Oakbrook Preparatory School

Oakbrook presents "The Little Mermaid."

Students take to the stage this weekend to present Oakbrook's 12th musical

Students take to the stage this weekend to present Oakbrook's 12th musical - "The Little Mermaid."  

Choose one of our four shows: 
Friday, March 11, 2016 at 7:00pm
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 3:00pm 
Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:00pm
Sunday, March 12, 2016 at 3:00pm

Get your tickets today! 
1. Visit the Twichell Auditorium Box Office - 580 East Main Street - Spartanburg, SC 
2. Call the Twichell Auditorium Box Office - 864-596-9724
3. Purchase online:  Click here to purchase tickets!

 

Oakbrook Prep Kindergarten Preview Day

Come experience Oakbrook's Charlotte Mason approach to learning during our Kindergarten Preview Day

What: Kindergarten Preview Day - We invite you to learn more about Oakbrook's Charlotte Mason approach to learning during our Preview Day. You'll see how we incorporate living books, narration, and education supported by good habits into a lesson on the Rainforest and will have the chance to meet our staff and tour our school. We hope you will join us!

When: Friday, February 26th 9-11 a.m.

Who: Prospective Oakbrook families with children in grades K3-1st grade

Questions? Contact Amanda Ledbetter at 864-587-2060 ext. 128 or amanda.ledbetter@oakbrookprep.org

 

 

How do you picture education? 

Oakbrook embraces British educator Charlotte Mason's philosophy that, "education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life."

Miss Mason was a pioneer in the field of scripture-based education. She saw God, the Holy Spirit, as the supreme educator of all mankind and believed there is no separation between the intellectual and spiritual life of children. Her academic emphases were to put children in touch with nature and the classics in literature, art and music. Mason saw the elementary years as a time for sampling and experimenting and believed in giving children opportunities to make their own connections with knowledge and experiences. 

At Oakbrook, we also see children as "thinking, feeling human beings, with spirits to be kindled and not vessels to be filled," as Mason believed and we are dedicated to providing a loving, accepting, and encouraging atmosphere for students where we focus on the formation of good habits that Mason also saw as a vital part of a child's lifelong education.

"The Charlotte Mason approach to learning is all about developing habits of mind that will help children succeed," said Head of School Adair Hinds. 

"When we grow food, we start by planting a seed. If it is to grow into a healthy plant that bears fruit, we must nurture it. For the plant to be healthy, it needs soil, nutrients, and sunlight. This is the Charlotte Mason approach. We take time to help children develop the habits of successful learners. These habits bear so much more fruit later in school and in life than any quick fix curriculum that promises to raise a child's standardized test scores by first grade. At Oakbrook, our parents get this. They see the difference a Charlotte Mason education makes in the lives of their children. With kindergarten, we are most concerned with helping children experience the love of Jesus Christ so they in turn love others. And while our teachers love our students, they still manage to help our children perform in the top 10% in the country in math and reading."

 

Oakbrook students visit with Sen. Ted Cruz, national legislators

AP Government students asked Sen. Cruz and sitting members of the U.S. House of Representatives several questions.

More than 650 people filled Oakbrook's gymnasium Wednesday to listen to Presidential hopeful Sen. Ted Cruz.

But for a small number of Oakbrook students, the action happened before the main event began during an intimate Q&A session with the Texas Senator. Members of the AP Government class, which includes students in grades 10 through 12, asked Cruz several questions about his campaign, including how he would cut government waste and serve small business owners. 

The students also had face-to-face time with several sitting congressmen - Iowa's Rep. Steve King, North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, and South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan - before meeting Sen. Cruz.

AP Government teacher Jonathan Clayton said unique opportunities such as this help humanize the political process for students.

"Theoretical discussions about politics in the classroom and the barrage of advertisements on television and the radio can distance high school students from the substantive realities of the democratic process. This is an important election that has taken on a character of its own, and being able to interact with the candidates fires up the students about engagement in politics," Clayton said. 

"It also shows them at a very real level that many of our representatives are just normal people who are in office to make a positive impact for the future based on their own true convictions, as well as the fact that they not only value the input of everyday citizens like you and me, but understand that it is us who send them to Washington in the first place."

Oakbrook Head of School Adair Hinds said regardless of political preference, firsthand experiences like this can often teach students more than what they find in textbooks.

"We don't endorse candidates; we endorse a Charlotte Mason approach to education where learning transcends books and classrooms. I know my son came home asking all about the election and who we should vote for and why," Hinds said.

While most of the students are not old enough to vote in Saturday's South Carolina GOP primary, they've been closely following the election and results coming out of other key states, including the Iowa caucuses where Cruz finished first as well as New Hampshire's Republican primary where he was third.

Oakbrook junior William Stephenson, who asked Rep. King how he believes his home state of Iowa and South Carolina are similar, said he felt honored to be among some of our nation's leaders.

"The event was a once in a lifetime experience  where I had the chance to not only meet prominent members of Congress, but also have the chance to ask them questions on issues that concerned me as an individual. It was very exciting to see congressmen from around the country talk to the students and answer our questions," Stephenson said.

Oakbrook's Development Director Kyle Boyles, who once worked for former Massachusetts Governors William Weld and Mitt Romney, and has also been a part of several local and national campaigns, said South Carolina residents have the chance to witness Presidential politics up close and personal. 

"Tonight many of our Oakbrook students were able to meet one of the leading Presidential contenders and asked questions with great depth and insight," said Boyles, who invited each of the candidates to Oakbrook.

"We extend our thanks to Senator Cruz and his campaign staff for visiting Oakbrook and making extra time for our students."

 

 

 

 

Oakbrook's Robo-Knights headed to FLL state championship Saturday

Oakbrook's middle school Robotics team will compete in the FIRST Lego League state championship Saturday at Easley High School. 

Oakbrook's middle school Robotics team will compete in the FIRST Lego League state championship Saturday at Easley High School. 

FIRST Lego League is a worldwide program in its 18th year of getting children eager to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The Robo-Knights receieved the Best Project Award during the recent regional qualifier held at Oakbrook. The team also had a rare perfect score on the core values presentation. 

Teams compete by researching real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. Using Lego Mindstorms technologies and Lego education materials, children work to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. This year’s challenge, Trash Trek, is all about reducing, reusing, and recycling the items we do not need anymore. 

Oakbrook's team developed an app to help identify unused electronics cords and how to re-purpose or recycle the cords safely. In addition to presenting their projects, teams will have to program their robots to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course set on a table-top playing field. Game missions include demolishing a building and salvaging valuable materials from the debris, converting organic material into fertilizer, and reusing methane produced in a landfill to power a truck and/or factory.

The championship will include more than 50 teams, including one from Oakbrook, that will be judged in three areas: core values, project, and robot design. The winner will be invited to compete at the Razorback Open Invitational in May.

Members of this year's team include:

Avery Acker

Jackson Collins

Parker Harrington

William Lovelace

Levi McKenzie

Kate Perry

Jakob Rupert

Leah Womick

Luke Womick

Brad Yielding

For more information on the FIRST Lego League, please visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.

Oakbrook students named as finalists in national essay competition

The Atlantic Institute names three Oakbrook students as finalists in annual essay competition to promote dialogue among people of different cultures and beliefs.

Three Oakbrook eighth graders have been named state finalists in the Atlantic Institute Art & Essay Contest. 

Avery Acker, Emilie Quinn Owens, and Amelia Pettigrew will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Columbia on Feb. 20. Prizes range from $25 to a trip to Turkey. Oakbrook student Claire Funk received second place last year and traveled to Turkey during the summer. Claire will be among those at the ceremony who will share their experiences. 

Atlantic Institute is a non-profit organization founded to promote dialogue among people of different cultures and beliefs. The Institute desires to offer solutions to the challenges that our world faces. It engages in educational activities regarding social and cultural issues in order to pursue a peaceful world where respect and understanding prevail. The organization believes that the students of today are our future for tomorrow and wants to see their minds engaged in learning about our global challenges. The yearly essay competition, which is based on a humanitarian theme, is one way the Institute raises such awareness among middle and high school students.

This year's theme is: "Ten Days, Weeks, Months, Years. What Can YOU Accomplish?"  Ten students are selected as finalists from each member state. This is the second year that Oakbrook has participated this contest.

 


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