Inspired by the original intent and statement of philosophy left by the school’s founder J. Krishnamurti, the mission of Oak Grove School is to assist students in developing those qualities of mind, heart, and body that will enable them to function with excellence, care, and responsibility in the modern world. In addition, it is the intention of the school to offer a place where the whole community can inquire together into the perennial questions of humankind and explore an approach to life that is whole, mindful, and intelligent.
The school does this by:
Providing a well-rounded and challenging academic experience, balanced with a rich extracurricular program in fine, performing, and practical arts, physical fitness, environmental and outdoor education, community service, and travel.
Creating an environment for learning – A Climate of Inquiry – that is safe, friendly, non-competitive, and encourages open-mindedness and a spirit of inquiry.
Encouraging close relationship between students and teachers, as well as close contact between school and home, and open, honest, and caring communication protocols among all members of the school community.
Supporting an approach to learning that emphasizes depth over coverage, project-based learning, a model of student-as-worker/teacher-as-coach, a genuine appreciation of each student’s unique capabilities, and the balance of traditional testing with authentic assessment practices such as portfolios, demonstrations of learning, and student exhibitions.
Encouraging students to use their minds, bodies, and hearts well through the overarching themes expressed within The Art of Living & Learning that are embedded in the school’s culture, curriculum, classroom practice, and expectations of students.
Relationship to others and our local community is a key element of The Art of Living and Learning. Even our youngest students are encouraged to give back to the community – the immediate community of the school and also the community in which we live – the beautiful Ojai Valley. As students explore the nature of our relationship to each other and to the world, it is hoped that a sense of responsibility takes root and flowers.
A Krishnamurti education cultivates a global outlook and encourages students to relate to the world in the broadest sense, asking that they see themselves as part of the human family, without regard to race, religion, or ethnicity.
Relationship to the environment is another key element of The Art of Living and Learning. Krishnamurti repeatedly emphasized the importance of developing in each child a sensitivity to nature that would translate into active stewardship and responsibility for the environment.