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451 FOCUSED INSTRUCTION Less prescriptive than Learning Skills, Focused Instruction is avail- able to any upper school student in need of academic support in the areas of organization, time manage- ment, and work completion. Those skills are reinforced through the student’s content area assignments. Students work independently but under the guidance of the Focused Instruction teacher. Sessions meet every other academic day on a small group basis. (one trimester/non credit course)

452 CRITICAL THINKING IN THE CLASSROOM Critical Thinking in the Classroom is required for all ninth graders. The course prepares students for the sort of abstract and critical thinking that will be asked of them in the Upper School. Stu- dents study deductive reasoning, how to make and deconstruct arguments, logical fallacies, media literacy, and debate skills. Students engage in hands on activities, as well as short writing assignments and regular quizzes. (one trimester/one third credit)

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The Academic Program Our course offerings are designed to teach students to think critically, to analyze and evaluate carefully, and to be open to ideas. Literature, scientific experiments and historical re- search are all pursued with an intent to discover relation- ships, absorb new knowledge, and discard unfounded no- tions — in other words, to search for truth. Our arts courses emphasize the process of creation, through which students may experience their growth and development im- mediately and directly. Interdisciplinary seminars are grounded in commitment to both traditional fields of study and contemporary issues. Our physical education program is based on sports and games played in an atmosphere that emphasizes cooperation and sportsmanship. Special Offer- ings include courses in the Academic Support Center and English as a Second Language.

Students are assigned an advisor to help in the process of registering for courses. In addition, the Head of Upper School/Assistant Head for Academics is available for aca- demic counseling.

Oakwood Friends School admits students of any race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin to all programs and privi- leges made available to its students. Admissions and finan- cial aid decisions are made regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin. The School reserves the right to change or modify any programs, provisions, offering, re- quirement, or fee at any time in accordance with its purposes and objectives.

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