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.
Social Studies content standards emphasize a historical narrative, spotlighting the roles of notable individuals throughout history, and conveying the rights and obligations of citizenship. Students recognize the on-going struggle to realize the ideals of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The standards proceed chronologically and call attention to the story of America as a noble experiment in a constitutional republic. Students learn to analyze the changing political relationships within and among other countries and regions of the world, both throughout history and within the context of contemporary global interdependence. History is also studied to give students an understanding of the experiences and contributions of various ethnic groups and cultures.
As part of the curriculum, students participate in specialized field trips. Fourth grade students will travel to Sacramento during the school year, which serves to enhance their understanding of California history. Eighth graders may have the opportunity to travel to Oxford, England, to enhance their understanding of the origins of the United States republic.