Application Process

At Oakland, we are deliberate and thoughtful when selecting students into our program, getting to know not just your child and his or her personal story, but also that of your entire family. This process ensures that we accept only students who will most benefit from the unique and highly specialized approach that embodies The Oakland Way.

When to apply

Oakland School offers rolling admissions throughout the year so students may join the program when a need is determined. While most students join Oakland in June or September, mid-year transfers for the current school year may be accommodated as space allows.

Get Started

To start the application process, please fill out our inquiry form and our Admissions team will be in touch shortly.

Admissions Checklist

Initial inquiry

If your child learns differently and needs a change, we encourage you or your educational consultant to complete our inquiry form. Our Admissions Director will then reach out to discuss whether Oakland may be the solution for your child.

Phone consultation

If needed, we will set up a more in-depth phone consultation to discuss the student’s needs and our program. At that time, we will make a preliminary evaluation to determine whether Oakland is an appropriate fit.

Application submission

  1. Complete the Application for Student Enrollment. As part of the application, you will need to include a copy of your child's intellectual test report (i.e. WISC test) from the past two years as well as any other relevant reports from speech and lanaguage specialists, tutors, therapists, or the like.
  2. Ask your child’s current teacher to complete a Student Evaluation Form to send to Oakland.
  3. Send your child's school a Request for Release of School Information so it may send your child's transcripts, school records, achievement test scores, teacher comments, and any other pertinent information to Oakland.

Application review

The application process can take a few weeks, so please apply as early as possible. It is important for us to receive and review all of the information listed above so we can make sure that we are a match for your child and your child is a match for Oakland.

In-person interview and tour

If it is determined that Oakland is a suitable match, we will invite you and your child to an on-site interview and tour. This will be your opportunity to see for yourself the difference that Oakland School can make in your child’s education.

We will discuss the program, answer your questions, and mutually determine the suitability for admission. This step also serves to relieve any anxieties related to entering a new school.

Acceptance and registration

After the tour, students who we believe will thrive in the Oakland environment will receive registration materials.

Families may apply for tuition assistance when their child is accepted to the program. Any assistance awarded will be determined by the Scholarship Committee based on financial need, available funds, and other pertinent factors.

Please note that school tuition and fees may be tax-deductible as medical expenses. Children who have been diagnosed as having a specific learning disability may qualify for deductions under federal income tax regulations.

We are also happy to arrange for prospective parents to speak with parents of current or former students to see the difference that Oakland School has made in their families.

Oakland School students launch their rockets from their Concepts class.
Oakland School students pose in front of the mascot.
A teacher smiles at a student during Oakland's summer camp classes.

Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy
Oakland School admits students of any race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin to all the privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or ethnic origin in administration of educational policies, scholarship programs, or other school-administered programs.