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Oakwood School

Private | K-8 & ungraded | 100 students

Oakwood School is the best kept secret in Washington, D.C.!
 
 

 
 

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Posted June 22, 2014

Oakwood School is nothing less than outstanding. We have two very bright sons (according the private and school testing) with learning disabilities (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD) and they are thriving at Oakwood. The staff is 110% competent, caring, and professional. They meet every child where they, remediate weaknesses, leverage talents, and help them meet their full potential. Both our sons were not succeeding academically and had low self esteem at their former school. Every night homework was a complete nightmare. Today, they LOVE school, eagerly do their homework, and are almost at grade level for reading. One son has excelled in math and they moved him up a grade. We were so fortunate to find this school, and wish every LD child has access to the curriculm and staff at Oakwood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2014

My son graduated last week after spending 3 years at Oakwood. He's on to high school next year. I hate to think about what my expectations were for his future when he started ... this positive experience has turned everything around for him and given him confidence as well as a good education. We're so grateful to the teachers and staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2014

My son has ADHD as well as several learning disabilities. The teachers are constantly innovative in how they teach lessons and when one thing doesn't work they immediately change course and think of a new way to help him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2013

Oakwood is a wonderful school for children with mild to moderate learning disabilities. The unbelievable talent of the teachers and administrators is second to none. Oakwood concentrates on not only providing the children with life time strategies to learn but to accept and embrace their differences which in turn bolsters their self confidence. The change in my children has been remarkable. I highly recommend this school to any parent struggling to find a place where their child may realize their limitless potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

We are extremely pleased with Oakwood School. The school has been a savior for our dyslexic daughter who was not getting her educational needs met in the public school system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Oakwood is my son's first school (other than preschool), and I am so thrilled because he now has only positive experiences with going to school. He absolutely loves it. And this is a child for whom school is not easy. The only part that he does not like, he tells me, is having to leave at the end of the day. As parents, we are also thrilled with the educational program and with the social and emotional skills that are fostered in the classroom. The teachers and the administrators are top notch, and the extent to which they care for the students is evident every day. They all go the extra mile and make the kids feel great. I would give more than five stars if I could.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2013

Speaking as a parent, this is the perfect environment for a child who is average-to-bright intelligence, but has some learning challenge such as dyslexia or ADHD. My son attended for 5th and 6th grade; my daughter is currently enrolled for 8th. Also, our home environment is much happier when my children feel understood and nurtured at school! They learn MUCH more here than at public school, and Oakwood helps them with organizational skills. I found the other private schools, Christian, and Catholic schools are not prepared to support the child with Learning Disabilities. We decided to spend some of our college savings HERE at Oakwood, to bolster our childrens' education and learning abilities, is these earlier critical years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

I am in my 38th year as a staff member here at Oakwood School. If I did not think this staff was of the highest quality I would have left many years ago, BUT, the quality of the teaching staff is outstanding and Oakwood's students are the direct recipients of this superb, energetic, enthusiastic staff. Great, supportive parents, motivated, hard working students coupled with dedicated staff - all necessary ingredients for a highly successful school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 25, 2013

We have been thrilled with Oakwood - and have noticed a tremendous difference in our son who attends, both from an academic perspective and in terms of personal confidence. We recommend Oakwood highly and feel so fortunate to be part of the Oakwood Team.


Posted October 24, 2013

What a blessing this school has been. Our child was "falling through the cracks" in the county school. He is a smart kid, not a problem, but has learning differences. Thank goodness he was accepted at Oakwood! We have been at this school for 6 years now, and it has been worth every penny. I would highly recommend this school for bright children with learning differences who need small classes and individualized attention and who function best in a caring, nurturing learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This school changed the academic futures of our two children. They started in second and third grade not reading at all, frustrated, not feeling confident about their abilities, and we were flummoxed by a public school ( and private ones!) that didn't know how to help them. Now in our third year, our smart kids are now reading, happy, confident, learning, thriving, and excelling. Oakwood unlocked the treasure inside our children's brains and the kid we knew was inside. The best part is that Oakwood agreed to partner with us as a team. Each of their staff understands what your child needs and their methods/lessons tailored to the child are synchronized across the team from the principal, to each teacher, and speech and OT professionals so each time a child works with a different person those lessons are reinforced throughout the weeks activities. We also have to note, we have never had such open and frequent communication with teachers or principles like we have had at Oakwood. I wish every child who learns differently could have a school like Oakwood. The world would have access to a lot more brain power.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Oakwood School is a small school in Annandale VA that specializes in helping children with learning challenges by giving them a lot of personal one on one attention. Many years of experience and small class sizes -- one teacher to six children -- help facilitate this process, coupled with a strong administrative and extracurricular team. Only 100 or so children in the entire K-8th grade, the school can focus on each child unlike many private schools. My son has severe dyslexia and ADHD -- just recently - in 6th grade - he said, "Hey Mom, guess what? I can stay at Oakwood an extra year before heading to High School, isn't that great!?" The ultimate complement from a Middle School boy. As a parent, I too really love Oakwood School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

Oakwood School pressed the fast forward button when they met my son! He is bright but struggled with reading, writing and attention. Large classrooms were too busy and made it even harder for him to focus. The worst part was that he was bright enough to understand that he felt "he wasn't bright enough" and that did as much if not more damage then any learning difference. At the end of 4th grade he was starting to fall behind. We started Oakwood in the 5th grade and it was like a magical intervention. Immediately, they had this incredible way of making up for lost time and his reading immediately began to improve. The bar is set collaboratively between child, parents and teachers. At the same time, I think it's important to point out that they challenge the child appropriately. My son needs a lot of help no doubt but he doesn't need to be over accommodated in every area which is what the public school suggested. Oakwood gives a lot of time not just at Admissions but throughout the year to tweak where the child's learning is at. My son is now confident and wants to learn. He no longer has to worry about feeling inadequate and that "freedom" is priceless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

After visiting many private schools on the DC area, we finally found the right fit for our son who is very bright but had fallen behind in reading despite having an IEP in his public school. The Oakwood faculty and staff are truly vested in the success of bright children with learning differences. They apply a wide range of methodologies and techniques that are customized to the student. This is what individualized learning is all about. His teachers are our partners and a great resource since they are highly skilled and kind. I no longer have to advocate for my child. I no longer feel like I need to educate his teachers. Most importantly, my son is thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

All three of my children have attended Oakwood. My two older children attended for two years, learned the strategies they needed to succeed academically, and are currently thriving in the public school system! After a break, I returned to Oakwood with my third grader, a smart child with significant visual processing and visual motor integration issues. Even though she was clearly struggling at school and, worse, feeling lousy about herself, the county would not provide any services to her because she was not testing below grade level. Crazy! At Oakwood, she is thriving and her love for learning is back! Her teachers quickly recognized her strengths and weaknesses, and an individual plan is in place to address both and help her realize her full potential. At Oakwood, it is all about figuring out the strategies an individual child needs to learn and helping that child use those strategies to succeed. Oakwood also teaches acceptance, that we all have strengths and weaknesses. A great life lesson for everyone. Oakwood just gets it. Every child would benefit from the kind of teaching and learning that goes on at Oakwood. Worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2013

Our daughter attended Oakwood for three years and our son has been at Oakwood two years. Our daughter is dyslexic. Oakwood prepared her well for high school. They taught her how to learn with her dyslexia. She does her own schoolwork and does not need tutors. She stand on her own two feet and is very successful academically. Our son told me recently that his Oakwood teachers know how to teach him so he can learn. He told me he knows now he is smart and not one of the dumb students like he felt at his old school. We are very pleased with his academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2013

I taught in public schools before coming to Oakwood. This school lives by the motto of "children first". It is a place where kids do succeed when every member of the team--administrators, teachers, parents, outside professionals and the children themselves work together toward a common goal.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 14, 2011

Very closed, inflexible system to parents. There are channels for communication but they are tightly controlled by the administration. Teachers are pretty competent but once they decide your child is problematic their otherwise warm welcoming manner disappears. They may admit your child, but watch out if the child doesnt fit. The good thing about this school is that they hold the academic bar higher than do most other special education schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

Our son attended Oakwood for 6 years with exceptional results. He began after 2 horrible years in public school where the teachers complained about his focus and behavior but were not supportive about special help. Oakwood taught him how to compensate and understand his strengths and weaknesses. He subsequently excelled at Bishop O'Connell HS. This weekend he graduates from VA Tech...Magna Cum Laude in Accounting and Information Systems. Oakwood made this possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2010

Our son started mid-year at Oakwood. The progress he has made in such short time is amazing. He feels better about himself, and is much happier. He is learning strategies to cope with his learning disabilities that actually work!
—Submitted by a parent


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Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Korean
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:25 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Robert C. McIntyre
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (703) 941-4186

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individualized approach
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Special education
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Educational diagnostician
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Arabic languages
  • Korean
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Occupational & Speech Therapy
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
Transportation options
  • Carpool locator list provided
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Fitness
Girls sports
  • Fitness

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

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  • Color Guard
  • Student council/government
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Bullying policy
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer for special school events
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7210 Braddock Road
Annandale, VA 22003
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