Oakton High School, located in Vienna near Interstate 66, serves an area of Fairfax County that extends from the City of Fairfax to the Town of Herndon. As expressed in the school’s Vision Statement, Oakton High School desires to “prepare all students for productive and ethical living, life-long learning, and innovative and responsible leadership.” These domains-living, learning, and leading-summarize Oakton’s mission to educate well-rounded students who are prepared to contribute to their local and global communities. Oakton is a comprehensive high school and an interdisciplinary community of learners that prioritizes reflective and authentic 21st century learning experiences. Since 2011, Oakton students have engaged in a unified portfolio learning program that cultivates critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaboration, and citizenship. Starting with freshman year and culminating with the senior Capstone project, Oakton students set learning goals and reflect on their acquisition of real-world, interdisciplinary skills. In the spring, students present their work to the community at an Exhibition of Learning and to the faculty through a final Presentation of Learning.
Oakton features a wide variety of AP courses, the AVID program, and many elective classes including psychology, fine arts, engineering, accounting, and several world languages. Classes and programs are tailored to meet the specific educational needs and interests of all students. Oakton students can give and receive extra help at The Center, a professional student-run center where students receive friendly, quality assistance on writing and thinking for all classes and levels from trained peer tutors. In addition, Cougar Time and Student Advisory provide students frequent opportunities to work closely with teachers outside of their regular class periods.
Beyond its strong academic program, Oakton recognizes the importance of extracurricular and co-curricular programs to foster the growth of its students. Accordingly, Oakton offers a long and varied menu of options for students. The Performing Arts Department, comprised of band, chorus, and theatre arts, consistently earns distinction as one of the premier performing arts programs in the area. Oakton Media Group produces a newspaper, The Outlook; a yearbook, Paragon; and a literary magazine, Opus; which have consistently earned national recognition for excellence. Oakton’s athletic program is highly competitive and enjoys a reputation for athletic distinction and outstanding sportsmanship.
With a faculty dedicated to continuous improvement through interdepartmental collaboration and with a community of strong parental involvement and support, Oakton High School affords students a rigorous and relevant experience that prepares them with the skills to be successful in a rapidly changing world.