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Blue Oak School offers a challenging and stimulating education to children of diverse backgrounds and interests. Balancing structure with choice and the requirements of the group with the gifts of the individual, the School holds itself to the highest standards of responsible educational innovation, so that students develop the skills and habits of learning that endure. Through the culture and community of the School, teachers nurture the development of character and foster confidence, creativity, flexibility and curiosity in each child. Students in turn encourage each other to learn. Relationships among freedom, responsibility, community and environment are explored through studies that engage students as stewards in service to the School, the region and the world.
Our Mission Statement and our Seven Core Principles of Teaching and Learning guide our daily work at Blue Oak, and they make our school a distinctive learning environment. Put simply, as a progressive school, we challenge children with meaningful work and we adhere to a "learning by doing" approach. Rather than asking children to memorize and "bank information" we create experiences for our students that promote their understanding of a new concept. This approach frequently propels us out of the classroom and into the world as our students, for example, investigate government in downtown Napa, explore natural science in the fields of our partner farm, or spend the night at a nearby observatory to really see our solar system.