Educational Institutions

Childrens Center for Developmental Enrichment

  • Westerville, OH
  • www.oakstoneacademy.org

Mission Statement

The mission of The Children’s Center for Developmental Enrichment (CCDE) through its school, Oakstone Academy is to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded educational program for children 18 months through high school along with parent and student support groups. The school addresses the needs of students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and students without disabilities while researching the effectiveness of inclusion models. For students with ASD ages 17 to 22, Oakstone Academy provides the Oakstone Directions program which focuses on continuing education, college and career experiences, internships and daily living and community involvement. To complement its school, CCDE also provides speech, occupational and psychological services.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Elementary school
  3. Oakstone Directions
Service Areas

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Ohio

CCDE/Oakstone Academy is located in Columbus, Ohio and serves children in Franklin and surrounding counties. In addition, parents have moved from other states such as Texas so their child could attend the school.

ruling year

2000

Principal Officer

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Dr. Rebecca Morrison Ph.D.

Keywords

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autism, education, disabled, mental health services

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EIN

31-1666674

 Number

4304062275

Physical Address

939 South State Street

Westerville, OH 43081

Also Known As

Ccde Aka Oakstone Academy

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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As Oakstone Academy opens its doorsfor the 2011-2012 school year, there is much to celebrate:  the school is the nation’s leader inestablishing a successful educational model for children with autism givingthem full access to all of the advantages of a truly inclusive education. At Oakstone Academy, children with autism learn andsocialize in general education classrooms along side their typically developingpeers.  The most recent Ohio GraduationTest (OGT) scores show many students testing at advanced and acceleratedlevels. And among our younger students, all consistently pass the OAA. Our mostrecent graduating class was impressive. Although small in size (11 students)most took advantage of the Post Secondary Education Option which allowed themto earn college credit before they graduated. All peer model students are attendingcollege except for one who chose to enter the work force. Of the fivegraduating students with ASD, two will attend the Columbus State CommunityHabilitations Assistance Program where they will become certified to help otherpeople with disabilities. The other three are attending OtterbeinUniversity, MarshallUniversity can Capital University.All students were awarded academic scholarships ranging from $19,000 to $60,000per year. Other notable accomplishments include: the opening of theCCDE/Oakstone Academy Copy and Media Center, opening the Oakstone Health Center to better servechildren with ASD and two successful fundraisers (Annual Fund and Golf Outingand Gala) which together raised more than $190,000.  Goals for 2011 include building amulti-purpose structure, refurbishing the middle/high school lunch room andschool store and enhancing technology for students.

Programs

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Program 1

CCDE operates two programs: Oakstone Academy and CCDE Therapies. Oakstone Academy serves more than 350 students in our preschool, school-age and middle/high school buildings. We work cooperatively with public school districts in and around Franklin County. Oakstone Academy is an independent, private school that offers a challenging academic experience for children in pre-school through high school. Each classroom is set up to provide a structured, positive atmosphere focusing on individual strengths. We pride ourselves on the low student to teacher ratios that allow children to learn at their own pace under the close supervision of highly qualified teachers and specialists. The majority of our teachers have obtained their Masters of Education and other advanced degrees that enhance their ability to teach to a broad range of student abilities. In addition, the elementary and middle/high school are staffed by two teachers who work together to meet the needs of their classroom and ensure the success of all students. 2. CCDE Therapies - The Children's Center for Developmental Enrichment strives to provide comprehensive treatment for children on the autism spectrum and their families. As part of this comprehensive approach, CCDE offers a variety of therapy services. One of our programs that provides benefit to both the children and their families is a naturalistic home-based program that is overseen by a clinical psychologist, and is used as an adjunct to our school based program. These programs are individualized by our staff for each child who participates. CCDE also offers both occupational therapy services and speech therapy services to each child in need of them. These services are generally provided in the school setting at Oakstone Academy, but therapists are readily available to consult with families to address any area of concern that they may have.

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Program 2

Elementary school

The elementary years are an exciting time for learning, both academically and socially. Elementary classrooms at Oakstone Academy offer exciting opportunities for developing academic competency and personal growth. From full-day kindergarten through fourth grade, children are offered a range of hands-on experiences, collaborative-learning groups, and traditional-style instruction. Taking the best from empirically-based traditional instruction and combining it with innovative approaches provides the balance for developing solid academic foundations in reading and math, with the excitement and fun of learning through multiple modalities and real-life experiences. Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are given the opportunity to be fully-included with children without disabilities throughout the school day learning social skills as well as academic learning. Unlike other schools that include children with autism in general education classrooms, children with ASD at Oakstone do not have one-on-one aides in the classroom. Rather, teachers and teaching assistants at Oakstone are specially trained to support the student with ASD to become independent and self-directed.

The elementary school curriculum emphasizes academic achievement and highlights the importance of respect and social growth through character education. Small classrooms with 15 to 18 students are supervised by two licensed teachers and one assistant. The low student-to-teacher ratios allow children to move at their own pace with close teacher guidance as needed. In addition to serving children with ASD, our classrooms are also uniquely suited for gifted students who are able to move as rapidly through the curriculum as they are able, yet remain with their same age peers.

Category

Education, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

Budget

Program 3

Oakstone Directions

National statistics indicate that 1:80 individuals have autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a very complex neurodevelopmental disorder. Although educational programs for young children with ASD have increased, there is an absence of progressive and innovative programs for older students' with ASD. While central Ohio is rich in resources for younger children, parents of older children with ASD are frantically trying to piece together resources to prepare their children for life after high school. While nationally the percentage of typically developing adult children living with their parents is at an all time high, our parents are being forced to look for programs out of state to serve their children with ASD.

A leader in the field, OA has accepted the challenge of addressing the need for effective programs students with ASD 17 to 21 years old. OA's program, Oakstone Directions (OD), was developed by Dr. Rebecca Morrison and focuses on preparing students during the last three years of high school to live as indepedently as possible after graduation. OD was initiated in the fall of 2013 with 60 students and addresses the needs from those preparing to go to college as well as those who will potentially require supervised care for the foreseeable future. The scope of the program includes: continued education; college & career experiences and internships; and daily living and community involvement.

The OD program is based on hiring professionals & trades people to work alongside our teachers to assist students in exploring options for the future. Last year graphic arts & construction were introduced. In early 2014 a bakery was added to the program. For our college bound students we established dual enrollment with Central Ohio Technical College. Through this program housed at OA, students learn skills needed to succeed in college. While employment is critical for all young adults, equally as vital is the option to live as indepednently as possible and be actively involved in the community. The OD program is the only one in our state and already being looked at for replication in other states. Partnerships with The Ohio State University, Otterbein University and dozens of businesses have already been established.

Category

Educational Programs

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

Ohio

CCDE/Oakstone Academy is located in Columbus, Ohio and serves children in Franklin and surrounding counties. In addition, parents have moved from other states such as Texas so their child could attend the school.

Funding Needs

Our primary challenge is to build a multi-purpose space tosupport sports, music and social activities which are vital to the developmentof all students. Providing an ample area where students can learn and socializeis a critical component of the Oakstone model. Other needs: refurbish themiddle/high school lunch room and school store; obtain ready-to-usetechnology/laptops for students; enhance safety equipment in the science room;update database management systems.

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CHILDREN'S CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL ENRICHMENT
Fiscal year: Sep 01-Aug 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Childrens Center for Developmental Enrichment

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Rebecca Morrison Ph.D.

BIO

Dr. Morrison is a recognized expert in the education of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She helped shape the Ohio Autism Scholarship, recognized by the American Legislative Exchange Council as "national model legislation." Morrison lectures on autism across the country at such prestigious locations as the M.I.N.D. Institute in Sacramento, California and the International Applied Behavioral Analysis Conference at The Ohio State University. Dr. Morrison's unique gift to society has been recognized by the Jefferson Awards, the OSU Di Ho Chung Award, and the OSU Lucy Zuck Award. She has also published several papers in "The Early Childhood Journal" and contributed a chapter to Early Childhood Inclusion: Focus on Change by M.Guralnick.

Morrison founded Oakstone Academy in 2000, a school for children with ASD where they can be fully included in general education classrooms with typically developing peers. She based the school on her Academic and Social Immersion model which fosters high expectations in behavior and academic achievement for all students. Morrison has partnered with The Ohio State University in two high-profile multi-year grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The first grant enabled Morrison and several teachers to provide intense training and workshops for educators in other states. The second study focused on the effectiveness of Morrison’s Academic and Social Immersion Model among kindergarten students transitioning to first grade. Results showed that children with ASD demonstrated significant improvements when provided the right kind of support (through the Academic and Social Immersion Model) in classrooms with typically developing peers.

Morrison lives in Columbus, Ohio

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Never before has there been such an acute need to educate agroup of children who have been as underserved as those diagnosed with autismspectrum disorder (ASD).  Only in recentyears have many professionals in health and education recognized that these childrencould achieve far more academically and socially than was previously thought.  But while programs designed to educate these children have increased, the educational approach used by many schools still isolates children with ASD from the very thing they need most: anopportunity to interact academically and socially with children who do not have disabilities. 
 
 
Oakstone Academy was founded on the principle thatchildren with ASD can be vital and successful members of our community.  High expectations in academic performance and behavior are a given for all students. Classrooms are set up to meet the needs of typically developing students with additional support embedded in a general education curriculum for children with ASD.  With the help of highly skilled teachers and supportive classmates, students with ASD who attend Oakstone aretrue members of the school community – not part-time players.  Today, Oakstone Academy is the only school inthe nation (K-12) that provides a truly inclusive education for children withASD where they learn and socialize throughout the school day with typicallydeveloping peer students. The model has proved successful for typical students as well. 
 
 
To measure curriculum effectiveness Oakstone students without disabilities participate in standardized testing both district (CAT)and statewide (OAT).  Year after year,these students score consistently above average in science, math, reading and language arts. 
 
Thanks to support from our families and the community,Oakstone has continued to thrive.  Ourgoal is to continue the development of our research-based program while providing an excellent education for all children."

Governance

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Galen Stover

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