Oakwood is a K-12 coeducational independent day school, founded in 1951, where young people prosper in thought and imagination, in competence and character, as individuals and as members of a school community.
We believe that a school environment should be supportive and stimulating, should hold intellectual attainment in high regard, and should encourage children to exercise increasing independence, to take meaningful risks, and to reflect on their experience.
We seek teachers who are competent in their disciplines and creative in their approaches; who are committed to the whole of school life; and who dedicate themselves to the growth and development of their students.
We seek children who are capable, motivated, and characterized by a variety of talents, interests, learning styles, and backgrounds.
We seek parents who subscribe to our aims and values and are committed to working in partnership with the school.
Our program is college preparatory, but we are equally concerned with the quality of children's experiences in the present.
We believe that school must be rewarding in its own right, and not merely a step along a pathway to college.
- Top Ranked CA School
- Grades: Kindergarten-12
- Students: 762 students
- Yearly Tuition: $29,680
- Average class size: 15 students
- Application Deadline: Dec. 16
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 48%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
Number of AP Courses
List of Courses Offered
American Government, American History, Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science AB, English Language, English Literature, French Language, Human Geography, Music Theory, Physics C, Spanish Language, Statistics
Finances and Admission
Yearly Tuition Cost
K-6: $29,680 7-12: $34,800
Nancy Goldberg K-6/Jenna Frost 7-12
Total Sports Offered
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Book Club, Breakdancing, Ceramics, Community Service, Cultural Awareness, Debate, Drawing, Fencing, Film/Video, Glee, Jazz Band, Newspaper, Orchestra, Painting, Photography, Poetry, Robotics, Sculpture, Stage Craft, Student Council, Theater, Yearbook
- Immersion:An intensive two-week period in the academic year for 7-12 grade students to be fully immersed in rich and challenging learning experiences in ways not possible during the regular academic schedule. Immersion courses are experimental: learning is hands-on, exploratory, and in the field, well beyond the boundaries of the regular classroom. Courses are designed to spark passion, to help students become deeply and personally involved in their work, and to encourage opportunities for service learning in the wider community. Immersion courses are intended to stimulate curiosity, creativity and imagination, along with a deepened understanding of interesting and worthwhile subject matter.Some courses include: International Travel (Costa Rica, Oxford, Spain, Sierra Leone, China), Aircraft Design, Computer Animation, Fashion Design, Fencing, Marine Biology, Grassroots Activism, High Tech Golf, Modern Food Revolution, Race Matters: Cinematic Approaches, Young Investors, and more.
Oakwood is an exceptionally warm/nurturing but academically strong school. My daughter is a junior there and came from a not very rigorous middle school. The transition could have been brutal but the faculty worked together to support her and she's now taking honors Physics, AP US history etc. While Oakwood has a rep as an arty school (which it is) my daughter found her passion in the amazing STEAM department and willingly took math in summer school so that she could get to Calculus sooner. And I know this all makes her sound like she's just a machine - but she isn't. She's made wonderful friends and loves takes sculpture and ceramics. Oakwood offers everything she never knew she wanted to study. Basically, Oakwood doesn't just make strong students, it makes great kids.
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