. The reading and math programs are an excellent preparation for the lower school curriculum.
Oak Hill is a private school with a uniform dress code. For girls, they must wear the navy blue school sweater, skirts (in blue tan or gray), blouses (blue, yellow, pink, white, tan), and shoes. No sneakers are permitted (except during gym). During the winter, girls may wear pants in the same three colors. Boys must wear the school sweater, pants (in blue, tan or gray), shirts (blue, tan, pink, yellow, white), shoes, and a tie and belt.