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Oakwood School

Private | PK-12 | 400 students

We take pride in our college-prep academic program balanced by strong arts.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $467,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,620.

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Posted yesterday

Oakwood High has been such an awesome experience for our family! From day 1, the staff, teachers, and other students were very accepting of our son. The teachers are very well educated and want to see the students succeed. Contrary to some of the other reviews, we found that they encouraged and challenged our son, and prepared him for college. He participated in sports as well as drama, and excelled not because we were influential parents but because of his efforts, talents and good attitude. The community of students, their families, and staff are quite diverse, yet very accepting of one another. We attended most of the school events, and always felt at home. My wife and I are both educators. Having lived in the community for many years, we were familiar with the other private and public schools in the area. For our son, Oakwood was a great experience. I would encourage you to check it out for yourself at an Open House and Shadow Day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Oakwood has been an amazing place for my son for almost 13 years now. We came in Kindergarten, and he will graduate in May. The educators here are sensitive to each child's needs, while striving to help them learn to their best ability. Oakwood has challenged my son in healthy ways, ways that have resulted in incredible growth, while also being such a comfortable environment.. He's spoken often over the last few weeks about how much he's going to miss Oakwood! The faculty works hard to maintain consistent and supportive communication, and the parents are actively involved, making Oakwood a wonderful community. From the first moments on campus at an Open House so many years ago, we knew this was an incredible place. It has only become more so through our years here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

Both of my children love it at Oakwood. We have been here for many years and I am amazed with how much they are learning. Both of my kids were shy when they started here, but have come out of their shells and and are thriving! The campus is beautiful and the teachers really care about the students. We are looking forward to many exciting years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

My son attends Oakwood and I couldn't say enough about this school. He loves it and he has benefited from it. We feel that he is cared for and being taught by qualified, skilled and exceptional teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

Oakwood has been such a GREAT place for my 2nd grade daughter, we started in the Early Enrichment program, Fall of 2008 and we are now in the Elementary program. Every year I am amazed on how and what she is leaning. What I love best is that the teachers and staff know my child and are there to listen to her needs. Because of the caring staff it makes her strive to do her BEST.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

Oakwood is very disappointing. You don't realize it straight away when you get caught up with all the hype about how great they are. The teachers are of average ability. The curriculum is also just average. The children are not prepared enough for applications to other top Private High schools or top Colleges. Management's priority is not to enrich or excel your child to a challenging level. The amount you pay in school fees is not justifiable, especially in elementary. In Middle school and High school the child is just smothered with homework. The teachers are always vague and not motivated to inspire your child to reach their greatest. Forget about a good position on a sports team or the lead in a play, unless you are a teacher's child or an important parent! I feel the principals are not focused enough to deal with todays crucial issues. The parents are rude and unresponsive. Their children have entitlement issues. If you want your child to coast along, this is the school. If you want higher achievements and good leadership skills, there are other private schools in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

I graduated Oakwood from the inaugural High School class of 2009. Yes it was a very new school and a different experience than what many of my friends had at other schools, but no experience was as beneficial as my experience at Oakwood. As a student, we were able to get an incredible education and great 1 on 1 teaching specific for our needs. I scored high on the ACT, SAT and on every AP exam that I took in high school. My fellow students did as well. Not only did I get a great education, but I was prepared for life. I learned how to study, learned how to lead, learned how to interact with others on a friendly and also professional basis. I could not be more pleased with my experience at Oakwood. And now that I attend a major university in the US, I can see that I am better prepared for the rigorous studies at the university level and also for my career afterwards.


Posted October 27, 2012

My daughters thrive at Oakwood School. I have been extremely happy with the multi-faceted, hands on learning which happens from preschool through first grade! My first grader experiences ten specialty classes a week and thoroughly enjoys the choir class offered conveniently on campus right after school. We also love the amazing high school performances and attend them as a family. Both of my children are huge fans of Ms. Poppy and Ms. Kathy who make each child in their class feel special. I was impressed as well by the fact that my child was already reading at the end of Kindergarten. When you sign up for Oakwood you not only sign up for an educational experience for your child, but also a community. I appreciate, as a parent, that the founder of the school is personally accessible and is approachable. Being an educator myself, I warmly endorse Oakwood School as a place where my four and six year old thrive today and I look forward to all they will experience tomorrow!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2012

Oakwood is an amazing school that makes learning a fun an exciting experience. The faculty and staff is top notch. The leadership at the school is outstanding. I love the fact that the school has a connection to and a concern for each and every student. The students respect each other and the staff and faculty. The campus is prestine and very modern with the best equipment and technology. I cannot say enough about this amazing school. Any child would be so lucky to attend Oakwood !!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2011

HIt and miss with elementary school teachers! First and third grade are awesome... Other than that it's good luck to you!


Posted July 1, 2011

The small class sizes and individualized attention you recieve is outstanding, but if you are looking into sports, music, or classes more geared to the childs interests you will have a hard time getting through the high school. I love all the teachers and friends I have at Oakwood, but I don't get as many choices for classes and unless I take courses at Harker or Bellermine over the summer, Oakwood does not accept outside classes for your transcript. Just kleep in mind that theater is a huge deal at Oakwood and if your child is quiet or timid, he or she will probably not fit in with the rest of the Oakwood highschoolers. Hope this makes your decision a bit easier!!


Posted December 1, 2009

Oakwood is a magical school. I have never experienced this level of parent involvment and caring, committed teachers, at any other school. My oldest is now in college, so I've seen lots of schools. The small class sizes are important, but it's the extra effort from the teachers that make each lesson an active learning experience. We're staying, hopefully through high school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2009

My three children have graduated from Oakwood eighth grade. I could not be happier with their overall school experience. They learned, explored, and grew into wonderful teenagers that excelled academically, socially, and athletically at a very competitive private high school. Oakwood gave them all of the tools to be successful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

My kids have been at Oakwood for 5 years and each year I have seen the school go further downhill. The education is spotty at best and definitely not up to par with other private schools in the area. I have removed my kids and they are now attending other private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

I graduated from Oakwood after being there since kindergarten. Overall I had a good experience, but I definitely had some bad teachers. The electives are great, but some of the academic classes need help. I had to take algebra again after taking it during eighth grade and not being able to understand my teacher. The school doesn't try and form to the students needs and it's just too bad if you're unhappy or having problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 30, 2007

I'm still a current student here! I absolutely love this school! An amazing variety of staff, great academics, beautiful learning environment, and most of all the best place for any child to ' grow'. I have been here since the school opened, almost 10 years ago, and I couldn't think of a better place to go :D Please look into this school- it's beyond words if you ask me!
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 24, 2007

This school has its priorities straight. Excellent teachers, small class size, individual attention, varied and rich curriculum. There is a strong emphasis on the sciences, art, music, and sports. They reach out to their students and the parents and are met with enthusiasm and strong family support and involvement. Every member of the staff we've encountered is fiendly, engaged, and truly cares about our son and his academic, social, and ethical development.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
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Math specialist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Cooking club

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Debate
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mrs. Michelle Helvey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Hybrid
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Cooking club
  • Debate
  • Game club
  • Interact
  • Math club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
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Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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105 John Wilson Way
Morgan Hill, CA 95037
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Phone: (408) 782-7177

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