One of the advantages of small class sizes is the flexibility to go on many local field trips. Students go to the Rochester Hills Public Library, Dinosaur Hill Nature Center, the Detroit Zoo, museums, various businesses for career awareness activities, the Older Person’s Commission for service learning activities, orchards, farms, Stoney Creek Metro Park, the Stoney Creek Early American Schoolhouse, etc.
Our state-of-the-art videoconferencing equipment allows us to connect with teachers and institutions around the world for unique educational classes suitable to our students.
Students in the 5th/6th classroom and the 7th/8th classroom each go on two overnight trips, one in the fall and the other in the spring. The focus of these trips is on engaging the students in education beyond the walls of the school. The students in grades 5 & 6 go on short trips to destinations close to home. The spring trip for students in grades 7 & 8 is a longer, more involved experience relating directly to the curriculum, including on-the-road research and presentations after returning. We usually alternate between an eastern trip based on American history, taking in Gettysburg and sites in Philadelphia, and a western trip based on the Earth Science curriculum, which features a variety of locations in Arizona including the Grand Canyon.
Slide show - May 2010 Arizona Earth Science Field Experience for 7th & 8th grades
Each year our students do an amazing job sharing their talents in a variety of ways on stage and behind the scenes. One of the benefits of a small school with small classes is that every student plays a valuable part in the productions. Besides having a lot of fun and memorable experiences, students learn many theatrical skills and gain self confidence in front of audiences.
Thanks to the creativity and energy or a very talented Oak Arbor parent and volunteer composer, Oak Arbor School students are introduced to Bible verses throughout the year which are set to music. Not only do they learn to sing them from memory, they also learn sign language to accompany the spoken words. There is a new set of verses and songs each year in an 8-year rotation.
Throughout the year, the students are involved in a variety of activities that highlight service to the community. For example, at Thanksgiving the students collect donations of non-perishable food items and personal care items for the local Food Pantry. At Christmas we host a “mitten tree” to help collect and deliver mittens, scarves and gloves to needy folks in the Rochester area. Donations are delivered to the Rochester Area Neighborhood House. Our students have also sent care packages to troops overseas, helped create an apple and cherry orchard using heirloom trees, and performed for appreciative audiences at the Older Person’s Commission in Rochester.
Students, parents and teachers work together researching, creating and presenting science projects.
For the third fall season in a row, this exciting program is offered to all 4th through 8th grade students meeting the FIRST LEGO League age requirements. This year we had two teams participating in this incredible extra-curricular program focusing on the use of technology, creativity, research, engineering and teamwork skills.