Live Oak Academy
- Live Oak Academy provides Christian and classical services for homeschooling families. Partnering with parents, our mission is to provide students with an excellent education within a Christ-centered community. Elementary and middle school classes meet two days per week, while some high school classes require part of a third day. Please see additional information below under detailed school overview.
Live Oak Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in California for:
- Category Attribute
- SAT Score Highest average SAT score
- Advanced Degrees Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees
- Student Body Largest student body
|School Type||Alternative School|
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-12|
|Total Students||321 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||50 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||12 students|
|Number of AP Courses||14 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English Language, AP Latin, AO Statistics, AP Calculus, AP Computer Science, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Studio Art, AP US Government, AP US History, Macroeconomics earns college credit, Microeconomics earns college credit|
|Average SAT score||1370|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
(girls--knee-length skirts/pants; boys--pants & collared shirt)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||May. 1 / Aug. 1 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$6,000|
|Tuition Notes||Varies with grade and whether full program or part-time program. Please see tuition posted on our website under Admissions|
|% on Financial Aid|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Judy Trehan|
|Admissions Associate||Tiffany White|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||5 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Public Speaking I and II|
Club or Organization:
Junior Classical League (JCL), Yearbook Club
Arts and Music Programs:
Art Classes, Choir
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 meeting on a third day. Partnering with 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 of Learning).
- 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 and confidence.
- We also rely on classic texts, those Great Books which have proven their usefulness to many generations. C. S. Lewis recommends "the reading of old books," as a pleasant and effective way to benefit from the best teachers in other ages, especially within the Christian Church. 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. In the end, we find that classically-educated students are well prepared to embrace the past, to discern the present, and to shape the future.
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. To read more: http://liveoakacademy.org/about/confessionoffaith.html
- 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 music. 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 their studies.
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 Primary Choir for grades 1-2, Elementary Choir for grades 1-6, and Classic Choir for grades 7-12 are open to all skill levels. Students may also audition for the selective Advanced Singers Choir. Concert performances are scheduled throughout the year.
In 2020, a jazz band will be formed from students who can read music and are proficient on an instrument.
Art enrichment classes are offered throughout the year, giving students the opportunity to develop their skills in drawing, watercolor, oil painting, calligraphy, etc. Art courses taught in high school include Studio Art I, Studio Art II and AP Studio Art - 2D Design.
Our yearly Fine Arts Exhibition, held simultaneously with the Science Fair, features the creative work of our Fine Arts students, grades 2 - 12.
SCIENCE AT THE ACADEMY
Our distinguished science classes spark students` interest due to a learning environment that combines classroom lecture, hands-on labs and experiments, as well as multiple demonstrations.
At Live Oak`s Annual Science Fair, student displays are featured for grades 2 12. Also, final judging of student presentations and displays takes place during the fair, and winners are announced at the closing ceremony.
The Academy offers many opportunities for students to explore new interests, get involved, and build close friendships. Among them are public speaking classes, the yearbook committee, Poetry Out Loud (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts), Junior Classical League for high school Latin students, dance classes and the annual Christmas Ball for 7th to 12th graders, and field trips and park days for younger students, etc.
- Our classes are taught by gifted teachers, who are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with their students. These include parent teachers who are highly educated or possess exceptional skills. Other teachers are also hired for their teaching skills and knowledge.
- 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 300 students.
- 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.
- All Live Oak Academy students are homeschooled students. As 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). For the convenience of our Academy families, we offer a PSP that maintains attendance and other required records. Academy families 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. We may collect tuition and pay teachers, but no one collects a profit.
- 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.
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