Does my child need to have a diagnosis to attend the school?
Absolutely not! Many of the children at Oakwood Academy do have a diagnosis of autism, PDD or Asperger’s Syndrome, however we also serve children with other related disorders and disabilities such as Global Developmental Delays and ADHD. An intake appointment is required for all students to determine their suitability for the program.
Is there busing available?
Yes! Oakwood offers daily busing to and from school to students within Mississauga, Brampton and Milton. Please enquire with us if you live outside of these boundaries.
Do you offer a lunch program?
Yes! Oakwood Academy offers an optional daily hot lunch program to students. Parents choose how frequently their child receives hot lunch.
What if my child does not have any diagnosis at all, but they could still benefit from the school?
Many children can benefit from a developmentally based curriculum that focuses on social and emotional development or perhaps your child needs additional academic support in a small class setting. No diagnosis is required to attend Oakwood Academy and we encourage you to inquire about how we can help your child reach their fullest potential!
Is changing my child’s school a good idea?
We understand that leaving your current school might seem like a big change and we work to ensure that the transition between settings is smooth for both students and parents. Oakwood Academy strives to maintain open lines of communication between all teachers and therapists in a child’s life and we are ready to build an educational plan that will build on the skills your child has already achieved in their current educational setting. You will be surprised at how quickly your child settles in and soon enough you will be seeing the positive gains your child is making in the tailored environment.
Are there before and afterschool care options?
Yes! Before and afterschool care programs are available at Oakwood from 8:00am-8:45am and 3:30pm-5:30pm, in a 1:1 or 1:8 group ratio. Oakwood students may also register for the St. Jude’s extended care programs if they are able to be in ratio of approximately 1:40 students.
What happens when my child is ready to transition from Oakwood?
Every child’s journey at Oakwood Academy is different. Oakwood has many transition options built into the program so that every student can progress in their education. With our ratio options ranging from 1:1 to 1:8, students can gradually increase their independence as they are ready. Some children come to our school for a couple of years to boost their academic and social development to prepare them for re-entry into a larger classroom setting in a public school or at St. Jude’s Academy. Other students flourish in the specialized environment and will stay with us until they are 18, at which point we will work with parents to find a suitable setting to transition to.
How do Oakwood & St. Jude’s Academy work together?
Oakwood and St. Jude’s are partner schools that are located within the same building. Students at both schools come together for school wide special events and field trips and Oakwood students may also integrate into classes at St. Jude’s when it’s academically or socially beneficial. Students at St. Jude’s may also benefit from the support of Oakwood teachers for certain academic subjects or with their social skills development. Teachers from both schools collaborate together to provide the optimal level of support for all students and the ideal educational setting that will provide just the right amount of social and academic challenge!
What happens when my child is ready to move to high school?
Oakwood Academy offers education for students up to the grade 8 level or the age of 18 years. Students who are ready to move onto completing a high school curriculum may transition into St. Jude’s Academy for grade 9. Oakwood teachers will work with the teachers at St. Jude’s to ensure a smooth and successful transition for the student. At St. Jude’s students will work towards high school level credits and completion of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. Upon completion of grade 12, students will graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma from an IB World School which is highly regarded among many Canadian Universities.
Are there any funding options available for parents?
There are some funding programs that can be used towards the programs at Oakwood Academy. The following funding sources are accepted.
– Community Living Summer & March Break Camp funding
– Jennifer Ashleigh Foundation
– President’s Choice Children’s Charity