Posts from April 2012
“All the money in the world will not redeem this neighborhood if there is not a place where God can operate.”
Governor Mitch Daniels expressed his enthusiasm for The Oaks Academy at the “Replanting The Oaks” celebration of our expansion into the near eastside of Indianapolis, an area that has garnered much attention and investment in recent months.
As a founder of The Oaks Academy 15 years ago at 23rd Street and Park Avenue in what was then known as “Dodge City,” the Governor knows that only God can spark lasting change that can transform a community.
The presence of a strong neighborhood school has helped stabilize and revitalize The Oaks Academy, Fall Creek. We strive for the same in Brookside Park.
“They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord, for the display of his splendor. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” Isaiah 61:3-4
The Oaks Academy gratefully acknowledges the support of our sponsors who have provided student scholarships and underwritten the “Replanting The Oaks” event on Wednesday, April 18.
“It became clear that a growing waiting list was not a measure of success. Rather our board challenged us to come up with a plan that would allow us to include those families who so desired an Oaks Education.” - Andrew Hart, Fall Creek Head of School.
The Oaks Academy is quickly progressing toward the opening of a second location on the near eastside: The Oaks Academy, Brookside. In this prior blog post, we explained how Brookside Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes (pictured above) are currently incubating at our Fall Creek location.
This year’s Brookside classes will grow to six classes in 2012-2013: one Pre-Kindergarten, two Kindergartens, two First Grades, and one Second Grade. Nearly one hundred students will comprise Brookside’s student body.
This expansion will increase The Oaks Academy’s total enrollment to nearly 500 students – coming from different cultural backgrounds and various neighborhoods across the greater Indianapolis area.
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“Sing unto God all the heavens and earth,
alleluia, clap your hands,
Rejoice and sing a joyful song.
Sing it loudly, sing it merrily, sing it softly
sing with a beautiful melody.”
At a recent chapel, a choir of Oaks students presented “Festival Alleluia” by Allen Pote. The students joined voices to express this message of praise.
The Oaks Academy’s Music Program includes student choirs, a student band, and a parent choir. These different groups offer musical presentations during chapels, holiday celebrations, and special events.
You are invited to join The Oaks Academy for all school chapel, any or every Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:00am.