National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced this year's National Merit Scholarship winners. Oakwood Senior Claire Murphy has been selected as a recipient for this prestigious award. Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Congratulations, Claire!
She’s always wanted more than the textbook version of history. At Oakwood, her history teacher gives the class excerpts from Columbus’ diaries. Now she’s making a video dramatizing the explorer’s first contact with the native people of the Americas—thinking through both sides of this world-changing encounter. At Oakwood, our teachers can lead your student’s curiosity as far as it can go—because they’re all experts in their chosen fields. They teach what they love, and only what they love. And when students learn from educators who are teaching their passion, they can’t help catching the enthusiasm.
And where will her Oakwood education take her? Wherever she chooses.
Oakwood High School provides Morgan Hill and neighboring communities a local, private, independent high school. Growing from roots that run nearly fifty years deep, Oakwood is led by a family in its third generation of running successful private schools. Starting in ninth grade, our individualized, intentional college counseling process fully supports your student as she defines, pursues, and reaches her higher educational goals. It’s no wonder our students regularly score in the top percentiles on their college entrance exams, go on to attend some of the finest colleges and universities in the nation, and continue to learn and lead for a lifetime.
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 Upper 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.
Iris Indermitte, an Oakwood HS senior, was recently selected as one of only two Chapter W.J. Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Star Scholarship winners from a large and competitive pool of applicants. P.E.O. is an international women's philanthropy organization that promotes women and their achievement. The P.E.O. Star Scholarship is for women who exhibit excellence in leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, and potential for future success. Iris has been invited to attend a reception this summer to receive her award. Congratulations, Iris!
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!
On Monday, March 26 a group of seniors went to Monterey to attend The Panetta Institute's 2018 Lecture Series. The theme for this session was "Global Crisis and the American Dream — America First or America as a World Leader?" Students were able to participate in a panel discussion with former U.S. Ambassador to Russia and Stanford professor, Michael McFaul; former secretary of defense for policy, Michèle Flournoy; and Pulitzer Prize writer and political commentator George Will. The conversation was moderated by Leon Panetta, who served as Secretary of Defense and Director of the CIA. Seniors Claire Murphy and Jeff Ruster represented Oakwood well by asking questions about U.S. foreign policy with North Korea and about the Vietnam War that initiated engaging responses from the panelists. Interactions like these demonstrate that Oakwood students are preparing to become future leaders in our communities and the nation!
Oakwood High School 9th graders are researching their ancestors in their English classes using myheritage.com. With some guidance from a Literary Legacy representative, students are compiling data about family members and the historical era that they lived in. This data will be used for a written project which will include a nonfiction and fictional aspect. Individual student projects will be compiled into a book and published through Literary Legacies. By the end of the project, students will be published authors! Stay tuned for information about their published work.
A group of Oakwood High School juniors and seniors from Economics, Immigration Policy, and Government classes attended the Leon Panetta Lecture Series in Monterey. They heard from U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte and Chris Dodd on the topic of "The Economy and the American Dream – Impact of Debt, Growth, Immigration and Tax Cuts." The discussion focused on the link between the American Dream and economic opportunity. Prior to the lectures, students had the opportunity to participate in a lively discussion with the speakers and other students from the Central Coast and Northern California.
Oakwood celebrated the many cultures of its community through entertainment and food sampling at the biennual International Festival. The festival featured musical performances representative of Scottish, Indian, Ukranian, Japanese, Mexican, and Filipino heritage. Many numbers were led and choreographed by our talented students. Students wearing traditional garb paraded across the stage proudly showcasing cultures from around the world. The festival concluded with food sampling from many countries including India, England, Italy and Middle Eastern countries. This gave students the opportunity to try many new dishes.
The Oakwood High School boys basketball teams are now competing in the bigger, competitive Mission Trail League. This league is comprised of the best teams in the South Valley and Monterey area. It is a great growing opportunity for our players who have stepped up to the plate, becoming some of the best basketball teams in Oakwood history. The Morgan Hill Times recently featured an article about the teams' move which highlights the accomplishments of Andrew Lyle, Ousmani Williams, and Nikola Djalovic. Click here to see the full article.
Oakwood High School drama hosted the annual Monologue Night on Saturday, January 20th, 2018. Students of all levels from beginners to advanced entertained the audience with Shakespeare,"How To Train Your Dragon" and Helen Keller's "The Miracle Worker" among others. Students also acted in small one-act scenes that they wrote, directed and executed themselves! One of the highlights was the finale performance of the famous Abbott and Costello routine, "Who's on First?". The audience laughed, they cried and laughed some more.
My daughter's going to Cal Poly. She got so many scholarships and grants that she's going to go there cheaper than San Jose State. It's amazing that she got in. It's amazing that she had such a stellar education. It's amazing that she got free money. And I attribute it to this school and the staff and the focus that they give our kids.Oakwood Parent
My son has been a student at Oakwood since kindergarten. He is graduating from Oakwood HS next month. Oakwood is absolutely the best school in this area - maybe in the whole county. It has been worth every penny. I can't say enough good things about the school, staff, faculty, facility, owners. Oakwood is exceptional in every way.Oakwood Parent
Oakwood provides me with much more opportunity to participate than I would get at a larger school. It amazes me that I can be on the soccer team, the tennis team, Student Council, Speech and Debate, Model UN, a service club and in a play all in the same year.Oakwood Student
The teachers are so dedicated at a personal level that you will not find anywhere. That is so important, because going into college admissions you need those references, and these teachers know these kids.Oakwood Parent