Spotlight: Arlington Area Private Schools

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The Oakridge School

Founded in 1979, The Oakridge School serves students and families from 30 cities and 10 countries. With 850 bright, college-bound students enrolled in 15 grade levels, Oakridge offers a full menu of curricular and extracurricular opportunities in a dynamic, student-centered environment.

Mission: “To inspire students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity.”

Cutting edge features: The campus has wireless access and several 21st century classrooms – where lessons focus on creativity, communication and collaboration. The school recently introduced the first phase of Learn 21, which provides all fourth through 12th grade students their own computing device.

Fun fact: This year, approximately 20 percent of the senior class has earned the distinction of Alpha and Omega, having entered Oakridge in first grade or earlier.

Testimonial: “Oakridge is a wonderful school that is small enough to know you, yet large enough to serve you.”

Address/phone number/website: 5900 West Pioneer Parkway, (817) 451-4994, theoakridgeschool.org

Arlington Classics Academy

Arlington Classics Academy is a charter school that provides a college preparatory, liberal arts curriculum delivered through a classical style of instruction.

Mission: “To equip a diverse student body with a comprehensive education, including a special focus on Western civilization. Students will develop a commanding knowledge of the origins of our liberty and the ability to sustain it through moral leadership. We aim to accomplish this goal through a high level of academic instruction and high behavioral expectations.”

Why a charter school? Charter schools are free public schools that have the flexibility to adapt to the educational needs of individual students. Charter schools vary in mission and model, serving a wide range of students. Often, charter schools provide a personalized learning environment that promotes greater student achievement.

Fun fact: Students in K-2nd grade visit a lab where they are able to begin developing their technology skills.

Address/phone number/website: 5206 South Bowen Road, (817) 987-1819, acaedu.net

Nolan Catholic High School

Nolan Catholic High School is a ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth that evangelizes students to be tomorrow’s servant leaders through: education in faith, formation in hope and perseverance in charity.

About the school: Nolan Catholic offers amazing academics, an accomplished fine arts programs and championship-level sports in a school where 100 percent of its students graduate and more than 99 percent go on to college. What really sets Nolan apart is that it is not only preparing students for college; it is not only preparing them to be citizens of the world after college – it is preparing them to live lives of service and faith.

Testimonial: A senior named Kyle was asked what he liked most about school. Kyle answered that the best thing about Nolan Catholic was that he felt supported and challenged by his teachers, and that he felt like Nolan was his second family.

Fun fact: Nolan Catholic is home of the longest-running ecology program of its kind, featuring field studies in Costa Rica, Big Bend and Port Aransas.

Address/phone number/website: 4501 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, (817) 457-2920, nolancatholichs.org

St. Maria Goretti School

St. Maria Goretti Catholic School is a community of believers with the purpose of providing a Catholic environment in which the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught, practiced and experienced.

Mission: “St. Maria Goretti Catholic School is a living testament to our Lord’s Work in his youngest disciples, exemplified by academic excellence, spiritual formation and compassionate service to others.”

Curriculum: Students in grades K-8 engage in: daily religion, grouped reading and math, computer literacy, English, honors English (8th grade), art (grades 1-8) and music (K-8), spelling, physical education, handwriting, social studies, science, Saxon math, accelerated math (grades 6-8), Spanish (K-8) and health.

Technology: The school is fully networked with direct Internet access on over 140 computers and tablets.

Fun fact: SMG’s “Buddy System” matches students within a younger grade level with a student in an older grade to work together on special projects.

Address/phone number/website: 1200 S. Davis Drive, (817) 275-5081, smgschool.org