Oak Hill School

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86397 Eldon Schafer Dr

Eugene, OR

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Goodness, the previous review seems a bit over the top. Something to keep in mind when choosing a private school option is that, indeed, not all students fit the mission of the school, which is to provide a strong academic background for a student intent on pursuing higher education. Along with that, Oak Hill provides a rich artistic and PE curriculum, so that it truly allows a child to develop along all the lines which lead towards productive adulthood. The previous reviewer seems to have some sour grapes to express which make me wonder if their view is skewed by, perhaps, having a child who was not able to function effectively in a rich and varied environment. A school cannot be everything to everyone, and I have to disagree with the statements about the headmaster, who is a lovely, hard working and dedicated professional, and with the comments about the board, who give generously of their time and talent to grow this community. When I enrolled my children, ten years ago, we had half as many kids, no new buildings, and half the staff we have now. We are on a growth curve, the academics are wonderful, our staff gifted and truly committed to student success, and our facilities improve by bounds each year. We now have the first certified LEED buildings in a school in Oregon, we practice as well as teach sustainability, and we start a fabulous language program in Kindergarten. This school, which I am very pleased with for both my children, is delivering on my agenda, to have my children ready to thrive in a challenging four year college, with grammar, writing skills, math skills, critical thinking, and several years of college level language already behind them. Sadly, that is lacking in our current public school systems, not just in Oregon. Private school implies that a family is looking to move forward in their thinking, to not be content with large classes, sluggish curriculum, and family time spent in plugging gaps. I like that my kids have everything they need in one location, and that their teachers, rather than worrying about some testing schedule, actually deliver an education worthy of the bright and inquiring minds I want to have flourish.
Now, this has some cost, but I would argue that Oak Hill is doing a fabulous job for roughly half of what this would cost in a bigger area. I find our tuition to be reasonable and a very good value. In fact, I am thrilled that I am not paying what I would have in my hometown, in the schools I went to. And, my kids have to apply themselves, so that they get to take advantage of skills they will use their entire lives, and it is their education, I am not doing the work for them, something that parents need to keep in mind. My children are holding the reins, and I just need to stand back and let the magic happen. Oak Hill is creating an environment to allow my kids success, they are getting all the tools and I am thrilled to watch it all unfold. As a parent, I am vested in the school growing and allowing more families to take advantage of an incredible resource, and I strongly disagree that there is odd politics and unseemly behavior. What I see is lots of people working towards a bright future for Oak Hill and the talented kids who go there. Every year it is another big step up in value, and I love that we have this choice in a community as small as Eugene.

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★★★★★

Goodness, the previous review seems a bit over the top. Something to keep in mind when choosing a private school option is that, indeed, not all students fit the mission of the school, which is to provide a strong academic background for a student intent on pursuing higher education. Along with that, Oak Hill provides a rich artistic and PE curriculum, so that it truly allows a child to develop along all the lines which lead towards productive adulthood. The previous reviewer seems to have some sour grapes to express which make me wonder if their view is skewed by, perhaps, having a child who was not able to function effectively in a rich and varied environment. A school cannot be everything to everyone, and I have to disagree with the statements about the headmaster, who is a lovely, hard working and dedicated professional, and with the comments about the board, who give generously of their time and talent to grow this community. When I enrolled my children, ten years ago, we had half as many kids, no new buildings, and half the staff we have now. We are on a growth curve, the academics are wonderful, our staff gifted and truly committed to student success, and our facilities improve by bounds each year. We now have the first certified LEED buildings in a school in Oregon, we practice as well as teach sustainability, and we start a fabulous language program in Kindergarten. This school, which I am very pleased with for both my children, is delivering on my agenda, to have my children ready to thrive in a challenging four year college, with grammar, writing skills, math skills, critical thinking, and several years of college level language already behind them. Sadly, that is lacking in our current public school systems, not just in Oregon. Private school implies that a family is looking to move forward in their thinking, to not be content with large classes, sluggish curriculum, and family time spent in plugging gaps. I like that my kids have everything they need in one location, and that their teachers, rather than worrying about some testing schedule, actually deliver an education worthy of the bright and inquiring minds I want to have flourish.
Now, this has some cost, but I would argue that Oak Hill is doing a fabulous job for roughly half of what this would cost in a bigger area. I find our tuition to be reasonable and a very good value. In fact, I am thrilled that I am not paying what I would have in my hometown, in the schools I went to. And, my kids have to apply themselves, so that they get to take advantage of skills they will use their entire lives, and it is their education, I am not doing the work for them, something that parents need to keep in mind. My children are holding the reins, and I just need to stand back and let the magic happen. Oak Hill is creating an environment to allow my kids success, they are getting all the tools and I am thrilled to watch it all unfold. As a parent, I am vested in the school growing and allowing more families to take advantage of an incredible resource, and I strongly disagree that there is odd politics and unseemly behavior. What I see is lots of people working towards a bright future for Oak Hill and the talented kids who go there. Every year it is another big step up in value, and I love that we have this choice in a community as small as Eugene.

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Although it is true the teachers and staff are generally excellent-- the headmaster, parent council, school community, and board are a disaster. The headmaster is sexist and arrogant with much to be desired in the way of people skills. The board is self appointed with the most wealthy parents dominating and pushing through unpopular agendas. Lots of unethical politics that are not tolerated in public schools with no avenue of recourse as the headmaster receives perks from lead families.
Sadly, Oak Hill does not fulfill it's promise as a premier institution. For the money spent on tuition one can supplement a public education and save for college -- without the nonsense.

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★☆☆☆☆

Although it is true the teachers and staff are generally excellent-- the headmaster, parent council, school community, and board are a disaster. The headmaster is sexist and arrogant with much to be desired in the way of people skills. The board is self appointed with the most wealthy parents dominating and pushing through unpopular agendas. Lots of unethical politics that are not tolerated in public schools with no avenue of recourse as the headmaster receives perks from lead families.
Sadly, Oak Hill does not fulfill it's promise as a premier institution. For the money spent on tuition one can supplement a public education and save for college -- without the nonsense.

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We are ardent supporters of public education, but our smart, well-behaved girl was getting lost in the shuffle in the hands of otherwise very competent and dedicated public school teachers. Worried that she wasn't getting the skills and attention she needed, we decided to visit Oak Hill School.

Prior to visiting, we were worried that Oak Hill would be a snooty place or that it would be too pressurized and imbalanced of an academic environment. However, our fears were immediately dispelled at our site visit and our hopes were confirmed very soon after our daughter began her fifth grade year. The tuition is a huge stretch for us, but we have not regretted a single dime that we have spent and we signed up for sixth grade without hesitation.

Why? The teachers are amazingly dedicated and all of the ones with whom I have spoken are so grateful for the manageable class sizes and the relief from the constant, excessive standardized testing. In addition to challenging reading, math, and science curriculum, the school has course offerings that are varied and unparalleled. For instance, my daughter is taking Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker who taught at the college level in China and who is also the nicest woman you will ever meet. Despite the fact that my daughter has never taken Chinese before her fifth grade year, she is excelling in the class, primarily because of Ms. Sophie's expert pedagogy. If my daughter could take more than one language, we'd be sign her up for Spanish with Armando Morales in a heartbeat. He produces energized students, fluent speakers, and an amazing trip to Mexico every year. The PE teacher is a former WNBA player who mixes the usual stuff (e.g., dodgeball) with the unusual (e.g., tinikling, unicycling, and running a "marathon" over the course of a few weeks) in a way that promotes a lifelong commitment to fitness. The students LOVE her and she has the most amazing attitude. And the performing arts program is outstanding. The music teacher is also the choir director at LCC and she produced an outstanding lower school musical that was worth seeing even if you didn't have sentimental or personal reasons to go. Every spring, the theater department mounts an astonishingly good, full-scale production that would rival that of any college theater department.

A word about the grounds: They are beautiful! In addition to nearby woods and oak savannah, the school tends an organic garden (that will be featured in KLCC's June 27, 2010 Garden Tour!), composts food waste, recycles, and promotes waste reduction. It is one of the few certified Green Schools in Lane county.

Ultimately, the combination of small class size, challenging curriculum, and expert teaching cannot be found anywhere else in the southern Willamette valley. Oak Hill School is a gem. If you take a tour, you'll be hooked, just like we were.

5
★★★★★

We are ardent supporters of public education, but our smart, well-behaved girl was getting lost in the shuffle in the hands of otherwise very competent and dedicated public school teachers. Worried that she wasn't getting the skills and attention she needed, we decided to visit Oak Hill School.

Prior to visiting, we were worried that Oak Hill would be a snooty place or that it would be too pressurized and imbalanced of an academic environment. However, our fears were immediately dispelled at our site visit and our hopes were confirmed very soon after our daughter began her fifth grade year. The tuition is a huge stretch for us, but we have not regretted a single dime that we have spent and we signed up for sixth grade without hesitation.

Why? The teachers are amazingly dedicated and all of the ones with whom I have spoken are so grateful for the manageable class sizes and the relief from the constant, excessive standardized testing. In addition to challenging reading, math, and science curriculum, the school has course offerings that are varied and unparalleled. For instance, my daughter is taking Mandarin Chinese from a native speaker who taught at the college level in China and who is also the nicest woman you will ever meet. Despite the fact that my daughter has never taken Chinese before her fifth grade year, she is excelling in the class, primarily because of Ms. Sophie's expert pedagogy. If my daughter could take more than one language, we'd be sign her up for Spanish with Armando Morales in a heartbeat. He produces energized students, fluent speakers, and an amazing trip to Mexico every year. The PE teacher is a former WNBA player who mixes the usual stuff (e.g., dodgeball) with the unusual (e.g., tinikling, unicycling, and running a "marathon" over the course of a few weeks) in a way that promotes a lifelong commitment to fitness. The students LOVE her and she has the most amazing attitude. And the performing arts program is outstanding. The music teacher is also the choir director at LCC and she produced an outstanding lower school musical that was worth seeing even if you didn't have sentimental or personal reasons to go. Every spring, the theater department mounts an astonishingly good, full-scale production that would rival that of any college theater department.

A word about the grounds: They are beautiful! In addition to nearby woods and oak savannah, the school tends an organic garden (that will be featured in KLCC's June 27, 2010 Garden Tour!), composts food waste, recycles, and promotes waste reduction. It is one of the few certified Green Schools in Lane county.

Ultimately, the combination of small class size, challenging curriculum, and expert teaching cannot be found anywhere else in the southern Willamette valley. Oak Hill School is a gem. If you take a tour, you'll be hooked, just like we were.

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Small, private school with low student to teacher ratio. A great place for accelerated independent learners.

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★★★☆☆

Small, private school with low student to teacher ratio. A great place for accelerated independent learners.

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An utterly horrendous institution, hardly worthy of any title proclaiming it a school. A truly unfortunate disappointment. Such potential, squandered by such incompetence.

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★☆☆☆☆

An utterly horrendous institution, hardly worthy of any title proclaiming it a school. A truly unfortunate disappointment. Such potential, squandered by such incompetence.

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The teacher to student ration at this school is very low which helps make for a quality education. Their location is rural but close to the city. The tuition is fairly outrageous but they do offer some scholarships to qualified individuals. I would recommend this school to anyone who can afford it. I appreciated the tour they gave me when I visited.

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★★★★★

The teacher to student ration at this school is very low which helps make for a quality education. Their location is rural but close to the city. The tuition is fairly outrageous but they do offer some scholarships to qualified individuals. I would recommend this school to anyone who can afford it. I appreciated the tour they gave me when I visited.

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This school offers a quality education with small teacher student ratio. The grounds are very nice and the school is located next to Lane Community College. The tuition is high as is to be expected with a private high school.

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★★★★★

This school offers a quality education with small teacher student ratio. The grounds are very nice and the school is located next to Lane Community College. The tuition is high as is to be expected with a private high school.

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