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The OFHS Academic Program

At Oneness-Family High School (OFHS) we build upon the research-based methods of Maria Montessori, creatively engaging students in interdisciplinary and experiential learning through interactive in-class lessons, field studies, student-designed projects, and internships. Students take college prep level courses in Math (all levels), Earth Science, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, English, World History, US History & Civics, Spanish, French, Italian, and Art. At OFHS we teach with macro themes in mind, encouraging students to make connections across a diverse range of disciplines.

Academic Electives

For one 6-week term each year, students have the opportunity to help pick a set of academic electives offered by the teachers, throwing themselves into a rigorous and engaging curriculum designed around their interests and passions. Past electives include:

  • African American Women’s Literature

  • Ichthyology

  • Anthropology of Religion

  • Creative Writing

  • Astronomy

  • Psychology

  • Botany & Anatomy

  • Native Americans in Film and Literature

21st Century Teaching for 21st Century Learners

Our curriculum is designed to foster adaptive, creative, empathetic, and conscious citizens. We explore topics through an inquiry-based format, facilitating big-picture viewpoints and student-led projects. We provide a supportive yet challenging environment, encouraging students to develop their passions and be proactive about the career pathway they want to follow.

Creating a Community of Well-Being

At OFHS we help students create an environment of mutual support, good health, and well-being. Our teachers take pride in building positive relationships with every student. Through yoga, fitness classes, programs that foster personal reflection, community meetings, clubs, and social events with other small schools, we build a place that students look forward to coming to each day – and along the way we help students build essential life skills.

Art & Music

Utilizing the rich and diverse local arts community for inspiration, students co-create their art classes with our instructors, designing their own projects, and finding their own artistic voice along the way. Starting with the fundamentals of art, students go on to pursue projects in painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, multimedia studies, videography, and graphic design. OFHS also has a band which performs original music as well as covers, and also records compositions in collaboration with Blue Room Productions in Bethesda. In addition to the opportunities for art on campus, students may earn credit for creative and performing arts activities they pursue outside of school - which have included music, voice, band, music production, theater, dance, and more.

Reinventing Athletics

Our sports and fitness program innovates based on student-led individual and health goals, as well as student interests. Fitness offerings include squash, tennis, golf, swimming, sailing, rock climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, trapeze, ultimate Frisbee, yoga, tai chi, track and cross country, and more. Students may also earn PE credit for approved fitness-based extracurricular activities.

Field Studies and Spring Trip

Students enrich and expand their learning outside the classroom, taking advantage of the DC area’s abundant opportunities to visit partner organizations, businesses, nonprofits, centers of arts and scholarship, and government agencies. Each year, students go on a week-long Spring Trip that they help design, plan, and pay for through fundraising activities. The most recent trip was to Acadia National Park in Maine, where students learned about the complex ecosystems of the area, took boating tours for a closer study of the wildlife, deepened their understanding of the prominent indigenous peoples in the area, and strengthened their community through group cooking and team building activities.

Internships & Community Service

Students participate in week-long internships each year, and earn community service credit, with a wide variety of organizations across the DC area who partner with OFHS to provide an enriching and real-world experience. Organizations and businesses with which our students have partnered in the past include the Koiner Urban Farm, Meridian Hill Pictures, VCA MacArthur Animal Hospital, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Persimmon bistro, Supreme Reefs, and the Montgomery County Planning Department, among others.

Changemaker Leadership Program, Outdoor Education and Practical Life

The OFS Changemaker Leadership Program helps equip our students with the leadership qualities necessary to address the kinds of complex 21st-century problems that our world is facing. Our Outdoor Education program will take the students outside of the classroom and into nature to deepen their own self-awareness, their bonds as a community, and their appreciation for the environment. Practical Life will help students gain a broad range of skills – from balancing a checkbook to changing a tire on their car.

Outdoor Education and Practical Life

Our Outdoor Education program takes students outside of the classroom and into nature to deepen their own self-awareness, their bonds as a community, and their appreciation for the environment. Practical Life will help students gain a broad range of skills – from balancing a checkbook to changing a tire on their car.

Small Classes, Low Student-Teacher Ratio

As of 2020, we offer a school-wide 4:1 student-teacher ratio and an average class size of 5, which accelerates performance and achievement while promoting self-awareness, life balance, and well-being. 

Evaluation & Assessment

Assessment is performance-based and includes projects, digital portfolios, and self-evaluation, as well as traditional exams. Clear benchmarks and regular feedback on student progress inform each student’s path through the high school years. We use rubrics for the development of personal habits in personal skills, social skills, and thinking skills. Assessments are translated to letter grade format for clarity and college preparation. 

College Counseling & Application Prep

We guide and support OFHS students in preparing applications for college and whatever steps they choose to take after high school, and our College Preparation Coordinator offers SAT prep, study skills classes, and college counseling advice. In addition, each student is paired with an Academic Advisor who helps to host necessary conversations around where a student’s personal and academic interests may intersect with potential careers.

At a Glance

Take a look at our Weekly Schedule to see how student government, physical and mental health, Leadership, art, and social activities integrate with academics.

Sample 2020-2021 Course Syllabi

See a recent class syllabus for 9th-grade coursework:

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