The Oxford Academy's unique educational method was initiated by the school's founder, Dr. Joseph M. Weidberg. Concerned about the inability of some students to profit from traditional classroom instruction, Dr. Weidberg looked to the great teachers of the past for inspiration. His model was Socrates, whose goal was to help his students know themselves — to think, to understand, to use initiative, to express themselves with confidence. Socrates' active, personal approach to asking and seeking answers became the model for The Oxford Academy.
School founded by Dr. Joseph M.
Weidberg in New York City.
1934Oxford acquires property in Pleasantville, New Jersey and becomes a boarding school.
Dr. Knight succeeds
Dr. Weidberg as Headmaster.
1971Fire destroys main building in March.
Dr. James L. Courthouts moves
Oxford Academy to its new campus
in Westbrook, CT in September.
Frank Efinger, Headmaster
Dr. Jonathan A. Woodhall,
Philip H. Davis, Headmaster
School establishes accreditation and non-profit status.
Alumni Council established.
Campus improvements approved.
Centennial Celebration of the founding of The Oxford Academy
Philip H. Davis retires after 27 years
as Headmaster. Philip B. Cocchiola
appointed Head of School.