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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.

Recent High School News

It's Fund Run Time!

The annual Oakwood Fund Run is just around the corner! It's the chance for Oakwood students to improve their school through their own spirit and participation.

The Fund Run has always been a special way for the Oakwood community to come together to support the school and celebrate our spirit. Students will be running an obstacle course and laps on the field for 30 minutes with their grade level. Families are encouraged to come out and cheer them on! It's a wonderful event and we encourage parent participation both on and off the field.

Proceeds this year will go towards our Campus Fund which includes a liberal arts building, a new gymnasium and playfields that are part of our master plan vision.

Visit the 2018 Fund Run portal webpage for additional details on collecting donations (both online and in-person using the donation envelopes, the grade-level competitions and family sponsorships). Visit the UpToUs sign-up to volunteer at the Fund Run.

If you have any other questions about the event, please contact the Fund Run Chairs at fundrun@oakwoodway.org

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The Oakwood Community Celebrates Diversity With International Festival

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.

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Oakwood High School Boys Basketball Teams Move Up In the World of Sports

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.

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Oakwood High School Monologue Night a Smashing Success

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.

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Oakwood High School Students Place in Top Three at AAUW Speech Trek Competition

Congratulations to the AAUW Speech Trek winners at Tuesday night's competition. Sophomore Shria Bulusu took first place, and sophomore Sofia Ruster took third. Oakwood students competed among students from Live Oak and Sobrato. The topic was, "How Can We Stand Up To Sexism." Shria is now in the running for the statewide finals. We are so proud of all of our competitors.

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Oakwood Students Take Top Awards at Science Fair

The South Valley Science Fair was held here at Oakwood on Thursday, January 11th. Congratulations to our winning students! Click on the "Read More" link below to see names of the winners. All Science Fair winners are invited to attend the awards presentation ceremony and celebration at Booksmart on Saturday, January 27th at 1:30pm. The Morgan Hill community also recognizes and thanks the volunteer efforts of the Oakwood parents who were phenomenal - everything went so smoothly thanks to their efforts. View write-ups in local newspapers about the Science Fair in the Morgan Hill Life and Morgan Hill Times.

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Oakwood's First Girls' Soccer Team Makes History

Oakwood Girls' Varsity Soccer beat Anzar on Wednesday, giving them their first win in history. The first half saw goals from Hannah C., Kate M., and co-captain Mikaela W., During the second half, Hannah and Kate each scored another goal to bring the final score to 5 - 0. Quick defense from Brook M., and Emily M., coupled with Ashley B.'s fearless saves, ensured a clean sheet for Oakwood. Special mention goes to co-captain Annie K. for covering the most ground with her incredible endurance and sharp passes. Credit goes to the entire team for playing cohesively and with intelligence. Go Hawks!

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Oakwood High School Students Attend Girls Teaching Girls to Code at Stanford

On Saturday, December 2, Eshika J. and Maddy H. attended the Girls Teaching Girls to Code event at Stanford University. In teams of 4, they worked to solve 5 different computer science-related puzzles, which included recursion, binary, and programming. It was a great opportunity to meet and collaborate with other girls from the Bay Area who are also passionate about computer science.

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Enriching the Worldview of Oakwood High School Students
On November 29, Oakwood was graced with the presence of Lama Ranjous, a student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Ms. Ranjous is from Syria and came to the U.S. to study international policy and development and continue her work with the United Nations. She spoke to classes in the History Department and the Freshman and Sophomore Advisories. Ms. Ranjous spoke about her work with various NGOs, the United Nations, as well as her experience being a young woman in a traditionally male-dominated field. She also shared her experience adapting to American culture. Oakwood students greatly enjoyed her discussions and came away with a more enriched worldview.
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Strong Start to the Oakwood High School Speech and Debate Season

Oakwood high school students participated in the Santa Clara University Dempsey Cronin Speech and Debate Tournament. Annie R., and Tanner N. were both great in the Lincoln Douglas Debate with 3-2 records. Abhas R. advanced to semi-finals winning 3rd place. Varsity debaters Khush A., Ajay S. and Corey B. all did well with Ajay narrowly missing advancement to finals and Corey breaking through to double Octos! In the individual events, Nikhita G. advanced through to semi-finals in the Varsity Original Oratory. Ali R., Valerie D. and Shria B. all performed well in the Novice Oratorical Interpretation with Valerie advancing as a finalist and Shria winning 3rd place. Justin B., Sofia R. and Hana M. all performed extremely well in the Novice Dramatic Interpretation and all three advanced to the final round with Sofia placing, Justin earning 3rd place and Hana winning 1st place. We are so proud of all these students and look forward to a successful year.

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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