As students grow and move from grade to grade, Pre-K–12, they naturally seek and build connections based on where they have been, where they are, and where they are going. The OES program is designed to support and encourage students in this process.
Teachers work in grade level teams and in all school departments lead by Department Chairs to design and coordinate the curriculum and to facilitate transitions from Beginning Years to Intermediate Years, from Lower School to Middle School, from Middle School to Upper School.
Throughout the school, students develop their Essential Competencies through an Inquiry Approach, an approach that puts students at the center of their learning by drawing on their initiative, intrinsic motivation, resourcefulness, and creativity, deepening their understanding through questioning, exploration, and reflection.
Each department has identified core understandings that students develop along a continuum as they work their way through the curriculum.