The Oxford Day Academy is a school in East Palo Alto, California, United States. Dr Mallory Dwinal-Palisch, the co-founder and CEO of the school, connected with Calling from 2018. One of her dreams in starting the Oxford Day Academy was to implement the so-called Oxford Tutorial Method, used at Oxford University in the UK, in the school context. The tutorial method aims at developing the ability of learners to critically shape and defend their views and arguments.
The vision of ODA is to assist a few selected schools internationally to do the same. Calling Academy is their first international partner in this regard.
The highlight of the collaboration between Calling and ODA, is to convene annually at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. During this visit, learners from ODA and Calling stay in the centre of Oxford and have the privilege of experiencing the historic and famous university. They further get to know some of the students and professors of Oxford while developing their own academic abilities.
Being selected for this trip is a special privilege that learners have to apply for by submitting a motivational letter. After an interview process, the learners are selected. In 2019, Liam Louw and Rorisang Ntshokolwana were the first learners from Calling to visit in August with Mr Cloete. Not only did they see Oxford, but they got to know London and a bit of the countryside as well! This is one of the most outstanding, and truly unique, opportunities at Calling Academy.