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Why Oakwood?

Oakwood High School is founded on the belief that learning should be a positive rewarding experience that challenges students to achieve their highest potentials and explore their individual interests. Our mission is to create an enriching, nurturing educational environment in which students advance within a rigorous academic core, while also developing intellectual maturity, self-confidence, and strong character. Our intent is to provide each student with the skills necessary for success in their choice of universities and beyond. What’s more, we help young scholars become self-motivated, disciplined, principled individuals fully prepared to lead lives of purpose, integrity, and concern for their communities.

High school shapes a young person’s life. Choosing a school that fits a student’s personality, character, and ambitions is one of the most critical decisions of adolescence.

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.

A more intentional education

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.

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,

passionate expertise,
disciplined and jubilant self-expression,
high academic expectations,
grounded moral examples,
unlimited exploration,

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.