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THE REDWOOD HEIGHTS WAY




RHS is a model STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) elementary school in Oakland Unified School District with general and special education.

Serving 370 students in grades K-5, RHS represents the rich diversity of Oakland and has a long history of innovation.

Our student-centered model is rooted in equity, creative and critical thinking, social emotional learning, expert teachers, personalized learning, and family partnership.

These roots lead to robust student agency, where children have the skills and confidence to make a positive difference in their own lives, school, community and world.


WHY RHS?


Vision

Our vision is that all children will find joy in their educational experience and will be confident, safe, loved, and knowledgeable about the world.


Mission

RHS nurtures all students to be critical, creative, and resilient problem solvers prepared for career or college with an entrepreneurial spirit. We focus on high academic achievement, social-emotional learning, and student agency so that all students thrive.


RHS Theory of Action

We believe that personalized, inquiry-based, and competency-based instruction implemented through an equity lens, in a blended way, with creative and empowered educators and families working in partnership, will help us achieve acceleration for all children across RHS, OUSD and the country.



Values


EQUITY: Every child thrives and excels.

We are relentless and do not give up in creating opportunities for all children to be college, career, and com- munity ready. We are committed to actively countering systemic bias. We see personalized learning as a way to support more equitable access to learning resources. We know we can make a positive change in every childís life and want every child to know that he or she is loved.

PERSONALIZATION: We meet the needs of all learners. 


We use well-researched learning models that are developmentally appropriate, meet children where they are, and challenge them to reach their goals. We build from childrenís strengths and honor different learning styles, adjusting our classrooms and teaching styles. We believe that small groups and personalized learning work best for children.

INNOVATION AND GROWTH: We inspire a lifelong love of learning. 


We are preparing children for success in the 21st century, helping them to be innovative, resilient and persevering problem-solvers with skills in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). We strive for balance between online and group learning opportunities so that students master technology while cultivating healthy relationships with their peers and adults.

AGENCY: We nurture compassionate and engaged global citizens.


At RHS, students build self-identity, confidence, critical thinking and collaboration skills that will help them advocate for themselves and others. Students set goals and have control over their own path and pace, increasing motivation, mastery and ownership of their learning. We create a myriad of opportunities for social emotional learning and growth. We inspire students to solve real-world challenges now and in the future.

INCLUSION: We value differences and treat each other with genuine kindness and respect.

We embrace all types of diversity and believe that each personís uniqueness makes our community a better place. Our emphasis on inclusion not only promotes a welcoming environment, but also results in efficient use of school resources and prepares our students to be open-minded world citizens. We are committed to informing, honoring, and engaging all families.


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