Grades 1-8

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Grades 1 - 8

Our grade 1 to 8 program progressively builds on the strong foundation students receive in our kindergarten program. Students receive instruction starting in grade one in all subject areas including Bible, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, French, Music, Art,Drama, Health and Physical Education.

It is our ongoing goal to provide students with a strong academic program in order to best prepare them for secondary school and beyond. Our teachers have high expectations for students and provide them with the instruction, guidance and support to meet those expectations.

Our small class sizes ensure that all students remain actively involved in lessons and have opportunity to participate, answer questions, and share ideas during class discussions.

Our school and classroom culture of learning is enhanced by the following practices:

1. Growth Mindset

Based on the belief that our intelligence and level of ability is able to change, develop and grow, rather than remain at a fixed "point" that we were born with. With a growth mindset, mistakes are necessary for learning. The growth mindset approach encourages perseverance and hard work to change where we are. With growth mindset multiples drafts are all part of the process of helping students produce beautiful work and meet their full potential.

2. Project Based Learning

The focus of PBL is for students to do real work to solve a real problem for a real audience. Time is invested to allow students to go deeper in the learning around one topic and to produce a final product to be shared with others. For example in 2016-17 our intermediate classroom partnered with the Museums of Prince Edward County to produce a photo exhibit with description of some of the historical buildings of Prince Edward County. The students with the support of the museum and the local archives read original documents to help them research the history of their building. Their photography and write-ups were on display during the summer of 2017. For more information on the following project click on the link below

http://www.oacs.org/2017/then-now-oh-wow/

3. Responsive Classroom

The focus of Responsive Classroom is bringing social/emotional learning and awareness alongside the academic learning done throughout a school day. With a priority of establishing routines and behaviours that will bring order and reliability to the school day. There also is a focus on building a positive community - creating a culture of welcome, inclusion, safety and acceptance in the classroom where students feel comfortable taking risks.