High School

Admission to Oakwood High School is competitive. Applicants should be motivated, hard-working students who want to be contributing members of a vibrant academic community. Students should aspire to attend college and understand the commitment that accompanies that goal. The standard school day for High School (9th-12th grade) is from 8:00am-3:15pm.

Below are general admissions requirements by grade level. If you are ready to get started, go to the Apply Now page.

High School (9th-12th)

Application Overview

In addition to the standard online application managed through the Admissions Portal, the following items are required:

  • Shadow visit: one-day visit (can be completed before or after submitting application); includes a brief meeting for applicant with Upper School Head & Principal or Admissions Director
  • Admissions Testing: Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), SSAT or PSAT test scores accepted; ISEE offered at Oakwood on select dates; testing fee $120
  • Records: two years of report cards plus current year as available, and standardized test scores
  • Teacher Recommendations: two required - one from math/science and one from English/history
  • Student Questionnaire-Short Answer form completed by all 9th-12th grade applicants

  • Merit-based scholarship and financial aid applications must be submitted along with general application.

    Shadow Visit

    Applicants to High School visit for a day at Oakwood to learn about who we are and what we do, and to experience everything from core classes to electives. Visitors may even find themselves making crepes in French class, or joining in during a debate in European History. Each student is paired with a shadow partner based on shared interests, or a specific partner can be requested. The shadow visit starts at 8:00 am in the Upper School Office and ends at approximately 3:15 pm when students will complete an informal meeting with the Upper School Head or Admissions Director.

    To schedule a shadow visit, simply complete the online High School Shadow Day Registration Form. The day-long visit can be completed before or after submitting an application, and available dates are displayed within the registration form.

    Admissions Testing - ISEE information

    The Independent School Entrance Exam, or ISEE, is the most commonly used admissions test for applicants to grades 6 - 12 at Oakwood. If you are an applicant to Oakwood, you may take the ISEE at Oakwood on January 12, 2019 or February 9, 2019. The exam can also be taken at an alternate facility – Oakwood’s school code is 054375, and this code is necessary if you plan to have scores sent on behalf of an applicant to Oakwood Admissions. The test fee at Oakwood is $120, and advance registration is required to ensure availability. Oakwood also accepts SSAT or PSAT scores to satisfy the admissions testing requirement.

    Information about the exam including appropriate test level, subjects, timing, and sample questions can be found at www.iseetest.org.

    Information regarding other test locations can so be found at ISEE-Prometric-Locations.pdf

    It is important to note that testing is only one piece of the admissions process, and scores are reviewed along with evaluations of academic records, recommendations and extracurricular achievements. The purpose of the test is to determine how students think and what knowledge they possess at the time of testing, which will help ensure that Oakwood is a good fit for each student.