Curriculum

Oak Grove School prides itself on an intimate, relationship-based learning environment that is present throughout all our grades. Our academic classes, electives, sports program, and advisory curriculum all prepare our students for even the most rigorous universities. Oak Grove awakens in each student a love of learning that accompanies them in all their years beyond high school.”

Russ Bowen, Director of Secondary School

College-Preparatory Program

Oak Grove High School offers a challenging college-preparatory program that is approved by the University of California and is designed to exceed admission requirements for the most rigorous and selective universities across the country.

An Oak Grove School education will include opportunities for hands-on and project-based learning, as well as traditional academic coursework. We believe in collaborating and investigating together, and encouraging students to explore, question, and engage the world around them. While memorization has a place, students are also asked to think deeply, approach learning from multiple perspectives, and make connections across disciplines. Beyond the classroom, we encourage self-expression through art, music, and drama and selflessness through community service opportunities. At Oak Grove, we will empower you with responsibility and ownership of your own learning so you are fully prepared to meet the demands of college and beyond.

High School — Math

The mathematics program at Oak Grove School is a four-year, college-preparatory curriculum that prepares students for further studies in college in mathematics, engineering, physics, computer science, and other similar courses of study. At the same time, it honors a variety of interests, abilities, and learning styles and strives to bring out the mathematical talents of all students. The program aims to build a deep understanding of concepts rather than focusing on memorizing formulas and algorithms. Students work with both inductive and deductive reasoning approaches to make sense of what they are learning and develop their understanding. Ultimately, we want all students to see themselves as mathematically capable at any level, no matter what their futures hold. Classes are presented in ways that blend the inquiry-based approaches of Oak Grove School with the occasional lecture-based format of more traditional math courses, preparing students for future math and science courses in both high school and college. Students will learn to take on responsibility for their own learning, both in and out of class, making sense of complex ideas. The instructor’s role in this is to guide the students, helping them clarify difficult concepts and giving them examples of how a mathematician might approach problems as they encounter challenging problems together. There is no way for a teacher to put the knowledge into them, nor should that ever be a teacher’s goal. Rather, the teacher’s job is to create opportunities for learning and to ask the right questions at the right time to help the students create and construct their own learning. While not all students will pursue a major in mathematics in college, the skills that they learn in their math classes at Oak Grove will serve them well in any area of study that requires them to be able to take in new information, classify it, process it, analyze it, and apply it.

Geometry

Geometry is the first math course in the high school program and covers topics in both plane and solid Geometry. Prerequisite is successful completion of Algebra 1. Geometry at Oak Grove School combines an inductive approach (making observations, drawing conclusions, creating conjectures) with a more traditional deductive approach (writing proofs in two-column, paragraph, and flowchart forms).

Algebra II

Algebra 2 is the second math course in the high school program. It covers topics such as linear and quadratic functions, matrices, exponents and logarithms, conic sections, series, and sequences. Prerequisite is successful completion of Algebra 1. Algebra 2 at Oak Grove School uses both lectures and investigations to help students explore questions, make observations and draw conclusions. The goal is to prepare students to enter the upper division math courses with their “toolkits” sufficiently full, giving students the skill set and confidence needed to tackle higher-level mathematics.

Pre-Calculus

Pre-Calculus is the third math course in the high school program. The course covers a variety of functions and graphs (linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational and exponential), logarithms, e, trigonometry, polar coordinates, complex numbers, sequences and series, matrices and an introduction to limits. Prerequisite is successful completion of Algebra 2 and Geometry. The course is divided between a study of trigonometry, using both unit circles and a right triangle approach, and various topics designed to prepare students for Calculus the following year.

Calculus

Calculus at Oak Grove School introduces students to the main topics of calculus and gives them a strong foundation for their college math experiences. Topics covered include limits and continuity, the derivative, integration, the indefinite and definite integral, and applications of differentiation and integration. Given this is a senior course it will be presented in ways that blend the inquiry-based approaches of Oak Grove School with the lecture-based format of most college math courses. The goal is to help prepare students for college-level math and science courses while in the safe setting of Oak Grove. Students will take on a tremendous amount of responsibility for their own learning, and it is expected that they will spend a fair amount of time outside of class making sense of complex ideas. They will learn to read a math text written at a college level and develop the self-sufficiency to master new concepts primarily on their own.

Helpful College Resources

Researching Colleges and Universities

Applying to College

Common App: www.commonapp.org

University of California (UCs – 9 undergraduate campuses): http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/how-to-apply/apply-online/index.html

California State University (Cal State – 23 undergraduate campuses): http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/undergrad_apply.asp

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU): http://www.aiccu.edu/

Helpful Books

Fiske Guide to Colleges, by Edward Fiske

College That Change Lives: 40 Schools that Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, by Loren Pope

College Match: A Blueprint for Choosing the Best School for You, by Steven Antonoff

List of College Acceptances

Alaska Pacific University
University of Arizona
Arizona State
Azusa Pacific University
Bard College
Bates College
Beloit College
Bennington College
Boston University
University of British Columbia
Butler University
University of California: Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, LA, Merced, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz
California College of Art
California Lutheran University
Cal Poly Pomona
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Cal State University: Channel Islands, Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach, Northridge, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Sonoma
Case Western Reserve University
University of Cincinnati
Clark University
University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado College
Colorado Springs
Colorado State
Connecticut College
Cornell College
Cornish College of the Arts
University of Denver
DePauw University
Drexel University
Emerson College
Findlay University
Fort Lewis College
Green Mountain College
Goucher College
Hampshire College
Hamilton College
Hendrix College
University of Illinois
Johns Hopkins University
University of Kansas
Keuka University
Lawrence University
Lewis and Clark College
LIM College
Linfield College
Loyola Marymount
McDaniel College
Mills College
University of Missouri
Naropa University
New York University
Northeastern University
Northern Arizona University
Ohio State
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
Oregon State University
OTIS
Pacific University
Penn State
Pepperdine University
Pitzer College
Portland State
Pratt Institute
University of Puget Sound
University of Redlands
Reed College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhodes College
University of Richmond
Ringling College A&D
University of San Francisco
Sarah Lawrence College
SCAD
Sierra Nevada College
Skidmore College
Southern Oregon University
St. John’s College
Syracuse University
The New School
Towson University
University of Utah
University of Washington
Washington State University
University of Western Michigan
Westmont College
Whitman College
Whittier College
Willamette University
College of Wooster

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