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Oak Knoll School's unique multi-age classroom program emphasizes individual learning

Original post made on Mar 3, 2019

Doors remain open between classrooms at Oak Knoll School in Menlo Park as kids -- a mix of third-, fourth- and fifth-graders -- watch their student-produced morning news broadcast.

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Posted by kbehroozi
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Mar 3, 2019 at 10:44 am

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We participated in this program for all 6 years at Oak Knoll and I can't say enough good things about the amazing teachers who took part. One benefit for us was the degree to which each teacher really KNEW our son. They had several years to observe him and figure out how he worked. And I believe that after breaking through his initial reserve (which can take a while!) they grew to genuinely care for him.

Of course, this means that the transition to middle school was more than a little jarring than it might otherwise have been–to go from a set of three teachers that knew you for three years to a set of six teachers who only see you an hour a day isn't easy. We'd make the same choice again in a heartbeat.


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Posted by lelkins
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Mar 4, 2019 at 2:08 pm

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I was in a multi age classroom in 4th thru 6th grades at Escondido Elementary in Palo Alto in the 1970s. It was new at that point (there anyway). I wonder what happened to it? How long it lasted? Why it ended . . . (I assume it did).