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Why Oak Meadow?

Oak Meadow is a place of creative, active learning for children from their earliest years through adolescence. We hold a deep respect for each child’s innate curiosity.

Our teachers are committed to developing intrinsically motivated students, original thinkers, and confident, compassionate citizens of the world.

At Oak Meadow School, we…

  • value active learning
  • develop intrinsically motivated learners
  • produce graduates who are confident self-advocates

Integrated curriculum, hands-on learning, and nature-based studies are at
the heart of an Oak Meadow education.

The Benefits of an Oak Meadow Education

We believe in nurturing and sustaining each child’s natural curiosity and developing sophisticated thinkers and wise individuals. Read on to see how these concepts are developed at each stage of the Oak Meadow experience.

By the end of Children's House, each student will have...

  • Developed leadership skills from mentoring younger students.
  • Developed a deep-seated sense of independence
  • Created a “three sister” garden (corn, squash, and beans) and will have planted, harvested, dried, and cooked with “the sisters”
  • Created original pieces of art in a variety of media
  • Developed strong number sense through work with the hundred board, golden beads, and skip-counting chains
  • Been exposed to a language-rich environment, fostering a love of reading
  • Learned how to handle conflict in a constructive manner
  • Cooked and eaten fall harvest muffins made from homemade acorn flour
  • Developed the ability to ask for help when needed
  • Explored patterns and relationships with the binomial and trinomial cubes, setting the stage for future algebraic work
  • Been given the time and space to reflect on their mistakes and use them as learning tools
  • Become comfortable interacting with adults
  • Will have learned to read and write musical rhythms
  • Created and labeled numerous maps of each continent
  • Prepared soil, weeded, and watered a community vegetable garden
  • Gained social and intellectual confidence
  • Delivered compost to the school garden

By the end of Lower Elementary, each student will have...

  • Mentored a younger student in both an academic and social setting
  • Reflected on his or her learning strengths and weaknesses and set personal learning goals
  • Measured and estimated lengths in standard units
  • Developed the ability to ask for help from a teacher or peer when needed
  • Developed a sense of self and independence
  • Used place value understanding and properties of operations to perform multi-digit arithmetic
  • Applied social skills strategies to solve peer conflict
  • Used test tubes and beads to explore the concepts behind long division
  • Learned to play recorder and read melodies and rhythms
  • Represented and solved problems involving multiplication and division
  • Participated in community-oriented service projects
  • Given a speech in front of his/her peers as well as the Oak Meadow parent community
  • Created a “three sister” garden (corn, squash, and beans) and will have planted, harvested, dried, and cooked with “the sisters”
  • Created an original piece of art in a variety of media
  • Demonstrated patience, understanding, and empathy towards others
  • Cooked and eaten fall harvest muffins made from homemade acorn flour
  • Created an experiment that demonstrated how the universe works for others to learn from
  • Been immersed in a language-rich environment

By the end of Upper Elementary, each student will have...

  • Mentored a younger student in both an academic and social setting
  • Reflected on his or her learning strengths and weaknesses and set personal learning goals
  • Performed in and helped to write an original musical
  • Written a persuasive piece on a topic of personal importance
  • Developed a comprehensive Science Fair project on a topic of personal importance and presented the results to the entire school community
  • Participated in multiple community-oriented service projects
  • Used math manipulatives to explore advanced algebraic and geometric concepts
  • Used teamwork to solve challenging math problems
  • Given a speech in front of his/her classmates
  • Performed improvisational theater
  • Learned to play the flute, trumpet, saxophone or baritone horn
  • Created original pieces of art in a variety of media
  • Researched a topic of choice to create a hands-on project and research paper for presentation
  • Become a confident self-advocate
  • Written and delivered a “This I Believe” graduation speech
  • Participated in writing a classroom constitution

By graduation from Middle School, each student will have...

  • Applied the concrete principles of a binomial cube learned in Children’s House to abstract binomial multiplication
  • Written a well-researched informative piece evaluating the lasting impact ancient civilizations, especially Greece and Rome, had on our own society
  • Developed a comprehensive Science Fair project on a topic of personal importance and presented the results to the entire school community
  • Practiced holding conversations in Spanish
  • Created a business plan and run a business
  • Written and presented multiple speeches in Spanish
  • Cooked breakfast over an open fire
  • Reflected on his or her learning strengths and weaknesses and set personal learning goals
  • Simulated being an air traffic controller and landed planes safely given specific measurements
  • Performed on stage in a play or musical
  • Learned to conduct classical music
  • Completed Transition Algebra, Algebra I Honors, or Geometry
  • Participated in multiple community-oriented service projects
  • Used teamwork to solve a challenging math problem
  • Led multiple parent/teacher conferences
  • Given multiple speeches in front of his/her classmates
  • Performed improvisational theater
  • Composed contemporary electronic music
  • Developed the skills to place into Spanish II or Spanish Honors in high school
  • Created original pieces of art in a variety of media
  • Become a confident self-advocate

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