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Oakwood Secondary

Private | 7-12 | 455 students


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Posted March 2, 2014

My son is now finishing his 4th year at Oakwood (he's attended since the 7th grade). While my son thoroughly enjoys the culture of the school -- great arts, politically open-minded, accepting of diverse personalities, lots of engaging social opportunities - none of these descriptors carry over into the academic programs. Teachers are, with only a few exceptions, RIGID. They teach they way they have taught, the content they have taught, with the exacting point-driven grading policies they have used for years. There is very little flexibility, practically no student-driven learning, a huge emphasis on grades and compliance with teacher's requirements to earn grades. My son has gotten straight As since the 7th grade, but the hours and hours of inauthentic and minutiae-focused work he needed to do to earn those marks has been extremely disappointing and dispiriting. The several times we have sought out the administration to discuss these issues have been pointless; they will express deep concern for our son's emotional state, but will not offer any flexibility or options for him to pursue authentic and meaningful work in lieu of the lockstep, time-demanding work. Oh, the hypocrisy.
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Posted May 6, 2013

This school is amazing. The balance between academics and creative expression allows for an enriched learning experience. The teachers are wonderful, and every student is kind and has a good sense of right and wrong.

Posted January 9, 2013

I always heard the academics at this school were good and if that means everything to you, then this is a good place, but if you have any interest in sports, this NOT the school for you. The sports program is an after thought and it shows. poor practices, spotty competitions, just really bad. Also the school has so many days off that you wonder how anything gets done.

Posted November 11, 2011

I am the parent of a graduate. While my child did well at Oakwood and has gone on to a happy college experience at a lovely school, I feel compelled to share that while Oakwood espouses a non-test-driven curriculum, this was not the experience my child had. Tests and quizzes were numerous and counted heavily towards final grades. While there is emphasis on student-created projects and individual learning-styles, it was our experience that the students who were most successful academically were those who tested well. Thankfully, my child is one of those. I know others who struggled and this sometimes left the administration shrugging its shoulders. Food for thought.
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Posted April 19, 2010

For the remarkable education it offers students
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Posted June 23, 2008

Oakwood has developed an amazing ability to nurture and honor the individuality of each student while maintaining its rigorous academic standards. The teachers and administrators are a caring, creative lot. The school culture is warm, trusting and socially conscious. I am lucky to have my son go there.
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Posted April 29, 2008

I am a current student at Oakwood School and I simply cannot imagine having attended another school. In today's day and age, people hace become so focused on GPAs and SATs that they lose sight of learning. Oakwood continues to teach for the sake of learning without compromising the numbers that are still important in terms of getting into college. While I am eternally grateful for the ways in which Oakwood has prepared me for college, I cannot even express how much I owe Oakwood and its teachers for preparing me for life.
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 4, 2004

I am an alumni of Oakwood and have to say that while it offered incredible access to higher learning possibilities and had an outstanding staff, I can now look back and say that I felt they really catered more to the top of the class kids than the ones who were struggling a bit more. I feel like the staff was so overly concerned with academics that a lot of the more emotional needs of these years were perhaps overlooked with negative results for several I knew. If your child is highly self-motivated, this place is great, but if you have a kid who needs a bit more, really communicate with the staff to stay on top of things.
—Submitted by a former student

Posted February 23, 2004

This school is terrific in so many ways that the limit of 150 words for this review is not enough to describe it. My child loves it! Everyone inlvolved with the school from the top down is commited to the educational, social, and emotional development of each child-so at the end of the day these kids become highly productive citizens of society. Parent involvement is extremely high in every way, and the school provides parents with tools to manage every day situations that arise while rearing a child. My child loves learning and loves learning.
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Posted August 26, 2003

I am not a parent but an alum of Oakwood. I am about to graduate from a University. This school should serve as a model for what a great educational institution is supposed to be. I have never met so many people who are so dedicated to providing for their students (even though at a hefty price).
—Submitted by a former student

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 26%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hispanic 4% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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11600 Magnolia Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91601
Phone: (818) 732-3000


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