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 offers a rich academic experience that taps into your interests and natural creativity.
Visual & Performing 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. Junior High students take both fine and performing art as part of the school day.
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.
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.
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. Some of the projects have been: rehabilitation of local habitat, recycling projects, sandwich-making for the homeless, awareness and fundraising for various causes including the Rural Education Project, India. The Student Council also focuses on leadership and celebration through service. Our lives are in a constant state of growth and change, particularly throughout our school years. Times of change present tremendous opportunities for academic and social learning, for personal growth, and passage from one stage of life to another. As a school that serves students from preschool through to high school graduation, we believe it is important to honor those times of change that are particularly transformational.
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.
End of Year Assembly
Junior High school students participate in the End of Year Assembly where all students perform in sing-a-long groups for the whole community, and various constituencies are acknowledged and thanked for their contribution to the community as a whole. This event is followed by a popular all school family potluck which ends the school year.
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