In addition to their regular classroom subjects, students attend classes with trained specialists in the following areas.
WORLD LANGUAGES: SPANISH, FRENCH, & CHINESE
To succeed in the twenty-first century, today’s students need to develop linguistic and cultural literacy, including academic knowledge and proficiency in English and world languages and cultures. But learning about languages and cultures is not enough; rather, our students are provided with opportunities to learn languages and cultures through participation in communicative interactions that prepare them for real-world language use and global citizenship. We believe that language learning needs to be a lifelong endeavor.
Teaching languages at an early age helps children improve their higher thinking skills, and learning about other cultures helps children learn responsible citizenship. They develop insight into the nature of language and culture so that they can participate in multilingual communities at home and around the world. Oakhill Academy provides rigorous courses in French, Chinese, and Spanish. All courses ensure development in the core modalities of language learning: aural, oral, reading, and writing. Students are exposed to a variety of instructional strategies and authentic context in which to practice these core skills for learning a new language. From Pre-K to 8th Grade, our spiraled curriculum ensures progression and development of the essential skills needed to become proficient in another language.
Foreign Language standardized testing includes: ATCFL Proficiency Testing K-12, LE GRAND CONCOURS – Middle School French Proficiency, and THE CHINESE PROFICIENCY TEST- Proficiency Testing K-12.
Through the Physical Education Program, the students perform activities that develop fine and gross muscle coordination. They learn the fundamentals of soccer, basketball, and other organized sports. Sportsmanship and teamwork are stressed at all grade levels.
Oakhill Academy is a member of the Inland Valley Interscholastic Athletic Association (IVIAA). The association consists of several local middle schools which compete in season-long competitions in Girls’ Volleyball, Basketball and Soccer; and Boys’ Flag Football, Basketball, and Soccer. Oakhill students in 5th-8th grade are eligible to participate in the Junior Varsity and Varsity IVIAA Competitions.
Students are taught the basic foundations in art production to develop the knowledge, techniques, and processes for creative expression. Emphasis is on the role of art in cultures throughout history. Instruction concentrates on technique, compositions and processes of visual problem solving. Exploration of traditional and non-traditional art media including; watercolor, tempera and acrylic painting, printmaking, paper construction, collage, and clay. Discovery through multidisciplinary lessons in conjunction with classroom curriculum is also a focus.
Performing Arts: Music
The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and to appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgments about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment. Students learn technical skills and the core elements of performing, composing, appraising and listening. Private music lessons will be available during the school day and students are encouraged to take part in the after-school choir or orchestra clubs.
Performing Arts: Drama
Our drama program is a process-oriented class in which students rehearse and perform a scripted play. Students are introduced to acting, stage essentials, drama theory, auditioning, monologues, scene studies, objective work and improvisational skills. In addition, students learn about self-discipline and the importance of hard work, creativity and imaginative play, listening and observation skills, and self-confidence. Our aim is for students to enjoy the rewards that come with working together to achieve a common goal through the study of the dramatic arts. Each year, our students will be involved in a winter production and a spring production. In addition to these shows, students will share their learning about drama in three showcases throughout the year, at the end of each trimester.
The mission of Oakhill Academy’s school library is to provide an accessible, enjoyable, welcoming place for students and teachers to find books, resources, and materials that will promote a love of reading and lifelong learning.