Oakbrook Preparatory School

Oakbrook leaders selected to present at national conference

The external affairs team of Mrs. Ledbetter, Mr. Boyles, and Mr. Hinds will present to education leaders from all over the world this winter at the National Association of Independent Schools conference in Boston.

The Oakbrook external affairs team consisting of Mrs. Ledbetter, admission director, Mr. Boyles, development director, and Mr. Hinds, head of school, have been invited to Boston to present at the premier event for independent school leaders - the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference. Leaders of independent schools from all over the world come together each year to engage in professional dialogue about best practices in independent school education.

The theme for this year's event is Design Thinking: Blending learning, leading, and innovation. The concept of design thinking has been a major focus of educational research in recent years as schools search for ways to help students develop the critical 21st century skills they will need to succeed in a rapidly changing world. The external affairs team is proud to represent Oakbrook Preparatory School at this prestigious event and bring best practices back home to Spartanburg. 

AdvancED and SACS accreditation

In a commitment to ongoing quality improvement, Oakbrook is now accredited by SACS, AdvancED, and SCISA-Advanced

Oakbrook Prep is now part of the AdvancEd network of over 32,000 schools and systems in more than 70 countries that are committed to continuous improvement through accreditation. Oakbrook already held the highest level accreditation through the South Carolina Independent School Association, SCISA-Advanced. The board of directors and administration at Oakbrook Prep decided to pursue additional accreditation with AdvancED and the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges (SACS). This is the highest level of accreditation a K-12 school can achieve. Being part of these prestigious organizations will help the Oakbrook community continue to strive for excellence in all areas of our school. We are proud of this significant accomplishment and are thankful to the staff, faculty, board of directors, and SCISA staff for their hard work. If you have any questions about accreditation, please contact our head of school, Mr. Adair E. Hinds at adair.hinds@oakbrookprep.org

Oakbrook Students Spelling Bee Champs

Students from Oakbrook won the regional spelling bee competition held at Heathwood Hall in Columbia

Congratulations to all of the Oakbrook students, their parents, and their teachers for a successful demonstration of their academic skills in the regional spelling bee. Two students are awarded from each grade and Oakbrook students swept the lower school category. Seven students total from Oakbrook will be moving on to the state competition. Congratulations to:

Liam Condrey and Elli Saucier from 3rd grade

Rebecca Rainwater and Bryant Armbruster from 4th grade

Jayden Johnson from 5th grade

Anna Troutt from 6th grade

Christiana Wayne from 7th grade 

Oakbrook Launches AP Capstone

AP Research and AP Seminar coming to Oakbrook Prep...

We are pleased to announce that we will be among the first schools in the country and the first in SC to offer the newest AP course - AP Capstone. This intensive program fits our 21st century skills focus and will position our graduates to excel in college admissions and scholarship opportunities. Learn more about AP Capstone at http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/ap/Capstone_brochure-for-HigherEd_12-2012.pdf

Oakbrook Appoints Lower School Director

After 18 years of faithful service to our school community, Debbie Locke will retire at the end of the school year. A message from the head of school...

After months of careful deliberation and prayer, on behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Vickie Bolduc as Lower School Director to replace retiring Director Debbie Locke. Vickie will assume leadership of the lower school for the fall 2014 school year. Here is a brief bio on Director Bolduc.

Vickie was born in Spartanburg and has lived here most of her life. One of her first experiences with a private, Christian education was when she attended Charleston Southern University (Baptist College at Charleston) where she majored in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. After teaching in public schools in the Charleston area and in Spartanburg, Vickie was looking for something different for her own children. In the process of finding a school for her youngest daughter, Casey (Oakbrook 2008), she also found a new teaching position. Vickie was attracted to Oakbrook, which was then called The Village School, by the Christian environment, the family atmosphere and small class size. This began a 17 year relationship with Oakbrook Preparatory School where Vickie taught first grade and then served as Preschool Director. After a three year absence she is excited to again have the opportunity to share the Oakbrook culture with Lower School families and students. Vickie loves to cook and preserve fresh summer foods for delicious winter meals. She enjoys weekend visits to Charleston or the mountains and finding new places to explore and new restaurants to try. Vickie is married to Jim and they have three grown children. The Bolducs attend Bethany Baptist Church in Spartanburg.

I would like to say a big thank you to Debbie for her leadership of the lower school throughout the transition from The Village School to OPS and the leadership transition that brought me here. Her grace, calm demeanor, and love for our faculty, children, and school will leave a long legacy. I am grateful for the love she has poured into the staff and students. For nearly all of our first 20 years, her work in the lower school has been the backbone of what makes our school great. I trusted God would lead the right person to take over for Debbie and shepherd the work of an outstanding lower school faculty. Congratulations Debbie and welcome home Vickie. 

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