All School Curriculum (PK-12 & PG)

Signature Programs

Pre-Kindergarten (4 years old)
  • Mother Goose Puppet Show: Select Mother Goose Rhyme, create a puppet and present the rhyme to an audience
  • Thanksgiving Feast: Culminate the learning of Thanksgiving’s history by presenting a program to parents then enjoy a family Thanksgiving feast 
  • Scientist for a Day: Perform a science experiment in front of an audience
  • Participate in various field trips that support classroom learning including trips to the fire station, tree farm and Lake Farmpark
Kindergarten 
  • Family Focus Week: Promote classroom community by assigning each family a week which allows the class to get to know the child and family on a more personal level
  • Mother’s Day Breakfast: Perform a signing program then share breakfast with mothers 
  • Valentine’s Day Tea: Share tea with guests while displaying learned etiquette skills 
  • Spring Play: Perform a production (recent play have included Peter Rabbit and Cook-a-Doodle-Doo!)
  • Participate in various field trips that support classroom learning including trips to Burton Century Village, an apple farm and Fine Arts Association
First Grade  
  • Passports to World Cultures Program: Culminate a year-long study of various cultures where each child researches and presents a country within a class performance which includes music, dance, and dialogue and ends in a feast of foods from around the world
  • Chocolate Factory: Support the learning of economics as the first grade collaborates with the fifth grade to create a chocolate factory where proceeds are donated. The unit culminates in a field trip to a chocolate factory
  • Participate in various field trips that support classroom learning including trips to Penitentiary Glen, the Cleveland Zoo and Fine Arts Association
Second Grade 
  • Patriotic Program: Culminate the study of The American Revolution by presenting a 30 minute program to families 
  • Nutrition Skit: Culminate the study of good nutrition by performing a 30 minute musical to families
  • Participate in various field trips supporting classroom learning including visits to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Fine Arts Association
Third Grade 
  • Ancient Egyptian Play and Feast: Culminate the study of Egypt by performing an Egyptian production to families. Prepare traditional egyptian foods which are shared at a feast
  • Mathematics Safari: Participate in morning of parent-run math stations reviewing and extending math concepts learned throughout the year
  • Participate in various field trips supporting classroom learning including visits to the Botanical Gardens, Science Center and Chapin Forest
Fourth Grade 
  • Shakespeare Play: Participate in a 40 minute production of one of Shakespeare’s plays using age appropriate scripts presented to families
  • Participate in Band as an elective (optional) - students not in band may join the library book club
  • Participate in various field trips supporting classroom learning including visits to Lakeview Cemetery, Garfield’s Home and an Amish farm
Fifth Grade 
  • PLUS Program: Peers Learning Usable Skills- covers a wide range of topics from smoking, drugs and alcohol to internet safety, anger management and conflict resolution, taught by PLUS trained police officer
  • Participate in Band as an elective (optional) - students not in band my join the library book club
  • Community service project: Work with Breckenridge Village throughout the year
  • Latin American Festival: Culminate the year-long study of Latin America with plays presented in Spanish 
  • Chocolate Factory: Support the learning of economics as the fifth grade collaborates with the first grade to create a chocolate factory where proceeds are donated. The unit culminates in a field trip to a chocolate factory
  • Fifth Grade Camp: Celebrate the end of Lower School with an overnight stay at Red Oak camp. Participate in two days of outdoor and team-bonding activities
  • Participate in various field trips supporting classroom learning including visits to Fine Arts Association and the Cleveland Orchestra
Middle School Signature Programs
  • Cross-curricular projects: Greek Festival, Medieval Feast, Colonial Faire, Debates (GMO Debate, Patriots v. Loyalists), Roller Coaster Build
  • Experience and deepen understandings in various curricular class trips such as: Carnegie Museums, Washington DC, visits to local museums and meeting with area experts
  • Genius Hour Projects: complete genius projects to embark on individual student-led projects advised by faculty to challenge students to dream, create, blog, work and complete a project of own choosing.  Eighth grade students deliver speeches to classmates and faculty discussing their projects
  • Middle School Musical: Participate in the middle school musical to share with the school community. Students contribute their skills and talents in chosen groups such as: cast & crew, props, costumes, set-making, marketing, photography, sound and lighting
  • Advisory: Individual and small group mission-based advisory curriculum offers students support and flexibility to engage in a variety of learning experiences. Monthly themes include community and culture,  team-building, goal-setting, organization, empathy, coping skills, conflict resolution and making decisions. Our lessons and discussions are planned with the common thread of growth mindset learning at its core.
  • Explore: Students engage in a rotation of co-curricular subjects meeting daily during the explore period of the day.  Subjects included in rotation are performing arts, health, technology, musical, and art
Upper School Signature Programs

  • Global Scholars Program A sequence of academic experiences, extracurricular programs, and learning opportunities that seek to build upon the cultural diversity of the AOA student body. Embracing a yearly theme, students will embark on a series of explorations of important issues impacting the lives of people across the globe. These experiences will be focused on the goals of fostering empathy, developing creative approaches to real-world problems, and building the capacity to exhibit cross-cultural understanding. Students will develop projects that leverage what they learn to raise awareness, inspire grassroots action, or promote institutional change.

  • Creative Thinking is incorporated into all classes at AOA and co-curricular programs to guide students beyond content mastery. Classroom activities encourage students to modify and complicate existing content and assemble or invent new products and perspectives. While grades and overall GPA reflect content mastery, students are also assigned CTI scores based on a 4-point rubric that explicitly defines essential elements of Creative Thinking: Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, Elaboration, Curiosity, Risk-taking, Complexity, Imagination, and Value. 
 
  • Tech-Savvy Student Initiative At AOA we embrace technology that enables learning and innovation. During an era of rapid and constant technological change, engaging technology at every level of the curriculum is essential to empower the next generation of innovators and inventors. We are committed to integrating proven pedagogical strategies that will empower students to become not just informed users of technology, but creators, inventors, authors, architects, designers, and developers of technology.
 
  • Cleveland Ballet This partnership allows ballet students aged 14 and up to study professional ballet with the School of Cleveland Ballet, Northeast Ohio’s premiere professional children’s ballet school, while AOA provides the academic and residential component for the ballet’s pre-professional division.
 
  • Equestrian The Equestrian Program has a long standing history at Andrews Osborne Academy. That tradition continues today with our partnership with Maypine-Flagship Farm. The AOA-Maypine partnership offers students the ability to participate in Maypine’s School Program, IEA Team and Flagship’s training program for riders with skills at all levels. Students are transported by AOA after school to complete their training.

  • National and International Travel Program  Our students have the opportunity to enrich their education by participating in experiential learning and travel the world, whether on a class trip to one of the many outstanding cities in the USA or traveling with a group of classmates and faculty members to far off lands during Spring and Winter breaks. Our students not only study the world, its people and their cultures - they have a chance to experience it firsthand.

  • Student Exchange with Australia and Guatemala Each year, students from AOA have the opportunity to spend 8 weeks in the summer while studying in Australia. Students stay with a host family while attending classes at Central Coast School. The following fall, AOA hosts students from Australia and often stay in our families' homes. While abroad, students explore the Australian culture and travel the country. Additionally, students from Guatemala have the chance to study at AOA for a semester. We hope to send our first students to Guatemala in the very near future. In both cases, the students from Australia and Guatemala add to the rich international student body at AOA.

  • International Community Thanks to technology, the world is an ever shrinking place and in order for our students to be successful they need to know how to interact with different cultures. The student body of the AOA Upper School is unlike most schools anywhere in the world and certainly the only school in the Cleveland area with such a rich and diverse student body. Where else can a student study along-side students from 20+ countries, learn about their culture and customs and prepare themselves for a world in which they will soon live and work in.  

  • Senior Experience For two weeks in early May, our seniors spend time out of the classroom working along-side a professional of their choice. This experience is similar to an internship experience, but so much more. Students work with a faculty mentor to identify a location and host individual, participate in a series of professional training seminars, and conclude their time with written paper and speech discussing their time. This is a wonderful capstone experience for our seniors before they head out on their own. It's not uncommon for seniors to land summer jobs or future internships while off at college.

Andrews Osborne Academy

Grades PK - 12, PG
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Located In Willoughby, OH, Andrews Osborne Academy is a Private Co-ed Day & Boarding College Preparatory School For Grades PK - 12, PG. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.