Oak Grove School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: 805-646-8236
220 West Lomita
Ojai, CA 93023
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At Oak Grove we approach teaching, learning, and living as an art form - The Art of Living and Learning.  Our dedicated high school faculty will help you tap into your interests, explore your natural creativity, and develop lifelong practices of intellectual discipline, good communication, self-reflection, understanding, and clear thinking.
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At Oak Grove we approach teaching, learning, and living as an art form - The Art of Living and Learning.  Our dedicated high school faculty will help you tap into your interests, explore your natural creativity, and develop lifelong practices of intellectual discipline, good communication, self-reflection, understanding, and clear thinking.
Oak Grove has a beautiful 150-acre campus near Los Padres National Forest and a short drive from the beach, providing many opportunities to connect with nature.
Our boarding facility, Besant House, is a family-style program for 15-20 international and domestic students.
Oak Grove High School offers a challenging college-preparatory program that is approved by the University of California and is designed to exceed admission requirements for the most rigorous and selective universities across the country.
All Oak Grove high school students select from a wide range of visual, practical, and performing art electives, which integrate and honor individual student interest and passion.
Performing arts are a big part of campus life at Oak Grove School, with community-wide High School Showcases, and many opportunities to perform outside of the school.
Oak Grove students camp every fall and spring, with an 11th grade 10-day trip to the Southwest.
Each year, seniors take a one-month trip to India, participating in Oak Grove's sister schools. Out students learn about themselves and their world, in part by being of service.
Balanced with academics, the fine and performing arts, travel, and a focus on self knowledge, sports play a key role in the life of the school.
Students are honored each year at the High School Graduation Ceremony where each senior presents a formal speech to friends, family, faculty, and the community regarding their readiness for college and the responsibilities of adulthood.
  • Oak Grove School is a progressive, pre K twelve college-preparatory day and boarding school nestled on 150 acres in beautiful Ojai, California.
  • The school provides a well-rounded and challenging academic experience balanced with rich extra-curricular programs in fine, performing, and practical arts, physical fitness, environmental and outdoor education, and travel.
  • Inspired by the school`s founder J. Krishnamurti, Oak Grove helps students develop the qualities of mind, heart, and body that enable them to act with excellence, self-knowledge, and responsibility in the modern world.
  • The school`s unique community offers an environment of inquiry where whole, mindful, and intelligent approaches to life are investigated and perennial questions of humankind are explored.
  • Oak Grove features a vegetarian campus, organic gardens, and a commitment to sustainability in all forms.

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  • Class of 1990
    5 Stars   4/9/2012
    Lafayette College
    Focus on the education of the whole student. Respect for individuality and personal expression. Non-competitive approach to sports and learning. Travel all over the southwest and the world. Coed, international, vegetarian family style. . .

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2017 School Data
Oak Grove SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19751910
Campus Size150 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment64 students300 students
% Students of Color
18%
20%
% International Students
22%
20%
% Students Boarding
25%
67%
Average SAT Score1272* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1200 - 1320-
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size16 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered917
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
100%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$1.2 million$18 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$47,000$54,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$19,900$30,000
Tuition international students$57,500$48,100
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant5000$22,844
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
80%
55%
Director of AdmissionsKrista Swanner
Associate Director of AdmissionsBrittany Parish

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered917
CoursesCalculus Honors, Chemistry Honors, English III Honors, English IV Honors, Physics Honors, Pre-Calculus Honors, Spanish III Honors, Spanish IV Honors, US History Honors

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered615
SportsCross Country, Soccer, Surf Team, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1024
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Community Service Club, Environment Club, Gardening Club, International Travel

Arts and Music Programs:
Battle of the Bands, Community Art Show, Jazz Club, Rock Academy, World Music

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Camping Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2013 - 201710 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
UC Davis5
UC Santa Barbara5
Willamette4
Lewis and Clark2
OTIS2
UC Berkeley2
University of Oregon2
Bard1
Pepperdine1
UC Los Angeles1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Co-educational Day and Boarding.
  • Just north of Los Angeles, set on 150 beautiful acres in Ojai, California, 20 minutes from the beaches of Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).
  • Members of National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Western Boarding Schools Association (WBSA) and The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
  • Challenging, integrated & inquiry-based college-preparatory experience.
  • Progressive, child-centered elementary and early childhood programs that integrate state standards while honoring the whole child.
  • Average class size of 12-16.
  • A rich extracurricular program including fine, performing and practical arts, foreign language, environmental and outdoor education, team sports and travel.
  • A caring community dedicated to academic excellence while fostering mindfulness, understanding, and awareness of self, others, and the world.
  • Family-style residential program for junior high and high school students.
  • Vegetarian campus with organic gardens.
  • Environmentally friendly facilities and practices.
  • Graduates accepted at top colleges and universities worldwide.
  • SAT scores surpass national averages among both public and private high schools.
  • Immersion ESL program available for high school students.
  • The only Krishnamurti school in North America, with sister schools that include India's Rishi Valley and the UK's Brockwood Park schools.
  • 12th grade students participate in a month-long signature trip to India.
  • School accreditations: Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
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