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Welcome to One Spark Academy!
Where it only takes one spark to ignite a child’s desire to learn…
“My youngest son Xander graduated Newbury Park High School in June 2020. He had attended One Spark Academy for three years, 6th through 8th grade. The decision to pull him out of public school and try something different was not an easy one, but in 5th grade he was struggling emotionally and socially. He did not enjoy school and every day was a struggle just to get him to go. So I enrolled him in One Spark Academy, not sure if it was the right choice at the time, and worried that I was not setting him up for success. Then I watched an amazing transformation in my son. From the start of the day, when Xander would walk in the door and get a hug, and the teachers would say “We are so glad you’re here”, to Circle time where he learned to listen to what his peers needed and express what he needed, to family style lunches and more. He loved the classes and the teachers and most of all, the family that he had at One Spark Academy. The trips to Yosemite and the Olympic Peninsula helped him learn coping skills, a love of the outdoors that has given him direction for college, and self confidence that it is okay to be who he is. When he graduated 8th grade, I was worried. He wanted to go to a traditional high school like his siblings, and I wasn’t sure if he was prepared academically or socially. Now, I look back and know that OSA prepared him to succeed. At One Spark Academy, he gained a sense of belonging, confidence, academic curiosity, and the understanding that he was going to be okay no matter what happened. I cannot express enough my gratitude to the entire staff at One Spark Academy. I can still see the effects of what my son gained from his time there. *As a side note, he graduated high school with a 4.2 GPA, received a 35 on his ACT and was accepted at every college to which he applied, with several offers of full ride scholarships.”
“Having the ability to be authentic and appreciated as yourself is by far one of life’s most crucial needs. One Spark Academy fosters an environment where your middle schooler is 100% secure in being themselves; both in personality and learning abilities. My children have flourished at OSA. Academics and real-life courses are available. Learning is engaging, fun, enlightening, and project based. My children looked forward to going to school every single day during their 3 years at OSA. I cannot thank OSA enough for all of the wonderful support and experiences that we had with them. For those thinking of alternate middle school solutions, OSA is the opportunity you’ve been looking for. You too can give your child the best middle school experience available, look no farther, One Spark Academy is the place.”
“I loved all the opportunities to try things from around the world, to bring in our own recipes, and to make those recipes. I will always hold on to the knowledge gained in Food Fascination.”
Challenging academics in a safe environment that gets the best out of students. Our son is thriving here. Students get exposed to not only “typical” courses — but some of the most innovative middle school courses we’ve found — Mapping the World by Heart, Romance Language History, Game Board Design. Learning once again became a passion for our child!
Thanks to One Spark Academy, I BELIEVE IN EDUCATION. My daughter Alison is thriving there and is sooooooooooooo happy to learn. I wish a recycled teenager like myself could enroll at OSA. But I truly am getting sparked thru my daughter and I love all the passionate teachers who truly care.
Diane LaDouceur – Proud Parent of an OSA student
One Spark Academy is a breakthrough in teaching children how to learn all kinds of subjects. Including academics, art, and music along with many other great subjects that most schools don’t provide. I recommend One Spark Academy to any parent wanting their children to thrive in multiple aspects of education.
At OSA, the academic teaching, personal attention and care were phenomenal! I’d never seen anything like it. All of Serena’s teachers paid close attention to the various dynamics going on with the kids, both educational and social, which is very important to me, especially during middle school years.
At One Spark, our teenager’s passion for learning, and his desire to be with similarly passionate kids and teachers, was rewarded. Students there are given the tools and opportunities for learning, and have the ability to ask how they can take their education to the next level. One Spark offers a lot of hands on learning (yes, that includes writing hands too).
We have really fun classes. In science, we do something new and interesting each week, such as building models that involve the lesson that day, or doing a creative hands-on experiment. Another really engaging class is math, because we really learn in depth. Students can collaborate and help each other understand challenging concepts that the teachers have explained.
Their passion fueled our son’s academic interests in favourite courses and ignited his interest in several new fields. Our family is forever indebted to these wonderful people for the kindness they showed us. Their loving guidance confirmed that academic inspiration and emotional growth – the nurturance of both head and heart – make for rich pedagogical experiences.