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.

Recent Elementary News

3rd Graders Enjoy a Literary Celebration

Oakwood third grade students celebrated their completion of their first take home novel, The Boxcar Children. The activity started with a literature circle, where each student did a wonderful job taking on their role. The unit culminated with an afternoon "Boxcar Picnic." The students watched the The Boxcar Children movie while they noshed on many of the same tasty treats as the characters from the book (fresh bread and butter, blueberries, chocolate chip cookies and milk). It was a lovely afternoon where literature was brought to life.

Read more about 3rd Graders Enjoy a Literary Celebration
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.

Read more about Shuttle Service Helps Oakwood Families and the Environment
Students Honor Oakwood's 20th Anniversary With Campus-Wide Birthday Celebration

The entire Oakwood campus gathered for a birthday celebration in honor of Oakwood's 20th anniversary. This was one of many events scheduled as part of the year-long anniversary celebration. Mrs. Hanson led students in a birthday song and everyone enjoyed cupcakes festively decorated in Oakwood colors. A special anniversary photo was taken by an Oakwood alum aerial photographer. Stay tuned for more about this special photo! Happy birthday, Oakwood!

Read more about Students Honor Oakwood's 20th Anniversary With Campus-Wide Birthday Celebration
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.

Read more about Oakwood Lower School Students Kick-off the 2018-2019 School Year
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!

Read more about Faculty & Staff Prepare to Welcome Students Back To School
Elementary Students Conclude School Year With Blast of Fun

A little drizzle didn't stop Oakwood Elementary students from having a "Blast of Fun" at their year-end celebration. First through fifth grade students played games, signed t-shirts, and had some fun with photo booth props and treats. The celebration ended with a dance party started by the fifth grade students. This events is always a fantastic way to end the school year and welcome the summer break!

Read more about Elementary Students Conclude School Year With Blast of Fun
3rd Graders Escape to 4th Grade

As the 2017-2018 school year wound down to a close, Oakwood third graders accumulated enough class points to earn a final event together. They spent their final school year hours in an Escape Room trying to break out of 3rd grade! Students worked in teams to race against the clock and tackle math, reading, history, and geography challenges based on concepts they learned throughout the year. Needless to say, they successfully completed all challenges. Third grade was fun! Look out 4th grade, here they come!

Read more about 3rd Graders Escape to 4th Grade
Second Graders Review Academic School Year With Camp Read A Lot

Mrs. Pappa's second grade students experienced the much-anticipated grand finale to the school year - Camp Read A Lot! Students came to school dressed in their camp attire ready for a fun day of reading. They brought flashlights, pillows, and sleeping bags to use in the tents that were set up in the classroom. Reading Rangers visited throughout the day to ready stories around the campfire. Students participated in activities as a fun way to review material from the school year. They wrote their own camp stories, conducted a survey about s'mores, worked with money at the "Camp Trading Post," and engaged in some friendly competition between tents. What a fun way to end the school year!

Read more about Second Graders Review Academic School Year With Camp Read A Lot
First Graders Design and Build Model Homes

Oakwood first graders have been learning about the types of homes all around the world. As part of the unit, each student built a home to display in the classroom. Students were all very creative and materials varied with each project. Homes ranged from farmhouses, beach houses, tree houses, and traditional American modern-day homes. They also built small houses out of cardboard and created a community to display during Spring Open House which represented the Oakwood community. Well done, first graders!

Read more about First Graders Design and Build Model Homes

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