We meet students where they are

What We Believe

What is Purposeful Education?

Purposeful education means there is more to teaching than straight academics. Our goal is to prepare your children to be successful adults. And we believe the best way to do that is through purposeful education with our four C’s – Culture, Collaboration, Critical thinking, and Communication.
 

Culture

Providing a safe, loving, and nurturing environment for learning.

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Collaboration

Teaching collaboration creates a framework for success in middle school, high school, and beyond.

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Critical thinking

Discovery-based critical thinking is the foundation to success in life.

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Communication

Communication is the bridge between collaboration and critical thinking.

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Children learn best when they’re engaged

Who we are

Leadership

Debbie Elder, Director

My goal is to provide the academic and life skills that enable students to thrive.

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Teachers

Our teachers are specialists and provide a passion in their subject area that is contagious.

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Child-Centered, Experienced-Based, Purposeful Education

How we do it

No child is the same, and no child learns in the same way. At Shady Oaks, we use a combination of methodologies to provide a high quality, skills-based education to our students that includes child centered learning, play-based education, and participatory learning.
 

Child-centered

We shift the balance from the teacher to the student.

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Participatory

Participatory learning encourages students to take control of the learning experience with teacher assistance.

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Skills-focused

With our focus on skills learning, students develop autonomy, critical thinking, team building, and collaboration capabilities.

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Play-based

Play-based learning is a key tool in educational engagement for our students.

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Purposeful Education Finds the Best Way for Each Child to Learn

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What Every Cool Kid Deserves To Know

By Summer Success Students 2016

This is a book written by kids for kids on how to be successful in life. This encouraging book takes a child on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Each of the eight authors share their success tips and strategies with the reader. It is the writing team's intention to help other children improve their self-confidence and self-esteem through personal responsibility.