Oakbrook Middle School in Summerville has a rigorous curriculum for the arts and academics, but they offer a program to provide extra support. We’re in Dorchester county for our Cool School of the week.
The fine arts arts program continues to nurture creative talent here at Oakbrook Elementary, an award winning school in Dorchester District Two. Oakbrook’s academic curriculum is rigorous as well, so there is extra support through the ACE program, that’s Academic Core Extension. Teacher Farrell Fowler is an ACE instructor at Oakbrook. She says, “ACE is Academic Core Extension class and it meets students where they are. It’s for our middle level students, where as we have programs in place for our lower level students and our gifted and talents students.” ACE is a district wide program for middle school students. Fowler says, “ACE class they come to it everyday, but it’s an alternate schedule. One day they do ELA and one day they do math in our ACE classes. It’s a differentiated class, where as half of the time they’re working on the computer, and other half be it small group with the teacher, math, reading, or whatever the teacher has necessary for them to do to build them up.” Fowler continues, “This is our second year doing this. It’s been very beneficial to those students. It helps them when it’s time for their college preparedness test. It helps them to get that extra computer tests. Most of those tests are computerized, and it helps them build up those strengths they need to be successful students.” Eighth grade student Cameron Howard says the ACE classes are making a difference for him. “We do ACE classes, which really helps if you’re not good at reading or math it really helps you out.”
Oakbrook has Palmetto Gold and Silver awards for achievement and closing the achievement gap, and is rated excellent three years in a row. Principal Brandon Pitcher says, “We have seen us maintain and improve some of our academic standing in English, math has stayed about the same right now, but the statistics are still being analyzed on it.” Seventh-grade student Leighaja Kelso says, “If you’re having trouble with something, the ACE classes will help you.”
Oakbrook is a PBIS, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support school. Students are rewarded for positive behavior. They have quarterly “No Discipline” celebrations for students with no discipline referrals. They also have a new program this year where students are being trained in each grade level to become peer mediators. to help resolve conflicts themselves.
Students are also making a difference in the community. OMS collected 138 cases of bottled water for Flint, Michigan residents in support of their water crisis. The March of Dimes “March for Babies” campaign raised more than 12-hundred-dollars. Additionally, the Eagle Food Pantry supported families and community members in need.
Coming up Friday on News 2, we’ll present Oakbrook Middle with our Cool School award.
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