Middle school is a time of great discovery and transition. Students enter our sixth grade at the apex of their childhood years and move up to our tenth grade, deep in adolescence. Oregon Trail Academy is a supportive and trusting learning environment from which our students move into high school with the intrinsic motivation needed to achieve their personal best, and the knowledge, skill, and habits of thinking that support optimal academic success.
Because we understand that our students’ adult lives are directly influenced by their experiences during these teenage years, our Middle Years Program is designed to facilitate opportunities that nurture in students a strong desire to persist in challenges and explore new possibilities. The Academy’s students grow toward academic independence and self-reliance through a carefully orchestrated program that challenges and supports each student individually. Fundamental to our program is fostering in each of our students the confidence that he or she is capable of continued learning and intellectual growth.How does a student learn to organize his/her backpack, take notes, prepare to complete homework and class projects- skills vital to academic success in high school and beyond? From day one, our advisory period and highly structured school routines place an enormous emphasis on learning organizational skills. And our small school environment, and student-centered approach to teaching helps our experienced faculty to carefully adapt to teenager’s’ broad spectrum of social, emotional and physical needs.
Vital to their becoming true global citizens, our learning community is a rich training ground for understanding others. Here, we establish the caring and respectful relationships that foster and develop positive personal characteristics such as honesty, respect, and an appreciation of the differences in one another. Community service helps reinforce in Oregon Trail Academy students the importance of safeguarding their environment and the world in which they are growing.
We are striving to be an IB MYP school. Here is a link to the IB site for more detailed information about the IB MYP program. http://www.ibo.org/programmes/middle-years-programme/