"THE BEST SUMMER EVER"-these wonderful words were spoken by our son after attending camp at Oakland School. The individualized program was exactly what he needed to excell. He has always worked on grade level. However with the skills and confidence gained at Oakland he is now thriving! With the help of audio books introduced at Oakland (Kindles in the classrooms) he completed his first novel this summer and now actually WANTS to read! He has always loved Math but is quick to tell everyone that Math is SUPER FUN at Oakland! One of the greatest academic areas of growth we noticed as parents was in written language. He completed a composition course during the summer that not only focused on sentene structure grammar research formatting editing and keyboarding but it incorporated our son's interests enthusiasm and learning style which allowed him to accept new challenges built confidence and ensured success. We are beyond pleased with the academics at Oakland and equally as pleased with the camp classes. Sports swimming art nature and horseback riding made the experience feel like camp and learning feel like fun! We are counting down the days until next summer!
Oakland School is a private middle school in Keswick. The principal of Oakland School is Carol Williams and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. 40 students go to Oakland School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The student to teacher ratio at Oakland School is 4:1. Open Door Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.
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- neglected our child - did not teach him anything - promised that students would be able to read ANY word by the end of the program - which was not true - the staff could not handle minor problems and freaked out over something as simple as a child's homesickness
Oakland School is an amazing school and has made a life difference for our son. The teachers are incredibly caring and proactive. Whereas in public schools our son was lucky to complete half a year of content in a year at Oakland he is accomplishing 1.5 years of content each year. The low student teacher ratio makes all the difference and the teachers truly work as a team. The farm setting is beautiful and low key. But the school does push the kids. Oakland fundamentally understands that all of us have gifts and that we need to accentuate those gifts and learn to work around our weaknesses. In the public schools that our son went to they basically just focused on the weaknesses and we knew our son was capable of so much more. The improvement in our son s confidence and self esteem over the last two years has been amazing. The school has worked hard to improve parent outreach over the last two years and it shows. They are also working to integrate more digital tools but have to balance that against a fundamental back-to-basics that has worked for decades. We strongly recommend that anyone with a bright kid that needs to overcome a challenge like dyslexia to consider Oakland.
I worked at this school for 3.5 years in the residential program. Seeing the students outside of the classroom in sports activities clubs and during study sessions I not only saw the children's grades improve; I saw a marked increase in self-confidence. Many students came to Oakland with a disdain for school and for learning because it had been so difficult for them in the past. Through working with the teachers at Oakland these kids began to succeed and renew a love for learning. They were no longer afraid to try new things speak up in front of a crowd or form a friendship with a classmate. I observed minor behavior problems disappear and be replaced by leadership qualities both in and outside of the classroom. By recognizing the individual needs of each student the teachers and the residential staff create an optimal learning atmosphere.
My nephew attended Oakland for five summer camp sessions. Those Oakland summers undoubtedly changed his life. He not only learned to be a successful student and grew academically he also learned how to be a student of character and self-worth. As a current honors high school student he is thankful and appreciative for the guidance and education Oakland provided.
I have worked at Oakland for nearly 20 years. During that time I have experienced many wonderful changes as the school contiues to grow. The positive atmosphere a country setting positive students and staff make Oakland a wonderful place to learn.
Oakland is an amazing school dedicated to the needs of each individual student. Students at Oakland work at his/her own pace to reach his/her potential!
My experience is that this school is very over rated. There is a definite lack of regular comprehensive staff development to empower its teachers. The school has teachers who are very nice people but consider the actual program or curriculum to be very average. While I think that the small class sizes and 1-1 teaching excellent - I also think that the constant use of text books and worksheets not a very meaningful way to teach children with a learning disability particularly dyslexia.
The academic programs are top notch. A+ The extracurricular activities are good I like the horseback rideing classes great bonus. Parents are involved with childs school work and progress. Oakland is a wonderful School with a great staff that truly care for the students. I highly reccomend it for any child struggleing in school. This school changed my life.