Junior High Curriculum

At Oak Grove we approach teaching, learning and living as an art form – The Art of Living and Learning. Junior High is an exciting transitional journey from childhood to young adulthood and our dedicated faculty will help you navigate these important times and prepare you for the path ahead. Our junior high faculty team consists of two core homeroom teachers in Humanities and Science/Math, a dedicated Advisory teacher, and specialists in Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education.

Your classes will challenge and support you to develop intellectually, artistically, emotionally, physically, ethically and socially. Oak Grove Junior High offers a rich, balanced experience that taps into your interests and natural creativity. Junior High students develop community service projects in collaboration with student council and their teachers. These are often tied to curriculum and tap into the many resources and partnerships Oak Grove School has established in Ojai. Past projects included: rehabilitation of local habitat, recycling projects, providing meals for the homeless, awareness and fundraising for various causes including the Rural Education Project, India. The Student Council focuses on leadership and celebration through service.

Completion of Junior High is an important time to pause and reflect on the experiences that have culminated in this significant milestone.  Oak Grove’s eighth-grade students are given this time.  In a special Gateway Celebration, students are asked to communicate details of their journey with peers, families, and the greater community.  In this way, those of us who are fortunate to be a part of their lives can celebrate their transition to high school.  

Algebra 1

Algebra I uses problem situations, physical models, and appropriate technology to extend algebraic thinking and engage student reasoning. Problem solving situations will provide all students an environment that promotes communication and fosters connections within mathematics, to other disciplines and to the real world. Students will use physical models to represent, explore, and develop abstract concepts. The use of appropriate technology will help students apply mathematics in an increasingly technological world. The concepts emphasized in the course include functions, solving equations, slope as rates of change, and proportionality.

Pre-Algebra

This Pre-Algebra course will emphasize understanding of the basic concepts in Pre-Algebra and the application of these concepts to real world situations. This includes working with concepts related to Algebraic expressions, integers, equations, decimals, inequalities, factors, fractions, exponents, ratios, proportions, and percents. Students will learn to recognize and use vocabulary to communicate their ideas. Emphasis will be placed on using the textbook and other support materials in an efficient way to reference information. Study skills such as note taking, test taking strategies and organization will be developed to aid each student.

Science

The focus of this year’s study will be focused around specific themes: scientific method, energy, motion, friction, Newton’s laws, ecosystems, heredity, genetics and evolution.  

JH Science through the Arts of Living and Learning

Art of Engagement: Learners engage with an activity that captures their attention, stimulates their thinking, and helps them access prior knowledge. Engagement activities will reveal existing misconceptions to the teacher and leave the learner wanting to know more about how the problem or issue relates to his/her own world.

Art of Inquiry: Learners explore common, hands-on experiences that help them begin constructing concepts and developing skills related to the learning target. The learner will gather, organize, interpret, analyze and evaluate data. Learners elaborate and solidify their understanding of the concept and/or apply it to a real world situation resulting in a deeper understanding. Teachers facilitate activities that help the learner correct remaining misconceptions and generalize concepts in a broader context.

Art of Communication: Learners to communicate through analysis of their exploration so that their understanding is clarified and modified with reflective activities. Learners use science terminology to connect their explanations to the experiences they had in the engage and explore phases.

The Arts

Oak Grove approaches all learning as an art form through The Art of Living & Learning. One of these arts – The Art of Aesthetics – particularly speaks to developing within each student sensitivity to and appreciation of beauty in all its manifestations. All students, regardless of their self-perception, are encouraged and supported to find the artist within by participating in a rich array of extracurricular opportunities available in fine arts, music, and drama.

Outdoor Education & Travel

Oak Grove’s Outdoor Education & Travel Program at the Junior High level offers opportunities to learn from nature, build lasting friendships, feel comfortable and secure in the outdoors, and become active stewards of the environment. Students learn the skills of increasing independence, cooperation and teamwork, and the ability to spend time in nature without the stimulus of electronics. Students participate in two trips per year; one in the fall and one in the spring.

Advisory

The Oak Grove High School Advisory program provides support for the school’s mission – helping students learn to use their minds, their bodies and their hearts well.  Through advisor/advisee connections, advisory supports leadership and service; skillful communication; the exploration of fundamental questions; and academic growth through planning and support.

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