What We Believe | Oakbrook Preparatory School

WHAT WE BELIEVE

Mission & History

Built on a foundation of Christian Faith, Oakbrook educates students to be independent learners in a changing world.

Oakbrook began in 1992 with a large vision and a small school called the Village School founded by Rosemary Moore with 18 students in the basement of a church. Her vision was to create a cross-cultural school where children from various denominations were united by their willingness to work and to learn. The Village School began with the purpose of teaching children ideas that matter. Children are thinkers who thrive on a diet of challenging ideas and questions. This philosophical approach has worked for over one hundred years in England and forms one of the cornerstones of Oakbrook Preparatory School.

The curriculum is primarily influenced by the work of the great English educator Charlotte Mason, who established village schools in England at the turn of the century. Her academic emphasis was to put children in touch with nature and classics in literature, art, and music. She offered a classical, broad-based curriculum to all children, regardless of economic or social background. The children of farmers and shopkeepers were taught the same wide curriculum as the young lords in the manor.

When Mrs. Moore founded the school, she never intended for the school to continue beyond grade five. Due to the tremendous support and insistence from parents, it was decided that the Village School would become a true college preparatory school and continue through grade 12. Changing the structure of the school brought about a need to change the name of the school as well. The 2001-2002 school year was a year of transition. The Village School remained the name used for the preschool through fifth grade students, while the middle school students adopted the name Oakbrook. Beginning in August 2002, the name Oakbrook Preparatory School was adopted for all students in grades one through 12 at the main campus, and Oakbrook Preschool was adopted for K-4 through K-5 at the Covenant campus.

In 2005, six outstanding students became Oakbrook's first graduating class. The group averaged 1230 on their SAT's, received scholarship offers in excess of $150,000, and participated in independent study projects that kindled their imaginations and provided them with the motivation, leadership skills, and discipline to be successful in college and in life. Among them were a National Merit Scholar, A National Commended Scholar, and two Palmetto Scholarship recipients. Trips to Ireland, Charleston, or local retreats to Windy Gap and Awanita were other highlights of a year filled with enrichment opportunities. At the end of 2005, Oakbrook's founder, Rosemary Moore, retired and was given the honorary title of Director Emeritus.

Today Oakbrook continues to grow and thrive. Due to the generous support of school families and donors, the entire Oakbrook family is housed on a beautiful 33 acre campus on the west side of Spartanburg. Oakbrook alumni matriculate to top universities, play collegiate sports and serve in their communities. The core values of academic excellence, creativity, character, community and diversity guide Oakbrook Preparatory School's vision to be one of our nation's premier Christ-centered, college preparatory schools.

"Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

Psalm 1:1-3

Philosophy

Oakbrook views each child as an individual spirit to be kindled rather than a vessel to be filled - a person endowed by God with uniqueness. The Oakbrook educational experience seeks to be a joyous adventure and celebration of life, as well as a solid preparation for living. We hope to instill in each student a love for learning that will last a lifetime. To do this, Oakbrook has adopted much of the philosophy of Charlotte Mason, an innovative British educator of the late 1800’s. Charlotte Mason was a remarkable Christian woman who truly loved children and worked diligently to change the educational climate of her day.

The Charlotte Mason method is based on the firm belief that the child is a person and we must educate that whole person, not just his mind. A Charlotte Mason education is three-pronged: in her words, “Education is an Atmosphere, a Discipline, a Life.”She outlined her methodology in a series of six scholarly books on education. Her work is founded on scripture; she saw God, the Holy Spirit, as the supreme educator of all mankind. Miss Mason saw no separation between the intellectual and spiritual life of children. Her academic emphases were to put children in touch with nature and the classics in literature, art and music.

  • Education is an atmosphere refers to the attitude toward learning that is established in the classroom and beyond as we travel and learn together. The classroom atmosphere should invite students to learn from real things in a real world.
  • Education is a discipline implies the inner attitude and motivation. Students should be trained to have good habits and self-control. Children need time to think and reflect if their work is to be worthwhile.
  • Education is a life refers to the moral and intellectual ideas we place before children. The mind feeds upon ideas and therefore children should have a generous curriculum. Children need to be encouraged toward worthwhile thoughts: beauty, faith and the sciences.
  • Education is the science of relations means that children have minds capable of making their own connections with knowledge and experiences. The child should learn about nature, science and art, know how to make things, read many living books and be physically fit.
  • Education is the acceptance or rejection of ideas – it is the child’s responsibility in choosing to either accept or reject ideas. To assist them in this choice, students are given principles of conduct and a wide range of knowledge.

Statement of Faith

Oakbrook Preparatory School is a nondenominational Christ-centered School. We seek to educate our students within the framework of the Christian faith, as revealed in the Holy Scriptures. We do not divide education into spiritual and secular components, but acknowledge that all truth is God's truth.

We believe in the sovereignty of God, the authority of Scripture, the Lordship of Christ. We affirm the creation of man by a direct act of God, the sinful nature of man, the virgin birth and incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We believe in Christ's atonement for our sins by his death on the cross, the resurrection of his body on the third day, His power to save man from sin, and the gift of eternal life by the grace of God.

Oakbrook seeks to complement the work of the family and church, and to establish a link between faith, service and learning. In matters of faith, we seek to unite our students around the person of Jesus Christ, allowing many issues of doctrine to take second place.