Oak Hill Classical School 2017 Campus Planning Update and Family Survey

Dear Oak Hill Family,

As this school year begins to wind down and we celebrate our first graduates, the board wanted to provide you with an update on the Oak Hill Classical School future campus master plan project and request your input on the timing and vision for it.

Our new building and grounds on Old Fountain Road have provided a home of our own for the first time and we are thankful for it! However, it is only the first phase of our long-term plan for the future campus of Oak Hill. There are many important practical reasons we are planning for a future campus that fits our school - facilities and grounds to allow our burgeoning athletics and fine arts programs to grow and flourish, assembly areas for school-wide functions, classrooms and outdoor space that encourage curiosity and learning to name a few.

But most importantly, we believe with the built environment of our campus, we have the opportunity to shape the souls of our children. Winston Churchill famously said,

"We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us."

Below are the qualities and character we aim to help foster in our graduates. You will likely find this "portrait of a graduate" unique among other area schools and many of the reasons you made the decision to enroll your children at Oak Hill.

By creating beautiful buildings and grounds, we provide a tangible daily lesson to our children in recognizing biblical standards for beauty, truth and goodness. At the same time, we exhibit there are "permanent things," as poet TS Eliot put it, worth studying and pursuing in this life beyond academic subjects.

Last October, a master plan rezoning was approved unanimously by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners for the new "Hog Mountain" master planned traditional neighborhood development (TND) located on 66 acres less than a mile from Oak Hill's current Old Fountain property and school building.

Hog Mountain was professionally designed as a TND that incorporates residential, small scale commercial, church and school opportunities all within walking distance of one another. The three families that own the 66 acre property and are developing it, are reserving the acreage necessary for a campus that fits our long-term enrollment and programmatic plans (gymnasium, athletic fields, outdoor amphitheater and several learning cottage classrooms to accommodate up to 550 students).

The property owners and developers are now moving forward with the project and recently hired The Imery Group, an experienced builder and project management firm to complete the necessary plans, traffic study, testing and engineering necessary before breaking ground on site infrastructure.

Below are renderings of our plans and other images that have served as inspiration.

​We ask that you take a few minutes now to click on the button below to take a short survey and provide additional comments to help shape the future of the Oak Hill campus and as a result, shape our future graduates that they might go out into the world and​ impact lives for the Kingdom in ways we cannot imagine today.

Over the next several months, Headmaster Cain will be soliciting your input on other elements of the vision for Oak Hill Classical School. We are thankful for your family and need your involvement as we strive to develop a thriving school culture that results in good for all students in our community!

Sincerely,

Greg Beadles for the board of trustees

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