The Oakley student can be anyone of high school age who is capable of academic excellence. The student makes the choice for admission based on information gained while visiting the campus, as well as having an interview and meeting with staff and other students. The Oakley student accepts emotional responsibility as an important aspect of his or her education. The student is committed to acquiring healthy habits of living, drawing upon cultural ethics and personal resources to design his/her life. At the Oakley School, those who struggle will get direction and support. Those who are ready for bigger challenges and wider horizons will find them.
The average length of stay for an Oakley Student is 8-12 months. Students’ completion is determined by their progress while at the school. Completion will be individualized based on a student’s ability to meet treatment goals and objectives. The primary requirement for participation in the Oakley community is two-fold: first, a willingness to participate in a rigorous academic program; and second, to be a contributor rather than a distractor. We work best with students who are sophisticated and stabilized in their approach to the next steps in their path to college. Oakley students no longer deny that there were problems and/or difficulties in the past and have accepted the notion that involvement in a counseling process is important.
An Oakley student must be willing to work cooperatively toward an integrated, healthy lifestyle without “opposing” those who want to help the most. The Oakley School has a rolling admissions policy and will accept applications throughout the calendar year. The majority of our students come directly to us from either a wilderness intervention program, a residential treatment program, or from a more restrictive therapeutic program. It takes a committed and unique student to enroll directly from home and succeed at Oakley.
THE CAMPUS INTERVIEW
Interviews are scheduled Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays, and often take place on the scheduled day of enrollment. The interview will focus on questions such as the following:
- What is the last school you attended and why are you no longer there?
- What are some of the difficulties you experienced in the past?
- If you have participated in day, residential, or wilderness programming, what have you learned?
- How do you get along with your parents?
- What kind of an effect did your past behavior have on the family?
- Are you able to manipulate your parents? How? Why?
- What are your values and how will you uphold the Oakley code of ethics?
- Where and who do you want to be five years from now?
- What are you willing to do in order to get there?
- How committed are you to be an Oakley Student?
- Describe your relationship with your parents. If the relationship isn’t what you want, how would you like to see it change?
Like the applicant, parents are also interviewed on their resolve to participate in the Oakley experience and support the student through the process. These probing questions may elicit a number of emotions and responses. We are not looking for a “right or wrong” answer, but want to assess whether the child and, just as importantly, the parents are sufficiently prepared for the Oakley experience.
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