The teachers at Oak are deeply committed to the success of the children. Teacher qualifications and education was very important. They work with children in small classes and create individualized plans for each child. I also receive regular updates about my son's strengths and areas that need to be worked on. My son is exceptionally bright, but has challenges with social skills. While I initially sent my son for enrichment lessons, Oak was upfront with me that my son would benefit from having some additional supports to help with social skills. He was paired with highly skilled teachers, and was given many opportunities to work with other children under the close supervision of staff. The staff genuinely care about the children, and we receive daily feedback.
I am very satisfied with the degree of individual instruction that our son receives, with a tailored IEP and approach to the curriculum. The teachers take pains to adapt the material to his learning style and needs and he has progressed significantly in his skills since joining. The report card we just received is the CLEAREST one we have ever read, written in non-bureacratic language that gives a clear sense of our son's achievements and gaps and identifies strategies being used to help him make continued academic progress. The teachers are very dedicated to ensuring that they connect the students with the material, but equally importantly they are all deeply vested in connecting with the students - with their learning styles, interests and challenges. This makes for an extraordinary learning environment.
Both of our kids are performing better, academically, than we ever though they would. The low teacher: student ratio, and the experiential learning, has meant that our kids see all learning as fun. The teachers are amazing: energetic, knowledgeable, and always willing to work with our kids and find out the best way for them to learn, no matter how much extra work that may mean for them. Teachers and leadership have also been great at identifying issues that we could work with at home or were in need of outside evaluations, and implementing different or new strategies to help students. Communication with teachers is open and effective. Any time we have questions or want some information, it is easy to reach the teachers. The feedback we have received about our kids has been objective, very detailed, and very, very helpful. Our kids have been moth challenged and supported, and this perhaps has been one of the reasons the school has been so great for them. The subjects they were good at before have become subjects they excel in, and the ones they found almost impossible before, at Oak Learners they are eager to work on because they have felt themselves progress. Once again, there is a consistent, upbeat, positive atmosphere to the school that definitely permeates the classroom and makes this a space where kids enjoy learning.
Teacher quality is homogeneously high and also very well-balanced as far as diversity (across age, gender, subject matter expertise) goes. Feedback is personalized, specific, constructive and actionable. Our children are always challenged and one good way to evaluate this topic is to observe that individual agendas usually change every few months or so. This is because working points are usually addressed, and new ones emerge. One of our daughter's first challenges was to maintain a sustained focus on activities such as writing and reading. Now that we have created and worked on a plan to address this, the issue is now moot and we are able to move to her next challenge: how to socialize with new children in her age group. She can be shy, and we are working on a plan to address this.