ELEMENTARY Magnet School Programs

MSD Lawrence Township

Phone: (317) 423-8209

Oaklandon School of Environmental Studies (East)

The mission of Oaklandon School of Environmental Studies is to ensure that each student demonstrates high academic achievement through an integration of environmental studies into a rigorous core curriculum consisting of Readers and Writers Workshop, 5 Easy Steps to Balanced Math Instruction and Project Approach.

It is our vision that our students will develop scientific thinking processes from observations to independent investigation that will guide them to become ecologically responsible, contributing citizens. The program will immerse our students in an environment that emphasizes discovery, exploration, collaborative study, scientific research, and use of scientific tools and technology.

At Oaklandon School of Environmental Studies we believe that:
• The study of the environmental sciences are conducive to powerful learning, and that increasing the presence of hands-on experiences with “real-world” science in all subjects will increase motivation, relevance and achievement for our students, as well as foster the natural curiosity in the world around them.
• Environmental Education will develop in our students a love and respect for nature through outdoor experiences
• Project Approach learning will be the core process for which our students will develop critical thinking skills necessary to be life long problem solvers for the environment.
• Students will recognize their role and responsibility to themselves, their neighbors, and become stewards of this world around them.
• Core curriculum based on the award winning Indiana State Standards and National Standards is best taught through Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop and a balanced math program.

         

SCHOOL FEATURES
  • Certified Teaching Staff trained in Project Wild
  • Indoor living pond ecosystem
  • Seasonal Butterfly Garden
  • On-site Decomposing and Recycling
  • Outdoor Learning Laboratory
  • Pond and Wetland Ecosystem on Property
  • Chickens Habitat for Observation on Property
  • 2010/2011 Recipients of the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Fund Grant for Environmental Education


Visit the Oaklandon School of Environmental Studies website