Rigorous Academics

Great Oaks Legacy teachers are highly qualified and teach a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that covers traditional academic subjects. Students earn their grades by the level of effort they make to meet the Great Oaks Legacy standard. A “D” is not passing and there is no social promotion.

High Quality Instruction and Consistent Academic Support

We hire teachers who share a firm belief that all students can and will learn, and that parents and teachers should be partners. Our teachers partner with families to optimize learning both inside and outside the classroom. Beginning in Grade 3, consistent academic support is provided by the Great Oaks Legacy, including one hour of personalized tutoring every day.
Great Oaks Legacy Charter School will maintain a focus on developing in scholars the competencies necessary to meet the demands of college preparatory study. Our program focuses on serious academic scholarship combined with mastery of personal discipline and development of good character. The rigor of our academic program equips scholars with the tools they need to excel.

Five Instructional Imperatives drive the school:

  1. Placing a premium on literacy instruction at the elementary level;
  2. Hiring and retaining a cadre of high quality, mission-aligned teachers;
  3. Providing substantially more time for scholars to learn;
  4. Using a data-driven approach to plan and implement lessons; and
  5. Employing a variety of customized daily scholar supports.

Sample Schedule

GOLCS Elementary scholars in grades K-3 receive the majority of their instruction in their homeroom daily. In 4th grade, scholars rotate between classrooms to prepare them for the transition to Middle School the following year. A typical Elementary School schedule follows:

Time Class / Activity
7:45 – 8:10 am Arrival / Breakfast
8:15 – 8:45 am Unity Circle / Morning Message / Calendar Math
8:45 – 10:00 am Guided Reading Rotations
10:00 – 10:20 am Bathroom Break and Morning Snack
10:25 – 11:10 am Reading Comprehension
11:10 – 11:40 am Lunch
11:45 – 12:00 pm Classroom Game Time
12:05 – 12:40 pm Bathroom Break and Math Do Now
12:40 – 1:35 pm Math
1:40 – 2:30 pm Phonics and Afternoon Snack
2:35 – 3:15 pm Specials / Science / Social Studies
3:20 – 4:00 pm Specials / Science / Social Studies
4:00 – 4:15 pm Check-out and Dismissal