Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  What classes are taught?

A:  The traditional core subjects of science, math, humanities (language arts, and social studies) will be integrated around the theme of environmental science.

Q:  Do the students attend the after school activities at Five Oaks or their home middle school?

A: Students may attend after school activities at Five Oaks or their home middle school.

Q: Will there be an opportunity to study other languages such as Spanish, French, German, etc.?

A: Currently, no second language is offered at Five Oaks. This changes from year to year.

Q: Is there a documented curriculum that the school will follow from 6th through 8th grades?

A: Rachel Carson covers all the state-mandated curriculum.  The curriculum is on a three-year theme-based rotation.

Q: How integrated into the regular Five Oaks program will RC be?

A: They will have core classes with other Rachel Carson students only, but will have lunch and elective classes as part of the overall Five Oaks schedule.  They will participate in activities such as socials and after school clubs if interested.

Q:  What about math?

A: Students will be taught math at their level.  Sixth and seventh graders take a blended course that is arranged by math strands.  Algebra is offered to eighth graders.  It is our goal that all students will leave RC ready to to take Geometry as 9th graders, provided they successfully complete Algebra.

Q:  My son/daughter does well in all areas at school but is only identified TAG in math/science.  Would he still be considered for this program?

A: We are a program for students interested in science and those who have a yearning to make the world better.  We want families to know about our program through Open  Houses and student shadowing, so families can decide if this is a good fit for their child.  If the number of applicants exceeds space available a lottery will be done.

Q:  Will the classes be “blends”?

A: Yes, all core classes are cross-graded and will include sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students.  The only exception to that is math.