About Us

Welcome! From our family to yours.  

We hear it every day from parents, teachers, students, and even first-time visitors: Oakwood feels like family. It’s a safe, encouraging, loving home where children thrive. And no wonder—creating that kind of educational experience is a family tradition. In 1959, my grandmother, Gwen Riches, started our sister school, Pinewood, in the family home in Los Altos—where Pinewood School still flourishes today.

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As a parent, I know you have many questions as you seek the best education for your child. So please explore the web site, call, or email. But above all, I invite you to visit us. At Oakwood, everything we do reflects the educational philosophy that our founder set forth more than fifty years ago: a more intentional education that shapes the growth of confident, vivid, thoughtful, high-achieving young people, fully prepared for the top colleges in the nation and life beyond.

Come meet our vibrant students, who can’t wait to tell you how much they love school. Chat with our expert teachers, who inspire, challenge, and encourage each student every day. Sit in on a dynamic class discussion, watch a performance of our latest musical, or tour the wide-open, sunlit grounds where our students gather, play, compete, and create.

If Oakwood feels as much like home to you as it does to us, we hope your family will become part of ours.

We look forward to meeting you.

Michelle Helvey
Head of School