1. Four Day Week
School will meet Monday-Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm, with Fridays being a day for students to pursue their own interests. With the rise of travel sports and competitive dance, cheerleading, or theater, students spend many hours with extracurricular activities. We believe there are great values to be learned from these opportunities. Creating an extra day gives breathing room for busy families and allows students more time to develop their gifts. Older students can use the day for ACT prep, visiting colleges, or part-time jobs.
2. Limited homework
Students and teachers at The Oaks School will work hard during the day, while knowing that evenings will be free to enjoy time with family and engage in sports, music, dance, and other extracurricular activities. While students may occasionally need to study for a test or read books at home, teachers will not burden students (or parents) with homework at night. We will accomplish this by making the most of time during the school day. Students will have 90 minute class blocks for math and language arts daily. This gives time for students to learn a new concept, complete the work for that day, and then review the concept using a variety of games and activities. Science and history will be taught in 90 minute blocks on two days per week. Areas such as art or music will be integrated into the core subjects of math, language arts, science and history instead of taking an hour per day or week for these Students can use evenings and Fridays to pursue special interests, so class time can be used to adequately cover academic areas.
3. Spiritual Growth Through Daily Chapel Services
Students will start each day with a 30 minute chapel service that includes worship and time to connect with God. Students will grow spiritually as they learn to bring concerns to God and find His help. If a student has a prayer need, students can ask a peer or teacher to pray for that need. Chapel will also create leadership opportunities for students to lead a prayer, help with worship, or share publicly about something God is doing in their lives. Our ultimate goal for chapel is for students to discover who God is, and how they can know Him more in everyday life. Chapel will set a positive tone for the rest of the school day and help create a culture where students honor and respect each other.
4. Encouraging and Supportive Teachers
Teachers at The Oaks School are being hired with much prayer and consideration. As we conduct interviews, we are looking for teachers who bring excellence in teaching and mastery of their subject matter. However, even more importantly, we want teachers who love God and carry God’s heart into the classroom. Teachers will call out the strengths in each student as well as being available to pray for students and encourage them throughout the day. The positive relationship with teachers will help motivate students to achieve higher goals.
5. Leadership Development
We want to see students develop as leaders and know more of who they are created to be. Teachers will incorporate personality tests and other exercises to help students discover their strengths and gifts. Teachers will partner with parents to look for opportunities for students to develop these gifts and grow as leaders. Students will be given leadership opportunities at chapel, within the classroom, or by serving at school functions. Students in our upper school world history and missions class will lead our K5 students in learning about the cultures they are studying.
6. Sports Opportunities
The growth of the excellent public school system in our area is impressive but can be a limiting factor for students who want to play school sports. The Oaks School will offer another option for the many qualified athletes in our area who want to advance their athletic skills and play on a school team. Specific sports will be determined based on interests after registration is complete.
7. Healthy Relationship Skills
Students at The Oaks School will learn valuable relationship skills such as processing conflict, learning to walk in forgiveness, honoring differences in their peers, and even how to have a good conversation. Building a culture of healthy relationships will foster a supportive community atmosphere and help students know they can be valued for who they are.