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Westlake Village, CA
Students enrolled: 200
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920 Hampshire Road, Suite X
Westlake Village, CA 91361

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(805) 777-7999
(805) 777-7998
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June 05, 2015
My daughter has been in three other independent study programs and River Oaks Academy was by far the best experience for her. The entire staff is so friendly and helpful, and her supervising teacher Maria was so great to work with. She helped my daughter learn to take ownership of her work, and helped create a curriculum based on my daughters interests. She also attended workshops in writing, Robotics, and animal behavior. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking for a supportive, customized educational and fun program for their child.

- submitted by a community member

June 01, 2015
River Oaks Academy has been a wonderful alternative to our Malibu public school. My son's teacher, Kathy, is warm and supportive and exactly the person my son needed after a disheartening and negative traditional school experience. The administration is intelligent and views parents as partners in education. The workshops offered on campus are amazing - high quality with teachers who are passionate about the material. In particular, my son has enjoyed the Spanish, robotics, and Minecraft modding workshops. It reminds me of a little university, with varied and interesting classes offered by specialized educators. Furthermore, there is a wonderful and supportive parent community. Initially, I found homeschooling to be a daunting prospect, but with the support of the school and the other parents there it has been a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent

June 01, 2015
The 2014/2015 school year was our first time home schooling. Everyone at River Oaks made the transition so simple for us. They answered all of my question and welcomed my son and I with open arms. Ms. Leina is an amazing advocate, she is so caring and easy to communicate with. We are looking forward to another year.

- submitted by a parent

September 11, 2014
I am very happy to have my daughter enrolled in River Oaks because she is able to design a course of study she loves and she has time to persue musical interests. Our teacher, Kathy, is wonderful. Patient and encouraging and ready to guide us. We are brand new to homeschooling and coming from a public High School we are so happy!!

- submitted by a parent

September 06, 2014
My son was having trouble at school and I was searching for an alternative. To my surprise we were not welcome or greeted kindly as I tried to enroll him in multiple public high schools in the area. Granted we were out of District and it was the middle of the year. ROA welcomed us with open arms ! He excelled with independent study His teacher Kathy was more then Helpful. She challenged him every chance she could. Encouraging him to work to his potential. She gave him personal attention, attending outside interest. He attended the workshops in order to have some social time with other kids. Chemistry, Photography and Spanish. The work shops were interesting and fun. He enjoyed going to them and made a few friends he looked forward to seeing. The administration staff were well organized, helpful and kind and they always new who we were which was nice ! Over all we had a Great experience at River Oaks Academy. I believe My son has became more Independent,Organized and Responsible threw our time at this school .

- submitted by a parent

December 10, 2013
This school gives the Child and Parent the opportunity to develope a learing program that the is best suited for their child. Great lattitude and support from the teachers as well. One of the best schools I have come across.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2013
To the staff at ROA, My son said today that he really likes ROA, and so happy to be supported by everyone. He told me for the first time in a long time he is excited about learning. He stated he doesn't feel intimidated to ask questions, he knows that the teachers are there to help him in his education. Thanks for doing such an awesome job!

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2013
It is unfortunate that some people choose to trash the school on their way out. ROA is a school of choice. It is also a public charter school and is required to follow guidelines set by the CDE. If you want to teach your child with out any guidance or accountability that is your choice. You have the right to homeschool. However, for ROA to operate within the confines of the law certain standards must be maintained. Even within these confines ROA provides a great amount of freedom in curriculum choice and implementation. Parents are the "teachers" in this program. The teachers are there to assist and guide. Parents are the ones that need to inspire and engage their children. However, some soon realize that true teaching is a skill and craft. In the end it is easier to blame others for ones short comings than look in the mirror. It is a shame that a few parents seem to have made the decision bad mouth those that are the ones keeping the school functioning in this time of transition. Also, for those who are not sure about the direction of school, please leave. The future of ROA is bright and will progress with those who believe in it.

- submitted by a teacher

August 04, 2013
This WAS a great school. So many people who were key to making it great have left. I have no idea what's in store for us. We will see. We were happy when we heard that two of the teachers were leaving. They said they were moving on to other opportunities. Unfortunately, they are back at the school which leaves us wondering. We didn't particularly care for them. They weren't very dynamic or forward-thing (from our experience).

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2013
Wonderful teachers? Our turn-in teacher became soured and jaded last September and continually criticized the entire student body for wanting "entertainment/vendor classes" rather than what they were presenting (which, by the way, was recycled material from session to session and class to class.) This teacher was rote and confused about how to teach and inspire. Youtube videos may beautifully supplement a teaching plan. They aren't the substance to form a class around. We were devastated to see this teacher decline and bring their soured attitude to our personal time with them during turn-ins.My kids looked forward to pleasing this teacher and were deeply disappointed. Another teacher misled parents and told them the teachers had been fired. This was a blatant lie engineered to cast doubt and derision. The rest of the teachers are mediocre at best. The essence of the program was to support homeschooling. Somehow, the teachers came to believe that they were integral to the success of the school rather than our students' success being integral. Aside from that, there's a few teachers over there that have a deep fear of the internet and no sense of it's value.

- submitted by a parent

July 26, 2013
90 students? If enrollment drops that low, there won't be a school. Whoever submitted that data is misleading or unclear on the school's budget. Pretty much par for the course with the way things have been going over there the past 3 months. Suddenly, it seems no one knows how to do the math. Spooky.

- submitted by a parent

July 09, 2013
This is a great charter public school. Yes there is a new director but there are also great new workshops and all the wonderful teachers are returning! We have been attending since ROA opened it's doors 3 years ago and we are looking forward to another exciting year come this Sept. It is absolutely wonderful to have an alternative form of public education, one where the parent gets to choose the direction of their child's education and one where passion is what motivates your child to learn. I highly recommend this school to anyone who is interested in actually participating and guiding their own child through his/her educational journey!

- submitted by a parent

June 27, 2013
River Oaks is a public charter school in Ventura County. The only change is that there will be a new head of school in the fall. The Charter, Mission and Teachers have been with the school since the beginning, and will be in place in the fall.

- submitted by a teacher

June 24, 2013
WE will not be returning to River Oaks Academy. This was a gift to our children from its creator Resa Steindel Brown but she is no longer with the school. It is not a school I would recommend under the new administration. The teachers are mediocre, at best and this is a Common Core public school. Why would a homeschool family want to do public education at home?

- submitted by a parent

March 28, 2013
We have been a homeschooling family all of our children's lives. Although we wanted so badly to believe that the River Oaks Academy was a unique blend of Home Schooling and Classroom work, it just wasn't. There seems to be very little foresight in terms of running a program. The first week of every month is used for paperwork turn in. Which if organized could be done in a couple of days. Think about that, No classes over the course of a 9 month school year that is over 2 months of missing school. Now add that with holidays that may conflict and there is another week gone. The classes have no rigor, although the teachers are sincere the only 2 out of 20 classes our children attended they felt were worth their time. The director promised all sorts of expectations but they didnt materialize. The atmosphere is one where you can not point out what seems to be flagrant incompetence, (classes canceled at last minute without any system or program for substitutes in place. Just kids sitting in a class until someone tells them to call their parents. Some classes this semester canceled 3 weeks in a row. I could go on and on) I think the director is an idealist but not a realest.

- submitted by a parent

October 14, 2012
An excellent director, staff and families that believe in their kids! This academy is such a blessing to our family personally and also to many others that I see on a day to day basis. So much thought, care and belief goes into this structure. At first, I thought maybe it was to good to be true. We went to an introductory meeting, signed up, went to classes for the kids who are in different grades, attended the parent workshops which helps the parent immensely into understanding different learning styles - all the while making new friends while the kids are in classes with great teachers who really care and listen and teach and individualize! I loved homeschooling but I love it even more now with this support system of friends and teachers. It is extremely challenging in so many positive and "challenging" ways to homeschool our precious kids we brought on this earth that we wanted only the best for - and this group is here for full support and to open up so many new paths that we never even imagined. I am SO grateful to have found them and waited it out to get on the list of acceptance. Looking forward to an amazing productive year of teaching, parenting & creating friends!

- submitted by a parent

May 17, 2012
This is the only school that my kids have attended that delivers on its promise. It absolutely partners with its parents in a way that combines traditional homeschooling and classroom experiences. My kids are thriving academically, socially and emotionally! Wish it hadn't taken us so long to get here!

- submitted by a parent

December 07, 2011
This is the most innovative program out there for learning. It is everything that the traditional classroom is not. Under the direction of Resa Steindel Brown, students are nurtured educationally to find their passions and to become tomorrow's thinkers, leaders, and geniuses. Learning the way it should be!

- submitted by a parent
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River Oaks Academy
920 Hampshire Road, Suite X, Westlake Village, CA  91361
(805) 777-7999
Last modified River Oaks Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
River Oaks Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top