Mission and History
The White Oak School was founded in 1990 in response to the needs of parents and the area school districts. These parents and school administrators advocated for a new school to help children with learning disabilities, children without access to remedial programs west of Boston. The school became one of the few Massachusetts Department of Education approved program serving learning-disabled students west of the metropolitan Boston area.
The founders of the White Oak School applied the findings of research in the field of learning disabilities to create a new program, one emphasizing smaller classes and hands-on learning. It was modeled in part on the successful programs and tangible results achieved at a handful of pioneer programs in serving learning disabled children in the United States.
The school has consistently expanded services over the years to serve children with varying types of developmental disabilities. In 2000, the main school building was expanded to include a new multi-purpose center with a gymnasium and expanded assembly space. Other services were expanded as well, particularly those in computer science, literacy and language arts.
Throughout its development and ever-expanding education programs, the philosophy of the school as a nurturing and respectful environment has stayed the same. The mission is the same as it was on Day 1: to promote the development of the language, literacy and study skills students need in order to succeed in a academically challenging program.
One of the most important enduring goals of the White Oak School is to increase a child’s interest in developing knowledge, confidence and a spirit of inquiry.
Program and Activities
The White Oak School, an educational day program, provides academic services to students between the ages of 9 and 18, grades 4 – 12. The students receive instruction in small group, language-based classes, and also receive a daily one-to-one tutorial session for 50 minutes in literacy and organizational skills. The school day is from 8:30 to 3:30, and operates on a 180-day school year basis.