About Our Distance Learning School

All of the benefits of learning at home with teacher support and full academic credit

Oak Meadow School is an internationally accredited kindergarten through twelfth grade distance learning institution, and the first distance learning school ever to be named a candidate for accreditation by the prestigious New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC). We are also an Approved Independent School in the State of Vermont. According to the regulations in many states, when you enroll in Oak Meadow School, you may not need to file an “intent to homeschool” with the local school district. We recommend that you check with your local Department of Education or homeschooling groups for specific information about your state’s requirements. The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is another excellent resource.

A complete curriculum for all subjects

Our dynamic curriculum ensures that you are providing your child with a creative, well-rounded and academically complete education. Our curriculum is developed by professional educators and is closely aligned with a broad range of state standards as well as Oak Meadow’s founding educational philosophy. In grades K-12, you will receive everything you need for a complete school year across all subject areas. Learn more about our mission and educational philosophy.

Teacher support and evaluation

Our professional and caring teachers provide support, evaluation, and grading for assignments, projects, and tests. Our teachers strive to develop close relationships with their students and are available by both email and telephone for the support you and your children may need. Many families choose to continue working with the same teacher over the course of several grades. The narrative evaluations and transcripts provided by your teacher become part of your child’s official academic record.

Rolling admission

Once a student is accepted and the admissions process is finalized, families choose the start date for their ten-month enrollment period, giving them the flexibility to craft a school year schedule that works best for them. Most enrollments can be processed within one week, and students can begin sending lessons to their teacher on their Start Date.

For new families, we send a Welcome Packet that contains all the information you need to get started: the role of the Oak Meadow teacher; your role as the home teacher; parent (for K-8) or student (for high school) handbook; and more. Our office staff is also available to assist you through the year. Distance learning is a unique form of education, and we want to make sure everyone gets off to the best start in their Oak Meadow experience.

Upon enrollment, we provide a Provisional Certificate of Enrollment for you to keep with your child’s academic records. This provisional certificate will be replaced with an official Verification of Enrollment within 90 days of the enrollment start date, pending the receipt of all required forms, the submission of student work, and teacher verification that the student is submitting work of sufficient quality to be considered “in good standing.”

Administrative support services

The administrative support staff works closely with our teachers and with our families to ensure a smooth beginning to each school term. Our registrar keeps complete records for each enrolled student, and because we are an accredited school, these official records may allow students to be recognized by their state as enrolled in a private school. In addition, it is possible to transfer these credits to other schools should the need arise. Learn more about our accreditation.

Guidance counseling for high school and college

Many of our high school students plan to go on to college, and we offer a range of guidance services. Our guidance counselors can help direct you to SAT and ACT information and registration, or help you locate the appropriate preparation materials for these important exams. We offer consultation around school choices, provide letters of recommendation and official transcripts, and can help you navigate the college application process. Learn more about our high school program.

Are you in charge of your learning?

Oak Meadow has launched a free tool to gauge student autonomy—the ability to take charge of one’s own learning. The idea and study of student autonomy has surged in the field of educational research over the past decade. Oak Meadow’s innovative new tool gives you the opportunity to see where you stand, with feedback about how to become a more independent learner. Start here.

Online curriculum

Please note: Oak Meadow’s online curriculum option for kindergarten to grade 8 is no longer available. Digital delivery of a revised version of our K-8 curriculum is under construction. (Note to current users: you will continue to have access as you complete your program. Log in here.)