Elementary

 

The elementary years are an exciting time for learning, both academically and socially. Elementary classrooms at Oakstone Academy offer varied opportunities for developing academic competency and personal growth.  The elementary program, beginning with full day kindergarten and extending through fourth grade, is built on an array of best practices in teaching, including

 

  • Hands-on experiences

  • Collaborative learning

  • Empirically-based direct instruction methods

  • Project-based learning

  • Differentiation

  • Problem solving

  • Outside experiences, such as field trips and service projects

  • Low student to teacher ratios (most classes have 15-20 students)

  • Peer tutoring

  • Academic grouping that allows students to move at the pace best suited to their needs

  • The inclusion of innovative technology via interactive whiteboards, laptop computers, and ipads

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teachers and staff members in the elementary program come from a diverse variety of backgrounds and experiences. Most classrooms are led by 2 licensed teachers and an assistant. The elementary team includes

 

  • Highly-qualified General Education teachers,

  • State-certified Reading Specialists,

  • Mathematics Specialists,

  • Licensed Intervention Specialists

  • A Spanish instructor,

  • Both vocal and instrumental music instructors,

  • A certified Physical Education teacher,

  • A certified Art teacher

 

A licensed Occupational Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist also collaborate with teachers to help students develop competency and fluency in handwriting, keyboarding, and public speaking skills.

 

The elementary program has a strong emphasis on social development within the classrooms. Working to help children develop crucial academic and work habits, as well as build friendships and interpersonal skills, is in the forefront of each day’s activities. A character education program that begins in kindergarten and builds each year emphasizes the importance of respect, responsibility, caring, kindness, fairness, and citizenship in our efforts to educate the whole child.

 

Children in the elementary program at Oakstone Academy are valued for their individuality and challenged to meet high academic and personal standards.  Parents are valued partners in the educational setting and can expect open communication from their children’s teachers.