Welcome to Shady Oak!

Shady Oak Christian School is a child-centered program with both a Preschool and a Primary School. Shady Oak accepts children who turn 3 before December 31 through 3rdgrade. We have a school year program that starts the Tuesday after Labor Day and concludes before Memorial Day. There are also a variety of summer programs that are described in detail elsewhere in this site.

Our Mission

Shady Oak Christian School exists to preserve childhood in the lives of boys and girls through developmentally appropriate education designed to meet their social, emotional, intellectual, physical, and spiritual needs.

Our Philosophy

At Shady Oak Christian School, we believe that the development of children is a continuous, predictable process that is influenced by all of the events they experience, at school, at home, and in their neighborhoods, and that learning of all kinds results from an interaction between the child and his/her environment. In all age groups, children have daily opportunities for learning with hands-on materials. Children are given many opportunities to choose their own activities and to explore their own interests. We value “wonder” and the continual development of curiosity. Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori and Lev Vygotsky are educational theorists who have greatly influenced our program planning.

Participating in the outdoors, on our natural-habitat playgrounds, is a key part of our program. Although the school has primary responsibility for the children’s academic training, the support and cooperation of parents and others outside the school are necessary in creating an environment in which children can reach their full potential.

We believe that we are preparing children for life. Therefore, much emphasis is placed on making good choices, not for rewards, but for the intrinsic value of “doing the right thing.” Working toward self-regulation is foundational to success in our program.

National Recognitions

Shady Oak was re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in spring 2009. For more than 20 years, families have relied on NAEYC Accreditation to ensure the quality of education and care provided in programs for young children. This accreditation is awarded for five years. During that period, we submit annual reports documenting that we maintain compliance with the NAEYC program standards. All NAEYC-Accredited programs are also subject to unannounced visits by skilled and reliable NAEYC program assessors to ensure that we continue to meet the standards. Visit naeyc.org for more information about this distinctive mark of quality.

Shady Oak is known locally, throughout Texas, and the U.S. for it’s natural “playscape” playground. In 2003, Rusty Keeler, nationally-known playground consultant, worked with us to create a wonder-ful outdoor space that attracts adults as well as children. Visitors from all over the Houston area, including local college students, have come to tour and study the components of a “play environment for the soul”. Our Preschool playground is the only Texas playground featured in Rusty’s beautiful book, Natural Playscapes (Exchange Press, 2008). Our Primary School playground is also designed and built with features that inspire wonder, creativity, and deep appreciation of God’s world.

Special announcement regarding the future of Shady Oak Primary School:

On October 10, 2013, Shady Oak director, Joyce Trigger, announced that, effective, August 1, 2014, Debbie Elder would become owner and director of Shady Oak Primary School located at 600 Main St. Joyce will remain as director of Shady Oak Christian School at 503 Main St. The 503 campus will house preschool classes, as well as Bridge and Kindergarten. The Primary School will include 1st grade through 5th grades.
Debbie is a former preschool teacher and mom at Shady Oak. She has deep roots in the Fort Bend County area. We look forward to everyone in the Shady Oak community getting to know Debbie very soon! Joyce expresses that she is thrilled that Shady Oak Primary School will become a part of more and more families in the years to come.

To watch the entire 10/10/13 announcement, please click on the this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7edGwEmxKA.  Please be advised that there is a 30 second delay of video at the beginning.  The entire video is 50 minutes long and worth watching the speeches from Joyce, Debbie, Melissa Elder (Debbie’s daughter and former Shady Oak student), and Michael Hurdle (community member and former Shady Oak dad).

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Shady Oak Christian School
503 Main
Richmond, TX 77469