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.
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.