Middle School

The Oakwood Middle School (grades 4 to 7) mission is to cultivate the students’ growing independence by offering a challenging academic curriculum that strengthens and develops their minds, collaborative co-curricular opportunities to nourish their physical and social development, and community service opportunities to develop an awareness of their responsibilities to a local and global community.

The Middle School years can be inherently challenging as students experience greater independence and become more self-aware of those around them. Homeroom advisory teachers mentor students on a regular basis as they navigate this maturation and help students to discover and learn to believe in themselves and work with others. Teachers are committed to knowing each student and appreciating their unique skills, talents, and contributions to the Oakwood community.

Middle School Highlights:

  • Increased expectation and cultivation of academic responsibility and independent work
  • Supplemental and creative experiential learning through electives, seminars, and domestic and international travel opportunities
  • Increased co-curriculars in STEAM, fine arts, athletics, student government, and academic clubs or competitions
  • Students engage in hands-on, student-initiated, and student-driven community service projects throughout the year
  • Teachers are specialized in discrete content areas
  • Starting in 6th Grade, Spanish is a core class
  • Mentoring programs to build social responsibility and ease transitions between divisions
    • H.U.G.S. (Help Us Grow Successfully) 5th grade with Kindergarten
    • B.R.O.S. (Building Relationships among Oakwood Students) 6th grade with 10th grade
  • Interdivisional teambuilding Initiatives to create bonds and community between 4th-7th grade students

The Oakwood Middle School Difference

Middle School Curriculum

The Middle School curriculum at Oakwood is designed as a four-year journey from 4th to 7th grades in which students will develop a sense of academic purpose, sound study skills and habits, roots of self-knowledge, and a respect and concern for the needs of others. Students travel this course on an individual basis -- at different rates and sometimes with variations in their progress. Throughout the four years in Middle School, students experience a logical progression of content, vocabulary, and skill development in each discipline as well as increased expectations or academic responsibility and independent work.

Oakwood faculty, and staff are committed to the success of our students. Our teachers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on most days when not teaching class for individualized assistance as needed and for scheduled meetings with parents. At the beginning of the year, the school hosts a Curriculum Night for the Middle School parents to learn more about the programs and meet the faculty. The school regularly schedules Parent/Teacher Conferences at the end of the first quarter with the parents and core teachers to review progress. If additional support is needed, a team of staff including teachers, the division coordinator, and the school counselor meet with parents to discuss and formulate strategies and plans for improvement.

Experiential Education