Educating the Whole Child

The curriculum of OPA is consistent with the adopted State Standards expectations. Understanding students’ areas of strength and the development of the total child is emphasized at Oxford Preparatory Academy.

Textbooks focusing on State Standards have been selected for use in grades TK-8, along with supplementary materials, to teach the content areas below.The following is a brief summary of the general curriculum studied in the elementary and junior high school years.

Physical Education

Physical Education (P.E.) is an integral part of the school-wide educational program. It teaches students how their bodies move and how to perform a variety of physical activities. OPA
provides physical education experiences through classroom teacher instruction as well as
instruction provided by our P.E. instructor. Students learn the health related benefits of regular physical activity and the skills to adopt a physically active, healthy lifestyle. All students have access to a high quality, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate physical
education program on a regular basis. In the transitional kindergarten and continuing through the primary grades, physical education programs include basic movement skills, performed with and without the use of equipment.

At the elementary and junior high level, a variety of activities are used to improve physical strength, health, and endurance. Activities are selected with the goal of developing each student physically, emotionally, and mentally. Some of these include Mileage Club, Noon League, Dance Team and Spirit Squad.

Tae Kwon Do classes will also be incorporated as part of the physical fitness standards in various grade levels. The five aims of Tae Kwon Do are to teach respect, humility, perseverance, self-control, and honesty, as well as increase confidence and focus.

Fourth through eighth grade students participate in activities all year that develop skills in agility, flexibility, upper body strength, and cardiovascular endurance. These skills are tested in the spring as part of the state’s physical fitness assessment areas which include: the one mile run, shuttle run, curl-up, push-up, trunk lift, sit-and-reach, and shoulder stretch.