A Private All-Girls Middle School Just for Them
Understanding the unique needs of girls, ages 12 to 14, has led Oak Knoll to look purposefully at the total private, Catholic college prep program we offer for our seventh- and eighth-grade girls. These students experience the environment of an inclusive Upper School (our all-girls middle and high school grades 7-12), which spans the ages of girls from 12 to 18, and they also know the advantages of a small, student-centered program, which highlights the enthusiasm and special accomplishments of students in the middle-grade years.
A Rich, Rigorous, Academic Curriculum with a Caring Faculty
Aware of the growing sense of self, which begins to emerge in young women at this age, teachers, advisers, and guidance personnel create opportunities for their students to display their talents and use cooperative approaches in teaching in order to underline the importance of student voice in the classroom. "Hands-on" and "social interaction" are bywords of the middle grades educator — whether planning a science project, organizing a Consortium program in music, creating live book reports or working with students in the clown ministry as they plan a Christmas party for young children with cancer.
Faculty in English, foreign language, history and theology have created an integrative program that promotes connections across disciplines and holistic learning. The curricula are coordinated and common projects reinforce important themes.
We look at our seventh and eighth grades both as a "head-start" for the college prep high school courses and as a time for a girl's first strides toward the sense of individuality and identity that will be hers in adulthood. Our demanding, but nurturing program in a Catholic environment is designed to foster self-worth, cooperation, accomplishment, and a sense of community.