Stories enchant us

Elementary

Yesterday he told you The Lorax book is better than the movie. Today he followed a butterfly to see which flowers it liked best. No doubt about it—he’s sharp, and he’s inquisitive. He already loves learning—and you want him to keep loving it, with the same fresh delight, all his life.

At Oakwood we celebrate his incisiveness and his spontaneity. But we also want him to be as open to learning at sixty as he was at six.

That’s why we expect even our youngest children to master core skills in reading, writing, and math. Our curriculum works to make this core knowledge automatic, giving your child the intellectual stamina to forge ahead. But our teachers present that curriculum through their own inventive methods, inspiring your child to roam the byways of his creativity. In this open yet strengthening environment, he grows into a nimble, joyful, persistent thinker, who’s ready to take on any challenge.

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.

Elementary News

Oakwood School Fall Open House - A Wonderful Event

On November 13, Oakwood School hosted an Open House for prospective students and their families as well as current Oakwood families who wanted to preview all the opportunities ahead. The day was a wonderful showcase of all Oakwood has to offer, with classroom demonstrations, student performances, and student-led campus tours. This event, the first on-campus Open House in nearly two years, was a true celebration for our school community. We were thrilled to welcome current and future Oakwood families to campus for this special day.

Oakwood will host one more Open House this school year–mark your calendar for Saturday, March 5, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Contact to RSVP.

Read more about Oakwood School Fall Open House - A Wonderful Event
First Grade Students Celebrate Fall with Field Trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch

Last week, Oakwood School's first-grade students took a field trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch! At the pumpkin patch, the students learned about the different types of pumpkins and gourds, the life cycle of a pumpkin, and how the bees are helpful to the pumpkins. The students also enjoyed a hayride through the many acres of cornfields, sunflowers, marigolds, and scarecrow friends in addition to a train ride that toured through pumpkins of all sizes, shapes, and colors. To conclude the trip, every child picked a small pumpkin to take home!

Read more about First Grade Students Celebrate Fall with Field Trip to Spina Farms Pumpkin Patch
Summer@Oakwood Olympics Week

During Summer@Oakwood's "Olympics Week," campers celebrated the Olympics with themed activities and games. Our young students learned about the variety of sports that take place during the Summer Olympics and participated in their own Oakwood Olympic games! Children ran through obstacles courses, jumped over hurdles, and perfected their pool noodle javelin throw. During craft time, campers created paper plate medals and made handprint LED Olympic torches.

Read more about Summer@Oakwood Olympics Week
Summer@Oakwood Campers Learn about Animals

Campers in the Summer@Oakwood program recently had the opportunity to interact with Lower School Head and Principal, Mrs. Shales' farm animals! Mrs. Shales brought one of her goats and some of her chickens for the campers to meet. The children learned fun facts about each of the animals were taught about their particular needs and proper care. Campers enthusiastically asked questions as they pet and held the animals. The children also had fun sharing about their own pets with one another. Thank you, Mrs. Shales, for bringing your farm animals for our campers to enjoy!

Read more about Summer@Oakwood Campers Learn about Animals
Class of 2021 Take Their Senior Walk

On the last day of school, Friday, May 28th, the Oakwood High School Class of 2021 wore their caps and gowns to participate in Oakwood School's Third Annual Senior Walk. Students, faculty, and staff enthusiastically cheered on our seniors in-person while families showed their support watching the event live over Zoom. It was a special experience not only for the graduating seniors but also for the younger students who look up to them. We are proud to celebrate our Senior Class's great accomplishment with this Oakwood tradition.

Read more about Class of 2021 Take Their Senior Walk
Fifth-Grade Students Broaden Communication and Creative Skills During Shark Tank Project

Each year, Oakwood fifth-grade students complete a Shark Tank project. The project has two parts. The first part consists of each student writing a persuasive essay on their own creative idea/product. Then, five to six ideas are selected from those essays to base the products/ideas they will work on for the second part, which are group projects. The groups work to become passionate experts on their concept, build a prototype, and prepare a presentation to present to our own Oakwood Shark Panel. The students try to persuade the judges that they have the next big idea. Because students practice written and oral communication as well as collaboration skills, the project is a creative way for them to become more effective communicators while having fun and a little friendly competition.

Read more about Fifth-Grade Students Broaden Communication and Creative Skills During Shark Tank Project
Fourth Grade Students Celebrate the State of California

Oakwood fourth-grade students study California state history and as the school year comes to an end, the students and teachers celebrate with a California-themed day. On Wednesday, May 26, the day began with movie-making and pet rock personalization. The students learned many fun facts during the day, such as the creator of the Pet Rock was originally from Los Gatos, and his grandchildren attended Oakwood School! The students moved the fun from the classroom to the playground in the afternoon, where they took turns playing Hoop and Post, jumping toy frogs, whistling morse code, and digging for gold. It was a warm day, and to the delight of the students, they ended it with water relays and popsicles.

Read more about Fourth Grade Students Celebrate the State of California
Second Grade Students Attend Camp-Read-A-Lot

A love of reading opens the world up to the imagination and a lifetime of possibilities. Ms. Broch and Mrs. Pappa's second-grade classes attended Camp Read-A-Lot, Friday, May 21. The students dressed in camping attire and snuggled up with their favorite reading book, a pillow, and a stuffed animal for the day. When on-campus studnets arrived in their classrooms, they discovered their desks transformed into tents. During the day, the campers heard stories from our "Reading Rangers," Mrs. Shales, Mrs. Helvey, and a few parent volunteers via Zoom, all while snacking on camp treats. It was a fun day filled with many reading-based activities for these campers.

Read more about Second Grade Students Attend Camp-Read-A-Lot
Third-Grade Students Dig into Paleontology

At Oakwood, we are dedicated to providing an environment in which students explore and research ideas and develop higher-level thinking skills.
In March of 2020, Oakwood moved to remote learning, and as a result, the 2nd-grade students were unable to participate in the annual 2nd-grade Fossil Dig Lab last year. Therefore, the current third-grade students are ending this year with an opportunity to participate in the lab they missed. They began the lesson with a brief review of Paleontology, discussing how fossils form and how Paleontologists use fossils to improve our knowledge of extinct creatures/plants from long ago. After the review, they participated in the fossil dig. They each received a dig site excavation box as members of the Official Paleontologist Research Team for Oakwood School. The class reviewed the use of each tool within their pack, created their observation notes, entered the dig site, collected their fossil specimens, and drew conclusions about their fossils. It was an exciting and educational activity for the students to practice their analyzing and evaluation skills.


Read more about Third-Grade Students Dig into Paleontology

Our children are part of an invigorating educational program at Oakwood, which allows each of them to use their strengths and confidently conquer their challenges.

Oakwood Parent

Oakwood is a place where dedicated people instill values, leadership and pride into children while giving them a top notch education.

Oakwood Parent

I love how my children are thriving at Oakwood and how the teachers and staff are always there for them.

Oakwood Parent