Oakland serves bright students who benefit from small class sizes and individualized instruction. The program is designed to bridge the gap between achievement and potential. Students with learning disabilities including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and non-verbal learning disabilities as well as visual and auditory processing disorders may benefit from our program. We also serve children with ADHD and organizational difficulties who we believe can benefit from our program.
Oakland has an enrollment of up to 55 boarding and day students during the school year and 110 students during the five-week summer program. Age at admission is 6 - 13, and students may remain through the eighth grade. Unlike other boarding schools and day programs, Oakland does not continue through 12th grade. Our goal is to enable students to transition to a traditional school environment at their age-appropriate grade level after graduating from Oakland.
Although many students hail from the Mid-Atlantic, students come from all parts of the country as well as overseas. A typical Oakland student possesses average to above-average intelligence, but has not experienced success in a prior school experience due to learning differences, attention deficits, organizational problems or an inappropriate program.
Academically, Oakland accepts students with a wide range of both abilities and achievement levels. More specifically, Oakland is appropriate for students who may be below grade level and in need of remediation, on grade level but struggling, or even above grade level but not achieving to their potential. Most of our students are not performing at the same level across subjects, but may excel in one area while being several years behind in another area. Individualized academic programs, combined with daily one-to-one instruction and an ungraded curriculum, ensure that each student can be taught at an appropriate level and progress as rapidly as possible.
Oakland is not a therapeutic school and does not accept children with severe emotional or behavioral disorders.