The education of your child is an incredible journey. At Oakdale Academy, we are committed to being your partner in preparing your children to live out their lives as disciples of Christ and teaching them how to walk the path with courage, integrity, and wisdom.

As an independent, private Junior Kindergarten-12 classical and Christian school, we offer an extraordinary educational experience based on the proven Hillsdale Academy model. In 2011, eight families trusted their extraordinary God to guide them in starting an educational institution with absolutely no government funding or adherence to Common Core, with the goal of producing graduates that are intelligent, articulate, well-read, and exhibit great character.

We strive daily to create an environment that fosters academic excellence, leadership development and training for high moral character based on Biblical principles. Our mission is to instill character, truth, and wisdom in our students so that when they leave us at graduation, they are truly prepared for a life of service to God, country, community and family. Benefits include:

  • From Junior Kindergarten through grade 12, our students learn the value of working together as members of the body of Christ in a respectful and supportive learning environment.
  • Our experienced and passionate teachers and staff help them learn how to think for themselves, defend their values and take personal accountability for their education and actions.
  • In addition to a mentoring relationship with teachers, we create a culture that includes structured mentoring opportunities among the students at varying grade levels that encourages a servant spirit.
  • Our instructional approach focuses on content-rich materials with an emphasis on the Great Books of Western Civilization in literature, a hands-on approach in science and an advanced track in mathematics.
  • We guide students in the development of their character and academic potential through carefully designed, content-rich educational programs and extracurricular activities

Those families interested in applying to Oakdale Academy should follow these steps:

New Application Fee: $50 per student or $100 family maximum.

Registration Fee & Tuition Deposit: $300 per student or $900 family maximum, payable at enrollment. A $200 per student deposit is required ($400 family maximum) and applied toward the total tuition balance.

All incoming Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and older complete a placement assessment. The assessment consists of three parts: math, reading, and writing. Incoming Kindergarten students complete a Gesell school readiness and developmental assessment. There is a non-refundable $40 fee for the Gesell assessment. Our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Susan Wilkie, can be contacted at to schedule the assessment for your child.

Both parents must attend the admissions interview. During the interview, we will discuss the placement assessment, professional and educational background of the parents, educational goals of the family, church involvement, our student culture, and expectations. Please feel free to ask questions as well.

New families will receive a letter of acceptance or declination by mail promptly after the completion of the admissions process.

Recommendations for grade placement at Oakdale Academy are based on three main factors: the placement assessment, the student’s birthdate, and the student’s educational career as a whole. The most recent grade completed at a different academic institution is taken into account, but does not necessarily guarantee advancement in grade level when entering Oakdale Academy. We have consistently found that students who are more mature and developmentally advanced are more successful in Oakdale Academy’s rigorous curriculum and advanced track in math. Therefore, our birthdate guidelines per grade are as follows:

Try our grade calculator:

At Oakdale, we strive to make classical and Christian education accessible to every family who desires it. For qualified families that are challenged by the cost of tuition, we offer tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities. Please contact us to learn more.

2020-21 Tuition



JK (5 days)-Kindergarten


JK (3 days – M, W, F)


Lower School (1-6)


Upper School (7-12)


Homeschool Partnership (four Upper School classes)


Homeschool (7th-12th grade)

$1,795 (per class)

Families may qualify for tuition assistance based on annual family income or number of children enrolled at the school. We strive to keep tuition at or in many cases below competitive levels by using fundraising to supplement operating costs. 

Tuition Scholarships

Oakdale Academy has a limited amount of need-based tuition assistance available; nearly 40% of our families receive some sort of financial aid. Our desire is to offer a classical and Christian education to all qualified applicants, without regard to family income. Accordingly, we have allocated funds for this purpose. Returning families and new applicants may apply for financial aid. Financial aid applications for returning families are due by February 28th. New family financial aid applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

Oakdale Academy uses a nationally recognized service, TADS, to process financial aid applications. TADS applies standardized criteria to determine to what extent each family needs assistance to pay for one year’s tuition. Oakdale Academy’s financial aid committee uses information from the TADS process to allocate the amount of financial aid available. The TADS Financial Aid Worksheet below, is designed to assist in completing the application.

All scholarship information is confidential.

Multi-Student Discount

  • 2019-2020: There is a 5% discount for the 2nd & 3rd child enrolled (within the same household). Tuition for the 4th child (and all consecutive children) is just $2,000!
  • 2020-2021: There is a  5% tuition discount for the second and third child enrolled (within the same household); tuition for the fourth child tuition and beyond is fixed at $2,000.  

Pastoral Discount Amount

Area pastors who earn their living as a full-time pastor (sole income) in a local church or ministry will receive a 50% discount for each child enrolled at Oakdale Academy.

Families that are eligible to receive the pastoral discount may apply for additional financial aid.

We are thankful for our faithful area pastors. Your ministry of consistently preaching God’s Word is greatly appreciated. Furthermore, your show of support of Christian education by enrolling your children at Oakdale Academy is an encouragement and testimony to others. May you find this tuition discount to be a token of our appreciation to you for partnering with us in the challenge of educating our students in accordance with Biblical principles. A signed discount agreement form will need to be renewed annually and must accompany your child’s application or re-enrollment forms. This discount applies only to tuition. All other fees and expenses are to be paid in full.

Fees & Tuition Deposit

New Application Fee: $50 per student or $100 family maximum. 

Registration Fee & Tuition Deposit: $300 (non refundable) per student or $900 family maximum (non-refundable), payable at enrollment. A $200 per student deposit (non refundable)  is required ($400 family maximum) and applied toward the total tuition balance.

Early Payment Discount

New families that wish to pay their tuition in full will receive a 5% discount for payment received within two weeks of acceptance to Oakdale Academy.

Early Withdrawal

If a student withdraws from enrollment before the end of the school year, tuition is due for the entire month of withdrawal, at the discretion of the Headmaster.


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