Review the course offerings and basic curricular map for the students of Oaklawn Academy

Oaklawn Academy

 

Academic Course Offerings

Our school year is divided into trimesters.  With the trimester plan we will release midterm progress reports approximately every 6 weeks.  We find that this helps us to better accomodate the arrival and departure of our Autumn  and Spring Course students.    The 2016-2017 trimester dates are:

 

T1 - September 12 - December 9  (midterm report October 14)

T2 - December 12 - March 10 (midterm report February 10)

T3 - March 13 - May 25 (midterm report April 28)

Final Exams - May 26-June 2

 

Sample Academic Year Calendar

What Subjects Will I Study At Oaklawn Academy?

Students enrolling for Autumn, Winter, or Spring Course will follow the curriculum as is it presented to the Annual Course students.  You will see a brief course description and basic curricular plan for many of our core class offering in the following pages.

The typical , annual course, student at Oaklawn Academy will recieve full year instruction in each of the following courses:

 

 

 

Academic Programs

 

Extra Curricular Opportunites

 

Catholic Formation

Digital Literacy

English Grammar/Composition

English Literature

Math

Music

Physical Education

Science

Spanish

Study Skills

US History

World History/Geography

 

 

 

Chess

Competitive Athletics

Cooking

Drawing/Painting

Horseback Riding

Model Building

Music Performance

Trap Shooting

Year Book

 
Many more offerings . . .

English Grammar 

Curricular Overview

At the beginning of each year (or course) incoming students receive placement testing in English and Math in order to find the best level and class placement for each individual. Students also take the TOEFl Jr. exam at the beginning and end of each school year in order to make benchmarks and measure growth.  

Once placed in the appropriate level, the teachers customize and tailor fit each level to the needs of the students.   The following is a generalization of the path each course takes.

This course is intended to develop basic grammar and writing skills, enabling students to communicate more fluently, accurately and confidently in English. Students will be able to identify and correctly use the 8 parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. To solidify students’ understanding of grammar and sentence structure, an emphasis is placed on sentence diagramming throughout the year and culminated in a final project. Writing will be taught and assessed through the 7-Trait Writing Process, which includes Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation. All students will expand vocabulary for academic and social use, improve overall oral comprehensibility and be able to write complete sentences, a standard paragraph, and short content-based essays. They will utilize level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation with a minimum of errors.

 

 

Beginning

This course is intended to develop basic grammar and writing skills, enabling students to communicate more fluently, accurately and confidently in English. Students will be able to identify and correctly use the 8 parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. To solidify students’ understanding of grammar and sentence structure, an emphasis is placed on sentence diagramming throughout the year and culminated in a final project. Writing will be taught and assessed through the 7-Trait Writing Process, which includes Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation. All students will expand vocabulary for academic and social use, improve overall oral comprehensibility and be able to write complete sentences, a standard paragraph, and short content-based essays. They will utilize level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation with a minimum of errors.

Goal: Independent User (CEFR Level B1 or higher)

 

Intermediate

This course is intended to develop intermediate-advanced level grammar and writing skills, enabling students to communicate more fluently, accurately and confidently in English. Students will learn to identify and correctly use different types of nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, verbals and clause types. To solidify students’ understanding of grammar and sentence structure, an emphasis is placed on sentence diagramming throughout the year and culminated in a final project. To become stronger writers, students will learn the 7-Trait Writing Process, which includes Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation. All students will expand vocabulary for academic and social use, and produce narrative, expository and persuasive essays. Students will utilize level-appropriate conventions of grammar and punctuation with a minimum of errors.

Goal: Independent-Proficient User (CEFR Level B2 or higher)

 

Advanced

This course is intended to develop advanced-level grammar and writing skills, enabling students to communicate more fluently, accurately and confidently in English. Students will learn to identify and correctly use different types of nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, verbals, clauses and sentence structures. To solidify students’ understanding of grammar and sentence structure, an emphasis is placed on sentence diagramming throughout the year and culminated in a final project. To become even stronger writers, students will learn the 7-Trait Writing Process, which includes Ideas, Organization, Voice, Word Choice, Sentence Fluency, Conventions and Presentation. All students will expand vocabulary for academic and social use, and produce narrative, expository and persuasive essays while carefully following the 7-Trait writing process.

Goal: Proficient User (CEFR Level C1 or higher)

English Grammar Curriculum Guide

English Literature

 

In Literature, students will be introduced to literary vocabulary and be able to recall the definitions and find examples from the text.  Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of comprehension skills and will practice using these skills in a variety of ways.  Text will be presented in English so students can practice oral reading skills and comprehension skills in English.  Based on the students’ background of English lessons may be individualized to assist with the acquisition of English language reading and writing skills This class will also introduce and offer opportunities to practice correct use of new vocabulary and new concepts. As students progress through basic skills, the material will adjust to student proficiency levels. The goal of the class is to provide a solid background in various comprehension strategies and be able to show an understanding and appreciation for a variety of literary genres such as: realistic fiction, fantasy, Greek Mythology, Reader’s Theater, poetry and nonfiction.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including weekly spelling quizzes, comprehension tests, group and individual projects and oral presentations. 

Students will also learn and apply literary vocabulary such as:  idioms, clichés, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, point of view, characterization, dialogue, foreshadowing, flashbacks and conflict. 

Students will learn and apply word attack and phonics skills through the text Evan Moor's Building Spelling Skills.  Skills such as prefixes, consonant blends, syllabication, word meanings, synonyms, antonyms, basic English vocabulary and English spelling patterns will be taught and applied.

 

 

 

Beginning 

In Beginning Literature, students will be introduced to literary vocabulary and be able to recall the definitions and find examples from the text.  Students will demonstrate basic knowledge of comprehension skills and will practice using these skills in a variety of ways. 

 

Text will be presented in English so students can practice oral reading skills and comprehension skills in English.  Based on the students’ background of English lessons may be individualized to assist with the acquisition of English language reading and writing skills This class will also introduce and offer opportunities to practice correct use of new vocabulary and new concepts. As students progress through basic skills, the material will adjust to student proficiency levels. The goal of the class is to provide a solid background in various comprehension strategies and be able to show an understanding and appreciation for a variety of literary genres such as: realistic fiction, fantasy, Greek Mythology, Reader’s Theater, poetry and nonfiction.

 

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including weekly spelling quizzes, comprehension tests, group and individual projects and oral presentations. 

 

Students will also learn and apply literary vocabulary such as:  idioms, clichés, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, point of view, characterization, dialogue, foreshadowing, flashbacks and conflict. 

Students will learn and apply word attack and phonics skills through the text Evan Moor s Building Spelling Skills.  Skills such as prefixes, consonant blends, syllabication, word meanings, synonyms, antonyms, basic English vocabulary and English spelling patterns will be taught and applied.

Below is the basic scope and sequence of the Beginning Literature class.

 

Because students’ abilities and English background knowledge are different each year, and because not all students learn in the same manner, the list provided may change based on student needs.  Class assignments, assessments, projects and texts will be adjusted if necessary.

 

 

English Literature Curriculum Guide 

Intermediate

In Intermediate Literature, students will review and be asked to apply basic comprehension skills such as: drawing conclusions, explaining text, recalling information and summarizing text on a daily basis. 

 

This class will also introduce and offer opportunities to practice correct use of new vocabulary and new concepts such as analyzing literature using some higher order thinking skills such as synthesizing information, comparing and contrasting, making judgments, formulating questions, and be able to show an understanding and appreciation for a variety of literary genres such as: realistic fiction, dystopian literature, Gothic literature, Greek Mythology, and poetry and nonfiction.

 

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including weekly spelling quizzes, comprehension tests, group and individual projects and oral presentations.

 

Students will also learn and apply literary vocabulary such as:  idioms, clichés, metaphors, similes, onomotopeia, point of view, characterization, dialogue, foreshadowing, flashbacks and conflict. 

 

Students will learn and apply word attack and phonics skills through the text Evan Moor s Building Spelling Skills.  Skills such as prefixes, Latin root words, Greek root words, suffixes, vowel combinations, consonant combinations, word meanings, and English spelling patterns will be taught and applied.

 

Because students’ abilities and English background knowledge are different each year, and because not all students learn n the same manner, the list provided may change based on student needs.  Class assignments, assessments, projects and texts will be adjusted if necessary.

 

 

Advanced

In Advanced Literature, students will be asked to apply basic skills such as comprehension, drawing conclusions, explaining text, recalling information and summarizing text on a daily basis. 

 

This class will also introduce and offer opportunities to practice correct use of new vocabulary and new concepts such as analyzing literature using higher order thinking skills such as synthesizing information, comparing and contrasting, making judgments, formulating questions, and be able to show a deep understanding and appreciation for a variety of literary genres such as: realistic fiction, Dystopian literature, Gothic literature, Greek Mythology, and poetry.

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways including weekly spelling quizzes, comprehension tests, group nod individual projects and oral presentation

 

Students will also learn and apply literary vocabulary such as:  idioms, clichés, metaphors, similes, onomonopeia, point of view, characterization, dialogue, foreshadowing, flashbacks and conflict. 

 

Students will learn and apply word attack and phonics skills through the text Spelling Connections.  Skills such as prefixes, Latin root words, Greek root words, suffixes, vowel combinations, consonant combinations, word meanings, and English spelling patterns will be taught and applied.

 

Because students’ abilities and English background knowledge are different each year, and because not all students learn n the same manner, the list provided may change based on student needs.  Class assignments, assessments, projects and texts will be adjusted if necessary.

Mathematics 

The academy carefully assesses students in order to assure proper math course placement. No matter the level of math ability or Algebra readiness, students receive differentiated instruction in order to meet individual needs of every student.   

Our math courses range in level from Integrated Math / Pre-Algebra, to Algebra I and II. Our math teachers are qualified to teach levels beyond this if it is necessary.

These courses will follow as closely as possible the standard Curriculum for Algebra in the State of Wisconsin.  The unique situations of the students at Oaklawn Academy may be cause for some variation. The courses are intended to count as a High School course if the student passes that course and then decides to continue their education at a school that follows a United States Curriculum. 

Mathematics Curriculum Guide

PreAlgebra:

Operations with Integers, Rational and Mixed Numbers, Number Theory (Prime/Composite, Divisibility)  Statistics (Measures of Central Tendency; Data Analysis)

 

Data and Graphs (Methods of Displaying Data), Probability (Single Events, Compound Events, Combinations and Permutations)

 

Rates, Ratios and Percents, Geometry (Lines, Segments, Rays, Angles; Polygons and Circles; Similar Figures)

 

Geometry (continued):  (3-Dimensional Solids - volume, surface area; Area of Irregular Figures

 

Linear Equations & Inequalities (Coordinate Graphing System, Slope of a Line, Solutions to Linear Equations)

 

Algebra 1:

In this course we will build on the fundamentals learned in Pre-Algebra. The main learning objective is to understand the meaning of a variable and be able to work backwards in the order of operations to solve a problem. Graphing equations will also be emphasized.

 

Integer work, fractions, order of operation along with

Numeracy and fractions.

Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Solving Linear Equations

Graphing Linear Equations and Functions

Polynomials and Factoring

Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Quadratic Equations and Functions

Exponents and Exponential Functions

 % increase and decrease problems

Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities and some spiraling.

Manipulate Equations, functions and some graphing and some spiraling.

Algebra II

In this course we will build on the fundamentals of Algebra.  The key objective is to have students understand the graphs of most of the elementary functions and conic sections and then identify the similarities in their transformations.

 

Integer work, fractions, order of operation along with:

Expressions, Equations, and Functions

Graphing Linear Equations and Functions

Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities and absolute values:

Quadratic functions: Transformations

Systems of Equations and Functions

Conic Sections and graphing square root functions:  Transformations

Exponential and Logarithmic functions: Transformations: and

Rational and radical exponents (Short unit: 1 quiz, 1 Test) 

% increase and decrease problems

Rational functions: Transformations

Polynomials: Transformations

The Science program at Oaklawn Academy encompasses Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We will be using the Interactive Science materials from Pearson. Throughout the school year the students will also study elements of the periodic table and important inventors.

Our Autumn course is Chemistry.

Our Spring Course is Physics and Biology.

Annual Course is Chemistry, Physics and Biology.

 

Science

Science Curriculum Guide

 

The Science program at Oaklawn Academy encompasses Biology, Chemistry and Physics. We will be using the Interactive Science materials from Pearson. Throughout the school year the students will also study elements of the periodic table and important inventors.

 

In Biology, the students will observe, investigate, and demonstrate comprehension in the following topics:

a.Defining and classifying life

b. Domains and Kingdoms

c. Evolution and Classification

d. Viruses and Bacteria

e. Protists

f. Fungi

g. Defining and classifying plants

h. Plant structure

i. Animal classification

j. Body structure and organization

k. Invertebrates and Vertebrates

 

In Chemistry, the students will observe, investigate, and demonstrate comprehension in the following topics:

a. Defining and classifying matter

b. Atomic theory

c. Metals and nonmetals

d. Radioactivity

e. Ionic and covalent bonding

f. Metallic bonding

g. Describing and controlling chemical reactions

 

In Physics, the students will observe, investigate, and demonstrate comprehension in the following topics:

a. Describing motion

b. Newton’s Laws of Motion

c. Friction and gravity

d. Momentum

d. Work and power

e. Simple Machines

f. Energy transformation and conservation

Music

History, Civics & Geography

All Social Studies and History courses at Oaklawn are developed as exploratory programs which encompasses many different topics throughout the school year.  Students learn through many different venues, and discover the mystery behind our country and world.

Throughout the year, we will have a Dance of the Week.  Students will learn new dances and the music that makes them popular.  Also, we will work on liturgical music for use at Mass and hymns according to the liturgical calendar.  Students will also be offered the opportunity to take music lessons for piano, guitar and drums (at an additional cost). 

Digital Literacy

Through this course, our students work on digital media. the internet, and using it safely.  We stress the importance of Respect and Resonsibility when working on and off line.  The course curriculum follows closely the plan created by Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org)

Study Skills

New for 2016-2017 is an Applied Study Skills Course, where the students will learn to manage work load, improve organizational skills, and become over all more responsible and stronger students.  

How much English do the students really learn?

The following is a sample of scores from  September 2014 to May 2015

The TOEFL jr exam is administered two times throughout the year.  The students first take the exam in September as part of the placement process.  This gives us a valid and accurate level of English language acquisition for each student.   The test is then taken again in early May, giving us a score to help determine growth. 

For more information on TOEFL Jr. results at Oaklawn Academy, click on the link below

 

Learning English at Oaklawn Academy

 

 

At Oaklawn Academy, we use a grading procedure that is based on the Standards of Education provided for us by ICEF / NCE.  We also take into account the current trends in education that are seen in the United States, such as the Next Generation Science Standards, or Common Core for mathematics.   During the grading process, each student is evaluated on his proficiency level for the standards presented during that term.  This gives an accurate picture of growth, and a list of concepts studied at the academy.  

How are the students measured in other areas of study?

Why Choose Oaklawn Academy?

Oaklawn Academy offers challenging courses, individualized instruction and multiple growth opportunities for your son.  We work to meet the diverse needs of our every changing population.  Through this process, our students leave with a strong sense of independence, academic confidence, and a greatly improved grasp of the the English language.   Oaklawn Academy is the STRONG academic choice for your family.