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Middle School

He has a lot to say, and he’s learning how to say it. Whether shy or bold, introverted or extroverted, spontaneous or methodical— Oakwood students graduate with the confidence and knowledge to project their voices thoughtfully from any stage.

Here, performing doesn’t mean pretending to be someone else. It means becoming your best self, and learning how to share that self with others.

That’s why we give all our students plenty of opportunities to perform in public—giving presentations in class, playing characters, singing, and dancing. It doesn’t happen all at once, but it does happen: Students begin to speak more clearly, listen more attentively, and challenge their own boundaries. Before you know it, your child is delivering a Shakespearean soliloquy in front of the school or becoming a standout on the debate team.

And, whatever the context, he’s communicating intelligently and respectfully—the key to success in any college, any career, any relationship.

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 Middle School News

Summer Reading Assignments Prepare Students for their Upcoming Literary Journey

At the beginning of the summer, Oakwood middle school students were given a list of fun yet challenging books, asked to select one, and then complete a grade level assigned project. Beyond reading being beneficial for the students to help them improve and/or maintain their reading skills, our teachers intended these assignments to help the students delve deeper. Click "Read More" for details!

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8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

On Thursday, May 30th, the Oakwood community, family, and friends came to witness the Oakwood Middle School Promotion Ceremony. The Harmonettes performed "Over the Rainbow" and students Jillian Bogosian, Wyatt Goldman, Emily Prunicki and Colby Mossman all gave heartfelt speeches. We are so proud of the 8th grade class and look forward to watching them grow and blossom even more during their high school years. Congratulations!

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Rhea S. Accepted into the iTheatrics Summer Workshop

Congratulations to Oakwood 8th Grade student Rhea S. for being selected into the iTheatrics summer workshop this July. Rhea has an opportunity to perform in a brand new adaptation of a musical in a workshop setting in New York City! For these workshops, iTheatrics casts an ensemble of actors who spend the week working with professional theater artists learning vocal techniques and advanced performance skills that culminate in a staged reading. This workshop will be attended by the students' families, invited educators, and the authors of the show. Bravo Rhea!

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6th Grade Students Learn Through Experience to Empathize with Literature Characters

Oakwood sixth grade literature students find meaning in reading by learning more about themselves and the world around them. They are walking around campus carrying a one-gallon water jug for a whole school day to begin to empathize with Nya, a character from their current novel, Long Walk to Water, by Linda Sue Park. The novel is a dual narrative that follows two threads, one in 2008 and one in 1995. The story has two protagonists, Nya, a twelve-year-old girl who walks eight hours every day to fetch water for her family, and Salva, one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, who walked over a thousand miles to escape the second Sudanese Civil War before reaching Kakuma, a refugee camp in Kenya. Watch for our sixth grade "walkers" on campus over the next month as they learn to appreciate clean water from the tap.

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Patriotism and Veterans Honored Throughout Annual Freedom Festival

The Oakwood gym was filled with song and dance today during the Freedom Festival. Our Oakwood community enjoyed this school-wide celebration of patriotism. Students honored our country and our veterans with grade-level presentations, which included patriotic songs and videos produced by students. Veterans and members of the military had special VIP seating and were honored with a song sung especially for them by our 5th grade students, "American Heroes."

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Hairspray Jr Performance Has Audience Stuck to their Seats

Audiences were delighted as the Middle School Musical students sang and danced their way into hearts during this week's performances of Hairspray Jr., as they told the story of one girl's inspiring dream to dance and change the world. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air! The show celebrates students' diversity and brings audiences to their feet with its positive message and uproarious sense of humor. It is clear the amount of time, dedication and effort put forth by our students and faculty was huge! If you didn't have the opportunity to see this great show on Thursday, you still have time to make it to their last performance on Friday at 7:00 pm in the Oakwood Barn.

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Oakwood Students Shine at Junior Theater Festival

A group of Oakwood Middle and High School performing arts students participated in the Junior Theater Festival (JTF), February 8-10, 2019 in Sacramento, taking home a trophy for Excellence in Dance. Sophomore Konark Vinod and 8th Grader Tegan Leong were also selected as all-stars for a special performance, in which Konark had a terrific solo. Click "Read more" below to here details about their experience at JTF.

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Oakwood Middle School Students Excel At MATHCOUNTS Competition

Saturday, February 9th, Oakwood Mathletes participated in the Coyote Valley Chapter MATHCOUNTS competition. MATHCOUNTS is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem-solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. Middle school students Shrihan D., Justin D., Mateo J., Daniel L., Roman M., Josiah M., Aadjot S., Lee S., Ayana W., and Rohan W. outstandingly represented Oakwood. Extra congratulations to the Oakwood mathletes team of Shrihan, Daniel, Lee, and Ayana who qualified to move on to the Northern California State competition next month. This is a first for Oakwood!

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Despite having just moved to a neighborhood with an “All 10” rated public school, our son was not being challenged academically and also came to feel unsafe while at school. I can’t begin to say enough about the dedication and quality of the teachers and administrators at Oakwood. The safety and support of the school is a value you can clearly see in every Oakwood teacher, student and alum. I do believe that Oakwood has been pivotal in getting our son’s education back on track, not just for high school, but in preparation for college and beyond.

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My son is most interested in being able to take the classes that he wants and in being with a group of serious, like-minded people, who want to get ahead. I love the motivated peer group and family at Oakwood. They are all concerned with education. The peer pressure that he has is all good.

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Oakwood has been the best educational decision we have made. We love the environment, the teachers, the structure and how the students interact with each other. Our daughter has thrived in this atmosphere.

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Our daughters were welcomed into the Oakwood community like a family member returning from a journey. They have made wonderful friends and love their school!

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