Oak Grove School

Ojai, California, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Oak Grove Secondary School offers a challenging, integrated, inquiry-based college preparatory experience for 7th through 12th grade students. Oak Grove is set on a 150-acre campus in the coastal mountains of the Ojai Valley. The school offers boarding to mature 7th and 8th grade students as well as high school students. Boarders at Oak Grove enjoy a family-style atmosphere, vegetarian food, art facilities, recording studio, computer labs, an outdoor educational program and an ESL immersion program.

220 West Lomita Avenue, Ojai, California, USA 93023

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Director of Admission: Joy Maguire-Parsons
Admissions Phone:805-646-8236 ext.109Fax:805-646-6509
Email: enroll@oakgroveschool.com Website: www.oakgroveschool.com

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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Oak Grove Seniors Continue a Tradition of International Service

Posted on February 23, 2011
Beginning in early childhood, Oak Grove students understand they are part of something bigger than their classrooms, and that we all share responsibility for our global community. Nowhere is this better expressed than in the annual month-long senior trip to India. For the past 15 years, Oak Grove se

  • Founded: 1975
  • Campus Size: 150 acres
  • Grades Offered: kindergarten-12th
  • Accredited by: WASC, CAIS/CA
Student Body
Grades 7th-12th
Grades kindergarten-12th
Girls     0 0 0
Boys     0 0 0
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Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $35,450
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $15,750
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 30.00%
  • Average Awarded: $5,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $850,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Department Director: Willem Zwart

Average Class Size: 15

Full Time Teachers: 5

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 46.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 5

Notable Achievements: Travel each year, including India for Seniors

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Spanish
  • Ethics
  • Religious Studies
  • World Religions
  • Society
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Science
  • Web Design
  • Band
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Recording
  • Songwriting
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts
  • Journalism
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • Weaving
  • Woodworking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Outdoor Education
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Physics B
  • Studio Art

Department Director: Joy Maguire-Parsons

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 13

Average Students Per Dorm: 1

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 8

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life


  • Sand volleyball court(s)

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Gardening
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Yearbook

Summary: All Oak Grove high school students select from a number of fine and performing art electives which encourage and support the development of an aesthetic sense toward all art forms as well as integrate and honor individual student interest and passion. All 9th grade students take a required class in Foundations of Art. Students may also choose from yearlong concentrations in Studio Art, Ceramics, Digital Design & Photography, Music Performance, Communications/Yearbook, and Drama. Students intending to pursue applications to art colleges are assisted in developing their portfolios. Music students perform both at school and in the community. Art students showcase their work twice a year at school and frequently in the community.

Arts Department Director: Mia Bortolussi

Athletics Department Director: Bo Ainsworth

Notable Achievements: Part of the Condor League of Independent schools

  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Theater
Interscholastic Sports
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Basketball
  • Camping
  • Equestrian
  • Hiking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Department Director: Jennifer Thompson

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 99.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

All University of California Schools 5 graduates
Otis 2 graduates
California State Schools 4 graduates
USC 1 graduates
New York University 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

I am currently writing my dissertation on social change in rural Russia during the 1950's.

-Auri Berg, Class of 1995, Historiam, world-traveler, teachers, Ph.D. candidate


What we choose to eat affects our health, environment, and the food industry around the world.

-Kate Komaiko, Class of 2003, Private chef, business owner, practitiner of sustainable business


After seven years at Oak Grove, there hardly seems to be a single aspect of my life that it hasn't influenced. My relationships, my philosophy of mind and spirit, my communication skills, my passions.

-Lucy Bellwood, Class of 2003, World traveler, playwright, artist, graphic novelist



Summary: Oak Grove 2011 English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Camp This camp is a 2 -week Homestay ESL & Surf Camp with an optional 3rd week camping and exploring the California Central Coast. The camp is suitable for ages 12 to 15 years. Why is our camp so special? International students board with an American host family so they have a true cultural experience. For the afternoon surfing and 3rd week camping option, international students are mixed with American campers so they make friends and have lots of opportunities to speak English!

Department Director: Meredy Benson-Rice