Why Oakwood

Families choose Oakwood for many reasons. They come for our outstanding academic program, led by expert, passionate teachers. They seek our supportive culture, fostering confident self-presentation and self-discovery. They value our emphasis on character, on placing respect at the heart of everything we do.

Families soon discover that all these benefits work together to form a more intentional education. We create a transformative environment of high expectations, warm encouragement, and dynamic self-expression that inspires our students, teachers, and parents every day. That’s why we love it here. And if you seek this kind of challenging, nurturing atmosphere for your child, we believe you’ll love it here, too.

We look forward to sharing the Oakwood experience with you.

Choosing an Independent School

If you are new to choosing an independent school, we invite you to consider the advice of Oakwood's Upper School Head Patty Crone, who provides an overview of the benefits of an independent school.

Oakwood is a private, independent school, with no religious affiliation, that offers a rich academic experience for preschool through grade 12 students. Oakwood is fully accredited by the Schools Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which is considered the premier accreditation organization in the western United States. You can read our WASC-mandated school wide learner outcomes (SLOs) and our mission including the five tenets that guide our every step. While Oakwood School’s beautiful, 30 acre campus is expanding in exciting ways, our 535 students love that Oakwood still feels like “home”.



A better education is more affordable than you think!

Is your child at the top of the class but you thought Oakwood was beyond your reach? Think again! The Oakwood Scholarship Program provides scholarships for top students to attend Oakwood. In addition, financial aid and sibling discounts are also available, putting Oakwood within any young scholar's reach.

Please visit the Affording Oakwood page for additional details or contact the Admissions Office at admissions@oakwoodway.org with any questions.




At Oakwood we ensure every child learns from passionate experts in each subject so that they delve far deeper than textbook coverage, inspired by the enthusiasm and leadership of educators who have achieved mastery in their fields.





At Oakwood we foster a disciplined and jubilant culture of public self-expression by teaching presentation skills onstage and in the classroom, helping students blossom into dynamic, self-confident communicators.





At Oakwood we uphold high academic expectations to build the kind of intellectual stamina that leads students to think critically and engage actively in their studies.





At Oakwood we set grounded personal examples for moral behavior so that the core values of our school family—respect, service, honesty, kindness, citizenship—inspire our students to make good choices in all their endeavors.





At Oakwood we lead students through a proven curriculum that gives them plenty of space for exploration while allowing students to try out new talents and investigate their potential in a supportive environment that unleashes possibilities.