Elementary School (2-5) Program

The Elementary (2nd -5th grades) Program

The Elementary Program at Oakwood School serves students who are in Second through Fifth or Sixth grades.  Students are grouped in homerooms of up to 12 students with 2 teachers.  These homerooms are divided into smaller groups for Reading and Mathematics.  Two homerooms usually work together to allow 4 groups for these major subject areas.  This enables us to keep the groups small and homogenous.

Our homerooms are not grade-specific.  For example, one homeroom may be composed of students in grades 3 and 4 while another homeroom may have all 4th graders.  We look at many facets of the whole child in deciding homeroom placements: age and grade of the student, maturity level, social skills, academic abilities and instructional levels.

We provide an integrated approach to teaching our students the skills they need to be successful.  The reading techniques and strategies taught in Reading class are reinforced in Science, Social Studies, and even Math!

Social Affective and Enrichment classes provide an opportunity for students to practice social skills, understand themselves better, and learn about topics of interest.  With direct instruction and opportunities to practice skills in the classroom, students develop a community which is based on the core principles of the FISH program used throughout the school  --  “Make Their Day, Play, Choose Your Attitude, and Be There.”  Classes in Art and Music enrich the curriculum and allow students another outlet for their creativity.  Often these areas use projects and songs which are connected to the Social Studies or Science curriculum, helping students use another mode for learning.

Elementary Subjects

In Mathematics, we build strong foundational skills and work to fill in any holes in concept development which a child may have.  Our program focuses on using a multisensory, hands-on approach based on the Concrete-Representational-Abstract (CRA) sequencing which research has shown to best benefit our students in developing strong math skills.  We work to build fact fluency through technology as well as time-tested methods.  We are committed to building strong concepts and problem-solving skills so students understand the underlying reasoning for the algorithm.  Frequent review and extra practice are provided to shore up these skills.

 

We remain grateful to Oakwood School for building a rigorous early academic foundation for our son...We know from experience what a wonderful, dedicated, rigorous, flexible, and nurturing environment Oakwood provides.  It is encouraging that your faculty works so hard to adapt to ever-evolving best practices in pedagogy while remaining unshakeable in its core mission

Former Oakwood Parent