Our Approach

The entire staff of Oakland School is committed to creating a nurturing environment in which each student’s particular academic, emotional, and social needs are met. We recognize that every child is unique and learns differently and that an academic program must be tailored for each individual. Our goal is to encourage and help students achieve their potential, so that they will develop a love of learning as well as a firm sense of self-worth and respect for themselves and others.

Guiding Principles

Building Confidence

We unlock each child’s potential by teaching self-advocacy and empowering students to grow into successful, capable students.

Opening Doors

Education occurs beyond the classroom at Oakland, where fun, character-building extracurriculars encourage lasting friendships.

Inspiring Learners

We evaluate each student’s strengths and weaknesses and craft individualized programs designed to foster a lifelong love of learning.

Strengthening Families

A support system you can trust, we transform school from burden into blessing so you can get back to connecting as a family.

The Individual Instruction Plan

When students enroll at Oakland, we closely examine their achievement test data across core academic areas then work hand in hand with parents to create specific goals and objectives to address the particular needs of their child. The result is the Individual Instruction Plan, a student’s educational roadmap for the year and a main component of The Oakland Way.

The plan gets updated quarterly and a new plan is written each year to continue setting interim goals for students. We keep parents apprised of their child’s progress with quarterly narrative reports, formal conferences three times a year, and open lines of communication via phone, email, or in-person conferences as needed.

A teacher provides specialized 1:1 instruction to her student.

Our Schedule

The school day is divided into ten 35-minute periods. Each student’s schedule is designed to balance rigorous instruction targeting his or her core academic needs with a healthy dose of movement and independence mixed in to recharge the brain for additional learning.

Daily One-to-ones

Each student receives at least one 35-minute period with the teacher responsible for coordinating the student’s program. Typically, the focus is reading, but it may also reinforce math, writing, organizational, or other skills as needed.

Core Academics

Including their daily private instruction, students may have from two to six Reading periods throughout the day depending on their skill level.

Each student has two Math periods daily at his or her level, the first being instructional and the second being a practice session. The small class sizes afford the teacher the opportunity to individualize lessons within the class.

A student may have zero, one, or two periods of English. Typically, a student on or near grade level in reading will also have a Written Language period. More advanced students may have an additional Grammar period.

Study Skills

Oakland emphasizes the importance of study skills. A beginning reader may not be ready for a Study Skills class but will receive study skills instruction within the reading classroom. Most students, however, will take this class in either a social studies or science content area.


The first period of every day is a Concepts class. Students are placed in small groups of usually five or six students for a hands-on class that doesn’t require a particular reading or writing level. Homework is not given.

Physical Education

As part of Oakland’s mission to develop the whole child, each student is enrolled in a daily P.E. class. Classes are differentiated to encourage students of all abilities, with units designed to increase movement, build confidence, and inspire students to be active . The curriculum also includes learning the rules for a variety of sports, such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and softball.


Technology is a key component of Oakland’s academic program. Students write mostly on the computer and often create PowerPoint presentations to demonstrate knowledge of required content.

We use SMART Boards for additional multisensory instruction and provide Kindles as an alternative reading option for students. We also incorporate various apps and games when possible to promote student interest, reinforce concepts, and provide guided practice.