Community Life & Diversity
Diversity Matters at Oakwood...
Reflecting the values that stem from our Statement of Philosophy, Oakwood is committed to fostering an inclusive academic and social environment where every member of our community is valued and feels a sense of belonging.
Also, as our interactions become more global, we recognize that it is essential for our students to learn how to effectively navigate a more complex world.
Diversity at Oakwood encompasses much more than monitoring numbers. Along with our ongoing commitment to diversifying our community, we constantly strive to broaden our curriculum to reflect the increasingly diverse nature of American society, as well as the globalization of the world.
Elementary School Programs
Our students, from kinders on, experience difference and learn that character is not skin-deep. Opportunities for actively teaching students about the need for open-mindedness and affirmation of different perspectives arise through Morning Meetings as well as in the classroom. The curriculum reaches into a variety of cultures for lessons in social studies, the arts, science, reading, field trips and the celebration of holidays.
Secondary School Programs
Courses range from world religions, revolution in China and Mexico, Native American folklore, and the Asian American experience. Prose and poetry by diverse male and female authors are contrast to classical, tradition-founding texts. Students explore, question, and affirm a wide range of human experience. Social studies elective offerings include courses from the micro to the macro -- from "Islam in History" to "Community Arts and Culture in L.A."
World language courses celebrate international holidays like the Day of the Dead, and encourage world travel. We offer Mandarin Chinese in grades 7-12. Our science department has built in study of issues that put western interests in conflict with indigenous interests such as rainforest issues.
Our dance department has incorporated world dance traditions in classes. Our choruses sing the music of other cultures and our instrumental groups perform music arising out of many world traditions. The theater department casts plays in non-traditional ways and our art curriculum covers issues of identity and the representation of marginalized cultures and actively uses work by lesser-known and underrepresented artists such as African and Japanese photographers.
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