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Early Childhood

Your child astonishes you every day. Sometimes you gasp at her maturity, like her ability to remember and use words you’ve just read in her storybook. Other times her innocence brings tears to your eyes. She’s a child—wondrous, exceptional, vulnerable.

At Oakwood, we celebrate this amazing stage of life—we don’t rush it.

We take time to discover and nurture the talents and interests of every student. And we make sure your child feels safe and encouraged to discover herself. Oakwood is the place for her to seek out new experiences—shooting a three-point basket, playing a dragon on stage, asking a burning question, making a new best friend. Here, variety feels exciting. It’s a chance to learn something new, or to work out a solution. The way we see it, we have as much to learn from our children as they do from us. So let’s all learn together, as an extended family of exuberant, thoughtful explorers.

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 Lower 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 Early Childhood News

Shuttle Service Helps Oakwood Families and the Environment

Did you know that Oakwood students can now take a shuttle to school? Oakwood has partnered with Kidz Jet Shuttle Service to provide transportation to and from Oakwood for students in Los Gatos and San Jose. Kindergarten through high school students are utilizing this service and loving it. This alternative transportation is helping to keep the air clean while providing an opportunity to grow the Oakwood community.

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Oakwood Lower School Students Kick-off the 2018-2019 School Year

Oakwood welcomed preschool through 5th grade students and their families for the 2018-2019 school year at the Lower School Kick-off event. Families gathered as Mrs. Helvey and Mrs. Shales gave the official welcome and introduced our wonderful lower school faculty. After dropping off their school supplies, elementary school students had the opportunity to talk with their teachers and socialize with their classmates over ice cream. Meanwhile, ECE students and their parents sipped some lemonade, talked with teachers, and had some play time with classmates before their official day of school on Tuesday.

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Faculty & Staff  Prepare to Welcome Students Back To School

Oakwood faculty and staff gathered in the library on Monday morning for a breakfast and meeting to kick-off in-service week. The upcoming week will be filled with meetings, trainings and getting classrooms ready in order to prepare for the start of the school year. Everyone is hard at work to make sure that the school year kicks-off right. We can't wait to see all of our students and their families back on campus next week!

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Oakwood Groundbreaking Ceremony Officially Launches Campus Expansion Project

A Groundbreaking Ceremony was held to commemorate and officially launch the Spreading Our Roots: Oakwood School Campus Expansion project on Thursday, May 10th as part of our Spring Open House and Art Show. All students and their families were invited to join us as we marked this special moment.

The event started with a few words from our Head of School Michelle Helvey, who shared what the school and this project meant to her and why the expansion was necessary, followed by remarks from Larry Kent of Kent Construction, who built the Oakwood high school building and is completing this important project for us. Ted Helvey spoke next about the history of our school and campus and how it belongs to all of us. The administration, along with some honored guests and students, donned hard hats and shovels and ceremoniously broke ground, while confetti cannons showered participants with colorful confetti. Attendees were given Spreading Our Roots: Oakwood School Campus Expansion seed packets at mementos of this historic celebration. Oakwood high school student Ashwin Viswesvaran took photos and videos of the event and we will share his finished compilation as soon as it is ready.

This campaign will be the first of its kind for Oakwood, and will mirror what other independent, not-for-profit schools employ to fundraise for projects of this magnitude. As we ramp up our fundraising efforts to complete Oakwood's new liberal arts building, gymnasium, and playfields, ultimately advancing our school's ability to provide enhanced hands-on learning opportunities and expanded extracurricular offerings for our current students as well as sustaining this excellence decades into the future, we will look to our entire community for support.

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20th Annual Thanks and Giving Celebration

The Oakwood 2017 Thanks and Giving Celebration was an amazing event as usual. The 154 assembled Thanksgiving food bins were presented to Community Solutions. Over 1,117 books collected for the "Reading Hour" 2nd grade book drive were presented to the El Toro Clubhouse. There was singing, socializing, a video showcasing the things we are thankful for and pumpkin pie for the students – it was an Oakwood event that was truly a celebration of giving! Thank you to everyone for contributing and for showing our community your wonderful giving spirit.

Click here to view the "Oakwood is Thankful" video shown at the celebration.

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The thing that stood out in the Early Childhood program here was that it was developmentally based and not just hardcore academics. It was the musical movement. It was the art. It was looking at the whole child and making sure that every aspect was focused upon throughout their day.

Oakwood Parent

I couldn't trust anybody with my kids more than I trust the folks at Oakwood. It is fantastic.

Oakwood Parent

My son just blossomed here. Blossomed. He started off really shy and you should see him now.

Oakwood Parent