A New Year, with Big Goals

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A New Year, with Big Goals

As we begin our third school year, our entire school community will come together around three shared yearlong goals. In particular, ODA students, families, board, and staff will spend the 2019-20 school year focused on three yearlong goals: Increase fidelity to the ODA instructional model Deepen our culture of academic rigor Use data to inform practice This …

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International Exchange: Christ’s Hospital

Last month, eight of our students travelled to the United Kingdom to experience a week-in-the-life at Christ’s Hospital, one of the world’s oldest and most esteemed boarding schools. Founded in 1552, and located in the countryside just beyond London, the school develops students from all around the globe for a life of deep intellectual thought and meaningful …

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C.R.A.M.

One of our core values, Kujichagulia, reflects our commitment to self-determination: Oxford Day Academy students must learn to be the solvers of their own problems, and the leaders of their own lives. Through this lens, our school community pushes students not just to achieve academic excellence, but to also design, implement, and adjust solutions to any …

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An education without walls

All to often, high school curriculum focuses on what students ought to learn without placing equal emphasis on why they ought to do so. At Oxford Day Academy, students spend up to half of their time off campus, discovering the ways in which their academic knowledge will intersect the other facets of their intellectual, personal and …

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Harvard, Facebook, Formal, Oh My!

As our students grow as thinkers and learners, so do their opportunities for meaningful engagement in the world around them. During the month of February, Oxford Day Academy students had at least one major off-site event every week. Read below for reflections from students on three such examples, including: Our first ever formal dance, which …

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Preparing for the SAT

Our students spend their days learning how to think deeply and critically, and they know this will set them up for success in college and in life. Equal part to that success, our students must be equipped to navigate the admissions process in order to attend the college that is best for them. For this reason, …

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Google Hour of Code

In the last few days of the semester, Oxford Day Academy participated in Google’s Hour of Code. Fourteen members of the Google team spent the day on our campus to serve as guides and collaborators as our students navigated various programming challenges. Read on to hear their perspective on the experience and, on behalf of everyone at Oxford …

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Ending on a High Note

It is hard to believe that this newsletter will be the last of the semester, and that our students are just a few weeks away from their final exams. As they prepare for finals, ODA students are also finding time and space to reflect on their roles as leaders of our school and members of our community; …

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Students Raise Their Voice

Though they may not yet be old enough to vote, our students still find important opportunities for their voice in politics. They are well aware of the social issues that await their generation; but rather than see themselves as victims of the challenges that await, our students push themselves to engage in potential solutions– to deeply understand …

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Fidelity to Our Vision

Since we opened in 2017, it has been critical that we not sacrifice the integrity of our model. Harkness tables, small group instruction, independent learning time, Oxford tutorials, and field experience are critical to our vision, but they are also unfamiliar to most people when they first enter our building. Holding our vision has required us to …

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