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Oakwood Friends School Mission Statement

Oakwood Friends School, guided by Quaker principles, educates and strengthens young people for lives of conscience, compassion and accom- plishment. Students experience a chal- lenging curriculum within a diverse community, dedicated to nurturing the spirit, the scholar, the artist and the ath- lete in each person.

To fulfill this mission, Oakwood Friends offers each student

· an academically challenging program in preparation for college

· a shared search for truth through Friends Meeting for Worship and the unique Quaker process of decision making

· an opportunity for growth in a community of cultural and ethnic diversity and close, supportive friendships

· an awareness of physical well-being through sports, physical education and instruction in health

· an opportunity for participation in the arts

· an experience of off-campus community service to strengthen effectiveness, responsibility and participation in the wider world.

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The senior program is designed with two goals in mind. One is to provide students with a culminating experience at Oakwood Friends School. The other is to give seniors the kinds of skills and abilities, academically and socially, they will need in order to succeed in the years that follow high school.

The senior year begins with an orientation trip—three days of hiking and wilderness living. Senior classes include three interdisciplinary (ID) courses and three trimesters of English. A student must achieve a passing grade in all of these courses to receive an Oakwood Friends School diploma.

There is a considerable community service involvement for seniors. A total of 70 hours of service is required. Most of these hours are completed through school--arranged projects. Students have been involved in community service projects such as: Arlington Central School District Deaf and Hearing Impaired Program, Astor Day Treatment, Bardavon 1896 Opera House, Clearwater Sloop, Coali- tion for the Homeless, Community Day Care Center, Daybreak, Dutchess County Arts Council, Dutchess County Historical Society, Dutchess Outreach, Gannett House, Grace Smith House, Habitat For Humanity, Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the Mid-Hudson Children's Museum.

The school year ends for seniors with an evaluation trip. This pro- vides seniors with the opportunity to reflect on their careers at Oak- wood Friends School, to share their experiences and insights, and to make the kinds of connections with each other that will make a dif- ference for them in the years to come.

Along with everything else, the senior year includes the entire college selection and application process. Seniors receive a great deal of sup- port and guidance through this process from their advisors). The senior program is challenging, but it is also exciting and fulfilling.

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