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- EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY OUR MISSION Live Oak Academy provides a
Christian and classical education for homeschooling families.
Elementary and middle school classes meet two days per week, while
some high school classes require a third day.
parents in a loving, Christ-centered community, we provide students
with an excellent education, helping them grow into wise, creative,
and mature adults.
A CLASSICAL EDUCATION
In calling ourselves "classical," we mean that we find sound
guidance in the ancient educational practices of the Trivium and
Quadrivium, as adapted and interpreted by Christians of the Middle
Ages, and as more recently described by Dorothy Sayers ("The Lost
Tools of Learning") and Douglas Wilson (Recovering the Lost Tools
The Trivium characterizes three stages of student development.
In the Grammar Stage, students acquire solid factual foundations.
Next, in the Logic Stage, students learn sound reasoning and
critical thinking skills.
Finally, during the Rhetoric Stage,
students develop their abilities to express themselves with clarity
We also rely on classic texts, those Great Books which have
proven their usefulness to many generations.
"the reading of old books," as a pleasant and effective way to
benefit from the best teachers in other ages, especially within the
During the high school years, we may also
critically examine the intellectual efforts and insights of those
outside or against the Christian tradition, such as Euclid, Plato
or modern atheists and secularists in the light of God's truth.
the end, we find that classically-educated students are well
prepared to embrace the past, to discern the present, and to shape
Our purpose in teaching fine arts is to foster in our students
a love for what is good, true and beautiful, as befits a classical
Christian and liberal arts education.
Participation in the fine
arts is encouraged at Live Oak, where students learn to read music
and give praise and worship to God through song.
Boys and Girls
Elementary Choirs for grades 1-6, and Classic Choir for grades 7-12
are open to all skill levels.
Students may also audition for the
selective Ensemble Choir.
Concert performances are scheduled
throughout the year.
Art enrichment classes are also offered throughout the year,
giving students the opportunity to develop their skills in drawing,
watercolor, oil painting, calligraphy, etc.
From time to time, we offer musical theater and drama
opportunities for students, ages 7 through 18.
Our two annual Open Houses afford all students the opportunity
to give class presentations on stage before Live Oak family and
OUR CHRISTIAN FOUNDATION
Live Oak Academy was founded in prayer; it is directed by
Christians, operates according to Christian principles, and seeks
to further the purposes of Jesus Christ in the lives of the
students we teach.
We aspire to a vital and saving knowledge of
Jesus Christ, as revealed authoritatively in the canonical
Scriptures, and as proclaimed in all ages by His Body the Church.
Our board and our teachers give personal assent to the Nicene
Creed, which for centuries has provided a common claim for all the
major branches of the Christian faith.
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The Academy exists to educate students through a reliable core
of substantial subjects, including grammar, mathematics, logic,
rhetoric, philosophy, history, Latin, Greek, Spanish, English
literature, writing, various sciences, physical education and
High school classes are taught at the college preparatory
level, and several AP courses are offered.
We aim to challenge our
students, and we expect them to take vigorous responsibility for
Our classes are taught by gifted teachers, who are eager to
share their knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with their
These include parent teachers who are highly educated or
possess exceptional skills.
Other teachers are also hired for their
teaching skills and knowledge.
ENROLLMENT AND CLASS SIZE
Recognizing the value of small classes, the Academy aims to
structure its class size to average a teacher/student ratio of one
to twelve (1:12).
The Academy currently enrolls approximately 250
Our campus is located at 2499 Homestead Road, Santa Clara,
California (corner of San Thomas and Homestead) on property of
First Presbyterian Church of Santa Clara.
PSP is available for Live Oak families
All Live Oak Academy students are homeschooled students.
such, each family is responsible to ensure they comply with state
compulsory education requirements by filing an R-4 affidavit with
the Santa Clara County Board of Education, or by enrolling in a
qualified Private School Satellite Program (PSP, formerly ISP).
the convenience of our Academy families, we offer a PSP that
maintains attendance and other required records.
may enroll in our PSP for an annual fee.
The annual fee covers the
administrative cost of maintaining the records and ensuring
compliance with California State Laws.
Live Oak Academy is a nonprofit 501©(3) public benefit
corporation in the State of California, organized to provide
educational services, to which contributions are tax-deductible.
may collect tuition and pay teachers, but no one collects a
In line with our mission to support the homeschool community,
the Academy offers opportunities for scholarship and tuition breaks
as follows: need-based scholarships, full-time ministry discounts,
and teaching family discounts.
Our pricing is designed to support
families with multiple students and who have been with the Academy
for many years.