Alternative Programs

Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI)

The Oak Grove School District believes in providing a variety of research based educational models for its community.  At the January 22, 2015 Board Meeting, the Board of Trustees, by unanimous decision, approved Resolution No. 1177-01/15 to implement a Two-Way Bilingual Immersion (TWBI) Program and the Seal of Biliteracy Award.  The program began with two kindergarten classrooms in the Fall of 2015 and will grow by one grade each year thereafter (i.e., 2015-16 kinder only, 2016-17 kinder and first grade, etc.).  At full implementation, the Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program will serve grades K-8.

In order to provide this new offering, the District will facilitate a process to determine a permanent location for the TWBI Program.  Since the implementation requires a gradual transition of a community school into a school of choice, the Board recognizes the need for appropriate outreach to school communities and stakeholders.  The community engagement process will take some time to complete, and therefore Anderson School (having the greatest availability of space) has been selected as the temporary site for the TWBI Program.  Community and stakeholder input will be gathered to help finalize a permanent site for the TWBI Program.

Meetings & Presentations:

Dual-Language Immersion Benefits & Models are presented to the Board of Trustees on December 11, 2015 by Rosa Molina, Executive Director of the Association of Two-Way & Dual Language Education (ATDLE).  Ms. Molina is an expert in Two-Way and Dual Language Education having co-founded Two-Way California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE).

– The Academy –

The Academy is located next to the Davis Intermediate School campus and provides instruction to 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders using all Oak Grove School District adopted curriculum.  The Academy offers an extended school day that provides more instructional minutes devoted to mathematics and language arts. Homework center is also incorporated into our day in order to support students and families.

On a daily basis our students study Life Skills in order to build community and develop healthy social and emotional skills. Students participate in service learning by mentoring 2nd and 3rd graders at an elementary school once a week.  The City of San Jose also supports our program through presentations and field trips aimed at building community and having students make positive choices.

The Academy not only holds their students to high standards academically, but also high standards behaviorally. Students set weekly behavior goals that they self-assess.  The system used to correct student behavior is audible, visual and kinesthetic. Students are able to easily assess their own behavior at any point during the day using our chart system. The chart corresponds to points, off of which positive and negative consequences are based.

If you have any questions, please contact Oscar A. Ortiz, Director in Education Services at 408.227.8300 x 100249.

SARC (School Accountability Report Card), 2012-2013

The Indigo Program – A Choice for K-8 Families

Indigo is a K-8 Choice program designed to educate the whole child while continuing to value the unique learning styles, skills, and abilities of each child so they will be prepared to make a positive impact on the world.

Housed on the Frost Elementary School campus, our close-knit community offers a safe, caring and nurturing learning environment for the children and a support network for the teachers and families. We provide multi-age interactions and theme-based, constructivist learning activities through a positive discipline approach. The Positive Discipline approach fosters cooperation, self-regulation, community, mutual respect and problem solving skills with logical and natural consequences.

Strong parent involvement, a vital component of the Indigo Program, allows us to not only lower the student/adult ratio in the classroom, but also fulfills the many parent involvement opportunities that make the Indigo Program an effective, hands-on, community-oriented environment.

Our dedicated and experienced credentialed teachers and parent led enrichment and elective centers create a learning environment that is engaging, meaningful, has real world applications, is project-based and hands-on.

Our strong PTA, wonderful enrichment programs: K-8 art, elementary and middle school music programs, integrated core curriculum, nearly monthly field trips for each classroom, strong P.E. for every grade level and fun community events have made the Indigo Program a place where students and families learn and thrive.

Indigo website: www.indigoprogram.org

AdVENTURE STEM Program

AdVENTURE is a 5th-8th grade STEMs (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program housed in the Herman Intermediate campus. Our mission is to engage all students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through relevant, rigorous curriculum so they will be responsible, active, global citizens in the digital age. AdVENTURE has a culture of high expectations where students form safe and strong relationships with teachers, peers, families, and the community.

Enrollment at AdVENTURE is open to students of all ability levels who enjoy hands-on instruction and project-based learning with a focus towards life and work in the 21st century.

If your student:

  • Prefers a hands-on learning environment over lectures
  • Likes to build things or work on the computer
  • Prefers to talk about what he/she is doing.
  • Likes to interact with others
  • Likes to figure out how things work.

Please see www.adventurestemprogram.com for the most up-to-date information. Or, email www.adventurestemprogram.com with questions.  For an online application click here.

Channel 5 news report on the Adventure Program, starring our Betsy Fitch! And more… (video link)

Cultural and Bilingual Program

The Oak Grove School District Bilingual and Cultural Program is designed to support K-3 Spanish speaking students in their home language while they learn English. Students learn to read, write and speak in both Spanish and English. Instruction in English increases gradually throughout the grades so that by the end of 3rd grade they are proficient in both languages.

The Bilingual and Cultural program supports students’ culture and language. Parents can participate more actively in their children’s learning, communicate easily with the teachers, and support them with homework. Students’ first school experience is positive and allows them to readily participate. They use their oral Spanish to begin to learn Reading and Writing right away instead of waiting to become proficient in English. The Bilingual and Cultural Program follows district and State goals and standards. Bilingualism is a great advantage in California.

Program Flyer and Program Brochure in (PDF)

El Programa Bilingüe y Cultural

El Programa Bilingüe y Cultural está diseñado para apoyar a los estudiantes K-3 que hablan español en casa como su primera lengua, mientras aprenden inglés. Los estudiantes aprenden a leer, escribir y hablar en ingles y en español. La enseñanza en inglés aumenta de forma gradual en cada grado, de forma que al final de 3er grado dominan los dos idiomas.

El Programa Bilingüe y Cultural apoya la cultura y el lenguaje del estudiante. Los padres pueden participar más activamente con el aprendizaje de sus niños y comunicarse fácilmente con los maestros y apoyarlos con la tarea. La primera experiencia escolar del estudiante es positiva y les permite participar fácilmente. Los estudiantes utilizan su español oral para empezar a aprender lectura y escritura inmediatamente, en lugar de esperar a dominar el inglés. El Programa Bilingüe y Cultural sigue los objetivos y niveles estándar del distrito y del Estado. El bilingüismo es una gran ventaja en California.

Programa de Viajeror y Folleto del Programa en (PDF)

Independent Study Program (ISP):

Our individual local schools are able to offer short-term Independent Study for up to 10 days.  Short-term Independent Study (10 days or less) is completed through each school office.

Oak Grove Independent Study Program (ISP), located at Del Roble Elementary, is available to offer families unlimited independent study.  This long-term ISP is designed for our families who home school their children but seek to use educational resources available from our district.  In addition, there are times in students’ lives where families must travel and students must be away from school for longer periods of time.  Sometimes these situations are caused by family emergencies; other time it may be once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to travel to another part of our country or world.  Long-term ISP is completed through the ISP office at Del Roble Elementary School.

Contact information for Long-Term ISP  is Catherine Olson at (408) 578-6032 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Christopher School STEM Leadership Academy:

Learning that integrates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in real world life application for 7th and 8th grade students can be found at Christopher School.  Teaching strategies emphasize student inquiry, projects, and community partnership where students are challenged to think creatively about real-world topics, to solve problems independently and collaboratively, and to innovate.  Leadership skills will benefit students as they chart out future endeavors, particularly when aspiring to become college students.  In addition to core content, art, music, physical education, and a variety of other elective activities are integrated into the curriculum  Globaloria is one such elective where students design online games from idea to final project working independently and in teams.  Students with an open mind, a willingness to learn, natural curiosity, and those that like hands-on learning/problem solving, and are self-directed are encourage to apply to Christopher STEM Leadership Academy by contacting the principal at (408) 227-8500.  Priority is given to Christopher students.

Program Options for English Learners

The Oak Grove School District, in partnership with parents, staff, students and the community, ensures educational programs to meet the needs of all students. Together, we are partners for excellence in education. This brochure is designed to give parents and students who are English Learners, an overview of what program options are available to them. We are committed to providing an environment that enables all learners to develop the knowledge and skills to compete in a global economy, and to understand and exercise the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

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