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.
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.
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.
Junior High Advisory is a two-year program whose primary intent is to provide opportunities for students to delve into questions about their relationship to themselves, each other, their community and the earth. Students develop supportive relationships with adults they trust, as well as with their peers. These strongly established connections and relationships are foundational to moving ahead with ease, in anticipation of increasing academic rigor and evolving social networks. The small advisory group setting is a natural incubator where norms are established and kids can try out new ideas and explore their own identities. Driven by three essential questions: Who am I? How do I relate to others? What will I contribute to the world? students cultivate a sense of self—academically, emotionally, and socially.
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.
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 signature trips per year. One of these trips is a week of outdoor learning and exploration at the Jackson Campus of the Teton Science Schools. Led by instructors, the students ski, snowshoe, and hike through Grand Teton National Park while studying the ecology and natural history of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. This immersion provides hands-on scientific inquiry and connection to the natural world.
Oak Grove’s Junior High Fitness Program contributes to helping students see the importance of physical vitality, caring for one’s body, making healthy life choices, developing understanding, respect, and compassion for others, and instilling a sense of responsibility to the whole. Personal excellence, sportsmanship, self-reflection and joy of the game are emphasized over competition.
Junior High students develop community service projects in collaboration with their teachers. These are often tied to curriculum and tap into the many resources and partnerships Oak Grove School has established in Ojai. Some of the projects have been: rehabilitation of local habitat, recycling projects, meal preparation for the homeless, awareness and fundraising for various causes including the Rural Education Project in India.
The faculty of the Oak Grove Secondary School provides a well-rounded Parent Ed program, whereby parents can become informed on subjects related to teen and young adult development. Parent Ed events are led by teachers as well as outside professionals, covering topics like social media wellness, college readiness, teen sexuality, inquiry-based dialogue, and more.
The program’s mission is to support parents in raising teenagers through workshops on adolescent development, communication strategies, college readiness, and harm prevention. In addition, the program emphasizes building relationships and support networks between parents, teachers and community members.
Junior High to High School
The 8th-grade students are honored each year at the 8th Grade Gateway Exhibition & Ceremony where students present exhibitions of their learning over the previous two years and give a speech that demonstrates their readiness for High School. Parents, friends, faculty, and members of the community are invited to look at student exhibitions and enjoy a formal ceremony for issuing diplomas.