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.

Middle Schoolers Explore Nature on Fall Retreats

Tired and happy sixth, seventh, and eighth graders returned from their annual September school trips last week, having spent in Lincoln City, at Mount St. Helens, and in Turner, Oregon, respectively. All were treated to amazing weather, lots of fun activities, and learning new skills, from pitching tents and identifying animal tracks to practicing meditation.

The New Parent University - Coming to OES Oct. 10

Parent University is a new experimental program OES is launching this year to give parents the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues that are central to raising healthy children. Learnings will be organized around a central theme, and this year's theme is the "Healthy Mind Platter," which is a concept developed by pediatric and adult health expert Dr. Dan Siegel.