The Oakland School academic program has been generating outstanding results for students for more than 60 years. Small classrooms, individualized programs coupled with an ungraded curriculum, daily one-to-one instruction and a student-teacher ratio of 5:1 provide the specialized attention needed to ensure success. Each student is assigned to a main teacher who develops individualized educational programs and closely monitors each child’s progress. The rigorous academic program places a heavy emphasis on basic skills which are instrumental to any successful remedial education. Teachers emphasize positive reinforcement to build confidence, self-esteem and a drive to succeed.
As part of the emphasis on basic skills, much time is spent on language, math and study skills. However, since each child has an individual program, a child with severe reading problems may spend six of the daily ten periods focused on reading, for example. Our more experienced readers will have a schedule very similar to a traditional program including reading, math, English, history, science and physical education.
Core elements of the Oakland Academic Program include the following: