Testimonials

We are most proud of how we change the lives of our students and their families. Each year we receive letters and texts from parents, students and child study teams thanking us for how we positively impacted their lives. Below please read some of these testimonials to better understand how we help our students.

“Johnny has turned into an amazing young man!! Without Oakwood I don’t know or want to know how many things may have gone bad for him!!! He loves this school and it could not have been a better pick for him!!! Because of the assistance of you and your staff, I don’t think there is anything Johnny can’t do or at least try.”
- Oakwood School Parent

“I want to take the time to thank you for everything you have done for me. You are the reason why I just started my second year of college. When I was younger, I would have never pictured myself in college from the negative road that I was taking. After all the talks and lectures that you had given me back then, in which I “thought” was a waste of my time, now mean everything to me… You, Dr. White, are the main reasons why I am going to be a somebody in life, as opposed to a nobody.”
-Oakwood School Student

“Our son refused to go to school and was miserable until we found Oakwood School. We now know what he looks like when he’s happy…You gave my husband and I the greatest gift in the world, you gave us our son back!”
- Oakwood School Parent

“Oakwood is such a safe learning environment; I feel comfortable saying and doing things that make me myself. I always have someone to talk to and all of my peers are good people.”
- Oakwood School Student

“Oakwood School is an ‘oasis’ in the desert of educational challenges. No one knows better how to deal with students who have presented challenges to public schools than Oakwood School.”
- Child Study Team Director

“… thank you, Dr, White, and everyone at Oakwood for the helped I’ve received over the years. As I’ve been here in Germany, I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on how much I’ve changed, and the staff at Oakwood is owed a great deal of that. Nearly 4 years ago, I had too much anxiety to even leave the house, and now due to the support you have given me, I’ve been able to fulfill a dream of mine and not just visit Europe, but attend school here for a prolonged period of time, If you were to mention this to me 4 years ago, I would’ve thought you were crazy.”
- Oakwood School Student

“I was very impressed with the conduct of students, the intensity of instruction demonstrated by the teaching staff, and the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. They know the kind of student that they can serve well and do not overstate or overestimate their abilities. They are a small program that nurtures the intense needs of the troubled students they serve. They have a veteran teaching staff and administration. That, in itself, speaks volumes about the quality of the program”.
– Former Child Study Team Member

“Oakwood School is a true blessing to ALL who enter its doors…Thank you for always giving Ryan the benefit of doubt as well as the opportunity for redemption. You and the staff employed at Oakwood are truly the BEST of the BEST!!!”
- Oakwood School Parent

“Were it not for Dr. White and the staff at Oakwood School, I sincerely believe we would not have reached the point where we could contemplate Zack’s future with optimism. When he first arrived at Oakwood, Zack had been refusing to attend school. He was angry, depressed, defiant,… He was in grave danger of dropping out of high school. All this changed when Zack began to attend Oakwood School.”
- Oakwood School Parent

“I have profound respect for the Oakwood program, and the program director, Dr. Robert White. Oakwood school provides high-quality, individualized services, for at risk males with complex neurological/behavioral/social/emotional/learning issues. I would say that their program is very relationally based, they really get to know the kids on a deep intimate level. This helps the kids (and their parents) bring their concerns and issues, to staff members that are trusted.”
- Child Study Team Member

“I consider Oakwood to be a school of miracles. Helping to give new life to tired children can be exhausting and challenging but the rewards of seeing these children beginning to make decisions that are good for them has to be your blessing.”
- Oakwood School Parent

“I can never thank you enough for helping Jimmy and encouraging him to do his best. At times I know it was not easy, due to self-esteem issues and his attendance. But you were there and that’s the main thing. You took a troubled young boy who was repeatedly bullied from 1st grade until he was fortunate to get to you in 8th grade and prepared him with an outstanding education and helped him prepare for the world ahead. I will be forever grateful, for if it were not for the combined effort of all of you Jimmy would have fell thru the cracks and not graduated.”
- Oakwood School Parent

“Here’s hoping the New Year treats you with the same kindness and compassion you’ve shown me since I met you. Thank you for giving me back the life I lost.”
- Oakwood School Student

“…my grandson…is doing better than I had ever hoped for. This was a child, who hated going to school, every morning I would say the Serenity Prayer…should another child in the district be in need of special help I would like the district to consider the Oakwood School. I was dealing with a child that was frustrated by school and as I said, hated school. I am now dealing with a child that goes to school sick rather than miss a day. His reading level has greatly improved and he actually comes home and does extra work because the subject has come alive for him. This is nothing short of a miracle.”
- Oakwood School Grandparent

“Coming to Oakwood was beneficial for my family and me. I still reflect and wonder where I would be now if I had not had a school like this where the whole staff cared to the level they did.”
- Oakwood School Student

“I especially liked feeling and seeing the encouragement, love, concern, and respect you and your staff have for the students…you have one of the finest schools of education in New Jersey.”
- Oakwood School Parent