Our Middle School curriculum is academically rigorous, filled with opportunities for project-based learning led by teachers who are specialists in their field. Our program allows students to be creative, collaborate, and develop other 21st Century Skills essential to success as independent learners. There is a wide range of athletic and arts opportunities available to all students as well as a nurturing environment which allows students to freely explore their strengths and determine their interests.
- Math: All students are on an advanced track in mathematics. Fifth graders complete one final year of Saxon math. Sixth graders move away from the spiral approach and spend a year in a rigorous and comprehensive general math course before moving to seventh grade. Math courses are taught with a top-down approach, keeping in mind where students are headed. In seventh grade, pre-algebra curriculum is embedded with pre-AP concepts to provide a strong foundation for future studies. The majority of students receive their first high school math credit for level one Algebra in eighth grade, some as early as seventh grade.
- Science: Students have many hands-on opportunities for exploration of science in project-based classes. The general science studies of fifth graders provide an introduction to chemistry and living things with an emphasis on botany, including a year-long gardening project. Sixth graders study our physical earth (geology, meteorology, oceanography, astronomy), while our seventh graders receive an introduction to biology. Eighth grade students receive a unit of credit for physical science, an introduction to chemistry and physics.
- Social Studies: There are many opportunities for group and independent project work in social studies classes. Fifth graders study various topics such as early world exploration, South American civilizations, feudal Japan, Native Americans, westward expansion, and the Civil War. Our sixth grade students focus their studies on the history of America from the perspective of our state. Seventh graders use a research and project-focused class to study the geography of the world. Eighth grade students, in Global Studies, study the history of our world through the Renaissance.
- English: Oakbrook’s language arts curriculum focuses on four areas. Reading Comprehension is built through the purposeful teaching of reading strategies and text analysis of works of classic authors as well as contemporary authors. Vocabulary is increased through contextual study and through the instruction of vocabulary-building strategies. Writing is developed though assignments which relate to selections read in the literature text. Supporting an opinion, comparison/contrast, and research skills are emphasized. Grammar is consistently addressed through reading/writing assignments as an integral part of the clear communication of ideas.
- World Languages: Fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students study their chosen language (Spanish or German) two or three days per week. Students continue to improve their understanding of the spoken language and begin to work more with the written language. This rigorous study of vocabulary and grammar is combined with a fun-filled study of Spanish or German culture. Eighth graders receive a unit of high school credit for their daily in-depth study of their chosen language. Students have the opportunity to practice their skills in the annual World Language Literary Meet.
- Technology: Fifth, sixth, and seventh grade students attend computer class two or three times a week. Students become more proficient at using computer tools and learning to apply those tools in the classroom. In addition to the computer lab, students use iPads to access most of their textbooks and use various Apps to enhance their productivity and understanding. Students also may choose robotics class as an elective and/or be a member of the robotics team.
- Fine Arts: All students have the opportunity to explore their visual and/or performing arts interests in classes such as band, chorus, art, graphic design, and dance. Students in Middle School may also audition for our annual fall play and/or spring musical.
- Physical Education: All Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in fitness as an elective class. Students are also encouraged to be an active member of one (or more) of the school’s sports teams.
- House System: Oakbrook uses the House System as a means on creating community within itself. Each student is a member of one of four houses. Although competitive in nature, the purpose of the house system is to strengthen relationships among students, build school spirit, and develop leadership skills.
- Service: Oakbrook's Middle School program seeks not only to help our students become better students...but also to help them become better people through an emphasis on good character and service. In addition to various service projects and food drives throughout the year, Oakbrook's Middle School students work at the local soup kitchen three times each month. Students also participate in various service projects throughout the year, including their annual Craft Bazaar to raise money for their Five Talents Foundation, established in 2014-15 as a grant-giving organization for Oakbrook students and teachers wishing to sponsor service projects or mission work through the school.
- Our Five Talents – Student-Created Giving Foundation: Collaborative community – an annual Bazaar is held offering incredible goods made by student artisans. The funds received go directly to the foundation for students and teachers to apply for, allowing them opportunities to live out the gospel. We desire to be faithful stewards of all that God has given.
- Clubs/Organizations: Qualifying students may be members of the MATHCOUNTS Team, Middle School Math Team, and/or Robotics Team. Students have opportunities to be involved with the Glee Club and/or the Book Club as well.
- Retreat: A retreat, held at the beginning of each year for students encourages students to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. There is also an emphasis on team-building activities, encouraging students to build each other up and focus on the Christian values and traits of character that will strengthen and sustain them through their teen years.
- Spring Intensive: For one week each year, students are encouraged to learn beyond the classroom through a variety of on- and off-campus intensives.
- Bible Class: In Middle School, students build upon the Biblical literacy and training received in Lower School and delve deeper into the study of the Old Testament. Christian Education at the Middle School level is designed to help students develop a historical understanding of God’s Word and how the truths learned apply to us today. There will be a continued emphasis on missions and Biblical justice in our local community and internationally.
- Chapel: Middle School students gather together for a weekly Chapel service. Each service includes a time for worship through music and a message from a speaker. Speakers get their inspiration from our yearly theme. Oakbrook also enjoys opportunities to gather the entire school population together for a special service such as National Day of Prayer, See You at the Pole, or Ash Wednesday.
- Devotion: All students start their morning with a devotion and prayer with their homeroom class. This is a special time for students, providing an opportunity from students to form bonds with each other and their homeroom teacher that will last for years to come.