Educational Institutions

OAKS ACADEMY INC

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • www.theoaksacademy.org

Mission Statement

THE OAKS ACADEMY OFFERS AN I SACS (INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION OF THE CENTRAL STATES) ACCREDITED LIBERAL ARTS EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS FROM PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH EIGHTH GRADE THE MISSION OF THE OAKS IS TO BE A CHRIST-CENTERED SCHOOL THAT PROVIDES A RICH, CLASSICAL EDUCATION TO CHILDREN OF DIVERSE RACIAL AND SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS, PREPARING THEM TO SUCCEED IN A RIGOROUS SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM AND TO DEMONSTRATE SPIRITUAL, SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL MATURITY

Main Programs

  1. True Education
Service Areas

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Indiana

The Oaks Academy is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, and serves those in the city and surrounding areas.

ruling year

1999

CEO since 2015

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Andrew Hart

Keywords

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Education

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EIN

35-2050595

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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The Oaks Academy, founded in 1998 by a group of concerned citizens in a struggling neighborhood, is the only school in Indianapolis that provides a Pre-K to 8th grade education rooted in the arts and humanities to an intentionally diverse student population. It has grown from one campus to three, now serving 733 students and continuing to grow. Not only has The Oaks achieved academic success, it has also made progress in addressing the racial divide in urban Indianapolis. The Oaks has been featured in national newspapers as a "model of diversity in America" and was named a "Private School Pioneer" by EdChoice (formerly the Friedman Foundation), an organization working to improve the quality of education for all children.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

True Education

The Oaks is open to any student, along with a committed caring adult, who desires a rigorous and engaging education. The Oaks serves a distinctive student population. Approximately 50% of students’ families are low income, 25% are middle income, and 25% are high income and the school has a racial balance of about 40% White students, 40% Black students, and 20% Multiracial, Asian and Hispanic students.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The goals of The Oaks Academy align with our mission, “... to provide a rich, classical education to children of diverse racial and socioeconomic backgrounds, preparing them to succeed in a rigorous secondary educational program and to demonstrate spiritual, social and emotional maturity."
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The Oaks Academy is a classical school aligned by its mission, core values and principles. Over time, The Oaks has organically (and internally) developed a unique curriculum derived from methods used in classical education and from British educator, Charlotte Mason. Classical education philosophies draw from great works across our civilization's historical timeline and integrate the best ideas from history, literature, science, mathematics, art, Latin, and music. The philosophies of Charlotte Mason engage children in learning from a holistic approach in which education is comprised of authentic learning based on relationships, forming habits of learning, and developing an atmosphere conducive to joy.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Oaks Academy has grown and demonstrates academic success year after year. The Oaks is lauded by state and city leaders as a successful example of an urban school because of the rigorous education and success of its graduates, and because of the diversity of the population it serves. Key leaders from the Mayor's Office cite The Oaks as a positive asset for urban education in Indianapolis. The Oaks receives financial support from the local community and from national education investors like the Walton Family Foundation to continue to grow and carry out its mission.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Oaks Academy measures progress through a variety of indicators related to academics as well as organizational health. The Oaks is led by a Board of Trustees that oversees all aspects of the schools. Academic progress is monitored through a combination of internal assessments (such as DIBELS and DRA) and external assessments (such as standardized test scores like ISTEP and IREAD). Alumni statistics like high school graduation rates and college attendance are also collected.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Oaks received the top score in the state, by corporation, on the spring 2015 ISTEP standardized test and consistently performs above district and state averages on the IREAD and ISTEP state exams. Additionally, 99 percent of Oaks alumni graduate from high school, and 87% go on to attend college. The Oaks has also been recognized by the wider community. It was named an Effective Compassion Regional Hope Award winner by World Magazine; received the Indianapolis Urban League Educational Excellence Award; and received the Indianapolis Recorder and Indianapolis Minority Magazine Rosa Parks Trailblazer Award.
Service Areas

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Indiana

The Oaks Academy is based out of Indianapolis, Indiana, and serves those in the city and surrounding areas.

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THE OAKS ACADEMY INC
Fiscal year: Aug 01-Jul 31
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OAKS ACADEMY INC

Leadership

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CEO

Andrew Hart

BIO

Andrew Hart served as the Head of School at The Oaks Academy from 2002-2015. He is responsible for all aspects of the school including oversight of the operating budget, fundraising, administration, and curriculum development. Andrew is a founding Vice Chairman of the Board of Herron High School, an urban classical charter high school. He received his MBA from the University of North Carolina, and prior to The Oaks he worked in Marketing Strategy and Business Development at Eli Lilly and Company. Andrew is a thought leader in education and a passionate advocate of the Indianapolis community.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dennis Barlow

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