Head of School’s Welcome
At Oak Hill School, our goal is to inspire intellectual curiosity, creativity, and critical thought, to promote aesthetic sensitivity, physical well-being, respect for others, moral fortitude, and an inclusive and global mindset. Oak Hill’s commitment to providing a rigorous, first-rate, and truly well-rounded education in a nurturing family setting is quite impressive. Our students are bright, happy, and engaging. Our teachers are passionate, talented, and dedicated, and we offer an extraordinary breadth and depth of electives, unique programs, and opportunities to our students as we prepare them for life in the 21st century. Our parents are also deeply devoted to the school and are clearly involved as partners in the learning process. In addition, the feelings of warmth, inclusivity, and community on the campus are palpable.
We believe that a strong independent school program must focus its energies on developing self-confidence and encouraging risk-taking and collaborative approaches to problem solving in and for its students. Continued emphasis in these areas is vital to a student’s success in school, and the foundation work must begin as early as possible, both in school as well as at home. Learning is a complex process that results from the student’s own thinking as well as from his or her real life experiences, and then proceeds according to each student’s individual timetable for growth and development. Teachers, therefore, have a responsibility to stimulate learning in all developmental areas and to strengthen a student’s self-confidence and positive feelings toward learning. A secure and effective school embraces and cultivates this philosophy, and this is happening every day on our dynamic campus.
We also nurture the development of the whole student; emotionally, intellectually, morally, and physically. In addition to encouraging curiosity and a love for the challenge of learning, our program aims to advance the development of individual character (especially honesty and integrity), foster an appreciation for diversity of thought, background, race, culture, and socio-economic standing, and to engender respect for the needs, rights and beliefs of others. We also believe we have the added responsibility to help students appreciate and respect one’s own body, enjoy physical activity, and develop the skills necessary to participate in various athletic endeavors.
We realize that the face of education in America and elsewhere is changing rapidly as the world becomes more and more of a global community. Globalization has made it abundantly clear that schools and the students and teachers in the 21st century will need to continue to focus less on memorization of facts that are unconnected and more on studying information in ways that promote deeper critical thinking (analysis and synthesis) and creative, innovative, and collaborative approaches to problem solving. Developing a true global mindset and an understanding and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs will become increasingly important for students. More inclusion in the curriculum of both non Western history and world language study will also be necessary in American schools, as English is no longer the most widely spoken language on the planet. Additionally, technology has become part of the fabric of education, and schools must acknowledge their pedagogical obligation to not only embrace it and remain current with the latest practices and applications, but to also address the ethical and responsible use of technology by students. Today’s students are being educated for jobs that do not yet exist, but the mastery of the previously mentioned core skills and abilities will be vital to students’ successes in whatever careers they choose. At Oak Hill we are committed to a program that embraces all of these needs.
It is exciting to know that the Oak Hill community is not content to rest on its laurels but is instead looking to the future with both a sense of pride in the school’s many accomplishments as well as an understanding of the priorities and challenges to be addressed. Oak Hill is a wonderfully vibrant school and we look forward to seeing you on campus!
Creating caring and responsible critical thinkers.
OAK HILL SCHOOL, located on a seventy-two acre campus outside of Eugene, Oregon, is an independent, secular, nonprofit, co-educational day school serving students in kindergarten through grade twelve. Founded in 1994 as a college preparatory institution, the school currently has an enrollment of 211 students with 55. The student-faculty ratio in the Upper School is approximately 4:1. The average high school class has 10 students. As an academic environment that promotes cross-cultural interaction and understanding, the high school includes 15% international students (China, South Korea, and Mexico).
OHS possesses a fantastic staff and faculty. All of our teachers are certified in the fields in which they teach. Many (more than 75%) hold advanced degrees. Some have been awarded doctorates or are working toward them. Due to the vibrancy and curiosity of our students and the natural beauty of the working environment, turn-over is very low. The average tenure of current Oak Hill teachers is close to eight years. New teachers have been hired to meet rising enrollment.
The OHS student body is a very diverse, eclectic group. It looks much like the surrounding communities. There is therefore, no one certain ‘type’ of Oak Hill student. We look for friendly, dynamic, high-performing, curious, creative, and motivated students. In several words, we have a group of nice, bright, good, and idealistic kids. Just in meeting them and listening to them speak, it is plain to see they are going far places.
Oak Hill School
86397 Eldon Schafer Drive
Eugene, OR 97405
Next to Lane Community College (LCC) in the forested south hills, on the site of an old horse ranch
The 72-acre campus includes multiple classroom buildings, a large gymnasium, hiking trails, playgrounds, gardens, and a small outdoor amphitheater
We have inspiring views of Mt. Pisgah and the Cascade Mountains to the east
Lower School (Grades K-5):
8:10 AM – 3:00 PM
Upper School (Grades 6-12):
8:00 AM – 3:15 PM
Between 11:15–12:15 the gymnasium doubles as a cafeteria. Upper School eats first, while the younger children are at recess.
Hot meals are catered by the Lane Community College Culinary Arts Program.
Some students bring a packed lunch from home and we do have microwaves if a child needs to heat up a meal. For children with allergies, we have peanut-free tables and spaces.
Max. 16 students per class
Max. 16 students per class
Max. 18 students per class
We are immensely proud of our foreign language program. We offer three language tracks for students to follow:
Starting with kindergarten, students visit each language class twice a week. Once a student reaches 3rd grade, he or she chooses one of the languages to focus on exclusively. In 3rd grade and beyond, students will be split into three groups of ability. There may be only four to six students in any given class and the teachers can treat them as individuals and tailor lesson plans accordingly. The children will get the attention they need, and our highly qualified staff brings newcomers up to speed quickly.