The Oakridge Middle School embodies the philosophy of The Oakridge School. By providing a challenging educational program with emphasis on the total development of each child, the Middle School prepares students for higher education and life. We, as faculty and administrators, believe in academic excellence, high moral and ethical standards, honor, respect of others, and the pursuit of knowledge as a life-long experience.
The Middle School at Oakridge is divided into two separate divisions. The lower house (LHMS) consists of grades five and six, and grades seven and eight comprise the upper house (UHMS). Each division of the middle school has its own faculty, programs, and curriculum.The Middle School curriculum, in both the lower and the upper houses, provides sound instruction in all academic disciplines, exploration of the fine arts, and a strong physical education and athletic program.
Specifically, students in the LHMS are required to study Language Arts, Fine Arts, Math, General and Earth Science, World History, World Language (French or Spanish), and Physical Education. The fine arts program in the fifth grade consists of nine weeks each of choir, art, drama and strings. In sixth grade, students take Design Thinking and also begin to focus their fine arts study by choosing one of the arts each semester.
The UHMS curriculum includes: English, Honors English, Inquiry Based Design, Pre-Algebra, Honors Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Honors Algebra I, Honors Geometry, Life and Physical Science, World Language (French or Spanish), Choir, Art, Drama, and Strings, as well as competitive Athletics.
The Middle School's college preparatory program is challenging and structured, yet always centered on nurturing the whole child. Our program is designed to help young people develop intellectually, physically, socially, artistically, and emotionally.
Students in grades 5-8 utilize their devices to guarantee daily opportunities to connect, communicate, collaborate, and create. These results are evidence that the classrooms are innovative spaces where we enhance, engage, and empower student learning!
An Oakridge student will be honorable, trustworthy, and respectful at all times.
An important objective of The Oakridge School includes helping students understand the need for rules and assisting them in internalizing a code of conduct. Inherent in the Honor Code is the respect for the individual, for the school, and for ethical guidelines.
The Oakridge School expects students to be committed to a safe learning environment for students, free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
All Oakridge students are expected to exhibit honorable, trustworthy, considerate, respectful, and responsible behavior.
While each student is held responsible for his/her behavior and any subsequent consequences, we expect families to cooperate with the school by discussing matters and principles of conduct at home. It is important for each student to thoroughly understand how conduct affects character and reputation.