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Back to Oakhill 2020-2021

We are excited to be back at school and learning, in-person. Our approach to get back on campus was based on what is best for our students. 

Oakhill’s Return to School Task Force was able to identify 5 Guiding Principles that reflect our school’s mission and address our approach to learning.

  • Safety - We will do what we can to mitigate risk in a common sense and healthy way

  • On Campus Instruction - We believe in-person on campus instruction is the model for Oakhill

  • Academic Continuity - We want to build a bridge when a student is unable to be on campus and in-person (remote learning) and if school closes for the betterment of the health and safety of our community (distance learning)

  • School Culture and Climate - We will make decisions based on what is best for the education of our students, to maximize the health and safety of our community and the well-being of our school as a small business/institution. (Flexibility and Adaptability)

  • Whole Child - We will continue to be committed to every student’s social and emotional wellness both online and in-person. By utilizing smaller, “family” groups or cohort groups, we will be better able to mitigate risk and exposure


Role of the Community

Each member of the school community will be asked to act responsibly to help protect everyone’s health and welfare by practicing physical distancing in a common sense manner, wearing face coverings in spaces when physical distancing cannot be maintained, remaining vigilant to changes in one's individual or child's health, and responding to temporary measures related to the pandemic - all with a spirit of cooperation and the ultimate goal of keeping our students on campus.

Oakhill will be prepared to adapt as necessary in response to evolving circumstances within our local community. We are all in this together. We all have a common goal to stay healthy and keep Oakhill healthy so we can remain open for business. 

Social and Emotional Learning and Support

Our focus on community is more important than ever as we head into a school year that will look quite different than any school year of the past. It is our goal to make sure students continue to feel as though they are an important part of our school community whether they are at school or at home.

Our Social Emotional & Learning Support Team includes the:

  • Wellness Counselor
  • Learning Specialist
  • Remote Learning Coordinator

Crisis Resources:

  • Lifeline Number (Available 24/7): 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis text line (Available 24/7): Text 'hello' to 741-741
  • Find more national and local resources at : 

Rooted in Resilience Series

Learning Environment

The delivery of high quality classroom instruction “Oakhill at School” will continue at Oakhill, providing our students with valuable in-person interaction with faculty members and with each other. Additionally, a high quality distance learning “Oakhill at Home” model will be in place for the scenarios in which an entire classroom or grade level is forced to quarantine or if Oakhill is forced to close by a local, state or federal mandate on all non public schools. A remote learning model will be in place ready to go for a student who must be quarantined, for students who are not ready, or able, to come back to in-person learning, or for parents who are not comfortable sending their child back in person. 


Considerations for Schools
Clay County Health
COVID in Children and Teens
Behavioral Health Resources

School Contacts

Head of School
Suzanne McCanles

Front Office
Sharon Phillips
Front Office Coordinator

Division Head
Amy Ganaden
IM/MS Division Head

Division Leads
Ashley Robbins
EC Division Lead

Kristin Forsen
LS Division Lead

Leslie Gasser
Director of Development

Dorothy Beckham
Director of Admissions

Kerry Estes
Finance Director

Kristin Smith
Business Manager/Smart Tuition

Mental Wellness
Maggie Chandler
Wellness Counselor

Student Affairs
Maggie Newhouse
Director of Student Affairs

Learning Specialist
Delaney Zimmermann
Learning Specialist

Kellen Smith
Athletics Coordinator

Tim Ziegler
Asst. Athletics Coordinator

Kids' Club/Summer
Taylor Clevenger
Kids' Club & Summer Coordinator

Food Services
Justin Kieslich
Food & Beverage Director

HUB/Web Help
Michelle McDaniel
Director of Marketing & Communications

Kathryn Dodson
Director of Auxiliary Services


Tuition, Fees, and Assistance

For all questions regarding tuition and fees, or if you have been economically affected by COVID-19, please contact Dorothy Beckham, Director of Admissions and Financial Assistance. 

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