History and Philosophy
OAKWOOD has continuously served the Virginia/Maryland/DC metropolitan area since the school was founded on March 1, 1971 by Robert and Mary McIntyre and Wretha Petersen. The McIntyres and Dr. Petersen brought to the new school many cumulative years of experience as teachers and education administrators and they were among the earliest educators developing innovative teaching strategies for the bright child with specific learning dysfunctions.
Oakwood was originally incorporated as Children’s Achievement Center, Inc. in the
Oakwood was site-visited and recognized in its earliest years by the State Board of Education in
From 1971 until 1981 Oakwood was located in various rental facilities in the McLean/North Arlington area, at one point operating out of three different locations at the same time. During those years, space for the Oakwood program was leased from St. Luke’s
Oakwood School does not discriminate based on race, color, religion or national origin in student admissions, student aid or any other opportunity or benefit for students, nor in hiring and employment practices.
It is not Oakwood’s purpose to compete with other public and private educational institutions, but to provide distinctives in philosophy, methods, staffing patterns, and environment that set the school apart as an important alternative component in the continuum of educational services available to our community.
Oakwood offers specialized services to the bright but often atypical learner in a normal or traditional learning environment.
It is Oakwood’s educational objective to return each of its students to a “mainstream” school environment as soon as practical.