Oak Knoll’s mission since its founding in 1924 has been to cultivate intellectual, spiritual, physical, and emotional development in all of our students. Students, along with their families, experience academic programs that encourage excellence in each student, a strong faith commitment, respect and reverence for each person, freedom of expression through the creative arts, a competitive athletic program, and active involvement in campus ministry opportunities that expands their understanding for the global world in which they live.
Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States. Today, Oak Knoll provides:
A Private Catholic Coed Elementary School for Grades K-6
A Private Catholic All-Girls Middle School for Grades 7-8
A Private Catholic All-Girls High School for Grades 9-12
The Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus have schools in England, Ireland, France, Nigeria, and Ghana. All Holy Child schools operate under the American Province Society of the Holy Child Jesus, based in Rosemont, Pennsylvania. Oak Knoll shares the goals of the Schools of the Holy Child Jesus.
Grounded in our 150-year heritage and influenced by the unique challenge of educating children for the 21st century, our Goals heed Cornelia Connelly's admonition to provide an education which "meets the wants of the age."
The following Goals have been developed collaboratively by Holy Child educators. They are principles by which we teach children and, in doing so, perpetuate our tradition.
Goal 1 Holy Child Schools foster a faith commitment that engenders a joyous personal relationship with God in addressing the challenges of the world.
Goal 2 Holy Child Schools live, learn, and worship as a dynamic Christian community.
Goal 3 Holy Child Schools offer an intellectually challenging and creative program of study that develops a love of learning and academic excellence.
Goal 4 Holy Child Schools work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion in every facet of life.
Goal 5 Holy Child Schools create a learning climate based on trust and reverence for the dignity and uniqueness of each person.
Goal 6 Holy Child Schools promote the personal growth and development of all who participate in the life of the school.
Goal 7 Holy Child Schools ensure the continuation and growth of Holy Child mission and philosophy in the school.
The trustees, administrators, faculty and staff commit themselves to educate by these principles and to lead our students to embrace these values for themselves.
All elementary school classrooms have SMART Boards and video/DVD players.
State-of-the-art computer labs in each elementary, middle, and high school are equipped with the latest software and equipment, including scanners, laser and photo printers, visual presenter/document camera, digital cameras, and video cameras.
100 percent of our students participate in community service and outreach projects through Campus Ministry. This includes students in our coed, private, Catholic kindergarten through our all-girls high school in grade 12.
Students and faculty serve at numerous agencies in the area during schoolwide service days and support many outreach projects on an ongoing basis.
One hundred percent of our all-girls high school graduates attend college. The college admissions process has become increasingly competitive, and Oak Knoll offers a full time college counseling staff to ensure that the process remains personal and focused on each student’s strengths and needs. We offer 14 advanced placement courses to our Upper School students.
The Bonaventura Hall Library (K-6) houses more than 11,000 books, circulates more than 650 multimedia materials to support curriculum, and offers a variety of print and electronic resources and a SMART Board teaching center.
The Hope Memorial Library for our all girls middle and high schools (grades 7-12) houses approximately 15,000 volumes, as well as newspapers, magazines, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDs.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.