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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

ECE Students Finish the School Year with a Hawaiian Luau

Oakwood ECE students bid aloha to summer break with a Hawaiian Luau Party. They enjoyed luau-themed snacks and activities throughout the morning. Some of the highlights included lei making, a hula show that ECE faculty danced in and a presentation by Happy Birds, where students learned important facts about parrots and watched them do tricks and talk. Some of the teachers were brave enough to get up close and personal with the parrots and a few even held one on their head! Students had a great time watching and participating in a hula show and especially loved watching their teachers dance. It was a wonderful way to finish the school year.

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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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The Oakwood Community Gathers for a Day of Fitness and Fun

The annual Oakwood Fund Run was a big success! This event has always been a special day for the Oakwood community to gather and support the school and celebrate our spirit. Each grade level started with a warm up and then moved on to the running path and obstacle course. The obstacle course included a climbing wall, an inflatable obstacle course, archery, basketball, and more. The course was surrounded by family, friends, faculty, and staff who cheered students on as they pushed themselves to do their best. We are proud of all of the participants who participated in this physical challenge and fundraising effort. A special thank you to all of our volunteers and donors. What a wonderful day of fitness and fun! The final donation amount and grade level winners will be announced this week!

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Kindergarten Students Engage in Ocean Exploration

Oakwood kindergarteners spent the day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium for their last field trip of the year. They started the day with a private presentation in the auditorium, which provided students with an insider's look into the world of sea otters from a biologist's perspective. Student's learned how aquarium staff members care for stranded pups and injured otters from the wild, and prepare them to return to their natural habitat. After the presentation, students explored exhibits while engaging in fun and educational activities. They worked with their chaperones to complete Ocean Explorer packets.

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Kindergarten Students Get Creative With Leprechaun Trap Designs

Oakwood kindergarten students built leprechaun traps at home with their families to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Students had the opportunity to share their traps in class and explain how they work. Before heading on home Friday, March 16, students set the traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun over the weekend. No leprechauns were captured, but evidence of the mischievous characters' presence – footprints, green toilet water, overturned chairs, and even a rainbow over their classroom – welcomed our kindergarteners to school on Monday.

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Oakwood Kindergarteners Celebrate Reading with Dr. Seuss-Themed Activities

In honor of what would have been Dr. Seuss' 113th birthday, Oakwood Kindergarteners have been working on Dr. Seuss-themed projects. They read, "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" and worked in groups to make "Oobleck." They made and wore Thing 1 and Thing 2 hats, ate green eggs and ham, and even wore their pajamas to school. Happy birthday to the beloved, Dr. Seuss.

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The Oakwood Community Celebrates Diversity With International Festival

Oakwood celebrated the many cultures of its community through entertainment and food sampling at the biennual International Festival. The festival featured musical performances representative of Scottish, Indian, Ukranian, Japanese, Mexican, and Filipino heritage. Many numbers were led and choreographed by our talented students. Students wearing traditional garb paraded across the stage proudly showcasing cultures from around the world. The festival concluded with food sampling from many countries including India, England, Italy and Middle Eastern countries. This gave students the opportunity to try many new dishes.

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Oakwood Kindergarteners Work Together To Master Math Skills

Oakwood kindergarteners practiced their adding skills while also learning the essential skill of working (and compromising) within a group. For this math activity, students received different amounts of counters and worked in groups to write equations. They had the chance to communicate with each other and work towards a common goal. By practicing being an effective team member they developed confidence in their own abilities and while furthering their knowledge of addition.

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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