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Notes for Prospective Students
- Blue Oak School is committed to providing children with an
optimal learning environment where they are encouraged to examine
their interests, expand their understanding and engage their
- Small class sizes allow for individual attention and a
collaborative mix of teachers who are creative, passionate about
the lessons they teach, and most importantly, deeply committed to
the children they serve.
The result is a vibrant community where
learning is an active, joyful process of discovery.
Children "learn by doing." At Blue Oak School students
experience what they study.
They do not just read about science,
they explore and make hypotheses and then test them.
mathematical models and use them in practical applications; they
read children\'s literature and create their own stories.
learn music and compose and perform their own.
Curriculum is child-centered and developmentally appropriate.
Learning takes place in a meaningful context and is tied to
children\'s needs and interests.
The curriculum builds from a foundation.
It draws on what
students already know and extends their established base of
Students connect to new learning and retain the
Understanding, rather than memorization, is stressed.
transfer learning to new situations, teach other students and
create using what they have understood.
The process of learning is emphasized.
When process is central,
there is no need to cheat, no need for parents to do homework, no
need to avoid risks.
Risk-taking and experiencing an occasional
failure are encouraged.
The curriculum is integrated.
Blue Oak School faculty blend
disciplines to stimulate understanding from different viewpoints.
Teaching is extended through literature, music, art, science and
Inquiry is at the heart of the curriculum.
are asked and addressed.