Middle School Home

Driven by “what’s best for students,” teaching and learning in the OES Middle School foster connections and cultivate creative and critical thinking. Because the Middle School years are a time of great transition, the OES Middle School creates a learning environment where students can take risks and feel supported by the community.

Students in the Middle School experience:
  • A focus on community through our grade level advisory program and experiential class trips that range from learning outdoor skills at Mt. St. Helens to bringing plays to life at the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.
  • An inquiry-driven curriculum where students are guided to craft thoughtful questions, respond constructively to setbacks, and share what they have learned with the community in every subject from history to science.
  • An emphasis on student wellness and mindfulness through Health and Wellness classes to thoughtful counseling programs for academic and social/emotional needs.

Through programs such as advisory, morning Gathering, and Service Learning, teachers connect with students and offer them academic and social, and emotional support.

Eighth Graders to Dive Deep into Self-Chosen Projects

Over the entirety of this school year, eighth-grade classes have partnered with the EC3 Design Center to develop inquiry-based projects of their own choosing. This week, the eighth-graders prepared for "Deep Dive Days," a two-week long stretch when they get to focus solely on their Project X projects.