Our Mission

Through a systematic and rigorous education in the classical tradition, Oakwood Classical Academy, challenges its students to seek nearness to Allah, develop a keen passion for learning, attain developmentally appropriate skills, develop habits of seeking knowledge, and to live a virtuous life. 

What is classical education? Prophet Muhammed, peace and blessings upon him said, “Knowledge is similar to sealed storerooms, the keys to which are inquiry, so ask and seek to know; four types of people will be rewarded: The one who asks, the scholar who responds, the one listening, and the one who loves all of them.”

In the first book of The Revival of the Religious Sciences, The Book of Knowledge, Imam Ghazali states, “The foundation of bliss in this world and the next is therefore knowledge; it is thus the most excellent deed of all.”

For education to be effective, it must go beyond conveying fact. Truly effective education cultivates thinking, articulate students who are able to develop facts into arguments and convey those arguments clearly and persuasively. Parents from around the country are recognizing that classical education adds the dimension and breadth needed to develop students’ minds. Rigorous academic standards, a dedication to order and discipline, and a focus on key, lost subjects is fueling the rapid growth of the nation’s classical schools. 

There is no greater task for education than to teach students how to learn. The influence of progressive teaching methods and the oversimplification of textbooks make it difficult for students to acquire the mental discipline that traditional instruction methods once cultivated. The classical method develops independent learning skills on the foundation of language, logic, and tangible fact. The classical difference is clear when students are taken beyond conventionally taught subjects and asked to apply their knowledge through logic and clear expression. In 1947, Dorothy Sayers, a pioneer in the return to classical education, observed, “although we often succeed in teaching our pupils ‘subjects, we fail lamentably on the whole in teaching them how to think.” Beyond subject matter, classical education develops those skills that are essential in higher education and throughout life – independent scholarship, critical thinking, logical analysis, and a love for learning. 

We hope you agree that this movement back to and beyond classical education develops timeless skills that are as important in today’s rapidly changing world as they were for scholars and pioneers like Imam Al Ghazal and Ibn Sina.