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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

SVCT's "Annie Jr." Starring 12 Oakwood Students

Don't miss the South Valley Civic Theatre's Annie Jr. production! Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning musical, Annie Jr. features everyone's favorite girl Annie, played by Oakwood 7th grader, Tegan L. Support Tegan and all of the Oakwood students from preschool to middle school in their upcoming performances. Don't miss Tegan L. as Annie, Oliver K. as Rooster, Cambria P. as Tessie, Lizzy P. as July, Melanie L. as Lt. Ward, Ruby S. as Cecille, Ginger K. as an orphan, Gianna G. as Mansion Staff, Reagan F. as an Orphan, Noelle G. as an Orphan, Cate P. as an Orphan, and Ethne P. as a NYC Child. Break a leg, Oakwood actors! Visit www.SVCT.ORG for showtimes. Click here to read a recent article about Annie Jr. in the Morgan Hill Life featuring Tegan.

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The Oakwood Community Gathers for a Day of Fitness and Fun

The annual Oakwood Fund Run was a big success! This event has always been a special day for the Oakwood community to gather and support the school and celebrate our spirit. Each grade level started with a warm up and then moved on to the running path and obstacle course. The obstacle course included a climbing wall, an inflatable obstacle course, archery, basketball, and more. The course was surrounded by family, friends, faculty, and staff who cheered students on as they pushed themselves to do their best. We are proud of all of the participants who participated in this physical challenge and fundraising effort. A special thank you to all of our volunteers and donors. What a wonderful day of fitness and fun! The final donation amount and grade level winners will be announced this week!

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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 Middle School Performance of Peter Pan Jr. Wows Audiences
Oakwood middle school drama students took flight into Neverland in their performance of Disney's Peter Pan Jr. Audiences enjoyed beloved classic songs, endearing storytelling, and one adventure after another. Exciting scenes included pirate battles and of course, the tick-toc-croc made its way across the stage. Everybody involved, from the actors to the tech crew, did an amazing job bringing audiences the world of Peter Pan. It was an impressive and entertaining show.
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Oakwood Robotics Students Design, Build and Program Gumball Sorters

Students in the Oakwood Middle School's Introduction to Robotics elective class worked in pairs to design, build, program, and test gumball sorters using LEGO MindStorms EV3 kits. They programmed their sorters to sort the gumballs into either warm/cool colors, or into three different baskets based on individual color. Each student pair came up with an original, creative design.

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Oakwood Costume Design and Robotics Students Create Tic-Toc-Croc for Performance of Peter Pan JR.

Oakwood Middle School costume design students Carolyn B., Kacie H., and Lisa K. made an impressive crocodile for the upcoming musical performance of Peter Pan Jr. It was made an official tic-toc-croc as robotics students Aiden H., Alex L., Danya B., Jackson P., and Sam K. programmed it to move across the stage. While you should never smile at a crocodile, you won't want to miss this croc in action in Peter Pan Jr. There will be three shows across two days. Click here for details. The croc is ticking so mark your calendars!

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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 Middle School Students Practice Respect and Compassion

Oakwood middle school students were honored for being examples of the November/December "Word of the Month" (Compassion) and January "Word of the Month" (Respect). These well deserving students enjoyed a continental breakfast with sparking cider and were presented with certificates with a special quote. November/December Compassion Award recipients were: 6th Grade - Cambria P.; 7th Grade - Chloe L., Ashlee F., Jack L., Julia O., Max R., Gavin T., and Sophie L.; 8th Grade - Ethan C., Aiden H., and Lark S.. The special quote for these students is: "Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive" - The Dalai Lama. The January Respect Award recipients were: 6th Grade - Nava O.; 7th Grade - Cassie F., Chloe L., Jack L., Sophie L., and Julia O.; 8th Grade - Aiden H., Michael L., and Arjan S. The special quote for these students is:"Knowledge will give you power, but character...respect." - Bruce Lee.

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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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