OCA AT A GLANCE

Oak Crest Academy is a private co-educational secular school designed to meet the needs of academically gifted and talented children, grades JK-12.

Oak Crest Academy provides a rigorous and stimulating academic environment with a high-caliber curriculum, combined with project- and inquiry-based approach to learning, in order for students to develop critical and creative thinking skills and retain a deep love of learning. Having recognized that gifted children learn differently, the secular gifted school is committed to providing an academically appropriate learning environment that is stimulating, secure and joyful, with an age-appropriate social and emotional setting in which gifted children can blossom and maximize their potential.

Our gifted school is committed to developing a professional and supportive faculty sensitive to the instructional and emotional needs of gifted students and who are strongly dedicated to providing the highest quality education Oak Crest Academy offers an exemplary program developed specifically for gifted children; our respectful and supportive approach to learning optimizes each student’s intellectual, academic, social and emotional development.

School Statements

Vision

The vision of Oak Crest Academy is to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment fostering academic excellence and serving the diverse population of gifted and talented students.

Mission

The mission of Oak Crest Academy is to inspire and challenge gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by providing a stimulating and nurturing environment where, alongside an engaging and challenging curriculum, the social and emotional needs of our students are respected and equally supported.

PHILOSOPHY

We believe in working closely with each student and his or her family to identify the student gifts and develop those gifts and other interests. With purpose, clarity and focus, we use rigorous curricula to help bring the best out of our students, rather than conforming our students to some rigid standards that may or may not be relevant to the development of their personal, educational and professional aspirations.

PEDAGOGY

We take a synchronized and methodical approach to cultivate a love for knowledge, to discover the interests and gifts of the students, to develop their ability to learn for themselves, and to enable them to excel in learning and flourish in life. Our system of teaching is based on the leading methods and curricula in Asia, Europe and the US, and experimenting in individual, small group and classroom settings with diverse groups of students.

12 Signs of a Gifted Child

1. Early language development
– Advanced vocabulary and language usage
– Sometimes early reading without formal teaching

2. Excellent memory
– Accurate recall of events and details

3. Persistent curiosity
– Insatiable appetite for learning

4. Rapid learning
– Masters concepts easily and is ready to “move on”

5. Sense of humor
– Sees humor in situations at an early age

6. Intensity
– Passionate about areas of interest

7. Long attention span
– Attends to areas of interest for long periods

8. Sensitivity
– Emotionally sensitive
– Intuitive

9. Keen skills of observation
– Likes to watch and understand before participating

10. Preference for older playmates
– Chooses to be with older kids or adults

11. Perfectionism
– Likes to do things correctly the first time
– Expects a lot of him/herself

12. Strong sense of morality and justice
– Strives for fairness
– Compassionate

School Overview

Finances & Admissions

AVERAGE YEARLY TUTION COSTS

$15,000
Tuition Notes:
Limited reduced financial aid giving; payment plan options

% on Financial Aid:
5%

Admission requirements:
IQ test score 125+

School Basics

YEAR FOUNDED

2013
Grades:
JK – 12

Curriculum:
William & Mary Gifted Curriculum

Type of School:
Private

Founder:
Jeannie Gudith

Religion:
Secular

Academics & Faculty

TOTAL STAFF

16
Student-Teacher Ratio:
12:1

Average Student IQ: 
137

% Faculty w/Advanced Degree: 
95%

National Ranking:
99 Percentile

Oak Crest Academy School Summary

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Spring 2017

Grade Reading Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies Science Grade Equivalent
Grade K 99 99 99 n/a n/a 2.2
Grade 1 99 99 99 99 90 2.7
Grade 2 98 98 99 90 89 3.3
Grade 3 95 95 99 99 99 5.4
Grade 4 99 99 99 99 99 8.8
Grade 5 99 99 99 99 95 9.3
Grade 6 99 99 99 90 99 13+
Grade 7 99 99 99 89 91 13+
Grade 8 99 99 99 98 96 13+

*Total scores are the percentile rank of national average school norms for the Spring of 2017 using the Iowa ITBS**Social Studies and Science are not tested in Grade K

Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) Spring 2016

Grade Reading Language Arts Mathematics Social Studies Science Grade Equivalent
Grade K 99 99 99 n/a n/a 2.2
Grade 1 99 99 99 99 95 3.1
Grade 2 99 92 99 99 95 4.3
Grade 3 99 99 99 99 99 6.3
Grade 4 99 99 99 99 99 8.9
Grade 5 99 99 99 99 95 7.9
Grade 6 99 99 99 90 99 11.8
Grade 7 99 99 99 95 91 13+
Grade 8 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

*Total scores are the percentile rank of national average school norms for the Spring of 2016 using the Iowa ITBS**Social Studies and Science are not tested in Grade K

Campuses

 

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5450 Churchwood Drive
Oak Park, CA 91377
 
(805) 200-3087
 
info@oakcrestacademy.org
 
Our Oak Park location opened in September 2014. We are currently accepting applications. Interested families should e-mail or call us to schedule a tour.

 

 

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5429 Lindley Ave.
Tarzana, CA 91356
 
(818) 302-0808
 
info@oakcrestacademy.org
 
Our Tarzana location is scheduled to open in September 2016. Interested families should email or call us to schedule a tour.

 

Pasadena Campus

 

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Our Pasadena location is scheduled to open in 2017-18 school year. Interested families should email or call us to be placed on our interest list.

 

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