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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

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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Lower School Students Recognized for Showing Respect

The Words of the Month of April were "Showing Respect." Students who show respect at Oakwood received Character Awards and enjoyed a sweet treat with Mrs. Shales. Congratulations to the following students: Kindergarten – Paxson K., JC M., Maria T., Vina R., Arianna S., Else D., Hudson S., Katelynn T.; 1st Grade – Calvin B., Aliya A., Naya A., Justin G., Chelsea R., Evan G., Emma K., Nevaeh B., Lily W., Gianna P., Jocelyn V., Caroline N., Kaia W., Brechlin B., Alexa V., Gavin F., Charlotte H.; 2nd Grade - Shayan B., Abby G., Coraline C., Anayeli M., Henry H.; 3rd Grade - Kayden P., Kelly K., Leah S., Joelle N., Cayden W., Katie S., Ginger C., Zoe P., Erik G., Natalie G., Kate P., Ginger K., Addison P., Noelle G.; 4th Grade – Sunny F., Rabani S., Camille M., Austin F., Clara S., Gianna G., Eva G., Matthew F.; 5th Grade – Andrew A., Mysha B., Emma B., Lauren S., Aadjot S.

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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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Oakwood Celebrates Springtime With Grade-Level Activities

Oakwood was hoppin' with Easter and spring celebrations. ECE classes as well as first and second grade enjoyed spring-themed treats and worked on spring-themed projects just in time for the Easter weekend. The celebration would not be complete without the traditional Easter egg hunt. Students eagerly searched high and low for those treats, helping their friends along the way. Elementary P.E. classes enjoyed some healthy competition with relay race Easter Egg hunts.

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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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Oakwood Kindergarteners Learn and Explore at Local Fire Station

Oakwood Kindergarten students took a field trip to the Morgan Hill CDF fire station. Firefighters explained the functions of a fire truck, a tanker truck, and the many different tools and equipment used in their work. Students toured the housing facilities, interacted with a fully uniformed fire fighter, and even got to sit in the driver's seat of the fire truck! It was a fun experience learning about fire safety and the workings of a fire station. Thank you Morgan Hill firefighters!


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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