Oakland School & Camp combines an intensive academic program with the joys of traditional summer fun for both year-round students and summer-only students. For students enrolled in the year-round program, the summer session is a required part of the 180-day school year. Oakland increases its enrollment in the summer to a capacity of up to 135 boarding and day students. Some children, needing only a quick academic boost or the acquisition of new skills, are enrolled only for the summer. Others may begin their regular school year early to get a head start on learning and to make an easier transition into a new school.
As is the case with year-round students, Oakland’s summer-only student population consists of bright children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning disabilities as well as visual and auditory processing disorders, ADHD and organizational difficulties. Summer students greatly benefit from the individualized programs, ungraded curriculum, small classes and daily one-to-one instruction that are hallmarks of the Oakland program.
Each child is scheduled individually with a customized program designed to meet his or her specific academic needs and recreational interests. Students receive 3.5 hours of intensive academics each day including one-to-one instruction. Oakland’s own acclaimed Upward Lift intensive reading program for children with reading disabilities includes two periods of reading, one period of phonics and one period of math. Other students may concentrate on written language and study skills as needed. The rest of the day and weekends are filled with camp activities. No homework is assigned to summer students. In addition to achieving academic gains, each child should go home feeling accomplished and with a heart full of happy memories of a fun and rewarding summer.
The day is carefully organized so that every child has a healthy mix of intellectual stimulation and energetic fun. Recreational activities include swimming, tennis, archery, arts and crafts, music, nature study, soccer, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse as well as a variety of other activities offered as clubs. Popular special events include a talent show, overnight camping trips, weekly assemblies which may include magic shows, wildlife exhibits or concerts and weekly outdoor movies under the stars.
Horseback riding, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities at Oakland, also is offered as a camp class to all students at no additional cost. On the grounds are a stable and riding ring, as well as beginner and advanced trails. All students who ride participate in a horse show at the end of the summer.