Philosophy

Philosophy

The Oaks School Philosophy

At the Oaks School, education is a partnership of children, teachers and parents.  A strong commitment to inclusiveness and to collaborative decision-making is reflected in the classroom and throughout the school community.  Active parent involvement provides a model for service and citizenship in the broader community.

Our goal is to establish a foundation in each child for lifelong learning. We believe that children acquire knowledge best by taking responsibility for their learning. We provide a safe, non-competitive educational environment where children are given the time to take risks, make mistakes and master skills. Small class size and flexible teaching strategies enable us to address each child’s unique learning style and personal development.  Our teachers offer a varied and challenging program within a supportive structure to generate growth, enthusiasm, a love of learning, and the confidence born of competence.

Our curriculum is designed to promote growth in all developmental areas- intellectual, artistic, social, emotional and physical- and to foster a culture that sustains the human spirit. We emphasize mastery of essential academic skills of reading, writing, computing, creating, problem solving and critical thinking.  Teachers facilitate the learning of these skills by designing integrated themes, projects, and activities that are relevant and engaging to children. The cultivation of skills in expressing and resolving conflict is an important part of the curriculum.
 
At The Oaks, our teaching embraces the diverse cultural, religious, political, socio-economic, and moral contexts in which we all live. Through shared experiences, we come to know that which is singular and unique, and that which we hold in common. It is within the life of this community that we gain a fundamental respect for all humanity.  Our classrooms and our school then become a means for understanding the world.