At Oakwood, we focus on meeting a child where he/she is, filling in foundational skills that may be missing, remediating areas of need, and helping each child recognize and believe in his/her unique potential.
To accomplish this, we use proven, traditional, research-based teaching methods as well as newer methods and technologies based on brain research. Our student to teacher ratio is 6 to 1 for most of our classes, allowing for maximum individual attention.
When a child enters Oakwood, he/she receives a Strategy Notebook. This binder serves as a portfolio of strategies that the child adds to as he/she learns about himself/herself as a learner. This notebook empowers the student with tangible evidence of learning and ways to help himself/herself.
Our curriculum is child-centered – our focus is on learning the material, not just covering it.
We start students at their instructional level and move at a challenging, but manageable, pace. Small instructional groups for reading and math allow us to place children in the appropriate level. This makes remediation of deficit skills possible while we provide instruction at a different level for areas of strength.
We focus on developing the whole child – our social/affective lessons focus on understanding the brain and how we learn as well as how we want to act with each other in our school community. We reinforce that we all have learning needs and challenges, as well as areas in which we excel. Recognizing and appreciating these differences in each other is important to our learning community.