Oak Hill Christian School

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For all you amazing teachers:
Girls volleyball killed it last night! Took the match to a tie break and WON!
Job opening for a high school English teacher at a small Christian school in Marshall, Va. Best suited to a student looking for a first job, or a parent interested in tuition reimbursement. I have been working to establish a classical, whole book curriculum there for the past four years. This position would be for a lead teacher, teaching grades 9, 10 and 12. I am not doing the hiring, but am trying to help the administrators find a candidate with a love of great books who would be capable of extending the program. You could teach an A.P. English prep class, too. Please p.m. me if you have further questions, or contact Stacy Lam, principal at Fresta Valley Christian School, 6428 Wilson Rd., Marshall, VA 20115.

A Classical and Christian School for Pre-K Through Grade Twelve

Operating as usual

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 11/04/2021

The rapid nucleation of carbon dioxide gas bubbles, demonstrated in Elementary Chemistry class with Mentos and Coke.

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 11/03/2021

Outstanding rainy day tour today at Monticello and Michie Tavern with 30 high schoolers from both our campuses. Many thanks to Megan Okimoto, Lynchburg Campus Administrator, for organizing.

Oak Hill Christian School 09/29/2021

Oak Hill Christian School

"Render unto Caesar" by voting against the guy who doesn’t think parents should tell the state what to teach their children…
https://www.facebook.com/LoudounInspire/videos/281215700485890

"Render unto God" by keeping your sons and daughters out of state run schools no matter who wins the governor’s race. Parents: Do this at all costs! Whatever the candidates say, your children are still your God-given responsibility.
www.oakhillk12.com

Oak Hill Christian School Oak Hill is a private Christian school in Northern Virginia which offers classes for preschool through 12th grade and international students. Located outside of DC.

09/15/2021

To the Word – Bible Reading Challenge 2020/2021

Support your family, your school, your community by reading the word! A week late, just jump right in!

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 09/14/2021

Today’s Elem Chemistry and Physics students learned that God made matter. Matter takes up space and has mass. Properties of mater include volume, density and temperature.

08/26/2021

Ice Cream Social for 6th-12th Grade Herndon Campus Students is Friday, August 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.! Meet teachers and classmates. If you didn’t RSVP, come anyway. Still considering schools? Feel free to come and discuss late enrollment options.

Ice Cream Social for 6th-12th Grade Herndon Campus Students is Friday, August 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m.! Meet teachers and classmates. If you didn’t RSVP, come anyway. Still considering schools? Feel free to come and discuss late enrollment options.

08/20/2021

Time to Live…Time to Learn!
Whether you locked down for corona or never did...
https://oakhillk12.blogspot.com/2021/08/test.html

Time to Live…Time to Learn!
Whether you locked down for corona or never did...
https://oakhillk12.blogspot.com/2021/08/test.html

08/11/2021

Gearing up for a great school year! OPEN HOUSE for our lower school PK-5th registered students. Saturday, August 14, 3-4 PM. Prospective families welcome too -- only a few spaces remain.

Gearing up for a great school year! OPEN HOUSE for our lower school PK-5th registered students. Saturday, August 14, 3-4 PM. Prospective families welcome too -- only a few spaces remain.

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 08/05/2021

Welcome aboard Allen and Robin Aardsma! The Aardsmas are returning from upstate New York to teach in our elementary school. Mr. A left Oak Hill years ago to become principal of Adirondack Christian School in New York.

Closing Concert: "Worthy is the Lamb" - 2021 Chenaniah Summer Music Institute 07/31/2021

Closing Concert: "Worthy is the Lamb" - 2021 Chenaniah Summer Music Institute

OH Music Teacher, Robert Thoburn III, is attending summer Kodály music training at Chenaniah Music Institute. Watch his closing concert live tonight!

Closing Concert: "Worthy is the Lamb" - 2021 Chenaniah Summer Music Institute See and hear the closing concert from the 2021 Chenaniah Summer Music Institute at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, ID.

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 06/11/2021

Living History Museum -- Explorers to 1815

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 06/04/2021

OH students retell fairy tales in their own words. Even in first grade students learn to speak publicly.

As a Christian and Classical school we often talk about:
--the need for memory work in the younger years
--the need for logical reasoning in junior high
--the need for high school students to focus, not on passively listening to lectures, but on actively using tools already learned to themselves become the presenters--communicating truth in clear writing and eloquent speech.

But this is just a relative emphasis. There is actually a need for memorization, logic and rhetoric at every age. Even elementary school students should practice public speaking on a regular basis.

A New Kind of Christian School in Lynchburg 05/21/2021

A New Kind of Christian School in Lynchburg

https://oakhillk12.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-new-kind-of-christian-school-in.html

A New Kind of Christian School in Lynchburg We are receiving lots of interest in our new Lynchburg Campus. Families are invited to visit https://www.oakhillk12.com/lynchburg-campus . ...

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 05/20/2021

First Open House at new Lynchburg branch.

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 05/20/2021

Great lab today in Mr. Adam Thoburn's biology class. And, a good example of a smart and effective use of a distance instructor.

05/20/2021

Oak Hill is pleased to have partnered with i-9 sports. This gives OH Herndon Campus students of all ages an opportunity to compete together in a number of sports starting this fall!
https://www.oakhillk12.com/athletics

Oak Hill is pleased to have partnered with i-9 sports. This gives OH Herndon Campus students of all ages an opportunity to compete together in a number of sports starting this fall!
https://www.oakhillk12.com/athletics

A Second Generation of Classical Christian Educators 05/15/2021

A Second Generation of Classical Christian Educators

https://oakhillk12.blogspot.com/2021/05/a-second-generation-of-classical_15.html

A Second Generation of Classical Christian Educators Oak Hill Christian School -- High School in Herndon & Lynchburg Join our open house, Saturday, May 15 at 6 p.m. 108 Melinda Dr. in...

05/15/2021

A Second Generation of Classical Christian Educators

Oak Hill Christian School -- High School in Herndon & Lynchburg

Join our open house Sat., May 15 at 6 p.m. in Lynchburg at 108 Melinda Dr.

Oak Hill Christian School is offering a new classical and Christian high school program – Tues/Wed/Thurs on campus. Students have full time schoolwork but complete lessons 2 days a week with a parent or on their own. Classes meet in Herndon, Virginia and Lynchburg, Virginia.

In a sea of new educational options, Oak Hill offers something unique: a second generation of classical educators. Since Doug Wilson’s 1991 Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, more and more Christian parents have sought classical school and classical homeschool options. But, not having been classically educated themselves, it’s been hard for parents and teachers! Many of us didn’t know how to teach this way. As a teacher, I can say we hadn’t all studied Latin or read great books with Christian discernment on this level.

So, many classical Christian schools aren’t too classical. Dig down and in spite of stated aims and good intentions, you may find even older students regurgitating material rather than students being trained to be mature independent thinkers.

The leader in classical and Christian education for years has been New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. NSA does not advertise itself as a college with a water park and a lazy river. Their recent ad says “In fact, we can't really promise you a lazy anything.” I have had 5 children attend New Saint Andrews, and I can tell you they were changed by the experience. NSA produces graduates who are avid and efficient readers and capable writers and thinkers. They are young men and women who know how to think like Christians.

Freshman year alone, students read 15,000 pages. They participate in weekly student-led discussions. With only 7 students and one professor, these recitations leave no opportunity for a student to arrive unprepared. Every freshman gives a weekly speech at declamation.

Now, even at Oak Hill we have new teachers who have received this thorough classical Christian education! Three of my sons and my daughter-in-law have teamed up to teach with a student from NSA’s first graduating class, Mike Harkin. Together they are ready to give students a high school version of the same kind of education they received. Two of my sons who are teaching and my daughter-in-law have NSA degrees. Another son and daughter of mine are also helping with teaching or admin work while they complete the last year of their NSA work.

We won’t be asking high schoolers to read 15,000 pages, but we will prepare them to think like Christians and equip them so they are ready for a rigorous college experience.

Our new high school is economical and homeschool friendly. This new model is an important endeavor and we pray that it will combine the best of both worlds - the intimacy of homeschooling with the structure of a formal classroom - all in a classical Christian setting. Contact us for a tour or to attend an open house where you can meet our teachers and learn what a blessing they can be to your children.

--Robert Thoburn

A Second Generation of Classical Christian Educators

Oak Hill Christian School -- High School in Herndon & Lynchburg

Join our open house Sat., May 15 at 6 p.m. in Lynchburg at 108 Melinda Dr.

Oak Hill Christian School is offering a new classical and Christian high school program – Tues/Wed/Thurs on campus. Students have full time schoolwork but complete lessons 2 days a week with a parent or on their own. Classes meet in Herndon, Virginia and Lynchburg, Virginia.

In a sea of new educational options, Oak Hill offers something unique: a second generation of classical educators. Since Doug Wilson’s 1991 Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, more and more Christian parents have sought classical school and classical homeschool options. But, not having been classically educated themselves, it’s been hard for parents and teachers! Many of us didn’t know how to teach this way. As a teacher, I can say we hadn’t all studied Latin or read great books with Christian discernment on this level.

So, many classical Christian schools aren’t too classical. Dig down and in spite of stated aims and good intentions, you may find even older students regurgitating material rather than students being trained to be mature independent thinkers.

The leader in classical and Christian education for years has been New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. NSA does not advertise itself as a college with a water park and a lazy river. Their recent ad says “In fact, we can't really promise you a lazy anything.” I have had 5 children attend New Saint Andrews, and I can tell you they were changed by the experience. NSA produces graduates who are avid and efficient readers and capable writers and thinkers. They are young men and women who know how to think like Christians.

Freshman year alone, students read 15,000 pages. They participate in weekly student-led discussions. With only 7 students and one professor, these recitations leave no opportunity for a student to arrive unprepared. Every freshman gives a weekly speech at declamation.

Now, even at Oak Hill we have new teachers who have received this thorough classical Christian education! Three of my sons and my daughter-in-law have teamed up to teach with a student from NSA’s first graduating class, Mike Harkin. Together they are ready to give students a high school version of the same kind of education they received. Two of my sons who are teaching and my daughter-in-law have NSA degrees. Another son and daughter of mine are also helping with teaching or admin work while they complete the last year of their NSA work.

We won’t be asking high schoolers to read 15,000 pages, but we will prepare them to think like Christians and equip them so they are ready for a rigorous college experience.

Our new high school is economical and homeschool friendly. This new model is an important endeavor and we pray that it will combine the best of both worlds - the intimacy of homeschooling with the structure of a formal classroom - all in a classical Christian setting. Contact us for a tour or to attend an open house where you can meet our teachers and learn what a blessing they can be to your children.

--Robert Thoburn

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 05/05/2021

Dissecting flowers today in Mr. Adam Thoburn's Elementary Biology class

04/16/2021

Funeral and burial services for Rosemary Thoburn will be held April 24. Feel free to message me or us for details.

Photos from Oak Hill Christian School's post 04/13/2021

Rosemary Sweet Thoburn
November 14, 1930 – April 13, 2021

Today we lost a great, my mother, Rosemary Sweet Thoburn. Not forever.

You might expect me to post a picture of just her and my dad. But the best shots of my mom were from times when she had what she wished most, being around her many children and grandchildren.

Born in Connecticut to a graceful family my mom was a true New Englander. Her father, Lloyd Sweet, was an inventor and Pentecostal preacher. Stella Pray Sweet, her mother, was an industrious worker. At times she was knitting at other times running her dress shop in which she personally hand created every garment. Other years she was handing out cash, managing payroll at my grandfather’s wartime factory.

It was unlikely that my mom would marry a farm boy from Ohio. But she waited until her parents finally consented and in God’s providence my family was born. While the match may not have been the most obvious, my mother remained loyal and faithful to her marriage and to my father all his days. She supported him in his many and various endeavors during his long life.

Visiting Oak Hill Christian School to train teachers some years back, my mother introduced herself as someone who had wanted to be a preacher. She was a preacher at heart. She rallied the troops when Thoburns lost political races. When she testified in court as a witness against Fairfax County she readily overtook lawyers and spoke her mind telling the jury what needed to be done.

But, she never complained. My mother gladly acknowledged that scripture forbid her to be a preacher and she found every proper way she could to use her talents to advance the kingdom.

She came to Virginia in 1959 with my father to start the first OPC church in the area. She supported him later when he worked as an independent “Presbyterian” preacher. With him she founded America’s first privately owned Christian school, Fairfax Christian School.

Rosemary Thoburn zealously advocated that parents teach their children in the manner prescribed in Deuteronomy. She was proud of her phonics books and her reading program. She was also thankful for her children, actually lamenting that she did not have more than 8. Her friends, Beka and Arlin Horton, developed a similar reading program. She told me that their program became a well known and successfully marketed curriculum because the Hortons, being given no children, were fully dedicated to their work.

For many years, my mother was a principal at the school she helped start, at that time the largest Christian school in Northern Virginia. She supervised the lower school with her staff and developed ways of teaching from a Christian perspective. She often taught Bible classes and developed curriculum to teach Old and New Testaments. She did all kinds of things. I remember her running outside with a big extinguisher the day we had a fire. No one was hurt but the fire that day required the experienced fire crew and trucks that quickly arrived. My father returned home that night and surveyed the $40,000 in damage. But, the next day he was back in Richmond and my mom gladly ran the school on her own as they embarked on their effort to build back even better.

With my father she traveled nationwide and helped start over 200 Christian schools. She trained teachers and administrators, read with children.

Once my parents helped some families from the mountains in Virginia who refused to enroll in public schools. The school district agreed to leave them alone if they’d just enroll their children briefly, allowing them to receive a bigger budget allocation, and then withdraw them. The hill people said “no.” Before the word “homeschool” existed my mom zealously trained them to teach their children from home. She and my dad hired them a lawyer, Guy Farley. At an appeals level they won their case protecting their right to teach their own children.

My mom lived to see the Christian school movement become a widespread phenomenon. She saw efforts of parents to retake their God given responsibility move forward in other directions as well. In her last days she was weak but gracious and kind. She was supportive of her children’s continued battles, always asking questions about our work. She was so grateful for the 90 years she had been given. She expressed thanks for each additional day that she was given on this side of the resurrection.

Like Zipporah who circumcised her own son or Rahab who hid the spies, my mother was one to take risks. She would gladly step in and use whatever strength and wisdom she had been given to do the right thing when it wasn’t getting done.

May each of us ask for grace to work hard, love God, and to do our part to advance the Kingdom as Rosemary Thoburn did.

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. ... and this mortal shall have put on immortality...Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Robert Loren Thoburn II

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