This is a poor excuse for education. Things seem to be done hit or miss. Unfortunately it was a miss for our children. They were left behind on so many different levels.
I feel truly blessed that my child is able to be a student at Oakstone. The teachers genuinely care about the students, its not just a job for them. when I see teachers my son has had in the past, they do not hesitate to ask about his well being and really want to know about his progress. Oakstone Academy is a God send for sure. I have watched my child grow both academically and socially as a result of being an Oakstone student.
I am extremely pleased with this school. They have gone above and beyond for my daughter.
Oakstone is a special place, and how I wish more cities and towns across the nation and world adopted its unique model. Our two sons (1 ASD, 1 typical) have thrived there under the close supervision and direction of its well trained staff. Bravo to the leadership of the academy for setting high standards. My husband and I feel there is no better choice than Oakstone for both of our children.
I have three children at Oakstone, two typically developing students and one diagnosed with ASD. Having been at the school for 3 years now, we continue to be thrilled with the work done with each child. Oakstone has made it possible for us to believe in miracles again.
My son first started attending Oakstone when he was just 2 1/2 years old. He was diagnosed with Autism Disorder shortly there-after. He is now in the Pre-School and will be going to Kindergarten next year. This school not only helped me in dealing with my son's autism issues, they also helped me with support outside of the school setting. I have had teachers come to the house to help work with my son; and doing this after being at work for the whole day, they have given me more insight on autism then I ever thought possible, and the emotional support from the staff, administrators and parents have been mind blowing. Of course you get a teacher or staff member whom you may not always see eye to eye with, but you will encounter that ANYWHERE! My son loves his school, and so do I!
My children were in the High School for it's first year, which was unorganized from the beginning. It was not the best for my typical son because when I removed him, he was in no way prepared for public schools. His tolerance of the 'disabled' grew and he is a great kid but academics are a problem. He has been behind all year because he was not prepared for 'reality'. Oakstone is a family and if you are not in the 'click', you will not be welcomed in my opinion. All good intentions but no the best for my 'typical' child.
Our child's experience at Oakstone was very difficult. Our son has autism but he was expected to perform as a 'typical' child - because that is the school's philosophy - and when he had any difficulty with the academics or sensory issues or whatever, we were told that HE was the problem. The school was not able to look at what our son needed, they just expected him to fit into their environment. The administrators never attempted to work with us to solve the problems. This just seems odd, given the nature of autism, that the school was so inflexible regarding our child's needs. I think this school is fine if your child is very high functioning (Asperger's) but if your autistic child has more academic or behavioral needs, there are other schools that would be a better fit.
I was a parent who was very suprised and disappointed at the way my child and I were treated at this school. The teachers are very commited and enjoy their jobs. My child has now transitioned into a regular public school amoung true 'typical' peers and he is able to walk amoung his peers without being judged. When he is in need of support, he is given professional support without any problem. He is in a much better placement out of this school because he has a dedicated team for him as needed in his home school district. I can also say in 26 of being a professional, I have never experienced such a lack of professionalism in this schools administration across the board. As a parent, I was asked to 'pack and go' because I questioned administration on a choice for my child. I thank God for second chances.
This school has been such a blessing for my daughter and me. My daughter would have been in a 'special' class if she remained in a public school. At Oakstone she is in a 'regular' classroom learning next to peers. She is so happy here.
This is the first year for my children at Oakstone. Oakstone has far exceeded my expectations for both my autistic boys and my peer daughter. The education plans are individualized for each. The staff are WONDERFUL and caring and just what a parent would want in a 'perfect' world. Oakstone was absolutely the best decision that I ever made for my children!
Top notch school for children on the autism spectrum along with their typically developing peers. Challenging curriculum, safe and loving environment. Go to youtube and key in Oakstone Academy to learn more.
My daughter was a peer model for 5 years at Oakstone, and it's the best thing that ever happened to her. We were in the midst of lots of growing pains, but once everything settles, it will be a 5-star school.
It is an excellent school. My son is doing wonderfully. His social, verbal skills have improved and he loves it.
I love working at Oakstone. The families are very supportive. It is a positive working environment with dedicated teachers helping each child meet their individual goals.
I can't think of any school anywhere that has a more dedicated and talented staff. These teachers are devoted to these kids. This school is also unique: I believe it's the only completely inclusive classroom model for kids with autism in k-12. At Oakstone, students with autism learn and socialize with age appropriate typical peers all day, in every class -- not just part of the day or with the assistance of an aide. Also - this isn't 'special ed,' it's general education with high expectations for ALL students. Classroom sizes are very small with a ratio of about 50/50 of kids on the autism spectrum and typically developing kids. You can see a video on the school at YouTube, key in Oakstone Academy.
The theory behind this school is sound. The execution is rocky. We did one year here with our son who has PDD-NOS. The teachers in his kindergarten class changed midday, there were other adults in and out of his classroom all day, creating a very disruptive, confusing atmosphere. And this at a school for autism spectrum kids who need routine and consistency. We were treated very poorly here. Columbus Public Schools have been more successful than we could ever have hoped, dealt with his autism better, and had more services to offer.
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