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 […]

February 10, 2021

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 […]

January 25, 2021

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 […]

January 05, 2021

Five Oaks Academy Receives the W. Keller Kissam School of Honor Award

The Five Oaks Academy’s faculty, students, and parents were ecstatic to learn that the Academy had received the W. Keller Kissam School of Honor Award for 2020. This honor, given by the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA), was established to recognize the member schools who have demonstrated extraordinary academic service to their school community […]

December 11, 2020

FOA Alumni Makes the St. Joseph’s JV Football Team as Their First Female Kicker

Girl power is alive and kicking with former Five Oaks Academy student Lily VanPelt. Lily is a Sophomore at St. Joseph’s Catholic School and has made their JV football team as their kicker! When she was in the FOA Middle School, she wrote a narrative essay on her goal for being the first female kicker […]

November 16, 2020

Connecting Community Through Giving Back 

In true 2020 style, our holiday celebration will look a little bit different this year. Although we cannot all gather to hear our students sing songs that bring in the holiday season, we can pull together and make a difference in our community by supporting local charities who have been hit hard by the pandemic. Collection […]

November 04, 2020

Tutu Desk Campaign Update

Thandi Tutu-Gxashe, CEO of Desmond Tutu’s Tutudesk Campaign “Tutudesk Campaign 2020,” visited Five Oaks Academy in the Fall of 2018. She spoke to our students about the shortage of over 90 million desks in sub-Saharan Africa and her Campaign’s mission to provide 20 million Tutudesks to 20 million children by 2020. Thandi Tutu-Gxashe is the […]

October 26, 2020

Día de Los Muertos Celebrations at Five Oaks Academy

Maria Montessori was a strong advocate for peace education. At Five Oaks Academy, students build their cultural competency by learning about the many cultural traditions around the world and appreciating their differences. Promoting diversity and understanding of other cultures teaches the Five Oaks Academy Spanish Program’s core value of offering the children a real-world impression […]

October 21, 2020

Community Day Success!

Thank you to all of the Five Oaks Academy parents, alumni, and community members who came out to help during our Fall 2020 Community Day! Together we accomplished so much and had a lot of fun along the way! A special thank you to FOA parent Hilary Bean, of Hilary Bean Photography, for taking these […]

October 19, 2020

A Letter of Support from our Curriculum Council

Discovery Education’s “Dissent, Equity, and Inspiring Change” Channel (all Elementary and Middle School Five Oaks students who have an FOA email address can access by signing into Discovery through Google): “Talking Race with Young Children,” an National Public Radio and Sesame Street Podcast:  
Information for parents about age-appropriate discussions: Parent resource: Children’s book […]

June 11, 2020