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MPIA: “The Middle School Experience”

On Friday, February 5, 2021, Five Oaks Academy’s Executive Director, Kathleen Trewhella-Grant, hosted a Montessori Parents in Action (MPIA) workshop. “The Middle School Experience” was presented by the Middle School Co-Lead Program Directresses, Caroline Leonard, and Sami Schroeder.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there was a limit to how many parents were allowed to attend in person. If you were unable to attend, we have added a video version of the workshop here for you.

Follow this link to view the MS slide deck that corresponds to the workshop.

Follow this link for the full version of the Middle School Independence Scale (covered at the end of the presentation).

2021 FOA Alumni Virtual Workshop

On January 24, 2021, Five Oaks Academy hosted its first ever Virtual Alumni Workshop. We were so fortunate to have five stellar graduates back on our campus to talk about their experiences after FOA.

Thank you to graduates Ranjan Jindal, Grace Ireland, Zoe Park, Nathan Hopkins, and Lily VanPelt for their time and for sharing their personal experiences.

If you were unable to watch the event live yesterday, we do have a recorded version that you may view online.

*As this was our first attempt at a virtual event of this type, please forgive us for some technical difficulties during some parts of the presentation.

Five Oaks Academy Faculty and Staff Training Day

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to Five Oaks Academy!

FOA Employees returned to work with a full day of preparation and training on Jan. 4, 2021.

The day started with a staff meeting followed by a few hours of emergency medical and active shooter training with Proactive Response Group. Faculty and Staff learned how to properly apply tourniquets, how to correctly pack wounds, and learned valuable emergency safety procedures involving active shooter situations on campus and in the classroom. Thank you to Proactive Response Group Team members Andy, Chad, and Tim for this very empowering training!

If you want to purchase a bleeding control kit (like the ones we have in our classrooms) for your home and car emergency use, visit their website at (If you are interested in donating to the FOA Annual Fund to help offset the costs involved with this training ($150 per person), please visit

UMed Market was on campus to COVID-19 test all employees as well as the 40+ FOA community members who registered.

The Honey Baked Ham Company in Simpsonville delivered our employees a delicious boxed lunch.

We are so glad to have our Pre-Primary and Primary students on campus today and tomorrow (e-learning for Elementary and Middle School). Everyone will be back to a regular schedule on Thursday.