The full application process includes the online application and $50 fee, teacher evaluation forms, previous school transcripts, a meeting with parents, and in most cases, a student visit. The deadline for priority consideration of admittance is February 1, 2018.
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?
1a) Campus Tours for Parents: Preschool-6th grade
We are excited to show you our beautiful, expansive campus. We recommend that tours be attended by parents only for grades Preschool through 6th in order to give you a chance to ask questions and be fully present as you envision your child and family as part of the Oak Grove community. A program-specific question and answer time will follow the tour. Space is limited and reservations are required. We highly recommend you attend a tour as soon as you are able. Preschool-6th grade tours are held Tuesday mornings, 9:00-10:30.
1b) Campus Tours for Parents and Students: 7th-12th grade
We are excited to show you our beautiful, expansive campus. Secondary School tours include the student. A program-specific question and answer time will follow the tour. Student ambassadors, faculty, and program directors will attend the question and answer session whenever possible. 7th-12th Tours are held Tuesday afternoons, 1:30-3:00.
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 Conference and Student Visit
Once you have toured and submitted your completed application, an Admissions Associate will reach out to you to schedule a parent conference and a student visit. Whenever possible, both parents are asked to attend the parent conference. Parents will meet with an Admissions Associate and a Program Director for approximately 45 minutes to discuss their family’s educational expectations and goals.
4) Notification of Application Status
Acceptance letters are sent in March for enrollment the following school year. After our first applicant pool is complete, late applications are processed as 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, roll over to the next year. To be considered for the following school year’s enrollment, a family must reapply.
Boarding and International Students
Oak Grove offers 7-day boarding to domestic and international students in 9th through 12th grades. Our family-style boarding facility, Besant House, provides a warm and friendly home for 15 – 18 American and International students. Students interested in the residential program can complete an online application.
In addition to the application, please submit teacher evaluation forms for math and English, copies of current and previous-year school records, and SSAT scores (recommended). Students who speak English as a second language will require a TOEFL score, a copy of their passport, and proof of financial means to support the student while in the United States (i.e. certificate of deposit from an international bank). TOEFL Code: 1915
We strongly encourage an in-person meeting and tour of our campus. If a student visit is not possible, a Skype interview will be scheduled for both the applicant and the parents with the Oak Grove Head of School, the Admissions Director and/or the Secondary School Director. For our international students from China who cannot interview in-person, please click here to begin your interview with Vericant.