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Inaugural School Year All Summer Through Upcoming Events & Programs
Online PR News – 06-June-2022 – LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The Oak School is not like other schools…and that’s exactly what founder Tricia Martin-Owen intended.
Rooted in a nature-based, holistic approach to education, The Oak School is conveniently located in the Applewood Neighborhood near Golden, just 15 minutes from both downtown Denver and the mountains, at 11500 W. 20th Ave. Now open for Fall 2022 enrollment, The Oak School teaches preschool and grade school levels, utilizing exploratory learning to guide its bright-eyed students.
Classes spend their days learning both inside and outside. The school’s five acre lot is filled with gardens, engaging play areas, and plenty of open spaces to explore while cozy classrooms are designed to look and feel just like home. The Oak School’s inquiry-, exploratory-, and play-based approach to learning helps children build both confidence and their understanding of the world around them from an intellectual, social, and emotional lens.
“The truth is that we as a society are always in a rush – we’re hurrying up to catch a meeting, sneaking in a doctor’s appointment, running from one activity to the next – it’s the default speed of the culture we live in. Yet we simply cannot rush childhood development,” explained Tricia Martin-Owen, founder and Head of School at The Oak School. “We push our children because we want them to be intelligent, skillful, coordinated, creative – we want them to thrive. Here at The Oak School, we give children the time and permission to first learn about themselves – to grow their own strong roots in order to thrive! – so they can go into the world, confident and solid in themselves, to do amazing things.”
Designed to provide a strong sense of community and connection, The Oak School is focused on hiring talented, kind educators. Small class sizes allow teachers to cater to each child’s needs - Every educator has a master’s degree and is qualified to teach children with other learning needs, like dyslexia and ADHD.
“At The Oak School, we are child-centric, and giving our teachers autonomy in their work is absolutely vital to this mission. We will always be a place where teachers are empowered to guide their classrooms in a way that allows them to connect with their students as individuals and lead with care. Our children have plenty to say and it’s our pleasure – and part of our job, as loving guides – to genuinely listen,” added Martin-Owen, who is a mother to an eight-year-old son and also the author of The Whole Environment Educational Philosophy.
The school’s teachers collaborate with one another – and even shadow each other – to prepare lessons that help children develop self-awareness, listening skills, mindfulness and other components of emotional intelligence. The nature-based play helps teach children from the lenses of science (what happens when I do this?), systems thinking (how can I make this work? And, how does it affect other things?) and math (how many seeds do you need to grow a carrot?) – all while being able to move freely outside and inside their comfortable classrooms.
Additional programs and classes will continue to be added to meet the needs of the school’s children and families. For school updates, follow The Oak School’s Facebook page which shares news on upcoming events, programs, teacher spotlights and more.
To learn more about The Oak School or to enroll, visit: https://theoakschool.org