Requirements Contact Us Parents of all applicants who do not live within the school’s geographical boundaries must submit an Application for Optional Schools to the Board of Education, Department of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics, 160 S. Hollywood, Room C106. The principal and staff at Oak Forest encourage parents and prospective Optional students to visit the school. Please call the school office to schedule a guided tour. • First- and second-grade applicants must take the Optional Schools admittance tests. No other tests will be accepted for admittance to these grades. • First- and second-grade applicants must attain the 70th percentile or above in total reading AND total mathematics on the admittance tests. • Applicants for grade one must have satisfactory skills and behaviors and achieve mastery in all academic and support subjects on their most recent report card. • Applicants for grades three through five must score at or above the 70th percentile on the Reading/Language Arts AND Mathematics subtests of the current TCAP or a nationally normed achievement test. • Applicants for grades two through five must have a B average or above in all academic subjects and satisfactory grades in special subjects, conduct, and attendance (including promptness to school). • A combined total of more than 15 absences, late arrivals, and/or early dismissals is considered unsatisfactory. To remain in the Optional Program, students must maintain a B average in all academic areas, as well as the entrance requirements of satisfactory conduct, skills and behaviors, support subjects, and attendance. Transportation is the responsibility of the student’s parents or legal guardians. Final approval is contingent upon the review of the student’s final comprehensive report card. Oak Forest Elementary School (901) 416-2257 Department of Optional Schools and Advanced Academics (901) 416-5338 Oak Forest Elementary on the Web www.scsk12.org/schools/oakforest.es/site/ index.shtml Board Members Teresa Jones, Chair Kevin D. Woods, Vice Chair Shante K. Avant Miska Clay Bibbs Chris Caldwell Mike Kernell Stephanie Love Scott McCormick William “Billy” Orgel Dorsey Hopson II, Esq., Superintendent Shelby County Schools offers educational and employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, creed, age, disability, national origin, or genetic information.12/14 International Baccalaureate (IB) World School Primary Years Programme Oak Forest Elementary School Grades 1-5 7440 Nonconnah View Cove Memphis, TN 38119 Principal: Kathy Joyner (901) 416-2257 Encouraging Internationalism As an authorized International Baccalaureate World School, Oak Forest offers students a world-class education with a global emphasis. Our goal is to educate students through a challenging, internationally based curriculum. Oak Forest students are prepared to excel in the IB Middle Years Programme at Ridgeway Middle, and then in the rigorous IB Diploma Programme at Ridgeway High School, Bolton High School, or Germantown High School. Oak Forest’s mission is to develop active, lifelong learners who solve real-world problems, collaborate with peers, respect diversity, and inspire others. Our focus on international awareness enables all students to be challenged by a rigorous, globally based curriculum. Cultivating 21st Century Skills All classrooms are equipped with state of the art computers, interactive whiteboards, webcams, document cameras, response clickers, and Internet access. In addition, Oak Forest maintains two computer labs. Using technology tools to acquire and process conceptual knowledge, conduct research on real world issues, and communicate with students from other countries sparks students’ curiosity and cultivates concern for the global community. Developing Lifelong Learners Oak Forest students are engaged in interactive learning activities that teach them to solve real-world problems. As students learn to construct knowledge through practical applications, they begin to understand that their ideas, solutions, and contributions can make a difference in the global community. Integrating the Curriculum Oak Forest teachers engage students in learning activities that are multi-disciplinary and centered around six transdisciplinary themes. These themes enable students to explore: • • • • • • World beliefs, values, and relationships Personal and world history Forms of communication The interdependence of people and other living things The impact of technology on societies and science; and World laws and economics. In addition, Oak Forest nurtures the whole child by offering programs and activities such as: • • • • • • • • • Chinese Instruction Character Education Art Education Strings Instruction Orff Music Personal, Social, and Physical Education Student Ambassadors Peer Mediators Honors Club • • • • Guys in Ties Girls in Pearls Junior Achievement Class Piano Ensuring Excellence for All In accordance with IB guidelines, all Oak Forest faculty members have been trained by certified IB consultants. Teacher training is research-based, ongoing, integrated, and collaborative. Students have many different learning styles, so our dedicated teachers work hard to create learning experiences and assessments that successfully meet the needs of all Oak Forest students. Oak Forest supports teachers’ pursuits of higher education. Our faculty includes four National Board Certified teachers, and over 30 percent of our teachers have earned a master’s degree in education. Partnering with the Community Oak Forest values and encourages the involvement of community stakeholders. We believe that all students, teachers, paraprofessionals, cafeteria workers, custodians, administrators, parents, and other community stakeholders can make a valuable contribution toward fulfilling our school’s mission. We encourage our community stakeholders to be active participants in helping us maintain a high-quality learning environment. Our school adopters include Kroger (Hacks Cross Road), Chick-fil-A (Winchester Road), and Costco (Winchester Road). These businesses donate supplies and incentives for our students throughout the school year.
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