Oyster Point Academy
Oyster Point Academy’s goal is to provide an alternative education program for students with emotional disabilities who have demonstrated an inability to tolerate any less restrictive environment. A positive therapeutic environment and successful school experiences, is critical for student success. Oyster Point assists students in their educational journey and whenever possible, transitioning back into less restrictive settings within their home school system.
Oyster Point Academy is a structured therapeutic educational day school designed to meet the needs of children who have emotional and behavioral difficulties which interfere with their learning. The school was opened in 2002 in the center of Newport News, VA. The school consists of 13,000 square feet, divided into seven classrooms, a gym, computer lab, library/ resource room, group room, conference rooms, and offices. Modern technology is used to enhance class-room instruction and supplement curriculum. Each classroom has a maximum of ten students with a teacher and classroom intervention specialists in each room. Students are assigned to a home room and rotate to each of their scheduled classes.
Oyster Point Academy provides a highly structured and therapeutic setting for students with emotional and other disabilities. The program is based on a educational model that emphasizes the use of individualized academic tasks structured in a way to provide success, offer therapeutic experiences, as well as positive opportunities for academic growth. Daily programming for students includes academic instruction and group work, physical education, and individual or group therapy according to their IEP. This structured programming aids the students in meeting academic or behavioral goals. The school personnel serve not only as instructors but also as valuable resources for modeling positive behaviors and adaptive/coping skills.