All Oakcrest students participate in the International Baccalaureate and Leader in Me programs. Both have the primary goal of creating students that take ownership in their learning and become leaders in thie school, home and community.
The goal is to develop learners who are:
IB students should demonstrate:
Appreciation-Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.
Commitment-Being committed to their own learning, persevering and showing self-discipline and responsibility.
Confidence-Feeling confident in their ability as learners, having the courage to take risks, applying what they have learned and making appropriate decisions and choices.
Cooperation-Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.
Creativity-Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.
Curiosity-Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.
Empathy-Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.
Enthusiasm-Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process
Independence-Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments
Integrity-Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.
Respect-Respecting themselves, others and the world around them.
Tolerance-Being sensitive about differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.
Leader in Me
Habit 1 — Be Proactive
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 — Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6 — Synergize
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.