Our High School
9th through 12th grade
The Art of Living & Learning
“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.”
A Climate for Inquiry
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 and explore your natural creativity. Students develop life-long practices of intellectual discipline, good communication, self-reflection, understanding, and clear thinking. We offer a challenging college-preparatory curriculum that is approved by the University of California and is designed to exceed admissions requirements for the most rigorous and selective universities across the country. All Oak Grove High School students select from a number of fine and performing arts electives which encourage and support the development of an aesthetic sense toward all art forms as well as integrate and honor individual student interests and passions.
Oak Grove’s curriculum is coupled with our outdoor education and athletics program, helping students see the importance of physical vitality, make healthy life choices, and become active stewards of the environment. Team sports like soccer and volleyball provide opportunities for personal excellence, commitment, and sportsmanship. The fall and spring camping trips allow students to learn how to spend time in nature without the stimulus of electronics and to develop understanding, respect, and compassion for others and their surroundings. These programs culminate with the Senior India Trip, a cross-cultural experience that is often life-changing.
“I would like to join the Oak Grove School community for a number of reasons. I am a student who is looking to be in a class with peers who want to learn and with teachers who care about their student’s education. I feel that in a smaller class I will be able to get more out of my learning while building close connections to my classmates. I am interested in using my music to spread my voice and hopes for the world. I find the music program at Oak Grove to be exactly what I am looking for. By being a member of Oak Grove School, I will be able to contribute my love for learning and creativity while giving back to the community.” -High School applicant
Sample High School Schedule
|8:00 AM – Chemistry||8:50 AM – English 3|
|9:40 AM – Pre-Calculus||10:25 AM – Snack Break|
|10:40 AM – US History||11:30 AM – Spanish 3|
|12:15 PM – Vegetarian Hot Lunch||1:00 PM – Advisory|
|1:30 PM – Music||2:20 PM – Ceramics|
|3:15 PM – Team Sports|
Building a Community
Inspired by J. Krishnamurti’s vision, Oak Grove is a school for the entire community — teachers, students, and parents. The faculty of the Oak Grove High School provides a well-rounded Parent Ed Program, in which parents discuss subjects related to teen and young adult development. The program’s mission is to support parents in raising teenagers through workshops on adolescent development, communication strategies, college readiness, and harm prevention. In addition, the program emphasizes building relationships and support networks among parents, teachers, and community members. We also support all students in contributing at least 25 hours of community service per year, as relationship to others within our local community and the greater world is a key element of The Art of Living and Learning. Student Council and clubs also focus on leadership and community-building through service.
High School Boarding Program
When creating a community, we strive to incorporate elements of diversity and an awareness of the greater whole. Oak Grove’s Boarding program brings The Art of Living and Learning to your home-away-from-home for both international and domestic students.
Our family-style boarding facility, Besant House, provides a warm and friendly home for 15–20 students each year. A comprehensive Residential Life Team consisting of dorm parents, academic teachers, advisors, chefs, maintenance staff, and parent volunteers lends support to the program. Our Oak Grove families also connect with and care for our residential students by helping to provide opportunities to explore the local town of Ojai, as well as nearby beaches, cities, and attractions of Southern California.
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Our lives are in a constant state of growth and change, particularly throughout our school years. Times of change present tremendous opportunities for academic and social learning, for personal growth, and passage from one stage of life to another. An Oak Grove education prepares students to access a variety of different paths post-High School. Our College Counseling Program is coordinated by the College Advisor who works closely with all students and their parents, the High School Advisors, the High School Registrar, and the Head of School. Our goal is to fully support students and families throughout the college selection and application process. Finally, students are honored each year at the High School Graduation ceremony, in which each senior presents a formal speech to friends, family, faculty, and the community regarding their readiness for college and the responsibilities of adulthood.
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