Seven Oaks At-a-Glance
Seven Oaks Classical School is a public charter school that opened in the fall of 2016 with 161 students in grades K-8. The school will add a grade each year through grade 12. This year, the school is serving roughly 300 students in grades K-10. Next year, the school will add a 11th grade, and plans to continue adding a grade each year until we have a full K-12 program.
The mission of Seven Oaks Classical School is to train the minds and improve the hearts of young people through a rigorous classical education in the liberal arts and sciences, with instruction in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.
To this end, we seek to cultivate Eight Pillars of Character: responsibility, respect, perseverance, cooperation, courage, honesty, integrity, and citizenship. By teaching and practicing these virtues, we hope to prepare students for a life well lived.
Our Name & Crest
Seven Oaks Classical School takes its name from the seven liberal arts of learning, which date from antiquity and were codified in the Middle Ages. These included the trivium, or “three ways”—grammar, logic, and rhetoric—and the quadrivium, or “four ways”—arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. The former focus on speech, the latter on numbers. Together, these arts were thought to provide the best possible foundation for all subsequent studies, for participation in the civic life of the community, and for placing students on a path to know and do the true, the beautiful, and the good.
The image of the oak tree reflects our belief that students need deep roots and a strong inner core if they are to thrive in the face of life’s challenges. The work of education is not instant, but requires constant nourishment over many years. The result, however, is a beautiful and flourishing life.
Our motto is SCIENTIA EST LIBERTAS, “knowledge is liberty.” We believe that a classical education truly is a liberal education: Traditionally, a classical education has been regarded both as the education that is fitting for citizens of a free society, and the education that best fits citizens to be free. We agree. Our rich and varied education in the arts and sciences frees students from the shackles of their own slender experience. In a very real way, their existence is broadened through an encounter with other times, places, practices, and ideas.
Seven Oaks Classical School is a traditional school in its aims and in its methods. Our mission is to train the minds and ennoble the hearts of young people through a classical education, so that students may live flourishing lives in a free society. We agree with the wisdom of America's founders, who understood that the enduring freedom of individuals and societies depends upon a well-educated and virtuous citizenry. Our campus culture rests on the Eight Pillars of Character: citizenship, cooperation, courage, honesty, integrity, perseverance, respect, and responsibility. Teachers at Seven Oaks understand that it is their duty to talk about these virtues in their lessons and model them with their lives.
To this end, we offer students a knowledge-rich curriculum, taught using the most time-tested methods. The grammar school curriculum (grades K-5) includes explicit phonics to teach spelling and reading; sentence diagramming to teach grammar; the Core Knowledge Sequence to give students cohesive, content-rich instruction in literature, history, and science; Singapore math to teach students to think mathematically; and introductory Latin to build the powers of the students' minds and unlock the English language. Even in the lower grades, students will begin enjoying Socratic discussion of great books. Students also receive regular instruction in art, music, and physical education in grades K-8.
The upper school curriculum (grades 6-12) is focused on clear thinking and skillful communication. Students will read and discuss whole works of classic literature, study primary sources, prove geometric theorems, translate Latin poetry, and engage in careful scientific investigations. To graduate, all seniors must write a senior thesis, which they will present and defend orally in front of their fellow students, members of the faculty, and the headmaster.
Seven Oaks Classical School is one of fifteen schools across the country partnered with Hillsdale College’s Barney Charter School Initiative. For over 170 years, Hillsdale College has been a champion of the liberal arts and sciences. Now, through the Barney Charter School Initiative, the college is helping found and support classical charter schools of excellence. Through curriculum design and teacher training, the Initiative helps create schools where students can receive a rich education in the liberal arts and sciences and in the principles of moral character and civic virtue.