As a college-prep school, the academic program at OVS is challenging, led by dedicated teachers who encourage critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, creativity, and collaboration. Across the grade levels, students are encouraged to engage in class discussions, share ideas, and reach their potential. The curriculum in grades 6-12, as detailed in our Curriculum Guide, is designed to build skills with each year offering new challenges and opportunities for growth.
In the primary grades, children develop social and academic skills in small classes in which teachers can focus on children’s individual needs and abilities. Students develop reading and math skills. They are introduced to science, technology, art, music, and two foreign languages, Mandarin and Spanish. Creativity, self-reliance, respect for others, and other character traits are woven into the curriculum to prepare out littlest students for the educational journey that lies ahead.
As children move into the elementary grades, the program focuses more intently on core subjects, including math, language arts, technology, social studies, science, and the fine and performing arts. In middle school, grades 6-8, the curriculum becomes more rigorous as students are introduced to the works of Shakespeare and the core principles of algebra, geometry, biology, and chemistry. In the eighth-grade, students travel to Washington D.C. to enhance their studies of government and U.S. history. They learn valuable technology and study skills to prepare them for high school. They play team sports and venture into the outdoors for longer and more challenging trips.
In high school, grades 9-12, students take on greater challenges in small, college prep classes taught by experienced teachers with a knowledge and passion for learning. Students develop a solid foundation in English, history, math, science, foreign language and the fine arts. And they have the opportunity to tackle 19 different honors and Advanced Placement classes. Because classes are small, averaging 12 students, teachers come to know where students might need help and when they are ready to take on a bigger challenge.