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Private School for Students With Dyslexia

Student Profile: Dyslexia is a specific learning disability in reading. Students with dyslexia have trouble reading accurately and fluently. They may also have trouble with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing.


How Oakwood School Can Help Students with Dyslexia

Direct, explicit instruction is the key to reading at Oakwood. Elementary and middle school students receive reading instruction founded on the principles of Orton-Gillingham (OG). This highly structured multisensory approach to teaching the connections between letters and sounds is found to be effective for students with dyslexia. Using proven, evidence-based materials, our faculty teaches small groups of students at their instructional level, which allows for individual attention. Students are instructed in and practice all components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency.

The Oakwood model in which each teacher is a skilled reading instructor, with OG training, allows our students to receive additional reinforcement and practice of active reading strategies in all subject areas. This method of instruction means that Oakwood is an ideal choice for students with Dyslexia in Northern Virginia.

Want to learn more about our private school for students with learning disabilities? Email our Admissions Team, or call 703-941-5788

Do you feel that our school would be a good fit for your child? Check out our application process and our tuition and financial assistance today!

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Dyslexia: The Facts and Common Misconceptions

Jeanine Cyrwus, M.Ed
Director of Outreach and Literacy

Dyslexia is a specific language-based learning disability.  It is an unexpected difficulty to learn to read in relation to a child’s cognitive abilities and instruction. This results in people having challenges with reading, but also writing, spelling, and in many cases, learning a second language. According to Sally Shaywitz, author of the well-known book, Overcoming Dyslexia, “Dyslexia takes away an individual’s ability to read quickly and automatically, . . . 

Why We Focus on Remediation, Not Just Accommodation

Dr. Susan Autry
Academic Advisor

We are often asked about the difference between remediation and accommodation and why we focus on remediation at Oakwood.  The short answer is that we believe that our students have the ability to learn when their specific learning needs are addressed and the teaching targets their learning challenges and helps them understand who they are as learners.  The long answer involves much more!

For over 50 years Oakwood School has been transforming the lives of students who learn differently.

Back in 1971 when Oakwood was created, founders Bob and Mary McIntyre had the desire and expertise to help children with learning differences.  However, they had no budget, and no space in which to teach. 

The Value in Teaching Students about Their Brains

Erin Morgan
Academic Coordinator, Math and Science

“The students at Oakwood are well ahead of their peers in public schools and other specialized schools when it comes to understanding the brain.”

                -Dr. Guinevere Eden, Director of the Center for the Study of Learning, Georgetown University

Picture of Barbara Zukowski

Barb Zukowski, Academic Supervisor (1981-2007)

Learning how to read is hard. 

I should know - In my 36-year career in education, the majority of those years were spent helping students with dyslexia gain the skills they needed to develop into successful readers. 

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