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She’s always wanted more than the textbook version of history. At Oakwood, her history teacher gives the class excerpts from Columbus’ diaries. Now she’s making a video dramatizing the explorer’s first contact with the native people of the Americas—thinking through both sides of this world-changing encounter. At Oakwood, our teachers can lead your student’s curiosity as far as it can go—because they’re all experts in their chosen fields. They teach what they love, and only what they love. And when students learn from educators who are teaching their passion, they can’t help catching the enthusiasm.

And where will her Oakwood education take her? Wherever she chooses.

Oakwood High School provides Morgan Hill and neighboring communities a local, private, independent high school. Growing from roots that run nearly fifty years deep, Oakwood is led by a family in its third generation of running successful private schools. Starting in ninth grade, our individualized, intentional college counseling process fully supports your student as she defines, pursues, and reaches her higher educational goals. It’s no wonder our students regularly score in the top percentiles on their college entrance exams, go on to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation, and continue to learn and lead for a lifetime.

We are Morgan Hill’s independent, non-sectarian, college-preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. Our diverse community, thriving on an expansive campus, provides a home for an extended family of learners. Here, we share our unwavering commitment to a more intentional education. To learn more about our educational philosophy, download our Upper School Brochure. The best way for your family to meet our family is to tour our scenic Morgan Hill campus, meet our teachers and students, and observe our learning in action. Our family looks forward to meeting yours.

Recent High School News

Oakwood Linguistics Students Inspired by Experts at the Middlebury Institute

Oakwood High School Linguistics students spent the day in Monterey meeting with several individuals at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Soon after arriving, the group sat down with Lama Ranjous, a graduate student in International Policy and Development program, to discuss the role of language and cultural competence in her work and studies. The group also met with Thor Sawin, a professor of teaching English and second languages. They wrapped up the day with a Q&A session with Holly Mikkelson, a professor of Translation and Interpretation. Everyone who attended went home that evening inspired by the words of the individuals at the Middlebury Institute.

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Oakwood Student Raising Awareness of Global Hunger

In the past few months, Oakwood senior Claire M. has been working on a project to reduce food waste in the local Morgan Hill community. She is currently developing a nonprofit – "Manna" – which aims to raise awareness of global hunger. Claire spoke at an event for Women's Equality Week on August 27 and represented Manna at the September 26 Homeless Panel hosted by the local chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Other panel members included David Swing, Morgan Hill Police Chief; Cecelia Ponzini, founder of Edward Boss Prado Foundation and Rachel Garcia, Housing Manager for the City of Morgan Hill. Claire is planning a food drive at local senior centers this winter.

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Oakwood Student to Address Congress as a Member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Nikhita G. was a guest columnist in the latest issue of Morgan Hill Life in which she shares her experience with type 1 diabetes and her efforts to increase funding for research. In just a few weeks she will be one of five Bay Area teens headed to Washington D.C. to meet with their two U.S. senators and at least one member of Congress to talk about renewing $150 million in federal funding to find a cure for the disease.

Nikhita is part of Oakwood's speech and debate team and has been a recipient of awards for her public speaking. It's wonderful to see her taking those skills to make a positive change in the world. We wish her and fellow members of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation the best as they travel to D.C. to address congress.

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Oakwood High School Club Raises Funds for Local Cancer Patients

Oakwood High School's Healing Humanity Club wrapped up their year-long weekly fundraising efforts by traveling to Palo Alto to present Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford with the club's yearly donation.

The club raised $426 for the Children's Fund, which provides support to families who would otherwise be unable to pay for their child's medical care. To date, the club has donated over $4,500 to the Children's Fund. The club also raised $928 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the annual school-wide coin drive.

The Healing Humanity Club's mission is to raise monetary funds for local pediatric cancer patients and volunteer at local hospitals. The two club founders, Roxanne and Talia, also brought along next year's presidents for a meeting with the club's Lucile Packard representative to begin planning next year's events.

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My daughter's going to Cal Poly. She got so many scholarships and grants that she's going to go there cheaper than San Jose State. It's amazing that she got in. It's amazing that she had such a stellar education. It's amazing that she got free money. And I attribute it to this school and the staff and the focus that they give our kids.

Oakwood Parent

My son has been a student at Oakwood since kindergarten. He is graduating from Oakwood HS next month. Oakwood is absolutely the best school in this area - maybe in the whole county. It has been worth every penny. I can't say enough good things about the school, staff, faculty, facility, owners. Oakwood is exceptional in every way.

Oakwood Parent

Oakwood provides me with much more opportunity to participate than I would get at a larger school. It amazes me that I can be on the soccer team, the tennis team, Student Council, Speech and Debate, Model UN, a service club and in a play all in the same year.

Oakwood Student

The teachers are so dedicated at a personal level that you will not find anywhere. That is so important, because going into college admissions you need those references, and these teachers know these kids.

Oakwood Parent

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