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Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge
by
Principal Nathan Jarot
Spring 2013
Mission Statement:
Oak Ridge School Community and Educational Opportunities provides an environment in which all students, parents, community, and staff work together to promote life long learning and responsible citizenship
After a two year search for an in-district special education facility, Oak Ridge School opened in 1998. The facility was erected as a mobile unit consisting of 3 office areas, a hallway, lunchroom, computer room and 3 classrooms on the former Oak Ridge Elementary School property that was still owned by the district. Oak Ridge school became District 300's alternative education program for many of the special education and safe school students in grades 6-12 who would otherwise be out placed into non-district schools. In 2001, an additional mobile unit containing a multipurpose room and two additional classrooms were attached to the rear of the structure.

Students are referred to Oak Ridge for a variety of reasons. Enrollment at Oak Ridge accomodates as many as 78 students with 6 separate classrooms. Teachers use best practices and differentiated instruction to help students achieve success. For many, Oak Ridge School is a chance to remain in school and graduate. Students are expected to follow District 300 curriculum and expectations. All middle and high school students are enrolled in classes which are appropriate to their grade and achievement level. Classes are generally small and academic and behavior support is given daily.

At Oak Ridge School, the students progress through a level system based on performance and achievement. The ultimate goal is for students to be able to mainstream back to their base school and be successful. Students who remain at Oak Ridge must meet District 300 high school graduation requirements to obtain a diploma.

Oak Ridge School students are able to participate in programs and activities to explore opportunities that exist past high school such as higher education institutions and career development. Students also have the opportunity to meet with the school guidance counselor and the job coach regarding community employment opportunities utilizing the internet and news papers, completing job applications, perform mock interviews, write resumes, and develop job skills utilizing computer programs (Career Cruising/Work Keys). Work permits are also available.

Oak Ridge also provides other opportunities for students to be involved with the community like service learning projects and vocational programming. As part of the curriculum, Oak Ridge School offers Service Learning projects throughout the school year. Two of the many examples of community service at Oak Ridge are, with the help of our social worker, the students create coloring packets and letters for the pediatric patients of Children's Memorial Hospital and in December, each classroom took turns outside a local business ringing the bell for the Salvation Army.

 

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