Welcome to the first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year! Whether on-campus or remote, we love seeing our students' smiling faces!
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.
During their remote learning lessons, the Oakwood Kindergarten classes have finished their Christopher Columbus history unit. As a bonus activity, they could re-create one of Columbus' boats, the Nina, the Pinta, or the Santa Maria, and either a telescope or a compass, with their family. Many of them have been acting out the journey at home, and we love the video that this Oakwood family created to commemorate their experience.
On Wednesday, March 18, all Oakwood students, preschool through high school seniors, powered up their devices and joined teachers and peers online for the first day of Oakwood Zoom classes. Our passionate faculty and support staff have worked furiously behind the scenes to transform and organize the current curriculum to facilitate an "Oakwood away from Oakwood" education. This time of unease has tested the resilience of our community. We have all responded quickly to ensure that our students are now back to learning from their teachers and engaging with their peers.
Thanks and Giving is Oakwood's school-wide community service project which encompasses our educational goal of being Community Contributors through Respect, Service, Cooperation and Good Citizenship. This year everyone pitched in and made it possible for our school to donate 177 feast bins to Community Solutions, and 1,513 books for the El Toro Club House in Morgan Hill. Thank you to everyone that continually contributes their time, talents, and generosity to make our community flourish.
The Oakwood community gathered on Monday, October 28 for the Annual Boo Bash. Attendees of all ages enjoyed carving pumpkins of various shapes and sizes into impressive works of art. Attendees happily ate their way through the chili cook-off entries and voted for their favorite. Little ones enjoyed carnival games, a cake walk, storytime, and even a spooky zone. Thank you to our amazing volunteers who made this spook-tastic night possible and congratulations to Ali Hernandez winner of 2018 chili cook-off!
Oakwood students participated in creative and campy themed days throughout spirit week, culminating with the annual Spirit Assembly on Friday, where they exhibited grade-level and school pride. The assembly brought together the entire campus, both lower school and upper school, as well as friends and family. Students participated in grade-level performances, each with their own individual style, and based on a theme chosen to represent the grade for this school year. It's incredible to watch Oakwood students supporting each other and showing Oakwood pride. It's great to be a Hawk!
Oakwood School celebrated the opening of the Gwendolyn Riches Liberal Arts Center on Monday, August 19, 2019, with a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, Morgan Hill Chamber of Commerce members, and other honored guests, gathered in the expanded quad outside the impressive new building. Click "Read More" for details!
On May 2 and 3, Oakwood School hosted beloved grandparents and special friends who traveled from near and far to learn more about the Oakwood School experience firsthand.
Oakwood's kindergarten classes went on a field trip to the Morgan Hill CDF Fire Station. They learned all about the fire trucks as well as all of the different hoses, ladders, tools, and equipment that help assist firemen during an emergency. They also took a tour through the living quarters where the fireman sleep and eat. Each student had a chance to get their picture taken as they sat inside the fire truck. At the very end, a call came over the radio for the entire station to hear that said, "We have an emergency, we would like to welcome Oakwood school, have a great day!" The kindergarten classes are very grateful for the time the firefighters took out of their schedule to teach our Kindergarten students about what firemen do in our community!
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 home on Friday, March 15th, the students set the traps in hopes of catching a leprechaun over the weekend. Click "Read More" for details!
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