Award Year: 2022

Oakwood Junior High School

1200 Far Hills Avenue
Dayton, OH, 45419-3157

(937) 297-5328

Mr. Tim Badenhop, Principal at time of Nomination

Oakwood City School District

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Doing what is best for students is our guiding principle. To this end, the Oakwood School community commits the resources, support, expertise and experiences needed for all students to achieve.

Student Demographics
  • White: 81%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Two or more races: 7%
OJH students research and synthesize in Mrs. Hoffer's class

OJH students research and synthesize in Mrs. Hoffer's class

Oakwood Junior High is a public school educating seventh and eighth grade students in the Dayton suburb of Oakwood, Ohio. Oakwood attracts families who are engaged, involved, and supportive throughout their children's educational journeys. The contributions of an outstanding faculty, combined with this community support, foster growth persisting into high school and beyond.

Perhaps the greatest strength of Oakwood Junior High is a shared vision for providing educational experiences and learning environments personalized to each child's skills and interests while addressing the needs of the whole child. Within-classroom differentiation and varied levels of coursework across each grade combine to offer attainable, yet challenging, options for each student.

Approximately three-quarters of students will earn at least one high school credit prior to ninth grade, with French I, Spanish I, Algebra I, and Geometry being the high school classes most commonly completed. In addition, a wide variety of elective courses provide high-interest content for students. Among these popular electives are orchestra, band, and choir - each of which includes an optional honors level for interested students - two- and three-dimensional art, STEM, family and consumer sciences, robotics, and more. For students in need of additional support, co-taught courses, social-emotional learning activities, small-group academic or emotional support periods, and/or specialized services are implemented and adjusted fluidly.

Though Oakwood Junior High has a long track record of producing students who are well-prepared for the next steps in their journeys, we continually seek to develop and improve opportunities and supports to optimize student outcomes.