About Our School

The Gladys H. Oberle School is a private, special education day program that serves students identified as having:

  • Autism/Aspergers Syndrome
  • Emotional Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Other Health Impairment
  • ADHD
  • Multiple Disabilities

Students attending the Oberle School are working towards a standard, modified, or special diploma. Virginia SOL tests are administered. The small class size, between two and five students, allows for individualized instruction. All of the classrooms are equipped with computers and Epson Whiteboards which allow for an enhanced educational experience. The YMCA and local parks are the setting for our PE courses and students are able to complete the classroom portion of driver’s education.

Some of the elective classes that are offered include:

  • Art
  • Computer Applications
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education for Employment
  • Independent Living
  • Introduction to Health & Medical Sciences
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Social Skills
  • Yearbook Production

A strong component of our programming is our Education for Employment class.  In the classroom component of the program, students complete a career assessment and a variety of work readiness training activities. Some of the topics covered are:

  • How to find a job
  • Completing applications
  • Mock interviews
  • Softskills necessary for job success

Once students have completed the classroom portion, students are placed at a training site.  We partner with area employers to provide training sites for our students.

Students work with the transition specialist and may participate in a variety of job shadowing experiences prior to being placed onto a training site. Students earn a training incentive based upon his/her performance both in the classroom and on the training site. Academic credit can be earned for participation in this program.

Some local businesses that have provided training sites include:

  • Burger King
  • Country Cookin
  • DisAbility Resource Center
  • Finishing Touch Florist
  • Fredericksburg Field House
  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • IHOP
  • Plato’s Closet
  • Rappahannock Goodwill Industries
  • Rappahannock Regional Library
  • ReTail Store
  • Roxbury Farm and Garden

An active Interact Club, sponsored by the Stafford Rotary, allows many of our students to participate in community service projects.  Some of our projects include:

  • Bake Sale for Volunteers for the Blind
  • Christmas Caroling at Nursing Homes
  • Earth Day at Fort A.P. Hill
  • Heritage Trail Clean-up
  • Partnering with Shenandoah National Park to rid the area of Invasive Plants
  • Recreation activities with Poet’s Walk, an Alzheimer’s care facility
  • Recycling for Habitat for Humanity
  • Relay for Life
  • Wings for Wheels
  • Yard Clean-up for Elderly Neighbors

Students are offered a variety of clubs to join at the Gladys H. Oberle School. The clubs include:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Competitive Sports
  • Cooking
  • De-Stress
  • Musical Theater
  • Recreational Fitness
  • Robotics

The Gladys H. Oberle School employs two full-time counselors who provide both individual and group counseling and help students and families to access mental health and other community services.

Seniors are offered the opportunity to take a class at Germanna Community College during the spring semester and earn college credit while still enrolled in high school.