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Oberle Academics

Oberle provides a safe, nurturing, and stimulating academic environment for students in grades 5 through 12 as well as students continuing in a post-graduate program. Whether your child is struggling in an academic area or is well above grade level, our personalized approach to learning can address both. Upon enrollment, each student receives an individualized academic assessment that provides the student and staff with the information needed for setting and attaining their own personalized educational goals.

Our program is deliberate, structured, multi-sensory, and personalized.  We utilize evidence-based approaches and best practices that involve specific learning strategies proven to support students who learn differently. Our Student-to-Teacher ratio averages 4:1 and some classes also have a paraprofessional or behavioral support staff when the need arises.  With small class sizes and personalized instruction, teachers can understand, care about, and encourage each student to achieve their maximum potential. Our teachers and staff are experienced with handling a wide range of emotional, behavioral, and learning challenges and can provide students with the tools and support they need to overcome personal barriers and explore interests, build skills, and establish personal goals for greater independence.

To support our focus on interactive, hands-on instruction, we also have a graphic design lab, a science lab, an art lab, an independent living lab, vocational labs, and a working culinary arts lab. All our classrooms are spacious and have whiteboard technology. Each student is assigned a Chromebook for accessing educational software, communicating through school email, and participating in virtual learning. Several acres adjacent to our main building provide green space for recreation and physical education classes. The local YMCA, as well as city parks, are also utilized. 

Middle School


Oberle's Middle School program (Grades 5-8) focuses on preparing students for a variety of high school options while continuing to remediate and reinforce each student’s foundational skills in all areas and developing a notebook of strategies to enhance learning.

As our students move through our middle school program, they develop independence in applying learning strategies to all subjects and increase their responsibility for their learning. Alongside the basic math, science, social studies, and language arts courses, students can also take part in a variety of electives.

High School

Oberle Academy high school students work towards an advanced, standard, applied studies, or special diploma.  Along with the required core classes necessary for their designated diploma, they also have the opportunity to explore electives in various fields. Our Career & Technical Education program is furnished with leading-edge equipment and geared to meet a variety of student vocational interests. Students also have an opportunity to learn about a variety of potential occupations through our Education for Employment (EFE) classes. Students can take a variety of EFE classes that begins with the classroom-based Introduction to the World of Work and eventually work independently in the community in our EFE level classes.  Students are able to complete the classroom portion of driver’s education through a state-approved online program. 

Many of our high-school students also have an opportunity to take courses at Germanna Community College. Our staff works closely with the special education specialist at the college to ensure the experience is positive.  Students are administered placement tests so an appropriate course can be chosen for each student.  Most of our students begin with the student development course and take the class as a group during our regular school day.  One of our staff drives them to campus and also works with them during our Bulldog Block (extended lunch period) to assist with the work. While transition planning at The Oberle Academy is a sequential process that begins as early as middle school, a more refined approach is taken with students who are nearing graduation or in our post-secondary program with Independent Living, Life Skills, and Social Skills classes. These courses focus on the important skills that play a very active role in designing, planning, and managing their adult lives such as effective listening and communication, relationships, self-advocacy, personal safety, and self-awareness. Students also learn and practice skills related to cooking, comparative shopping, personal hygiene, health, nutrition and fitness, stress management, home maintenance, transportation, and the planning of independent recreational activities.


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Elective classes at The Oberle Academy are designed to reveal skill sets of students that might not be obvious in their other classes.  These courses help students discover strengths and interests outside of academia and afford them opportunities to find success in an elective course that may lead to a career path.

Some of our elective offerings include:

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Art

  • Auto Detailing

  • Bike Repair

  • Building Trades

  • Carpentry

  • Computer Programming

  • Creative Writing

  • Culinary Arts

  • Cybersecurity

  • Entrepreneurship

  • General Music

  • Health & Medical Sciences

  • Imaging Technology

  • Multi-Media Web Design

  • Oceanography

  • ​Photojournalism

  • ​Small Engine Repair

Student Life

At Oberle, we offer many opportunities for students to participate in extracurricular activities as part of a well-rounded education as well as to increase our students' sense of engagement and attachment to school.  These activities offer opportunities for students to learn the values of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, competition, diversity, and a sense of culture and community. 

Extracurricular activities provide a channel for reinforcing the lessons learned in the classroom, offering students the opportunity to apply academic skills in a real-world context.

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Student Council

The Academy has an active Student Council Association with officers elected on a yearly basis.  The SCA works closely with the staff and student body to offer suggestions for school improvement as well as plan activities throughtout the year.

Student Government
Arts & Crafts Club


Students are offered an opportunity to join a variety of clubs to explore their interests and talents.  Clubs are formed at the  beginning of each semester and are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month during our Bulldog Block.

Club offerings vary by semester and may include:

  • Arts & Crafts

  • Board Games

  • Cooking

  • Fishing

  • Movies

  • Music

  • Newsletter

  • Photography

  • Recreational Games

  • Walking


Interact, sponsored by the Stafford Rotary Club is one of the most active offerings at The Oberle Academy.  Interact provides students the chance to participate in many worthwhile community service projects throughout the school year. 

Some of our project (past and recurring) include:

  • Bake Sale for Volunteers for the Blind

  • Christmas Caroling at Nursing Homes

  • Earth Day at Fort A.P. Hill

  • Heritage Trail Clean-Up

  • Invasive Plant Management, Shenandoah National Park

  • Recreational activities with Poet's Walk (Alzheimer's Care)

  • Recycling for Habitat for Humanity

  • Relay for Life

  • Wings for Wheels

  • Yard Clean-Up for Elderly Neighborgs

Volunteering for Salvation Army


The Oberle Academy is excited to partner with

The Tula Yoga Project to offer yoga classes to interested students.  Classes will be offered once a week by a certified yoga instructor who will present proper alignment and breathing techniques for maximum benefits.

Yoga is a wonderful tool with astonishing positive effects on physical, emotional, and spiritual health.  The benefits of a regular yoga practice can include, but is not limited to, increased flexibility and strength, reduced anxiety and depression, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol levels, improved circulation and memory, and improved immune function.

Field Trips

Field trips are significant and essential activities designed to offer additional learning experiences.  they are not isolated events but are an integral part of the instructional process.  The entire field trip is well-planned in advance with an emphasis on educational value and safety and always remain a supplement to the curriculum.  All field trips are under the direct supervision of school staff who are certified in CPR, First-Aid, and AED.  At least one staff member trained in medication management will also be present.

Note: For safety, only students who exhibit responsible behaviors can be permitted to attend field trips and all students must have permission slips signed by a parent or legal guardian prior to the scheduled trip.

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