2016 – The Oakridge School

The Oakridge School Awarded
2016 School Spotlight

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Following an intense review of independent schools across the country, the Lausanne Learning Institute announced The Oakridge School of Arlington, Texas as the 2016 School Spotlight Award winner. The award recognizes the most innovative independent school, from technology integration to student-centered curriculum, culminating in a special recognition at the Lausanne Learning Institute summer conference in Memphis, TN. The Oakridge School will be presented the Spotlight Trophy during the keynote events and this award-winning school will also offer a series of educational sessions on their best practices during the conference.

“The Oakridge School is a wonderful representation of the ideals of the LLI Spotlight award,” said Stuart McCathie, Headmaster of Lausanne Collegiate School. “There is a consistent effort to fulfill the individual needs of students, utilizing technology to create authentic learning and practical ability to succeed in a constantly evolving world.”

The Oakridge School’s commitment to authentic learning and collaboration is evident throughout their campus. Classes routinely use design thinking for learning outcomes, employing strategies such as student-centered, flipped classrooms, and experiential learning based on mastery. Students employ inquiry-based learning at three different Makerspaces on the campus, while still maintaining a sense of character building through significant amounts of community service and artistic accolades.

Collaboration is emphasized through the widespread use of Google Apps for Education and other Web 2.0 tools, ensuring that learning is a community event, instead of locked in isolated silos. Since incorporating the system, Oakridge students and faculty have stored nearly 300,000 files, with almost 20,000 of those files shared this past semester. Student engagement continues to rise with nearly 600 students logging in to the online learning community.

Past winners of the LLI School Spotlight award include St. Christopher School (Richmond, VA), Nashwaaksis Middle School (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada), The Urban School of San Francisco (San Francisco, CA), the American School of Bombay (Mumbai, India), and St. Joseph Academy (Baton Rouge, LA). The 14th annual Lausanne Learning Institute is the research and professional development arm of Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, TN.