The Senior Thesis is the cumulative, independent research project that all students undertake during their final year. With the guidance of a mentor faculty member, seniors embark on a seven-month intellectual journey as they delve into a topic of personal interest, write a 15-page college-level research project, and ultimately present their topic in front of the school. Join Mrs. Lisa Kenna, Master Teacher, English Literature and Senior Thesis Coordinator, as she leads you through the senior thesis journey.
More than just a research paper, the Senior Thesis is the capstone of a student's senior year at Oakcrest and represents a culmination of her studies. It’s an opportunity for each senior to demonstrate all the skills she gained while at Oakcrest—critical thinking, organization, research, leadership, written and oral communication skills—and primes students for college-level thinking and writing.
Miss Elizabeth Black, Master Teacher, Classical Languages, shares the "backwards planning" leading Oakies to the senior thesis project as well as anecdotes from Oakcrest alumnae on how they were prepared for the rigor of college academics based on their senior thesis experiences.
The monthly Tea & Talk, brought to you by Oakcrest Parent Association, features Dr. Kathleen Sullivan, Upper School English Literature teacher and 10th grade Class Dean.
Parties, Peer Pressure, Popularity (& Parenting)
An evening of conversation with Julia and Martin Boles, parents of Miss Ginny Boles, Oakcrest’s Dean of Students. As the parents of nine children ranging in age from 13 to 27, founding parents of St. Monica’s Academy in Montrose, CA, and Family Enrichment facilitators, they candidly shared their vision and strategies for raising children eager to embrace the adventure of life.
Listen to our Head of School, Mary T. Ortiz, for a monthly informal lecture.
Our Coffees are intended to:
- Foster the strong sense of trust and respect that exists between the school leadership and every parent in the school, integral to the girls’ thriving at Oakcrest.
- Give parents an insight into why we do what we do at Oakcrest and how the decisions we make in the school are intending to grow, challenge and inspire each student to embody the characteristics of the Portrait of the Graduate.
- Provide a relaxing and uplifting forum for parents to share experiences with each other on important topics related to raising girls
Oakcrest was featured in an exclusive interview on WMET 1160 AM Guadalupe Radio. We heard from Mary T. Ortiz, Head of School; Cecilia Márquez, Academic Dean representing academic life; and Mrs. Kelly McGiffin, current parent speaking from a parents point of view and finally, Clare Meehan, Class of 2011 speaking on what it mean to be an Oakie and how it prepared her for life in and after college. We are proud to share this "Portrait of Oakcrest".
Dr. Arbery was invited to speak at Oakcrest by Mrs. Lisa Kenna, Oakcrest Master Teacher, English Literature. He was Mrs. Kenna's professor for three degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at Thomas More, Masters in English and Masters in Humanities at University of Dallas.
Dr. Arbery came to Wyoming Catholic in 2013 primarily to teach in the Humanities track, but he was drawn to the whole curriculum, the excellent faculty, and the strong Catholic character of the College, all of which he hopes to further in his tenure as President. Dr. Arbery and his wife Virginia, who teaches Humanities, Trivium, and Philosophy at Wyoming Catholic, have eight children (seven daughters) and sixteen grandchildren, all of whom love to visit Wyoming at every opportunity.
USA Rugby Olympian Alev Kelter spoke to Oakcrest School students on May 8, 2017 as part of Oakcrest’s leadership workshop series. Kelter shared her inspiring story with girls about how to tackle emotional disappointment and push through the tough times in life. Click here to view photos, watch the video, and learn more about Alev Kelter.
Family physician and child psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax debunks critics who argue that all-boys and all-girls schools don’t prepare children for the “real world.” He addresses the growing gender gap in academic achievement and reveals how both boys and girls benefit from single-sex education in mind, body, and spirit. He cites many international studies which show a lower risk of drug and alcohol abuse in girls who attend single-sex schools versus co-ed schools.
Family physician and psychologist Dr. Leonard Sax spoke to Oakcrest School on March 10, 2017 as part of our Parent Enrichment Lecture series. In his lecture, Dr. Sax discusses the cultural pressures children face in 2017, how girls perceive their feminine identity, the phenomena of addictions and obsessions, and the dangerous effects of social media on girls in particular.
Dr. Sax has authored many books, including The Collapse of Parenting, Girls on the Edge, and Boys Adrift. He has appeared on the TODAY Show, CNN, National Public Radio, PBS, Fox News, Fox Business, CBC, BBC, and many other national and international media.