Diligent effort, serious thought, and full engagement with aca- demic work is expected of all students by the Oakwood Friends faculty. Students are responsible for appropriate classroom con- duct: daily cooperation, participation in class, and thor- ough preparation.
Oakwood Friends School is a place where we value a comfort- able and respectful rapport between adults and students. To support this climate, it is essential that students distinguish be- tween informality and behavior that detracts from the smooth running of a class. Deliberately disrupting a class, repeated late- ness, or defacing classroom equipment are examples of behav- ior that interrupt students’ opportunity to learn and a teacher’s ability to teach. This kind of behavior is not appropriate.
Teachers at Oakwood Friends are available for one-on-one sup- port and consultation at designated times.
As a way of providing academic support and evaluation, the faculty distinguishes among the following categories:
INDEPENDENT STATUS (IS) Students who have demonstrated to the faculty their ability to structure their own study time will be placed on IS. Conse- quently, they are not required to study in assigned areas and are also granted "open campus" privileges (they may study in the library, work in the computer center, or receive extra help from a teacher without obtaining faculty permission first). IS board- ing students may leave campus in the evening only with direct permission from the Administrator on Duty (AOD) and/or the on-duty dorm faculty.
430 QUAKERISM This course explores the religious ideas, ethical issues and social con- cerns of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in the context of their Christian foundations. These are examined in the light of the faith and practice of some of the major religions and philosophies of the world, including: Judaism, Is- lam, Buddhism and Hinduism. Requirements for students include oral reports given in class and a research paper. Texts include pri- mary and secondary source material as well as readings in appropriate literature. This course is a graduation requirement for all students.
431 SERVICE LEARNING & LEADERSHIP This full year pass/fail course, which will be open to juniors by applica- tion, will offer students the opportu- nity to take on leadership roles in the school, by serving as mentors to the freshman class, planning and imple- menting community service projects both on and off campus, and taking part in career-based internships. (full-year, pass/fail)
THE ACADEMIC SUPPORT CENTER
The Academic Support Center offers three separate programs:
450 LEARNING SKILLS: The Learning Skills Program of- fers support services for students with documented mild learning differences. Sessions meet every other academic day on a one-to- one or small group basis. The goal of the program is to provide stu- dents with a repertoire of strate- gies that enhance learning inside and outside the classroom. When- ever possible, those strategies are taught and applied through the student's content area assignments.
Focuses of instruction are individu- alized and might include reading, writing, note-taking, outlining, re- searching, test preparation/taking, and time management. An impor- tant program goal is to instill self- advocacy skills so that the student can effectively communicate his/ her needs to subject matter teach- ers. Accommodations including extended time on tests, books on tape, and computer use are avail- able if appropriate. (full year / non credit course)