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Every student prepared for college, career and life success
The Oak Ridge School District was born in the shadow of the Manhattan Project in 1943. Like the project that brought together the nation’s greatest minds for a common goal, the school system set the bar high for educational excellence from the beginning. Over 75% of our passionate, award-winning teachers hold master’s degrees. Oak Ridge Schools offer a challenging STEM curriculum with a deliberate focus on collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity to ensure success for every student.
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First District in Tennessee, Second in the World to achieve AdvancED STEM Certification.
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Who is AdvancED?

AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. It is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site reviews of a variety of educational institutions and systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Their expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation and their goal is not simply to certify that our educational institution is good enough. Rather, they are committed to help us continuously improve.

AdvancED partners with 34,000 educational institutions across the United States and 70 other nations. The organization was created through a 2006 merger of the Pre-K-12 divisions of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI)—and expanded through the addition of the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) in 2012, combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm, and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change.

What is AdvancED STEM Certification?

AdvancED recognizes that today more than ever, we must prepare our students for careers of tomorrow by fostering and perpetuating enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

AdvancED’s STEM Certification provides our schools a research-based framework and criteria for awareness, continuous improvement, and assessment of the quality, rigor and substance of our STEM educational programs. The Standard and Indicators clearly define vital components for creating and sustaining superior, student-centered K-12 STEM teaching and learning programs, as well as clear expectations for student outcomes and mastery of 21st century skills.

Through valid and reliable processes, tools, and training, AdvancED STEM Certification will ensure that even our most effective educators and programs continually assess and improve to meet the needs and demands of the real world.

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Deanna Pickel Selected to Serve as Tennessee Teacher Ambassador

We are excited to share that Deanna Pickel has been accepted as a member of the inaugural Tennessee Teacher Ambassador Network. This is an opportunity which closely partners educators with division leaders at the Department of Education so that educators learn deeply about high priority work at the state level, advise us in intentional ways, and become equipped to communicate effectively with colleagues and stakeholders statewide.

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Naka Shi Exchange

On Monday, August 20, a delegation of students and adults from Naka Shi, Japan arrived in Oak Ridge for the annual Sister City Exchange. In […]

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Turkey Trot
Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm
Thanksgiving Break
Nov 21 – Nov 23 all-day
Board of Education Meeting @ School Administration Building
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Winter Break Early Dismissal
Dec 21 all-day
Winter Break
Dec 24 2018 – Jan 4 2019 all-day
Teacher Professional Development Day–No Students
Jan 7 all-day
Students Return from Winter Break
Jan 8 all-day
Board of Education Meeting @ School Administration Building
Jan 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan 21 all-day
Board of Education Meetings @ School Administration Building
Jan 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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