Grand Oak Academy

Grand Oak Academy is an ABA private school that fully incorporates the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis into a traditional classroom environment. GOA offers a full academic curriculum along with individualized goals with daily progress tracking on behavior, social skills, and academics. Staff is comprised of both certified teachers as well as certified ABA therapists at various levels including Registered Behavior Technicians, Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts, and Board Certified Behavior Analysts. All staff work together to ensure a typical educational experience stays behaviorally sound to warrant optimal learning in a ratio of 1 teacher to 3 students. This program was formed in reaction to the needs of our clients and their families to have the necessities of what ABA provides while still being able to experience the benefits of a school environment. The goal of Grand Oak Academy is two-fold:
1. To provide an intermediate step between the one-on-one Day Program setting and general education public or private school systems.
2. To provide a long-term specialized private school option for those families who wish to keep ABA a larger part of their child’s lives and do not have immediate plans to transition to public school.

Enrollment Process:
Grand Oak Academy is designed to best suit those students who have met pre-learner goals as determined by the ABLLS and VB-MAPP assessments. This ensures their success in a 1 to 3 ratio as well as being ready and able to pursue higher academic goals. GOA staff will assess each applicant to determine which BTLC program best fits that student.

Our intake committee may recommend Day Program (1 on 1), Classroom Connections (1 on 2) or the full day GOA program (1 on 3) based on these assessments.

Enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year will be limited to ages 4-7 years old (Pre-K to Kindergarten) on the first day of school. We do have plans to increase age groups and class grades gradually 1 to 2 times per year given enrollment and curriculum.

How is this ABA Private School Different from Other Options (public school, tradition private school, or special needs private school)?

  1. All students will learn using an ABA format which is research-based, effective, and efficient for the special education population.
  2. Students will get all the same benefits they would receive in a traditional school environment while continuing to learn at their own pace through individualized instruction. No, “teaching to the middle.”
  3. Less transitions to disrupt the school day. Most public school special education students can participate in twice as many transitions as their typical peers due to their schedule of services (speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Resource, Alternative Academics, General Education, etc.) in the public school system. At GOA, no excessive transitions are necessary as we are able to provide a full curriculum along with specialized instruction in the same classroom, cutting down on lost learning time.
  4. No requirements to adhere to public school standardized state testing. ABA data collection systems align directly with each standard to ensure mastery, maintenance, and generalization of all strands within each standard.
  5. Properly implemented Behavior Intervention plans created and carried out by credentialed behavior analysts.
  6. Opportunities for private ABA sessions readily available throughout the day, when needed.
  7. Constant monitoring of Behavior Intervention Plans and Individualized Education Plans.
  8. More accurate and rigorous data collection and mastery criteria than typical school systems.
  9. Monthly report card and quarterly progress notes.
  10. Parent training included at any time with a BCBA.