Oakland at a Glance

Oakland School is a small co-ed boarding and day school that enables bright children who benefit from a small class size and individualized program to reach their academic and personal potential. Oakland’s mission is three-fold:

  • To provide students with the tools to learn
  • To instill in students the confidence required to reach their academic and personal potential, and ultimately
  • To enable students to successfully transition to a traditional classroom at their appropriate grade level

Student Profile

  • Boys and Girls ages 6-13 at admission.
  • Average to above-average intelligence.
  • Students with learning differences, particularly language based learning disabilities, ADHD or organizational difficulties may be appropriate for the program.
  • Students are enrolled at Oakland for an average of 2-4 years.
  • Oakland is not appropriate for children with behavior, conduct or severe emotional disorders.

Academic Program

  • Ungraded curriculum through 8th grade so students can progress as fast as they can
  • Individualized instruction
  • Overall student/teacher ratio of 5:1
  • Daily one-to-one and small group instruction
  • Emphasis on basic skills including reading—Oakland’s specialty—math and written language as well as study skills incorporated into a history or science curriculum
  • Our own acclaimed Upward Lift Program, offered in the summer, immerses children who are reading below a fourth grade level in phonetic instruction and the structural analysis of words. Similar to Orton-Gillingham in its multisensory methodology, Upward Lift is an intensive and systematic program that can produce gains in word recognition, one of the first steps in reading.
  • Comprehensive instruction in study skills to facilitate life-long learning

Student Life

  • A very special, success-oriented environment featuring a beautiful country setting, a home-like atmosphere and a dedicated, nurturing staff that make this boarding and day school an exceptional place
  • 450-acre grounds, the centerpiece of which is the pre-Revolutionary “Big House,” surrounded by a series of school buildings including the historic Old Kitchen
  • Fully-equipped gym and recreation building
  • Structured athletic and recreational program
  • Intramural and team sports
  • Access to rich cultural activities in nearby Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia
  • Strong, year-round horseback riding program offered at no additional cost
  • Character development emphasis throughout the academic, recreational and residential program to instill in students the pillars of character including responsibility, respect, caring, trustworthiness, fairness and citizenship (Character Counts (R))
  • Supervised evening study halls

Oakland School is accredited by the Virginia Association of Specialized Education Facilities (VAISEF). Teachers are licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.