About the School

Mission Statement  


The Regional Professional Development Center at Grand Oaks Elementary School is a community of learners committed to the highest quality of education for students, parents, staff, and the region. We provide a challenging, structured learning environment where students are supported academically, physically, socially, and emotionally.  We promote continued, lifelong learning for all students so they may become contributing, respectful members of society.  

Belief Statements

  • All students can learn.
  • Students and teachers are thinkers, learners, and doers.

  • Students learn best in a safe, caring environment that values diversity, collaboration, and risk-taking.

  • Students thrive when expectations are high.

  • Students learn best in an environment where literacy, math, and science are integrated.

  • Students need an appreciation of the arts, physical education, and wellness.

  • Technology should be integrated into our curriculum.

  • Assessment drives instruction.

  • Core curriculum is based around research-based practices.

  • Communication between school and home is a crucial part of the education process.



 About The School 

Historical Background


Grand Oaks Elementary was established in 1989 in the rural community of Marlow, located between the cities of Clinton and Oak Ridge.  Grand Oaks' student population originated from the consolidation of the former Marlow and Shinliver Elementary Schools.  The building was initially designed to maintain 375 preschool through fifth grade students and has since expanded to add room for 80 more students.

 Grand Oaks became a Regional Professional Development Center (RPDC) beginning with the 2007-2008 school year. The RPDC uses a scientific research based approach to scientific and mathematical investigations within a comprehensive literacy framework. Staff members are highly qualified with extensive training in educational theory. These theories are used to drive decision making in regard to individualized student learning. A primary focus of the RPDC is to demonstrate "best practice" methods of instruction in an authentic classroom setting. This provides support for learning opportunities for teachers from the Anderson County system as well as, teachers from other systems. The staff also collaborates with area universities to provide high-quaility instruction to future teachers.