Located on the gorgeous CT Shoreline, Oxford Academy is the original one-to-one top secondary, all boys, college preparatory independent boarding school.

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Oxford's History


Dr  Joseph M. Weidberg Socrates inspired revolutionary education program Oxford Academy

In 1906, the founders of Oxford Academy established a school inspired by Socrates’ teachings, adopting his words “Know Thyself” as its motto. Modeled after Oxford and Cambridge Universities’ mentoring pedagogies, Oxford’s one-to-one classroom incorporates Socrates’ active, personal approach to inquiry and critical thinking.We work to help students to think, to understand, to use initiative and to express themselves with confidence. Today’s iteration of the Oxford Method honors the original with a customized course of study of that meets each student where he is through engaging coursework and stimulating dialog. The one to one courses, favoring depth over breadth, are typically more intellectually challenging than traditional lecture and test formats. Students engage actively with their teachers, and develop a voice as partners in their own learning. Pedagogically, this is high-value education that is truly individualized, incorporating authentic learning and assessment.

1906
School founded by Dr. Joseph M.
Weidberg in New York City.

Dr. Joseph M. Weidberg, Founder

Oxford Academy, Pleasantville Campus, Main Hall
1934
Oxford acquires property in Pleasantville, New Jersey and becomes a boarding school.
1947
Dr. Knight succeeds
Dr. Weidberg as Headmaster.

Dr. Edward R. Knight, Headmaster

Oxford Academy, Pleasantville Campus, Main Hall


1971
Fire destroys main building in March.
1973
Dr. James L. Courthouts moves
Oxford Academy to its new campus
in Westbrook, CT in September.

James L. Courthouts
Frank Efinger, Headmaster


1973
Frank Efinger, Headmaster
1975
Dr. Jonathan A. Woodhall,
Headmaster

Dr. Jonathan A. Woodhall, Headmaster
Philip H. Davis, Headmaster

1983
Philip H. Davis, Headmaster

1986
School establishes accreditation and non-profit status.
1997
Board enlarged.
Alumni Council established.
Campus improvements approved.




2006
Centennial Celebration of the founding of The Oxford Academy


2010
Philip H. Davis retires after 27 years
as Headmaster. Philip B. Cocchiola
appointed Head of School.

2010 Philip H. Davis retires after 27 years as Headmaster. Philip B. Cocchiola appointed Head of School.