New Oxford Collegiate Academy utilizes small-group mentorship, Socratic discussion, debate, and access to college professors and industry experts to bring the academic strength of the Oxford tutorial system to Catholic secondary education. We do this as an educational service to Christian families from a variety of faith traditions, in the comfort of their own homes.
We combine Socratic discussions with Oxford’s tutorial approach because this allows us to adapt instruction uniquely to each student’s individual needs. This allows us to move beyond the mere “delivery of information” to a true apprenticeship in thinking, fostering true mastery of each subject.
The tutorial system is a rare and historically-proven teaching model, still in use only at Oxford and Cambridge. Tutorial-style instruction offers students the opportunity to be mentored by expert teachers—in the Oxford way—by engaging and learning in a rigorous yet conversational setting.
The Oxford Tutorial System
Oxford’s tutorial method limits classroom size to a student-to-teacher ratio of 4:1, with 3:1 or 2:1 being its ideal. This requires the student to be an active learner, fully engaged, and makes truly deep learning and subject mastery possible.
At New Oxford Collegiate Academy, students experience the same kind of education that formed St. Albert the Great, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Thomas More, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John Henry Newman, Dorothy Sayers, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien.
We seek to form students in intellect, conscience and virtue by teaching, living and mentoring in the classical liberal arts. It is a privilege and the central mission of our school to extend the highest quality education to our students, nationwide, making this effective method of education approachable and possible for students today.