A Look Back
Originally known as Little Folks, Oakhill Day School began as an Early Childhood - Kindergarten Program founded by Wanda Lee Kalsu, Northland mother and educator, in 1947. The humble beginnings of this small school originated in a church basement before moving to a small building located on NE 58th Terrace in Gladstone, Missouri. During the 1950’s and 1960’s, Little Folks offered Preschool through Kindergarten, and later grew to host First Grade classes. In 1972, “Little Folks” became Oakhill Day School. In 1987, the school expanded by adding offerings for students in grades Second and Third. Oakhill settled in its current location at 7019 North Cherry in 1989, expanding its facilities with additional classrooms, administrative staff, expanded library, gymnasium, outdoor learning areas, and common spaces to accommodate the ever-growing student body and middle school expansion.
For over 70 years, Oakhill’s innovative and integrated curriculum aims to challenge students to discover their gifts and provides numerous opportunities for personal growth and development. The hands-on approach to learning and teaching at Oakhill invigorates and captivates students because of the relevance and engagement of the material. With our small class sizes, our dedicated teachers individualize, give personal attention, tailor the curriculum, involve all learning styles, and make use of small group teaching methods to ensure that all students are able to build upon their gifts and grow in all areas; nurturing students to perform at their best! Oakhill is proud to serve students in grades PreToddler (age 18-months) through Eighth and continues to uphold its reputation of excellence in education that the Northland has known since 1947.