My son begs to go to Oak every day. This is because he loves his teachers and they foster an environment where his love for learning is stimulated. School life is vastly different from public school. Because the class sizes are small, most of the kids play with each other and get to know each other's family. If you are looking for a school that is small, warm and where you can develop close relationships with other families, children and the teachers, this is a great environment for your child. If for some reason, your child does not fit into a traditional public school model, then this program is a good alternative because of the small size of the classroom and direct opportunities to learn from teachers and other students.
Oak Learners is our son's "happy place". From dreading school at his old school, he now looks forward to the school week and talks excitedly about his teachers and his projects. The school is a place of learning, and play and connection for him and he is once again starting to make academic and social progress. He is well aware of how different this experience is compared to previous school environments and values Oak Learner's unique approach and amazing staff very highly. Although the location is small and may not seem to have all the amenities that larger schools have, it has the most important things: dedication to learning, a commitment to meeting the children where they are, and a deep respect for a family's intimate knowledge of their child and his/her needs.
Our kids love going to Oak Learners every day. Our oldest cries when she stays home when she is ill! They love Oak Learners for many reasons: it has helped them grow academically, and for our oldest who is now finishing grade 1, she has reached heights she never thought possible. She feels stimulated, engaged, and challenged, and most importantly, feels that she is supported and appreciated in all her efforts. Our youngest has reached above and beyond where he needs to be for his age, academically and socially. Both love the friends they have made here, they love the relationships they have developed with their teachers, and they love the experiential learning aspect of the school. Being able to be outside all year round has made them love their community and their environment no matter the weather, and it has helped them to learn so much about how the world works, and some basic life skills not generally taught at school but so vital for happiness and success.
Our children love Oak Learners to the point of begging us to extend their presence there for the summer sessions. Both our children have also been making improvements in areas of personal development that now aligns with developmental markers unlike what we were unable to see before. As to how Oak Learners could improve the quality of life of its students even further, we as parents believe that a slightly larger student body size (without sacrificing the currently low teacher-to-student ratio) would offer broader socialization opportunities for the students. At the same time, a slightly larger student body size would also enable critical mass for extracurricular activities and perhaps facilitate closer relationships between students with similar tastes and preferences. As of now, we do not believe school size is a problem.