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.
The Oakwood High School class of 2018 wore their caps and gowns for the first time as part of the First Annual Oakwood Senior Walk! Seniors proudly walked through campus while students, faculty, and staff enthusiastically cheered them on and celebrated their achievements. This was a special moment for graduating seniors and the younger students who look up to them.
Oakwood's High School Wildlife Committee is proud to announce that they have raised and donated over $600 to the Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley this year. Club members have worked hard throughout the year to put on events such as the Used T-Shirt Drive, the Thanksgiving Pie Sale and of course the popular Shaved Ice Fundraiser.
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.
Not only did the Oakwood High School swim team increase in number with the addition of Brendan Tompkins, it also completed an outstanding second year. Brendan achieved his personal best in the 50 yard freestyle at 25.89 seconds at R.L. Stevenson High School. At Pacific Grove, Annie Rickard came in 1st in the women's 100 yard butterfly and Brendan came in 2nd in the men's 500 yard freestyle. At the MTAL Championship Meet in Carmel, Annie earned 1st place in the women's 100 yard butterfly and 3rd place in the 200 yard freestyle while Brendan achieved 4th place in the men's 500 yard freestyle and 7th in the 200 yard freestyle. Congratulations on a great season! We look forward to many more!
In 2015, Oakwood High School student Renee Gastelum combined her passion for art and service, and started the Art Your Heart Out student club (AYHO) at Oakwood. The mission of AYHO is to provide community service using visual arts and developing its member's talents so they can serve at a high level. The spirit of AYHO continues to spread. Branches all over the bay area are now serving their communities and beyond. This year members of AYHO at Oakwood worked to provide underprivileged children in Peru with art care packages. They also served our local community by donating to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Boys & Girls Club, Westmont Living, and Rebekah Children Services. Click here to read a guest column about AYHO by Renee in the latest issue of Gilroy Life.
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!
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!
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