THE OAKS ACADEMY MIDDLE SCHOOL High school and related happenings at the middle school

TEST TAKING STRATEGIES COURSE: Enroll your child today!

As we look to the not-so-distant future, testing will continue to be a part of our children’s lives, from ISTEP (or the like); to high school admissions tests; to placement exams; to the PSAT, SAT, ACT and beyond. The Oaks is pleased to again offer a Test Taking Strategies course designed to hone your middle school student’s skills in verbal and quantitative reasoning, mathematics, reading comprehension and essays, while sharing best practices for attacking certain types of questions, pacing, reducing test anxiety, etc.

This 7-session course, offered for the first time last spring, has been revamped to include a simulated high school admissions test administered before the course begins and at its conclusion. The results of those tests will be provided to the participant and their parent, along with an analysis of strength and growth areas as represented by test outcomes. Additionally, parents will receive class handouts and a summary of topics covered following each session.

For more information on the course, including price, and dates and times of sessions, or to register, please click the link:

PREPARING FOR THE TRANSITION FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL TO HIGH SCHOOL: What you can do now to plan and prepare your 7th or 8th grade child

Hear from a panel of parents of Oaks alumni as they share their experiences preparing their middle school student for a smooth transition to high school. Come ready to ask questions or join in the conversation as we discuss tips and suggestions on getting your middle school student ready for the next step in their education.

Saturday, March 4 @ 10 a.m. in the Choir Room (1st floor, West wing) of TOA Middle School


We are wrapping up our spring sessions of High School Information Sessions at TOA Middle School with visits from University High School on Wednesday, March 8th, and Cathedral High School (date TBD; CHS staff notified TOA today of a conflict). Both sessions will take place at 3:45 p.m. in the Boardroom of the middle school. Please click the links below to RSVP to hear directly from high school students, faculty and administrators about programs, courses and activities that make each school unique.


CATHEDRAL (link will be updated with new date once scheduled):

WANTED: A Few Good Men and Women

Starfish Initiative, an Indianapolis based not-for-profit, inspires, encourages, and prepares promising students for college and career success. To achieve this goal, Starfish pairs students one-on-one with college-educated mentors.

Starfish is currently working hard to recruit mentors for 100+ new freshmen Scholars who will be joining the program this summer. The Oaks Academy is partnering with Starfish to identify potential mentors for a few Starfish applicants who are connected to The Oaks. To learn more about becoming a Starfish Mentor, visit For more information on The Oaks - Starfish connection, please email Mrs. Barlow (

8TH GRADE PARENTS: High School Selection; Scholarship and Financial Aid Awards; Test Scores

8th grade families: Congratulations! The high school application process is complete for most and the fun of selecting the school for your student has happened or is currently taking place. Once you and your 8th grade child select a high school, please email Mrs. Barlow to notify her of the high school your child will be attending ( This ensures that the final round of academic records will make it to the correct high school in a timely fashion.

Also, we love to celebrate the accomplishments of our students! So, if you would please be so kind as to share scholarship and financial aid awards, as well as HSPT / ISEE / SSAT scores with Mrs. Barlow, it would be greatly appreciated. The Oaks can then use that information (internally and confidentially) to help assess the quality of our programs and identify any gaps in our curriculum as we strive to continually improve and excel.

thank you for reading!


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