and Classroom Begins in Pre-K
& OASES Micro-Farm
The Lower School at Oakwood creates a foundation for a love of learning in reading, math, history, science, and more that will last a lifetime. Students want to come to school each day. A supportive and encouraging staff and a focused learning environment provide students with a safe place to explore new ideas while learning social and cognitive skills in the classroom, fitness, and free play.
A focused science program begins in Pre-K, with a dedicated Lower School science lab and teacher and an Outdoor Agricultural Student Eco-Station (OASES) micro-farm.
Technology integration begins in Pre-K, with iPads available for each student and laptop integration beginning in 2nd grade.
Spanish language classes begin in Pre-K with a dedicated foreign language teacher and classroom.
Music & Arts
Music and art classes begin in Pre-K with dedicated Lower School teachers and teaching spaces.
Students participate in grade-specific community service experiences as early as Pre-K.
To help students stay on track with Oakwood's rigorous curriculum, we offer personalized tutoring programs outside of the classroom that are specifically designed to match current coursework.
Music & Theater Curriculum
Beginning in 4th Grade
The Middle School at Oakwood builds upon the skills learned in Lower School and emphasizes student independence, both personally and educationally. Small class sizes provide students with more individualized attention, which facilitates exploration into new ideas and the development of critical thinking skills. The challenging college preparatory curriculum follows a holistic developmental approach, with increased complexity as students progress through each grade.
Teachers are specialized in their discrete content areas in English, History, Science and Math starting in 4th grade.
Starting in 4th grade, students participate in overnight, curriculum-based experiential trips where students live their learning on class trips.
Beginning in 6th grade, Spanish is taught 5 days a week with a dedicated foreign language teacher and classroom.
Music and art evolve into a comprehensive fine arts curriculum with band, strings, and chorus, weekly art studio, annual displays of student work, winter and spring music concerts, and a spring musical production.
Sports & Clubs
Intramural programs begin in 4th grade and competitive teams begin in 6th grade with a “no-cut” policy. Academic clubs compete in math, science, geography, writing and spelling.
Community & Service
Mentoring programs help ease the transition from Lower School to Middle School and foster an awareness of social responsibility. Service becomes more division driven and student directed, building upon the foundation of community service that was fostered in Lower School.
To give every student an equal opportunity to succeed on the playing field, Oakwood has a "no-cut" policy. Students may explore their athletic interest with our array of athletic programs that are highly competitive and typically conference leaders. Some of these programs include Baseball, Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Tennis, Golf, Sporting Clays, Swimming and Cheerleading.
the College of Their First Choice
One-to-One, Individualized Attention
Years of effort and hard work culminate in Oakwood's Upper School. Our demanding college prep curriculum prepares students intellectually and personally for the next step, emphasizing independent critical thinking and providing and encouraging new opportunities for learning. Comprehensive technology integration continues as each student has a personal iPad or laptop. Through experienced and individual college guidance and supported by the Naviance college readiness system, we regularly place students in the school of their first choice.
Beginning in the 9th grade, as students begin working towards graduation, our experienced guidance staff provides individualized college placement assistance, utilizing Naviance, successfully placing 4 out 5 students in the college of their first choice.
A rigorous college preparatory environment of small class sizes, strong advisory system and a caring faculty of experienced educators ensure that students receive the individualized attention they need and don't fall through the cracks.
In Upper School, curriculum-based experiential education programs become more immersive and comprehensive. After a week-long trip to Washington DC in the 8th grade, students can choose from a variety of domestic and international trips or an approved independent study.
Our coaching staff works vigorously with colleges and universities to help our top athletes place in schools where they can continue to succeed academically and athletically. One to two students typically sign commitments with colleges and universities each year.
Oakwood provides a comprehensive fine arts curriculum with band, strings, and chorus ensembles, art studio classes, dance, theater classes, winter and spring music concerts, and a spring musical. Students consistently participate in fine arts competitions through individual and group performances.
To help students stay on track with Oakwood's rigorous curriculum, we offer personalized tutoring programs that are specifically designed to match current classroom coursework.
Oakwood's Fine Arts program provides a continuum of learning that begins in the Lower School. Starting in Pre-K, students begin to explore the arts at a foundational level. Their learning progresses with a broadening curriculum that continuously grows in complexity, letting students focus on areas that are of greatest interest to them.
Middle and Upper School students receive consistent placements in Fine Arts competitions through individual and group performances, including NC Middle and Upper School Honors Chorus, Eastern Regional Orchestra, NCAIS Honors Band, ECU Solo Festival, ACDA Honors Choir, and NC All-State Chorus.
We believe that fostering a spirit of social responsibility is essential to molding a well-rounded and socially conscious student. Because of this many of our clubs and extracurricular activities are focused on mentoring, community service and environmental awareness.
The Oakwood School has over 20 clubs for students in every grade. These clubs are intended to embolden a disposition to leadership. Some of these examples include Teen Court, Chamber of Commerce Teen Leadership, Student Government Association, Honor Council and various competitive academic groups and competitions.
Personalized Education in a Social Environment
Whether it's at our OASES Micro Farm, learning computer programming in the third grade, the individualized attention students receive, or at one of our over 45 different clubs, extracurricular activities or athletic programs, Oakwood students experience REMARKABLE every day. From the moment students arrive in the morning, students are welcomed and encouraged by staff members and the Head of School, Rob Peterson, who knows each child by name, setting the tone for a positive experience each and every day.
An eight to one student to faculty ratio, an experienced teaching staff provides students with a more personalized learning environment, and individualized attention they need to reach their true potential. An open and safe environment where students feel welcomed allows students to foster meaningful relationships with their peers and teachers.
There is an energy about the school that has been there since I first came in Kindergarten. In looking back, I have always been seeking the same energy that I experienced at Oakwood where everyone really accepts the interests that you have and the interests that you really want to pursue.Peter Clark '09 - Savannah College of Art and Design — Employed at Autofuss/Google, San Francisco, CAAlumnus
I think one of the biggest ways Oakwood prepared me for college was enabling me to manage my time and my tasks, because I think Oakwood gives students a lot of flexibility and a lot of freedom in how they approach their studies.Brian Schroeder '12 — University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of BusinessAlumnus
I really love the diversity and the people around Oakwood. I really like all the teachers, especially in Middle School. They are really fun to work with and they are really interactive and that's why I love Oakwood.Nicholas Brillant — 8th gradeCurrent Student
Oakwood means so much to me because it has provided me with opportunities I know I wouldn't have had other places, like working with the Horizons Summer program with underserved children or in a diversity program at UNC this coming summer. It really provides lots of different perspectives about the world.Lauren Bordeaux — 11th gradeCurrent Student
I love coming to school each day and feel great about my daughter's experience at Oakwood. Students are at the center of what we do and we care about the “whole child. I cannot imagine teaching anywhere else. Oakwood matters because it is a community of citizens who care deeply about student learning.Erin Scully, Lower School Music Teacher, Fine Arts Department ChairFaculty
I came to Oakwood because I was impressed by the academic rigor of classes, genuine relationships between teachers and students and the common commitment to the school's core values. We believe each child matters and work hard to help them achieve their goals.Molly Stevenson — Upper School Teacher, History Department ChairFaculty
Oakwood's faculty and staff truly care about their students. They offer an advanced curriculum, all-inclusive athletics, and an excellent fine arts program.Don & Melissa Duncan — Current ParentsParent
Jaelyn absolutely loves being at Oakwood. She enjoys being part of such a nurturing environment.Jason & Jeannette Barnett — Current ParentsParent
We understand that a parent's schedule doesn't always fit within the regular school day. To give parents the opportunity to continue their professional careers, we offer Extended Day services to all grade levels in the Lower and Middle Schools. Students can participate in educational and rewarding activities after each day until a parent or guardian is able to pick them up until 6:00 pm, and students can arrive as early as 7:30 am for parents who have an extended morning commute.
At Oakwood, we're proud to offer a comprehensive list of summer programs that is open to Oakwood students and area youth. Camp Oakwood provides an opportunity for the school to reach into the community and share the remarkable experience that we have to offer. Some of these camps include Eagles Baseball Clinics, Star Wars Camp, SAT Prep, a wide range of Bricks 4 Kids programs, cheer camps and various theater, arts and dance programs.