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Academics

In the classroom

What makes OFHS academics unique?
Oneness-Family High School (OFHS) of Washington creatively engages students in the Montessori tradition using interdisciplinary and project-based learning, mentorship, and hands-on engagement through in-class lessons, field studies, student-designed projects, and internships. Students take college prep courses in math and science, English and literature, languages, history, technology, the arts, and a flexible athletics program.

Our innovative curriculum is designed in collaboration with educational innovators Dr. Paul Epstein and Sam Chaltain, along with International Baccalaureate (IB) expert Amber Bhatti. We’re committed to 21st century teaching for 21st century learners.

Macro Themes
In the 9th and 10th grades, annually-rotating macro themes guide and unify our work. For the 2017-2018 school year, these include Sustainability, Global Connections, Democracy & Human Rights, and Innovation & Design. 

We explore macro themes in an inquiry-based format, facilitating big-picture viewpoints and student-led projects. At OFHS we teach subjects like environmental science, biology, chemistry, and physicals – as well as history and literature – with macro themes in mind, encouraging students to make connections across a diverse range of disciplines. 

Modified IB and Independent Study Program
In the 11th and 12th grades, students may pursue two paths to graduation: a modified IB program or an independent study program. 

Arts Electives
Utilizing the rich and diverse local arts community for inspiration, students vote for the arts electives they wish to pursue each semester. Offerings have included painting, sculpture, poetry and ceramics, instrumental music, voice, band, music production, drama, dance, and more. Electives may take place on or off campus, and students may earn credit for creative and performing arts activities they’re pursuing outside of school. 

Languages
Our students study Spanish or French, with four years of study in each language available.

Reinventing Athletics
Our sports and fitness program innovates based on student-led individual and health goals, as well as student interests. Fitness offerings have included track and cross country, squash, tennis, golf, swimming, sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, trapeze, ultimate Frisbee, yoga, tai chi, and more. Students may also earn PE credit for approved fitness-based extracurricular activities.

Technology Program
Students explore how information is digitized, learn programming in JavaScript, build applications, and discuss big data and privacy issues in our technology curriculum

Field Studies
Students enrich and expand their learning outside the classroom, taking advantage of the Washington, DC area’s abundant opportunities to visit partner organizations, businesses, nonprofits, centers of arts and scholarship, and government agencies.

Mentorship
Students benefit from our Circle of Mentors – innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists, and other professionals who partner with OFHS – who are available to work with students based on project focus and interest. 

Internships & Community Service
Students participate in internships and community service with a wide variety of organizations across the DC area who partner with OFHS to provide enriching real-world experience. 

Small Classes, Low Student-Teacher Ratio
We offer a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, which accelerates performance and achievement while promoting self-awareness, life balance, and wellbeing. 

Evaluation & Assessment
Assessment is performance-based and includes projects, digital portfolios, and self-evaluation, as well as traditional exams. Clear benchmarks and regular feedback on student progress inform each student’s path through the high school years. We use rubrics for the development of personal habits in personal skills, social skills, and thinking skills. And assessments are translated to letter grade format for clarity and college prep. 

College Counseling & Application Prep
We guide and support OFHS students in preparing applications for college. 

At a Glance
Take a look at our Weekly Schedule to see how electives, athletics, and social activities integrate with academics.

See a recent class syllabi for 9th grade coursework:

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For more information about OF High School contact Andrew Kutt at andrew@onenessfamily.org or 240-426-2614. Or let us email you:

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