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Oxford Academy (Connecticut)

The Oxford Academy
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Westbrook, Connecticut, United States
Type Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) none
Established 1906
Headmaster Philip Cocchiola
Faculty 26
Enrollment 45 total as of 2008-2009 Cap. 46
Average class size 1 Student
Student to teacher ratio 1:1
Campus 6 acres (24,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue/White
Mascot The Ox

Oxford Academy, located in Westbrook, Connecticut, is a private boarding school offering individualized instruction to boys who have academic weaknesses, behavioral issues or wish to accelerate their high school programs.


The school was founded in 1906 in Pleasantville, New Jersey, by Dr. Joseph M. Weidberg, a psychologist. Weidberg was concerned that many students were falling through the cracks of traditional education systems and therefore were not living up to their potential due to academic learning differences. A 1941 advertisement for Oxford Academy described the school as appropriate for boys who had been labeled "failures", particularly "individualists ... who cannot fall in with the planned system of mass education."[1]

In founding the Academy, Weidberg looked to the great educators of the past: the lessons of John Dewey and Socrates were central to the creation of the Oxford Method. The Oxford Method was also based heavily on the tutorial system of Oxford University: Weidberg believed that a unique curriculum personally designed for each student would allow even the most problematic student to achieve academic and social success. By utilizing the Socratic method of question-and-answer education, these students were observed to display remarkable improvement.

As of 1941, school enrollment was limited to a maximum of 15 students.[1] In 1947 Dr. Edward R. Knight was selected to succeed Dr. Weidberg as Headmaster.

In 1971, the school's main building was destroyed by fire, so in 1973 the Academy moved from its original location in New Jersey to its current location in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Over the last ten years the school has overseen a massive fundraising effort to improve the school's facilities. Knight Hall, the main academic building, both of the two dormitories, Lind and Davis Hall, and other buildings were extensively upgraded. In recent years, the Oxford Academy has acquired a very strong reputation for teaching English as a foreign language, attracting students from as far away as Korea, China, and Kuwait.


Oxford's athletic program offers interscholastic competition in soccer, basketball, and tennis, as well as several intramural sports including paintball and weightlifting.


The Academy is currently administered by Philip B. Cocchiola, who is only the sixth head of school after the retirement of Philip H. Davis, who had been Headmaster since 1983.

As of 2008-2009, the faculty of Oxford consisted of 19 full-time and 3 part-time members; 55% of the faculty held master's degrees. Most members of the faculty live on campus.[2]


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Coordinates: 41°16′55″N 72°26′35″W / 41.282°N 72.443°W / 41.282; -72.443

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