High School Fair Turnout Confirms Oaks’ Reputation
Last Thursday, representatives from over 20 area high schools attended The Oaks’ annual high school fair. The middle school commons was bustling, as many Oaks families came to speak to recruiters and gain some insight about which high school is the best fit for their child. Angela Barlow, Director of High School Placement at The Oaks, organizes the fair to help students and families with their decision. “There is so much information out there. It’s a mini-college experience,” said Mrs. Barlow. “So I just try to simplify the whole high school selection process.”
And it’s not just choosing between all the options that is difficult, according to one alumnus. “I was sad to leave The Oaks. I thought nothing would compare to it because the teachers are so great,” she said. But she found a good fit at Herron High School, and came back to the fair to promote her school among current Oaks students. “The teachers at Herron are really great,” she added, “and that made the transition a lot easier.”
Other recruiters at the fair also commented on Oaks students’ ability to adjust to the rigor of high school. Marty Weyand from Crispus Attucks High School said, “We’ve gotten some Oaks kids. They do a really good job.” He also pointed out that students’ academic success extends beyond high school, citing the example of an alumnus of both the Oaks and Crispus Attucks that went on to attend John Hopkins Medical School.
Duane Emery of Cathedral High School, which enrolled about 18% of The Oaks graduating class of 2016, shared Weyand’s opinion. “We get a lot of Oaks kids. We like that. They’re great kids,” he said. “They’re academically prepared and they share similar values. It’s a good fit.”
Mrs. Barlow confirmed these positive reports of Oaks alumni. “The amount of scholarships that are awarded to Oaks students each year keeps going up, and I think that’s because of the caliber of kids that the Oaks produces. The reputation of the school is very sound.”