November 18th 2012: Armand continues to teach and share his knowledge. Please read THIS
The recent downturn of the economy combined with several years of lowered enrollment created a situation from which Oak Lane Day School was unable to recover. The decision by the Board of Trustees in early 2009 to sell the property insured a respectful wrap-up and final uninterrupted 2009-2010 school year. The Board, staff and faculty were successful at bringing to a close 94 years of learning and exceptional education at Oak Lane Day School.
Founded in 1916 in Cheltenham Township, Oak Lane Country Day School, as it was then known, was rooted in progressive education and became one of six schools in the country used by the U.S. State Department as a model school for visiting dignitaries. Until 1960, Oak Lane was connected with Temple University as a lab and demonstration school. After that connection ended, the school ultimately moved to Whitpain Township.
The hallmark of an Oak Lane education has always been a focus on the preservation of childhood and an emphasis on “learning how to learn.” While it has been frequently said that Oak Lane’s existence was a “well-kept secret,” the many families who experienced an Oak Lane education made no secret of their love for the school. The graduation speeches of outgoing students resonated with appreciation for the beautiful campus, the arts program and the many opportunities for performance across all the grades. Sixth graders talked passionately about the benefits of being “sons and daughters” of Oak Lane and of being known and appreciated by all faculty members. Referenced were beloved traditions such as catching frogs, tractor rides, the Woodland Walk, the all-school theme of Winterlude, sledding on the meadows, community service with “buddy” classes, drama club and learning to play recorder. A rich and recurring motif in the speeches was the students’ sense of themselves as valued members of a diverse community. Our students have now departed, but not without having mined the deep vein of an Oak Lane education and experienced the community’s respect for childhood.
When fully operational this site will be an interactive place for us to share memories, thoughts, plan reunions and whatever else you may wish.
This site is dedicated to
the memory of Oak Lane Day School
and all the people touched by its magic
over the near century it operated.