“I am a child of God. I ought to do his will.
I can do what He says. And by His grace, I will.”
Oakbrook Preparatory School 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.