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PK-12|Private
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There are 37 reviews about all of the school topics.

Handles bullying effectively: Strongly disagree


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I've never heard of a fight at this school…or someone victimized in any way.

Supports LD students: Neutral


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Not sure because I had no experience with it.


Amount of homework: Strongly disagree


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Took advantage of the elective, Study Smart, eliminating the need for most of the family/home time to be used on homework. This also helps because they have a teacher there who fully understands the homework and what's expected.



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My son just finished 8th grade at Oakwood. He has been there since 6th. Not once did he ever complain about going to school. In fact, daily I would hear all about his learning, so it was obvious that the teachers made learning fun. In fact at the end of both 7th and 8th grade it was his idea to get something individually appropriate for his favorite teacher. This year's comment was "because she gets me"…i.e. she understands him. Aside from the teachers I really respect the administration at this school. First off, the principal was exceptional at responding to me with any concerns and really knows the students in her school. Her professionalism toward her position is evident and I also saw a very kind and conscientious persona throughout the years. In response to the critical, Oakwood has substantially grown since 2015…I believe my son had about 20 kids in his main class and electives were about a dozen...but I've never really heard someone complain about too small of a class size?! Also in regard to the electives, my son really loved his most recent elective, Civilization…it's an online tool that really put light on trade, politics and humanity. I also appreciated that one elective can be a study/homework period which we took advantage every semester. Finally, I really see a great shaping of character in the kids. When my son started 6th it was a big jump in effort needed from both elementary school as well as the fact his previous school may not have been as challenging. By 7th he'd really gotten into the swing of things and this year I can see his self confidence really shine. Really glad to have had Oakwood as part of my son's educational experience!



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We have been very happy with our Oakwood experience so far particularly at the lower school level. Many of the families have multiple children at the same school which says a lot about their experience. The ground is gorgeous and spacious, and the atmosphere cozy and welcoming. Learning doesn't have to be high pressure or jammed down the throat, because building a character, an inquisitive mind and a lifetime love for learning, aka, the inner drive, is far more important than doing multiplication and division a year or two earlier than peers. If your child is looking for an extremely cutthroat environment where students are kept on their toes for every test to nudge ahead, this is not the place for you. If you are looking for a big nurturing family that is focused on long term success and happiness, come here and see for yourself. The class size here is quite small and students very well behaved. The administration is careful in crafting a class of students with comparable temperaments and intellectual capacity. The downside is, some students may not be a good fit and leave disgruntled, hence the bad reviews. The language art program is very rigorous and quite ahead of the pack even among private schools. Math is on track but the real rigor doesn't ramp up until after third grade. The school made a switch to Singapore Math which is an excellent decision. No school is perfect but Oakwood overall offers an excellent value for families seeking a balanced educational exposure for their children. We are not aware of any cliques or issues with other families, the Oakwood community seems rather inclusive. For example, if a child chooses to send out birthday party invitation to his classmate, he must send the invitation to everyone in his class. We like the thoughtfulness of such a policy. Apart from language art program, we are also impressed with Oakwood's performance art programs. The school offers performance opportunities for all grades throughout the year.




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I'm surprised and disappointed at a few of the reviews. My son has been at Oakwood for several years now, and it has been a fantastic experience for him. He was a very solid reader by first grade and was reading really well independently. His ECU and elementary teachers have been wonderful--very warm and caring. As an educator myself (a professor who has also taught at the secondary level), I have nothing but praise for Oakwood and its administration, faculty, and staff. The middle school offers far more electives than just "finger knitting" as someone else claimed. If you are going to write a review, be honest. I've never seen a public school with nearly as many electives in middle. French and Spanish are offered, Mandarin and German are offered, there are art classes and digital photography, film classes, ceramics, health and fitness, drama, debate, etc. And yes, I believe there will be robotics this year as well. One thing I love about Oakwood is that many of the middle and high school teachers hold graduate degrees in their field. In fact, all the teachers in the HS English department hold a PhD. The teachers are well-educated and love their subject matter. Oakwood is a terrific school with a caring staff, dedicated administrators, an involved and warm director, and a gorgeous campus to boot. I can't think of any other school in the area where I'd rather send my son.



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People come here to live in a fantasyland. One of the last reviewers put it perfectly, you don't get what you pay for.



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I have two children at Oakwood School and we could not be more pleased. We came to Oakwood after horrific social and academic experiences at another local private school. Since attending Oakwood my children have grown in every possible way - as scholars, as social beings, as responsible citizens, I could go on and on. My children love going to school each day. The curriculum is engaging and applicable to the global world we live in. They haven been exposed to history, religion, and culture that they would not have otherwise. The parents community is supportive and diverse and the teaching staff is responsive and caring. We feel comfortable discussing our best days or our greatest fears with the administration as needed. In a sense, our whole family goes to Oakwood - not just a place where the kids are dropped off. Overall a stellar environment and a perfect fit for our family.




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This school suffers from a bit of EDD - Educational Deficit Disorder. Our children were waaaay behind after moving to a new school. The close to $20K tuition per year is a bad value in the marketplace. The class sizes are really small, too small. It is still a "country" school, even though they have removed this from the name. Our oldest child had a horrible experience of being bullied and singled out. Our concerns were dismissed by the administration and never addressed. In our view, Oakwood lacks the sophistication we wanted for our children in the most important ways - fair treatment, up-to-par curriculum, pedigreed teachers and basic technology. We left for another private school where these expectations are exceeding our hopes and we are SO HAPPY (for half the price)!!! You don't always get what you pay for and we learned the hard way.



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My Boys have gone to this school for 6 years. It has been a good "day care service" WE have to supplement the expensive tuition with tutors and teachers for experienced teaching. The biggest Joke was when we hit Middle School and got the list of Electives. FINGER KNITTING, PILL BOX HAT MAKING - not programming, robotics, or even arts.......REALLY?

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