Student Profile

Oakland is a highly specialized school devoted to children who learn differently. While many students hail from the mid-Atlantic, students come from all parts of the country, as well as overseas, to experience our unique approach to learning.

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Typical Oakland Students

Boys and girls

Ages 6-13

Average to above average intelligence

Learning and attention issues like dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD, executive function difficulties, and processing speed difficulties

Not for those with severe behavioral, conduct, or emotional issues

Our students are bright and have a wide range of abilities and achievement levels.

Oakland is open to capable, curious children who may not have experienced success in traditional school settings. Students may be below grade level and in need of remediation, on grade level but struggling, or even above grade level but not achieving 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.

Oakland School's accepting nature promotes friendship among all ages and backgrounds.
Oakland School allows students to learn at their own pace.
At Oakland School, students have the opportunity to join our equestrian program at any level.
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Alumni Spotlight: Cruz Mike

“As a student, learning was not easy for me. Public school was hard for me because I learn differently than most students. It was one of the hardest times of my life. My mother saw that public school was not working out, and made the best decision she could by finding better schools I could attend. She found a school called Oakland in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Before attending Oakland, I was considered a problem student.

My reading and writing skills were below the level they should have been. I struggled very hard with English class. I felt hopeless, I felt as if even the teachers could not help me.

On top of my problems with learning, I had issues with bullies at public school. Often times, I was teased for my learning differences. Sometimes I even got into fights trying to defend myself, or my brother. I felt so angry and trapped.

Then I got an opportunity that would forever change my life by being accepted to Oakland School.

Within my first year of attending Oakland I was able to read and write at the correct level for my grade. I had amazing teachers who really cared about my education. The teachers made learning fun for me, I didn’t think that was possible. I even began to read on my own free time. The best part about going to Oakland was knowing that I was safe, and there were no bullies.

All in all, I will always think of Oakland as a life-changing experience.

There I was able to better myself, not only as a student, but a person. I made friends, and healed from the bad experiences I had at public school. Oakland prepared me for the real world, and for that I am so thankful.”