The Oxford Academy’s mission is to create a supportive learning community for young men built on the values of trust, respect and integrity. At the heart of the Oxford Method is the belief that students, in partnership with their teachers, will find success through increased self-awareness and strategic effort. In a boarding environment with a holistic approach, Oxford’s individualized education balances one-to-one and collaborative learning experiences that challenge each young man to reach his potential.
From left: David J. Tuttle (Director of Admissions), Phil Cocchiola (Head of School), Elizabeth Hall, David Altshuler, Libby Parker, Maureen O'Loughlin, Pam Tedeschi, Paula Leslie, Edith Adams, Erika Mackey, and Brian Lynch.
This academic year opened with a great philanthropic endeavor! Last week, Oxford returned to Holy Advent Church for their annual service in the local community garden. This is the fourth year that Oxford has provided a helping hand to this enterprise and we look forward to years to come.
Huge thanks to our boys for spending their Saturday working on this project. A special thanks to Mr. LaSota for organizing the event, also Mrs. Zimmerman, Mr. McGrath. Mr. Rhoads and former Librarian Mrs. Lust for your participation!
This week, students were welcomed back to campus with the unveiling of our newly renovated dormitory and dining hall. Davis Hall underwent a total makeover complete with new flooring, paint and wall covering, window treatments, and beautiful, brand new furniture located in the student lounge area. Additional projects took place after student's petitioned administration, to build new kitchenettes located inside of Davis and Lind Hall.
Huge thanks to the anonymous donors who made these renovations possible!
On September 12th, the Oxford community was excited to welcome 11 new students at the start of the 2016-17 Academic Year. The enthusiasm around campus was clear, as students arrived they enjoyed a small presentation from the Head of School and the Dean of Studies. Families also took advantage of a meet and greet lunch with their son's advisor and the entire faculty and staff.
While our students are enjoying the final weeks of summer at home. Oxford is excited to welcome Vista Life Innovations to experience and enjoy the resources of our campus. This Westbrook, CT organization will be hosting their summer session here at Oxford Academy, utilizing our residential dorms, dining hall, and student center for group gatherings. It is a pleasure to lend our space to this wonderful organization.
Thank you Vista Development Staff!
The Oxford boys took full advantage of our close proximity to the Long Island Sound. Students were led by the faculty to enjoy a fantastic, five - week term. Mr Sahl and the guys enjoyed a fun-filled summer, fishing for stripers. Mr. Christie organized the Oxford Sailing Lessons to expose our students to the adventures of the sea. Finally, Mr. Gonzalez's marine biology class joined forces with Project Oceanology for aquatic life discovery.
In continuation of this summer's "adventure theme", the Devil's Hopyard in East Haddam, hosted last week's field trip. Mr. Sahl, Liam M, Max R, Victor L. and Spencer S. climbed Chapman Falls, explored caves, crossed rivers, watched wildlife, and navigated their way up (and down) some steep terrain!