Oakbrook Preparatory School

Varsity and Elementary Robotics teams head to Worlds tournament

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Article by Lewis Moore

Oakbrook's three VEX robotics teams have each qualified for the world competition in Louisville, KY, April 19-22.  Greenville, TX, based VEX Robotics, through Robotics Education and Competition (REC) Foundation, organizes competition among more than 16,000 teams world-wide, the largest of its type.  REC describes their vision this way: “By its nature, the study of competitive robotics not only encompasses all four pillars of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills like teamwork, communication, and project-based organization.”

Oakbrook Prep’s full support for STEM (science, technology, electronics and mathematics) at all grade levels is self-evident. To the best of our knowledge, Oakbrook is the only private school in South Carolina to compete in VEX robotics. One or the other of their two high school teams (8926 & 8926B) has won every SC state competition entered this academic year.  The two teams together, allied with Pickens team 7447A, handily won the SC state championship in Columbia on Saturday, March 11, in a field of 61 of this state’s best. Oakbrook’s senior team, 8926, went undefeated in 10 matches that day. The Oakbrook-Pickens alliance was so dominant there was never a third round in the best two out of three final elimination rounds. These teams will move on to VEX World’s.  (Team 8926 is so strong they actually qualified for World’s three times by different routes.  This may be unprecedented.)

Simply earning entry to the VEX World’s Championship is an honor, as VEX teams world-wide compete for a slot at the Kentucky International Exposition Center.  At the high school level alone, this 4-day, prestigious event hosts 500 of the best international teams. (Last year China sent 53 teams to World’s.)  It’s the best of the best.  Total event attendance including support staff and families is about 14,000, filling the Expo Center’s adjacent coliseum.

Also on Saturday, March 11th, Oakbrook’s new elementary school VEX robotics team entered their first competition.  Because there are still so few elementary school robotics teams, the Oakbrook team had to compete with the older students from SC middle schools.  Even so, they came in 2nd place in this state-wide event, and so impressed the judges they were given the Excellence Award, thus earning this young team  entry in VEX World’s also.  

Finally, Oakbrook Robotics team members Elva Yang and Suzanna (“LuLu”) Lu, had together entered and won a REC on-line, photo-journalism essay contest about females competing in robotics.  They will be honored on stage at VEX World’s.    

 

 

  

 

SHREK The Musical Tickets On Sale Now

Oakbrook Prep is performing SHREK The Musical March 10-12.
Click here for ticket information.

Set in a mythical “once upon a time” sort of land, Shrek the Musical is the story of a hulking green ogre who, after being mocked and feared his entire life by anything that crosses his path, retreats to an ugly green swamp to exist in happy isolation. Suddenly, a gang of homeless fairy-tale characters (Pinocchio, Cinderella, the Three Pigs, you name it) raid his sanctuary, saying they’ve been evicted by the vertically challenged Lord Farquaad. So Shrek strikes a deal: I’ll get your homes back, if you give me my home back! But when Shrek and Farquaad meet, the Lord strikes a deal of his own: He’ll give the fairy-tale characters their homes back, if Shrek rescues Princess Fiona. Shrek obliges, yet finds something appealing–something strange and different–about this pretty princess. He likes her. A lot. But why does she always run off when the sun sets?

Preschool and Lower School Open House

Friday, February 24 9-11 a.m.

We invite you to tour our campus, see students and teachers interacting during a regular day of school, and meet the Lower School Director and staff. Families will learn more about our unique Charlotte Mason approach to education. 

The preview begins at 9 a.m., followed by a campus tour, information about the admission process and plenty of time for Q & A. We look forward to meeting you! 

If you are unable to attend this event, or have questions, please contact Admissions Director Amanda Ledbetter at 864-580-6252 or amanda.ledbetter@oakbrookprep.org.

 

Oakbrook Prep receives high marks from AdvancED

Oakbrook Preparatory School received a recommendation for AdvancED accreditation Friday after a two-day External Review visit.

Oakbrook Preparatory School received a recommendation for AdvancED accreditation Friday after a two-day External Review visit.

AdvancED covers more than 32,000 public and independent institutions in more than 70 countries and involves 20 million students. As a part of the accreditation process, a team of trained professionals reviewed documents and performance data; interviewed stakeholders; conducted a site review; and observed school practices in action. Five main areas are explored including: Purpose and Direction; Governance and Leadership; Teaching and Assessing for Learning; Resources and Support Systems; and Using Results for Continuous Improvement.

Oakbrook received an overall score of 323.08 compared to the international average of 278. The average score includes all the schools (public and independent) that completed this process during the last school year.

"This is an exciting day! I am extremely proud of our Oakbrook community. This is recognition of the hard work and dedication of our students, parents, faculty, and board," said Interim Head of School Kyle Boyles. 

The team offered recognition of strong practices, as well as areas for improvement to the school. Mr. Boyles will share a complete presentation of the review findings during the school's Town Hall meeting March 6 at 6 p.m. in the Student Commons.

Parents and interested community members also can learn more about the AdvancED Accreditation Process at www.advanc-ed.org.

 

 

 

 

Re-Enrollment Now Open for Current Students and New Siblings

It's time to register for the 2017-2018 school year!

Dear School families,

We are celebrating another outstanding school year at Oakbrook. Our students are achieving high academic honors while excelling in the arts and athletics.

Here are just a few of this year's highlights:

  • Oakbrook students are scoring well above the state and national averages on AP, PSAT, SAT, ACT, and Stanford tests. Seniors being accepted and receiving scholarships to their colleges and universities of choice.
  • Oakbrook offers more than 20 AP classes - more than any Spartanburg County Public School - and the only to offer the AP Capstone and TEALS programs.
  • Our Lower School's advanced math track and STEAM Lab offers students hands-on inquiry-based science exploration - giving students the edge in this rapidly changing world.
  • Our comprehensive focus on integrating a Biblical worldview provides all students with a strong faith foundation.
  • Preparations for our annual Spring musical are underway involving more than 100 middle and upper school students.
  • Oakbrook's athletic teams are celebrating State Championships and personal records. The Boys Swim team brought home their first championship title this year. 

AdvancEd Accreditation

In addition to these accomplishments, Oakbrook will host an AdvancEd SACS/CASI External Review Team for the purpose of re-accreditation on February 9-10. A team of visiting professionals will evaluate our adherence to AdvancEd's global standards, as well as our commitment to continuous school improvement to advance student learning. This in-depth, rigorous accreditation process positions our school among the nation's top private and public institutions.

Town Hall

We hope that you will join us for our annual Town Hall/State of the School Address onMonday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in the Student Commons. This is your opportunity to hear from our administration and board of directors about strategic planning initiatives for the future.

     This one-hour meeting will include:

  • A State-of-the-School Address.
  • Accreditation result and improvement priorities from the AdvancEd team.   
  • A Q&A with members of Oakbrook's administration and board.

Re-Enrollment

This is an exciting enrollment year as well. We're exceeding enrollment predictions and anticipate limited space availability in several grades next fall. While it's a joy to share Oakbrook with prospective families, returning families are our first priority.  Click here to electronically register your child for the 2017-2018 school year. A copy of this letter along with the contract will be mailed to you as well. A copy of our Tuition and Fees can be found here. Please sign and return or electronically submit the contract before February 15 to guarantee your child's seat for next year. We will begin accepting new students in March and cannot guarantee your space if we do not have a returned contract by the deadline. If you have a new sibling to enroll, please include their name on the contract and fill out a new student application found on our website or contact Admissions Director Amanda Ledbetter.

Once again, thank you for choosing Oakbrook for your child's education. It's a privilege to be a part of this school and the lives of your amazing students. Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Sincerely,

Kyle Boyles

kyle.boyles@oakbrookprep.org


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