The elementary years provide a strong foundation for future academic and social growth. We are dedicated to providing an environment in which students explore and research ideas, develop higher level thinking skills, and become independent, self-directed, joyful learners.
Your child is multidimensional and you want a school that celebrates and hones all of their gifts.
As your child learns every subject from experts in the field, expresses himself joyously and authentically, rises to clear academic expectations, follows and sets moral examples, and participates in our exuberant culture of exploration, Oakwood School helps him grow into a well-spoken, confident, vibrant individual and citizen.
At Oakwood School, our educational philosophy carefully balances structure and openness to help your child grow as a creative, disciplined, joyful learner. Step onto our idyllic Morgan Hill campus and you immediately feel Oakwood’s philosophy shining through.
Even at this young age, your child is ready to delve deeper—and at Oakwood, our teachers can lead curiosity as far as it can go. In preschool, teachers specialize in early childhood development, musical movement, and library skills. By first grade, students are attending classes in drama, Spanish, science, art, music, and PE, along with daily lessons in language arts, math, and social studies. Going to different classrooms, studying with expert teachers who all deeply love their subjects—not only can our students handle it, they thrive on it.
At Oakwood, we believe performing doesn’t mean pretending to be someone else. It means becoming your best self, and learning how to share that self with others. That’s why, from preschool on, we give children plenty of opportunities to perform—by playing characters, singing, and dancing. At first they perform for their peers and teachers, but as they grow, we give them more and more chances to shine in public.
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.
At Oakwood, we believe the values that underlie such choices—respect, service, honesty, kindness, and citizenship—are worthy human goals that never go out of style. For these reasons, the Oakwood community honors a simple, secular moral code, which supports children’s natural inclination to do what’s right.
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.
Your child is multidimensional—curious and kind, thoughtful and improvisational, perceptive and exuberant. And you want a school that celebrates and hones all her gifts—not separately, but in concert. A school that knows she’s not just one song, but a symphony. In this open yet strengthening environment, children grow into nimble, joyful, persistent thinkers, who are ready to take on any challenge.
An Oakwood education is a comprehensive, collaborative, intentional process that prepares students fully for their next stage in life—whether that’s kindergarten, college, or somewhere in between.
Through the five tenets of our founding philosophy,
disciplined and jubilant self-expression,
high academic expectations,
grounded moral examples,
we foster curiosity, mastery, and independence. Our teachers get to know every student as an individual, including the ways he or she learns best.
Our program also ensures that students themselves understand and effectively employ their own learning methods. We teach them to take charge of their own education—at Oakwood, in college, and throughout their lives.