Programs & Services Offered
Oakland Avenue Charter School (OACS) is a true community school! Through our yearly trips to the Oakland Nature Preserve, our Growing Leader garden projects, grade level community outreach projects/trips and parent participation in the classroom, we foster community involvement. We strive to encourage students to become good citizens!
ELA Literature- Based Instruction (LBI)
Literature-Based Instruction is a type of instruction that fosters the development of literacy through the use of original expository and narrative works. Our teachers plan authentic learning experiences that include discussions, reflections, and activities that revolve around a good book. It is more than reading a story and answering a few questions. Our goals are to help students become better readers and writers as well as develop deeper critical thinking skills. Through Literature-Based Instruction, we are able to infuse Science and Social Studies to allow greater connections and deeper understanding.
Below is a sample a few of the books that are utilized by each grade level in our LBI program…
Kindergarten: The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall and The Three Little Pigs and the Somewhat Bad Wolf by Mark Teague
First Grade: Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and Scholastics: Science Vocabulary Readers Animals Series
Second Grade: Polar Bears Past Bedtime by Mary Pope Osborne and Pop: The Invention of Bubblegum by Meghan Mc Carthy
Third Grade: Who was Thomas Alba Edison? By Margaret Frith and The Lemonade War by Jaqueline Davies
Fourth Grade: Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DeCamillo and The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Fifth Grade: Wonder by R.J. Palacio and Number the Stars by Lois Lowery
Ready Math by Curriculum Associates is the currently adopted math curriculum for OACS. Today’s mathematics need to provide students a range of knowledge and skills that are more diverse and complex than ever before. Mathematics instruction provides students with tools and habits to organize and interpret mathematical equations. At OACS, each grade level uses the Florida Standards to drive instruction through support of the adopted curriculum, technology integration, small group instruction, hands on learning inquiries, and real world applications. We utilize these tools to teach the mathematical concepts of:
- Number Sense, Properties, and Operations
- Patterns, Functions, and Algebraic Structure
- Data Analysis, Statistics, and Probability
- Shape, Dimensions, and Geometric Relationships
OACS utilizes the Orange County Public Schools adopted curriculum, Science Fusion published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Our science curriculum is enhanced through hands-on experiments in the classrooms.
Social Studies is taught by infusing concepts into our English/Language Arts instructions. Students conduct research and write about Social Studies concepts. In addition, students complete project based activities as part of our Social Studies curriculum.
In addition to general education courses, students have an opportunity to participate in a variety of special classes each week.
Living Well: Living Well supports the foundation of making good choices through character and health education.
STEM Lab: In the STEM Lab, students are able to deepen and strengthen their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering/Environment, and Math through hands-on experiments and activities.
Physical Education: In P.E. students learn about physical fitness as well as cooperation and teamwork.
Handwriting: Each class will get 6-9 weeks of Handwriting instruction at some point in the year. This is considered our "Wheel" class. The lower grades will focus on perfecting their manuscript (print) handwriting while the upper grades will learn and develop their cursive handwriting.
Art: In Art, students learn many different art techniques. Students learn art vocabulary and practice using different mediums to complete art projects.
Music: In Music, students learn how to read rhythms and notes on the staff, as well as develop the skills to follow and play along with a beat. Students are immersed in music through singing, body percussion, dancing, and playing instruments.
At Oakland Avenue Charter School, we believe in educating the whole child; therefore, all OACS students partake in daily structured recess. This enables students to develop in areas such as oral language, fine and gross motor skills, problem-solving, spatial reasoning, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, sharing, and taking turns.
Students are allowed access to a variety of reading materials in our school library. Students attend library biweekly with their class to select books that will help foster a love of reading. In addition, our school’s Media Center is available each morning to allow classes additional access to computers to complete technology driven activities.
All OACS teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. Each classroom is equipped with Apple TV, as well as iPads and laptop computers for student use. Our class activities infuse technology using a variety of online platforms, such as iReady, Sumdog, Door 24, Starfall, and A to Z Reader. Once a week, students also learn more about the usage of Technology during STEM.
OACS is proud to offer on-site Gifted Services. Students identified as gifted learners receive differentiated curriculum in our gifted enrichment classroom once per week. Gifted learners in grades 1 and 2 receive a half day of gifted instruction while students in grades 3-5 receive one full day of instruction in gifted education! Our gifted program focuses on fostering skills such as problem solving, team-work, leadership, as well as critical and creative thinking.
English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Services
ESOL services are for students whose native, or home, language is other than English. ESOL supports are available for students who don't speak English or have limited skills in reading and writing in English. Students are assessed to determine their eligibility and are then monitored to support academic success in the mainstream classroom.
Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Supports
Our ESE program work in partnership with our teachers provides services to qualifying students to ensure they have the necessary tools to advance their educational results.
Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) Program
Our MTSS program provides instruction, intervention, and assessment to ensure that every student receives the appropriate level of support to be successful. Students who qualify receive additional support through our MTSS intervention program.
Our Guidance program helps students to develop, academically, socially and emotionally. Our Guidance counselor provides whole class lessons when needed and individual student counseling when necessary.
Learning Beyond the Classroom
Oakland Nature Preserve (ONP)
The Oakland Nature Preserve enriches our community with quality environmental programs. Our dedicated education committee has developed curricula to meet the state Science standards in grades K-5. Each year, our students have an opportunity to learn in this unique environment while spending the day at the ONP.
Each class takes at least one field trip every year. This not only provides our students with experiences important to development, but it also enables them to make connections between curricular knowledge and the real world in which they live.
Throughout the year OACS has a multitude of Special Events such as:
- Scholastic Book Fair
- Spirit Month
- Literacy Week
- Field Day
- Boosterthon Fun Run
- Science Night
- Math Night
- Social Studies Night
- Literacy Night
- Eagle Pride Parade
- Community Outreach Projects/Trips
- Job Shadowing Day for 5th Grade Students
Afterschool Enrichment Opportunities
OACS host a variety of Afterschool Enrichment activities throughout the year, such as:
- Minecraft Club
- Performing Arts Programs
- Artful Writing Club
- “Girls on the Run”
- Math Olympiads
- Academic Tutoring