Upper School Scope and Sequence

The Upper School continues the process begun in the Lower School. When entering the Upper School, the students are at a developmental stage where they are moving from learning facts and absorbing information to recognizing and connecting bigger ideas and themes across disciplines. Students learn to articulate their thoughts logically and eloquently, drawing on reason combined with their knowledge base. From there, they progress into being able to connect larger themes and ideas, and then finally, relate those interconnected ideas from a historical or literary context to a contemporary issue politically or socially. Please contact us to learn more about our unique and proven approach to education.

Students attend an eight period schedule that includes six classes, an elective and a study hall. As appropriate, similar content from the same time period tracks together in multiple subjects, such as history and literature. This not only reinforces learning, but it also encourages the students to consider a broader perspective.

Upper School students also have opportunities to continue to advance their talents in music and art.

Latin

For centuries, teaching Latin was an integral part of any good academic training. It was considered necessary to a fundamental understanding of English, other Latin-based languages, and the history and writings of Western Civilization.

Oakdale Academy teaches Latin beginning in seventh grade for three reasons:

  • Latin is alive. Latin is not a “dead language,” but rather a language that is still in use in some religious contexts and lives on in almost all languages around the world, including English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
  • Latin is rigorous. Learning Latin requires abstract thinking and hard work. The structured nature of Latin helps to promote organized, logical thinking in the brain and strengthens critical thinking skills, memorization skills, and categorical thinking skills. In this way, studying Latin also makes it easier to study mathematics, science, law, literature, and virtually any other discipline.
  • Latin is useful. Because Latin is such a highly-structured language with relatively few grammatical exceptions, knowing Latin makes learning the structure of other languages much easier. Students who have studied Latin have been shown to have higher than average test scores, particularly standardized test scores. Many students from Oakdale Academy have the test scores to prove it.

Senior Capstone

Seniors participate in a year-long research and writing project designed to allow students the opportunity to research an issue, take a position, write a research paper and present orally to a panel of judges. The Senior Capstone represents the culmination of the rhetorical and logical skills the students have learned, enabling the students to draw on a wide range of information and knowledge studied over the course of their years at Oakdale. It also encourages them to engage in contemporary topics ranging from current or historical events to philosophical issues.

HUMANITIES

GRADE

LANGUAGE

RHETORIC

HISTORY

LITERATURE

7th

Foundations

(Geography)

Ancient –Medieval  Survey

Ancient –Medieval  Survey

8th

Latin I

Logic

American Survey

American Survey

9th

Latin II

Rhetoric I

Ancient

Ancient

10th

Latin III

Rhetoric II

Medieval-Early Modern

Medieval-Early Modern

11th

Latin IV

Apologetics

American

American

12th

Independent Study

Sr. Thesis

Civics & Economics

British

 

MATH & SCIENCE

GRADE

MATH

SCIENCE

7th

Pre-Algebra

Life

8th

Algebra I

Earth

9th

Geometry

Intro to Physical Science

10th

Algebra II

Biology

11th

Trig/Pre-Calculus

Chemistry

12th

Calculus

Physics

 

Learning Enrichment

Upper School classroom learning is enhanced by field trips, class projects, and special celebration days.

  • Every other year, juniors and seniors take an American Heritage Trip to the east coast and Washington D.C. to experience more about the founding of our country.
  • In the years where that trip is not planned, students from freshman through senior attend the Stratford Festival, formerly known as the Shakespeare festival in Stratford, Ontario.
  • Students visit the Creation Museum in Kentucky and the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Ohio (grades 7-8).

Student Government

Student Government at Oakdale Academy helps hold students accountable for behavior and engagement with each other. The basis of the student government is the House system. When students graduate into the upper school, they are assigned to either the House of Arc or the House of Churchill. The house system:

  • Creates a level of friendly competition and camaraderie;
  • Fosters identity, a sense of belonging and spiritual growth;
  • Promotes academic support and mentoring;
  • Encourages teamwork, community service, and provides leadership opportunities.

A healthy student culture is promoted through social interactions and the planning of three key events, including:

  • Homecoming in the fall;
  • An annual Christmas party;
  • Convivium in the spring.

The upper school also provides mentoring opportunities for students who are paired together to build into each other.  

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Please call us at 248.481.9039 or contact us online with questions. May God bless you in your discovery of classical Christian education at Oakdale Academy. We look forward to getting to know your family.

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