Programs

What We Are About

Sylvan Ace-It Math and ACT Prep

The Oak Ridge Youth Development School has partnered with Sylvan Learning in order to prevent learning loss over the summer.  Students K-8, will take part in ACEit! Math Tutoring Program.  This program will pretest, educate, and post-test each student.  High school students will have the opportunity to participate in year round ACT preparatory lessons.  College Interns are hired, trained, and provided lesson plans and needed tools to implement the curriculum.  The College Interns have passed the Sylvan certification assessment prior to beginning instruction.  The curriculum is aligned to national and state education standards, and common core.  Instructional plans are developed for each student and students enjoy being rewarded for their effort and achievement.

STEM

ORYDS is placing a strong emphasis on STEM activities.  We partnered with the Kansas City Kansas Community College to provide a variety of science experiments to our students in grades K-12 that meets state standards.   Dr. Edward Kremer, Dean of the Department of Math, Science, and Technology prepared the curriculum and trained our teachers to deliver the science experiments.    We have also included Robotics through the use of Legos.   It’s through this active engagement that a foundation for lifelong learning can be fostered.

Chess

ORYDS will continue chess as part of our curriculum for all students K-12. The art of playing chess is known to exercise both sides of the brain and raise your IQ. Chess also increases your creativity and improves memory. Playing chess will teach our students to plan, set goals, problem-solve, and think critically.

Character Counts

Character Counts is a character education program that we use to teach the qualities of good character and ethics. We also discuss self esteem and anti-bullying issues with the children.

The Six Pillars are: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship

Entrepreneurship

Oak Ridge Youth Development School will provide an entrepreneurial component to our six week Summer Enrichment Program for students in grades 6th to 12th in the effort of piquing their interest in entrepreneurship as a career choice. This program will be project-based and interactive.  It will allow students to learn and practice skills in developing, designing, and testing new business models and ideas.

Integrated Health Curriculum

ORYDS developed an Integrated Health Curriculum to address nutrition, health, and wellness.  Students will be provided with a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack using the MyPlate.gov menu.  We have partnered with the YMCA to provide differentiated swimming lessons to our students.

Kids in the Kitchen will be provided by the K-State Extension to teach our students about nutritional foods and how to prepare healthy snacks.   Our students will use what they learn to create a Healthy Cantina for our school. Students will also participate in physical activity with age appropriate games.