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Students enrolled: 455
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11600 Magnolia Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 91601

(818) 732-3000
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August 03, 2015
As the parent of an Oakwood alum, I can say that my child’s experience at Oakwood was extremely positive. We are a family of color. Oakwood appealed to us because of its deliberate and intentional commitment to diversity. During our time at Oakwood we saw the community become more ethnically and racially diverse with each passing year. We also appreciated the increase in single parent and same-gendered families. I know that the school currently has 34% students of color. Also, since doing diversity “right” is not only about the numbers, Oakwood has several support mechanisms in place to promote and foster equity and inclusion. Students often engage in discussions regarding issues of difference in their weekly Advisory sessions. There are active affinity groups for students. The school hosts multicultural family gatherings for families to connect with one another and build community. There is a highly engaged Parent Org Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, as well as a Board of Trustees Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. There is a full time Director of Diversity Programs on staff that partners with these committees, as well as with teachers and students. Oakwood provided my child, (now a self-sufficient young adult with a Master’s degree, who is…I am delighted to say…gainfully and happily employed in the field of their choice), the academic foundation as well as the emotional support and social skills to successfully navigate this increasingly complex and complicated world.

- submitted by a community member

April 20, 2015
I am a current student here. Oakwood assign pointless homework and tests on completely irrelevant subjects. Rather than collect the homework each day, students must keep a semester's worth of homework stacked in their folders. If you don't turn in the homework all together, you don't receive credit (despite the teacher correcting your homework each day.) The campus is not what you would call nice, and students must cross a busy street multiple times a day. This negligence has resulted in students being hit by cars (thankfully, they are all ok.) But what if? It would all be the fault of the school. The tuition is upwards of 30k, multiply that by 500 kids and you get upwards of $15 million! Yet they throw huge fundraisers multiple times a year and ask for money whenever possible. Not to mention that the teachers, more often than not are complete jokes. "Diverse" PLEASE! All those kids care about are looks and money. Any outcasts are looked down upon. Nothing but cliques. If you are a middle schooler who eats lunch with high schoolers, it is considered "social suicide" this also applies to those who tote wheely backpacks. Everyone at this school needs to get over themselves. Honestly.

- submitted by a student

April 18, 2015
Their diversity is a joke. It does NOT reflect the demographics of the neighborhood/city. They keep saying that diversity is a priority but this doesnt seem to be the case. Also, my student has shared with me that there is a bit of a racial tension here. My kid, who is black, says that children taunt him because of his color but also because he is on a partial scholarship.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 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.

- submitted by a parent

May 06, 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.

- submitted by a community member

January 09, 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.

- submitted by a community member

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.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2010
For the remarkable education it offers students

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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.

- submitted by a parent

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

April 04, 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 student

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.

- submitted by a parent

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 student
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Oakwood Secondary
11600 Magnolia Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  91601
(818) 732-3000
Last modified Oakwood Secondary is a Private school that serves grades 7-12
Oakwood Secondary Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews. Top