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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Basketball
  • Camp
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Soccer
  • Various Recreational Activities
  • Various Sports
  • Volleyball
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Staff Training and Certification
  • Staff Certification:Teachers certified by State of Virginia. Facility certified by State of Virginia.

Participants Served
  • Age range of participants: 7 to 14

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


Oakland School is a small co-ed boarding and day school that enables children who have dyslexia, learning disabilities, or organizational and study skills difficulties to reach their academic and personal potential. Thanks to a success-oriented environment and time-tested methods, hundreds of Oakland students have successfully returned to mainstream education since the school\'s founding in 1950.

The school is located on the site of a former plantation in the rolling countryside of central Virginia, just eleven miles east of historic Charlottesville. Oakland\'s peaceful country setting and nurturing environment allow for truly remarkable learning to occur. Come and learn more about this very unique place.

The Oakland Summer Program
Oakland School & Camp combines an intensive academic program with the joys of traditional summer fun for both year-round students and summer-only students. For students enrolled in the year-round program, the summer session is a required part of the 180-day school year. Oakland increases its enrollment in the summer to a capacity of up to 135 boarding and day students. Some children, needing only a quick academic boost or the acquisition of new skills, are enrolled only for the summer. Others may begin their regular school year early to get a head start on learning and to make an easier transition into a new school.

As is the case with year-round students, Oakland�s summer-only student population consists of bright children with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, non-verbal learning disabilities as well as visual and auditory processing disorders, ADHD and organizational difficulties. Summer students greatly benefit from the individualized programs, ungraded curriculum, small classes and daily one-to-one instruction that are hallmarks of the Oakland program.

  • Summer Classroom
    Each child is scheduled individually with a customized program designed to meet his or her specific academic needs and recreational interests. Students receive 3.5 hours of intensive academics each day including one-to-one instruction. Oakland�s own acclaimed Upward Lift intensive reading program for children with reading disabilities includes two periods of reading, one period of phonics and one period of math. Other students may concentrate on written language and study skills as needed. The rest of the day and weekends are filled with camp activities. No homework is assigned to summer students. In addition to achieving academic gains, each child should go home feeling accomplished and with a heart full of happy memories of a fun and rewarding summer.

  • Activities
    The day is carefully organized so that every child has a healthy mix of intellectual stimulation and energetic fun. Recreational activities include swimming, tennis, archery, arts and crafts, music, nature study, soccer, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse as well as a variety of other activities offered as clubs. Popular special events include a talent show, overnight camping trips, weekly assemblies which may include magic shows, wildlife exhibits or concerts and weekly outdoor movies under the stars.

  • Horseback Riding
    Horseback riding, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities at Oakland, also is offered as a camp class to all students at no additional cost. On the grounds are a stable and riding ring, as well as beginner and advanced trails. All students who ride participate in a horse show at the end of the summer.