This year, twenty-seven 2nd grade students took part in the 3rd Annual Hoplite March. This was the largest march in SOCS history! Students learned to cover the person standing next to them, move as a team, and march quietly through the halls so that we could “attack” as a proper Greek phalanx would.
Students first attacked Dr. Shipp (who was in Mr. Thomas’ office). Mr. Thomas was caught by surprise. Ms. Geldhof and Mr. Reynolds marveled at the scene and felt amazement at the wondrous historical event they witnessed. The hoplites then moved to Mr. Huber’s room where he was teaching 9th graders the history of the Battle of Marathon (perfect!). After that, the 2nd graders invaded the office of Mr. Noyes and Mrs. James. Those two had to be claw-mad as lions to fight off the onslaught of the invading warriors—somehow, 27 students were able to fit into their office!
Specials thanks go out to Mrs. Walcott, Mrs. Shipley, parents who enthusiastically helped with shield construction, the 2nd graders who put a great amount of though into their shields, and the teachers and administrators who endured the attacks.
Shields are on display in Ms. Hoit’s room for Upper School students to admire. If only the 2nd graders could hear the Upper School students’ admiration of the shields.
Seven Oaks Classical School has once again earned an ‘A’ rating on both state and federal report cards. These grades were based on the academic growth of students in grades 3-8 as measured by the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP+) for English Language Arts and Mathematics.
Seven Oaks’ enrollment grew by 40% from the 2016-2017 to the 2017-2018 school year. Despite this wave of new students, the school achieved strong academic growth. Pass rates in all subjects are above state averages. What is most remarkable is a number the state data fails to capture: Among the students who joined the school in 2016, the average growth in pass rate across grade levels was 27%!
The real story here is that academic growth is possible without intensive test preparation. Seven Oaks pays little attention to the state test. We refuse to become a test-prep school. Our teachers and students are not burdened with the stress of high stakes testing. Instead, we offer students a rich classical curriculum.
Seven Oaks students enjoy daily, year-round instruction in the fine arts, foreign languages, history, and science. We do not waste precious class time with diagnostic after diagnostic, practice test after practice test. Nor do we sacrifice our curriculum in order to boost scores in tested subjects.
That is the real story to tell: Without preparing for the test, in two years of testing, the school has received an ‘A’ rating twice for academic growth.
Upper school students had a zany good time. The Parent Teacher Community Association put on a Minute-to-Win-It competition on Saturday, November 17. Teams of four competed for glory and a large candy bar.
Seven Oaks paused to honor the honorable. For Veterans Day, our school community was encouraged to invite family members, friends, neighbors or anyone who has served in the military, so that we as a school could thank them for their service.
Seven Oaks was awarded a grant of nearly $900k on Friday. The school applied for the grant under the Quality Counts Indiana Charter School Program Grant. The Quality Counts program is intended to support the opening, expansion, or replication of high-quality charter schools. The funding will extend over a four-year period and will help Seven Oaks grow its academic program as the school continues increasing enrollment and adding grade levels. The money will allow Seven Oaks to provide additional instructional staff; professional development opportunities; admissions software; instructional technology; science, fine arts, and physical education equipment; and additional books and instructional resources for both teachers and students.
On Thursday, September 6, the federal district court judge dismissed the lawsuit against Seven Oaks Classical School. The school's primary focus has been and always will be on providing a high-quality classical education to the students who attend our school. We are not surprised by the dismissal of this suit, as its claims were baseless. Even so, it is a relief to have the matter settled.
The court's favorable decision will allow the school to focus without distraction on its core mission of training the minds and improving the hearts of young people through a solid education in the liberal arts and sciences. Seven Oaks appreciates Grace College’s ongoing support in authorizing our charter, which allows us to continue offering this kind of education as an open-enrollment, tuition-free, public school.
Seven Oaks Classical School has seen exceptional growth for a second year in a row. This year's enrollment is up by 50% over last year's count, jumping from roughly 220 to 340. This is after growing approximately 40% the previous year from an opening enrollment of around 160 in 2016. Last year, this meant we were the fastest growing 'A'-rated charter school in the state.
Not only is Seven Oaks growing in number, but it is also growing in grades. The school started in 2016 with kindergarten through 8th grade. Last year, it added 9th grade and this year 10th. The school will continue to add a grade each year until it offers a K-12 classical education. As a chartered public school, enrollment is open and parents pay no tuition.
Notwithstanding this growth, the school is committed to remaining a community school. It plans to limit long-term growth. Seven Oaks want to become a school of around 700 students. The goal is 50-60 students at each grade level so that the education remains on a human scale and students are known by name.
We invite you to join us for a conversation with Dr. Matthew Mehan about the power of poetry and the imagination to form habits of love, friendship, and self-government.
Seven Oaks is hosting a book talk by Dr. Matthew Mehan this Saturday on the theme of poetry, imagination, and leadership. Mehan is the author of the newly released Mr. Mehan's Mildly Amusing Mythical Mammals, a book of children's poetry.
The book is currently the #1 bestseller in children's poetry on Amazon and sits among the top 5 in all of children's literature. Through poems and oil paintings that instruct and delight, the book weaves a story of friendship between the Dally and the Blug.
Where: Seven Oaks Classical School
When: Saturday, August 25, 6:00-7:30pm
The sign-up form for our back-to-school camps is now open. Click here to access the online form.
Seven Oaks will offer camps in reading and in math to students entering grades 1-6. New students who want to get their feet wet in our phonics and math programs, and returning students who would benefit from the extra practice, are invited to apply.
For students entering grades 1-2, there will be a single two-week camp that includes both math and reading. The cost for the two weeks is $170. For students entering grades 3-4 and 5-6, the camps are one-week each and cost $85 each. Payment by cash or check is due by the first day of camp. Checks may be made payable to Seven Oaks Classical School.
Camps will run 9:00am-1:00pm, Monday-Thursday, the weeks of July 23 and July 30. For students entering grades 3-4 and 5-6, the math camp will be the first week and the reading camp will be the second week. Students in these grades may sign up for one or the other, or both.
Sign-ups will be processed in the order received. Space is limited.
The cross country club kicks off summer practices this afternoon. Meet at the bottom of the gym steps. Practices will be held at 4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students entering grades 6-10. The club will also meet Saturday mornings at 9am. This practice is open to students as young as 3rd grade.
The 2017-2018 school year wrapped up with a series of Academic Showcases and Awards Ceremonies. Separate ceremonies were held for K-2, 3-5, and 6-9. Students received awards for outstanding character and academic achievement. Parents also enjoyed a window into aspects of the curriculum that make Seven Oaks a unique place to be. They saw sample artwork and Latin translations. They heard songs and poetry recitations. The second grade class recited the Preamble to the United States Constitution. The third graders composed a presentation about black holes and prepared their own dramatized rendering of Horatius at the Bridge. And, with graduation caps for the occasion, the kindergartners celebrated the completion of their first year of formal education.
Seven Oaks Classical School will open a preschool this fall if there is sufficient interest in the community. If you are interested in enrolling a child, let the school know by completing this brief interest form.
The preschool would prepare students for the academic program of Seven Oaks Classical School.* Just as the school builds upon the Core Knowledge Foundation's K-8 Core Knowledge Sequence, so the preschool would build upon the Core Knowledge Foundation's Preschool Sequence.
Ages: At least 4 years of age by August 1 of the year of enrollment.
Cost: $150/week for full-day program + $40/semester supply fee
Hours: 7:30am - 3:30pm
Days of operation: same as the school (no summer option will be available)
If there is enough interest, the school may offer half day options as well. Parents are encouraged to indicate their preferences using this interest form. The school plans to decide by Friday, May 18, whether there is enough interest to open this fall and what options will be made available.
In ongoing efforts to strengthen Seven Oaks Classical School, a representative from the charter authorizer will be at the school on Tuesday, April 10. Mr. Tim Ziebarth would like to meet individually with parents, staff, faculty, and other community members in the afternoon from 2:30-5:00 to discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for the school. If you would like to schedule a time to meet, please contact Lorraine Bingham at email@example.com or call 574-372-5100 ext. 6196.
Seven Oaks Classical School is holding a Kindergarten Open House. Join us this Monday, February 5, from 4:00-6:00pm! Prospective parents are invited to learn about our innovative option in public education. Curious about charter schools? about classical education? Come find out more. As an open-enrollment public school, families from all backgrounds are welcome to attend. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet our kindergarten team, see the classrooms, and discuss the curriculum.
We look forward to seeing you there!
This year's participation in the National Scripps Spelling Bee was another Seven Oaks first. Class bees were held earlier this month. The school-wide bee was on Wednesday and included three students each from grades 3-8.
Seven Oaks congratulates this year's winner of the school Spelling Bee, 8th Grader Morgan McGowan! She will be representing our school at the Regional Spelling Bee on February 10th. In second place was 3rd Grader Wally Paulsen, and in third place was 5th Grader Mackenzie Eads.
Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the bee!
Last week, the 9th graders had the opportunity to attend the invited dress rehearsal for Shakespeare's Julius Caesar at Indiana University. They were also given a guided tour of the backstage and scene shop from the Technical Director of the production. Seven Oaks Classical School is very thankful to Paul Brunner and the rest of the theatre department staff at IU for welcoming us into their theatre.
Mrs. Walcott's second grade class has spent the last two weeks learning about mixtures, solutions, and compounds. The class concluded the unit with a science experiment. Students successfully grew crystals around wires from a solution of borax and water. They wrote about the experiment in their science notebooks and drew pictures of their jars. After soaking over 24 hours, the students dumped the water and were amazed at the crystals they had grown. The students again logged their observations in their science notebooks. After the crystals dried, they were packaged up and sent home for their families to see. Best of all is the students' growing sense of wonder and love of science!
For Returning Students...
As long as current students indicate their intent to return by Friday, March 9, 2018, they are guaranteed a seat for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here for an Intent-To-Return Form. For further details, see the Admissions page of the website.
For New Students...
The initial application period for new students runs from Monday, December 4, until Friday, March 9. To apply, click here for a brief Intent-to-Enroll Form. Anyone who submits an Intent-to-Enroll Form during this period will receive equal consideration. After the initial open enrollment period ends on March 9, the school will tally the number of applicants per grade. For grades where there are more applicants than openings, a public lottery will be held on March 19 to determine the order of admissions.
Applications received after March 9 will be be processed in the order in which they are received. For more details about the school's admissions policies and procedures, see the Admissions page.
To Find Out More...
Public Information Meetings
Mon, Dec 11 @ 6:30pm (campus)
Wed, Jan 10 @ 6:30pm (Monroe County Public Library)
Thu, Jan 25 @ 6:30pm (campus)
Sat, Feb 24 @ 4:00pm (Ellettsville Branch Library)
Thu, Mar 8 @ 6:30pm (campus)
Wed, Dec 13 @ 8:30am
Fri, Jan 12 - Coffee w/ the Headmaster @ 8:00am, Tour @ 9:15am
Fri, Jan 26 @ 8:30am
Mon, Feb 26 @ 8:30am
Fri, Mar 9 @ 8:30am
On January 4, from 8:00am-11:00am, prospective parents and students are invited to come for Shadow Day. Visiting students will have the opportunity to shadow a Seven Oaks student. Parents are invited to meet with the Headmaster over coffee and snacks, then take a campus tour. Drop-ins are welcome for those whose schedule doesn't permit them to stay for the entire time. Click here to RSVP for Shadow Day.
Kindergarten Open House
In addition to Shadow Day, prospective kindergarten families are invited to a Kindergarten Open House from 4:00-6:00pm on Monday, February 5.
If you have other questions, or if these meeting and tour times do not work for you, please call the school at 812-935-5003 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for details about the enrollment process. Click here for the latest information about public meetings or school tours.