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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

AP Spanish Class Broadens Their Cultural Horizons

The Oakwood High School AP Spanish class took a field trip with Doña Alvarez to Mission San Juan Bautista to see a performance of la Virgen del Tepeyak in Spanish. The musical presents the story of Juan Diego and the origin of the Virgin of Gudalupe. Through this story, Spanish students were able to see the mix of Aztec and Catholic traditions. Witnessing the music, costumes, and dance was especially powerful in the setting inside the walls of Mission San Juan Bautista, which was built in 1797. It was a bright and colorful experience that enriched their lives and helped to build their Spanish vocabulary and knowledge of the culture.

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Oakwood Lady Hawks Open Up 2018 Varsity Volleyball Season

On Saturday the girls' varsity volleyball team competed in the St. Francis tournament in Watsonville. They started the day with a thrilling three-set win over Anzar. After advancing to the top bracket on a tiebreaker, they rallied in their final match for a dramatic win over Trinity taking 3rd place. All 11 active players contributed in playing fast, intense, high-level volleyball. Special kudos to Chandler Buciak and Grace Chapman for their consistent passing and powerful attacks, and to Georgia Braun-Rudin for her relentless hustle and energy. If you haven't seen this amazing team play, come cheer them on as they take on Trinity once again this Thursday at 6:30pm in the Oakwood Gym. Click here to view their schedule for the season.

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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.

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MTAL Sportsmanship Award Presented to Oakwood Athlete

Last Saturday, at the CCS Track and Field Semi-Finals Meet, Maryam Moghaddami was presented with the Elgie Bellagio Sportsmanship Award. The award is given to an MTAL athlete displaying exemplary sportsmanship. Elgie was a long time MTAL commissioner and the award is named in his honor.

This year, representatives from the Stevenson School Track & Field had the honor of awarding the Elgie Bellagio Sportsmanship Award. The team noted Maryam's constant positive support of her competitors, her appreciation of the fact that their efforts make her better, and her encouragement for them to improve. All of the athletes were happy and their pleasure is evident in their smiles. This was a successful end to the Track and Field season, indeed.

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Oakwood HS Senior Receives Prestigious National Merit Scholarship

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!

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Oakwood HS Senior Awarded Competitive Scholarship for Outstanding Talent

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!

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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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20th Annual Thanks and Giving Celebration

The Oakwood 2017 Thanks and Giving Celebration was an amazing event as usual. The 154 assembled Thanksgiving food bins were presented to Community Solutions. Over 1,117 books collected for the "Reading Hour" 2nd grade book drive were presented to the El Toro Clubhouse. There was singing, socializing, a video showcasing the things we are thankful for and pumpkin pie for the students – it was an Oakwood event that was truly a celebration of giving! Thank you to everyone for contributing and for showing our community your wonderful giving spirit.

Click here to view the "Oakwood is Thankful" video shown at the celebration.

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Oakwood Student to Address Congress as a Member of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Nikhita G. was a guest columnist in the latest issue of Morgan Hill Life in which she shares her experience with type 1 diabetes and her efforts to increase funding for research. In just a few weeks she will be one of five Bay Area teens headed to Washington D.C. to meet with their two U.S. senators and at least one member of Congress to talk about renewing $150 million in federal funding to find a cure for the disease.

Nikhita is part of Oakwood's speech and debate team and has been a recipient of awards for her public speaking. It's wonderful to see her taking those skills to make a positive change in the world. We wish her and fellow members of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation the best as they travel to D.C. to address congress.

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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