The Oakwood Difference

What is unique about the Upper School at Oakwood? The entire Upper School experience includes the following features:

Academic Development

  • Of the 50+ classes taught in 8th-12th grades, the majority are Honors level or AP courses. Ten AP courses are available on campus with additional online AP courses available through FuelEd, Middlebury Interactive, Virtual High School, and NCVPS
  • 60% of students achieved at least a score of 3 or higher on AP exams – higher than other regional independent schools’ scorings
  • Off-Campus Education Week teaches students to apply their knowledge by living their learning. While on these trips to destinations such as New York City, Germany, and various college campuses, students have participated in community service projects, conducted science activities, practiced language skills, and viewed first-hand other cultures and ways of life
  • On-line courses and independent study projects are allowed and encouraged when appropriate
  • College advising beginning in 9th grade
  • OASES (Outdoor Agricultural Student Eco-Station) is a micro farm initiative and cornerstone for integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education throughout all divisions
  • There is no AP policy intentionally as Oakwood encourages students to take AP courses regardless of their test scores if they are willing to take the challenge. If they want to learn, we want to encourage them to learn
  • Dual enrollment possible at Pitt Community College or the North Carolina School of Science and Math
  • Two dual enrollment possibilities through Pitt Community College taught at Oakwood by Oakwood faculty
  • Fine Arts courses taken for 3 or more years earn Honors credit

Co-Curricular Experiences

  • Through strings, band, jazz, chorus, dance, drama and studio art classes, The Oakwood Upper School encourages students to appreciate the arts as well as to embrace participation in creative activities
  • 82% of our 7th through 12th graders participated in at least one sport last year
  • From student government to the Hydroponics Club, there are over 20 clubs , organizations and honor societies for student involvement

Social, Cultural and Community Building

  • Participation in the Senior Adoption program, in which students partner with Lower School students in order to give back and mentor to the community in which they live and study
  • Student-directed community service programs
  • The Honor System is a respected institution in the Upper School and is governed by students and the faculty advisor
  • Active teacher-student advisory system and weekly whole division meetings
  • International student matriculation program to add bring the world closer to home

Meet the division coordinator

Jennifer Smith
Upper School Division Coordinator
252.931.0760 X 2134