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OA Understands How You Learn 

OA embraces all kinds of learners and empowers students to take charge of their education.

Our bright and creative students thrive in our nurturing, small class environments. Through a combination of teacher mentoring, executive functioning skill development, academic support (when needed), every OA student reaches their full intellectual potential.


OA Understands How You Feel

OA provides social and emotional support for every stage of the high school experience. Our Dean of Students oversees all aspects of the OA student life, and works with our Student Success Team to help students thrive. 

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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching and learning that gives all students equal opportunity to succeed. 

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a teaching approach that works to accommodate the needs and abilities of all learners and eliminates unnecessary hurdles in the learning process. This means developing a flexible learning environment in which information is presented in multiple ways, students engage in learning in a variety of ways, and students are provided options when demonstrating their learning. 

The goal of UDL is to use a variety of teaching methods to remove any barriers to learning. It’s about building in flexibility that can be adjusted for every person’s strengths and needs. That’s why UDL benefits all learners.

This approach to teaching or to workplace training doesn’t specifically target people who learn and think differently. But it can be especially helpful for the 1 in 5 kids and adults with these challenges — including those who have not been formally diagnosed. It can also be very helpful for English language learners.



The UDL Guidelines are organized both horizontally and vertically. Vertically, the Guidelines are organized according to the three principles of UDL: engagement, representation, and action and expression. The principles are broken down into Guidelines, and each of these Guidelines have corresponding “checkpoints” that provide more detailed suggestions.

The UDL Guidelines are a tool used in the implementation of Universal Design for Learning, a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Learn more about the Universal Design for Learning framework from CAST. The UDL Guidelines can be used by educators, curriculum developers, researchers, parents, and anyone else who wants to implement the UDL framework in a learning environment. These guidelines offer a set of concrete suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful, challenging learning opportunities.


Three UDL principles and associated brain networks

The Guidelines are also organized horizontally. The “access” row includes the guidelines that suggest ways to increase access to the learning goal by recruiting interest and by offering options for perception and physical action.


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  • On-site  Learning Specialist 
  • 9th grade study skills class 
  • School Counselor
  • Reminder email to parents and students about missing assignments sent weekly
  • Wellness Class
  • Supervised study hall period for 9th and 10th graders
  • Community Engagement
  • Academic Watch: added oversight for students who need more academic support and supervision to be successful
  • Leadership Class
  • Personalized college and career counseling for each student’s next steps after graduation
  • Restorative Justice