“I want to go to Oak Grove School because the teachers are really inspiring and the kids were really nice during my tour. I loved the music room. I have had five years of piano, and music is something I listen to and move to every day. I loved the art room! I’m very creative and I love art. I think Oak Grove School could bring out the best in me” –JH applicant
The application process includes a campus tour, completion of the online application, teacher evaluation forms, previous school transcripts (if applicable), a parent interview, and in most cases, a student visit. Applicants who have completed the admissions process by February 1, 2019, are given priority consideration. Please contact the admissions office for details: 805-646-8236 x109.
Criteria for admission include student interest and character, academic aptitude and achievement, recommendations and interviews. In addition to evaluating individual merit and the appropriateness of an Oak Grove education for each student, the composition of each class and what a student will bring to that dynamic is also considered. There are a limited number of spaces available throughout the school. Some classes may only have spaces available based on attrition.
Where to start?
1) Campus Tours
We are excited to show you our beautiful, expansive campus. We recommend that tours be attended by parents only for grades Preschool through 6th. Students entering grades 7th-12th are encouraged to attend the tour. Tours are held on the Thursdays posted below, 9:00-10:30 for students entering Preschool through grade six and 11:30-1:00 for students entering grades 7th-12th. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please contact the admissions office if an alternate date is required.
Teacher evaluation forms and transcripts for children applying for grades 1 through 12 are to be completed by your child’s current school. These forms and are available upon initiation of your application. They can be returned to Oak Grove School electronically, by fax, or by mail.
3) Parent Interview and Student Visit
Once you have toured and submitted your completed application, an Admissions Associate will reach out to you to schedule a parent interview and a student visit.
Whenever possible, both parents are asked to attend the Parent Interview. Parents will meet with an Admissions Associate, and occasionally a Program Director, to discuss Oak Grove’s philosophy and educational approach and to explore what an Oak Grove education might look like for your family.
Your child(ren) will visit with their current peer group and have a chance to experience a full day on campus, including lunch and specialist classes. (In the early childhood program, the visit includes parents and is shorter in duration.)
4) Notification of Application Status
Acceptance letters are sent in mid-March for enrollment the following school year. Applications submitted after February 1st are processed if space becomes available. Once accepted, we require a non-refundable tuition deposit, a signed enrollment contract, and a completed set of enrollment forms to reserve a place for your child.
Because we cannot make an offer of enrollment to every applicant, we maintain an active wait pool. To be in the wait pool, a family must have completed all application requirements and received a wait pool decision from the Admissions Committee. Applications in the wait pool are non-prioritized and are considered based on our need to balance class groupings. The wait pool does not, however, automatically roll over to the next year.
Immunization documentation is required with a submitted enrollment contract. Bill “SB 277” signed into law in June 2015, requires that California school children are fully vaccinated or have a physician-signed plan to become current with vaccinations. This link will take you to a PDF that explains the impact on current and prospective parents and answers frequently asked questions.