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. Click to learn more from the Division Coordinators about how the Middle School faculty helps our students to successfully transition this phase of their academic journey at Oakwood.
Highlights of our academic program include:
- Challenging academic program with core classes in the areas of English, math, science, social studies, and Spanish that is developmentally appropriate and meets students' needs
- An extensive co-curricular program in the fields of STEAM, fine arts, athletics, and clubs
- International and domestic travel opportunities that provide students with exposure to culture, language immersion, and history while highlighting areas of civic engagement
- Instruction by highly-trained faculty who frequently engage in professional development opportunities to stay abreast of best practice and teaching methodologies and pedagogy through national and local workshops
The Lower Middle School includes grades 4 and 5 and is led by a team of four lead faculty members who teach their subject of specialty. They have created an intentional blend of structure and increased responsibility that guides students towards independence. Fitness classes as well as daily outdoor free time providing students time to move, run, play, and interact outside of the classroom.
Although a new world of lockers, class transition schedules, and personal iPads might seem to students (and parents) like a big change from Lower School, our teachers are seasoned educators skilled in shepherding our students through this process. Collaborative initiatives allow students to work as teams and to learn and appreciate the talents of others. A curriculum rich with content, hands-on activities, and thought-provoking discussions stretches students’ minds and prepares them for Upper Middle School.
The Upper Middle School, grades 6 and 7, is led by a team of four lead faculty members who teach their subject of specialty and introduce students to greater independence; new responsibilities, such as preparation for midterm and final exams; and additional opportunities for leadership. Fitness classes as well as daily outdoor free time provide students time to move, run, play, and interact outside of the classroom.
Upper Middle School students are valued as individuals, supported in developing personal awareness and a strong sense of self, while guided to understand their responsibility to the various groups to which they belong. They are taught in a culture that shows care, concern, and respect for others. Upper Middle School students become the mentors in the B.U.D.S. (Build Unity, Determining Smiles) program, which engages 4th and 7th graders as partners throughout the year. They also take the reins as the elected officers of the Middle School Student Government Association (SGA) where they lead weekly morning meetings of the entire Middle School division of students and teachers.
The goal of the Middle School is to develop students who will emerge from the program as productive and positive citizens whose increased cognition, collaborative mindset, and social maturity make them prepared to tackle the academic, physical, and social growth, as well as college preparation rigors of Oakwood’s Upper School.