Oxford Preparatory Academy - San Diego County
Application Deadline: Until Filled
Oxford Preparatory Academy-San Marcos’ (OPA) vision is to maintain a flexible center for higher independent learning, where students from transitional kindergarten to twelfth grade are inspired to pursue university-level academic studies, as well as to gain skills to be successful in the global community of the 21st century. Our students will not just meet, but exceed grade level expectations and become independent critical thinkers, as they engage with dynamic individualized support that will make them self-motivated, competent, and lifelong learners. OPA seeks to attract and serve a group of students who can benefit from instruction that is more freely scheduled, flexibly paced, individually targeted, and closely monitored than can occur in a traditional “brick and mortar” classroom. This model is distinguishable from other hybrid or self-directed learning models: students benefit from intensive academic support from professional educators. OPA’s Independent Study model allows the student to interact with the curriculum in a manner that motivates students to pursue individual interest while proceeding through the required content. OPA will position its students for success by enabling students to learn any time, any place, and by deploying flexible learning, teaching, curricular, and staffing models that adapt to the uniqueness inherent in every student and learning situation. It will empower them to take ownership of their education and develop not only knowledge, skills, and abilities, but also the confidence, creativity, and resourcefulness to deploy them adaptively in response to the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The staff at OPA has established a collegiate-inspired atmosphere that supports our school vision, where all students are introduced to the comprehensive benefits of attending a higher-learning institution. The ideals of Rhodes Scholars, the utmost scholarship at Oxford University, serve as the inspiration behind our collegiate theme and student goals: • High academic achievement • Respect for others • Integrity of character • A spirit of unselfishness • Physical vigor • Potential for leadership Creating long-term academic success takes place through a school-wide, data driven model of reform that shapes the culture of high expectations for every student on a flexible schedule. This is accomplished by promoting college readiness for all students the moment they arrive at OPA. OPA staff members merge their collective experience to formulate consistent language, policies, and programs to reinforce our school-wide goals. Adherence to rigorous California State Standards and a focus on student learning are the pillars of our philosophy. To emphasize high academic standards, our core instructional strategy is based on Howard Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences (MI) and how it directly affects student learning. MI is the key philosophy embraced by all OPA stakeholders, enabling students to believe that they are gifted in a multitude of ways. Providing instructional strategies that address all eight of the intelligences ensures that differing needs are met and that the retention of information by students is maximized.