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MIDDLE SCHOOL

APPLICATION PROCESS

APPLYING TO GRADES 6 – 8

Our Middle School program is focused on helping our students successfully transition into high school both academically and in terms of their social and emotional development.

A full day of classes keeps our students busy. Students have course work in the humanities (English and Social Studies), math, science, and Spanish as well as an opportunity to explore the world of art, to become physically fit through PE classes and to experience the world of Performing Arts (music & drama). Each year, more than 30 term electives are offered ranging African Drumming and 24 Hours of Lemons to Google Sketchup and 3D Printing and The Statistics of Football.

In addition to our academic program and elective offerings, students meet regularly with their advisor and participate in both grade and all school meetings. Middle School day ends with the opportunity to participate in Homework Café, a supervised after-school program which allows our students to get their evening work completed before leaving campus.

Step 1: Fill out our Online Application at TADS.

Online Applications – Click Here

Parents are encouraged to schedule a group or private tour of the Middle School or to attend an Open House.

Open houses are offered outside of regular school hours. They are designed to provide a more in-depth look at progressive education, our program, and community. During this event, you will hear from our Head of School, visit teachers in their classrooms, meet current parents, and hear from our students and alums.

Step 2: Schedule a Visit to our School.

SCHEDULE A VISIT

A Shadow Visit enables the student to spend the school day with a current Blue Oak student, attending classes and participating in all of the day’s activities.

Candidates for sixth and seventh-grade visit with a current sixth grader, while candidates for eighth-grade will visit with a seventh-grade student.

Please email Meredith Wilson or call 707.261.4522 to set up a visit.

Step 3: Schedule a Student Shadow Visit

A Shadow Visit enables the student to spend the school day with a current Blue Oak student, attending classes and participating in all of the day’s activities. Candidates for sixth and seventh-grade visit with a current sixth grader, while candidates for eighth-grade will visit with a seventh-grade student.

Please email Meredith Wilson or call 707.261.4522 to set up a visit.

Step 4: Complete Application for Admission

Complete the Blue Oak School Application for Admission and submit it along with the $75 application fee. Students are asked to complete a Student Statement as part of the application process.

Step 5: Request Letters of Recommendation

Request a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Recommendation forms are provided in each application. Parents should also request that a copy of all school records be sent to Blue Oak. Forms are available in the Blue Oak application.

Step 6: Visit & Assessment

Once the completed application is on file, we will schedule a full day visit to Blue Oak. Candidates visit the grade that they are currently enrolled in and will also have an opportunity to meet with a member of the Middle School faculty to complete a general assessment of their academic strengths.

Part of the Middle School Assessment process is to help each student make a personal connection with a faculty member. To accomplish this, we ask that on the day of their class visit, each student should bring three things that they would like to share.

They should choose things that would help someone get to know them better. The items should be able to fit in a shoebox or a similar size box and could include things such as: a favorite book, ticket stub from a recent movie that made you think, a photograph of a camping trip you went on, a medal from a track event – the choice is up to each individual student.

The important thing is to come to campus prepared to talk about why the things you have chosen to share are important and represent a bit of who you are. We also encourage students to bring examples of their academic work in their current school – perhaps a book report, a recent math exam or a project that was worked on in class.

Application Process Questions

If you would like to discuss the application process, please email Meredith Wilson, Director of Admissions or call 707.261.4522

The TADS website is www.tads.com.