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Ojai, California
Joy Maguire-Parsons
Admissions Director

Founded in 1975 by Jiddu Krishnamurti, Oak Grove School is a co-ed day and boarding school for students in preschool through to college preparatory high school, ages 18 months to 19 years of age. Students that attend are self motivated and self disciplined, energetic and have a passion for learning or need a second chance in their academics. Students that have previously attended a wilderness program or Therapeutic boarding school are also considered as candidates for admission. The Oak Grove School has sister schools: one in India's Rishi Valley and the UK's Brockwood Park school.

The Oak Grove School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). They are also members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Western Boarding Schools Association (WBSA) and the Association of Boarding Schools (TABS). The Head of School is Meredy Benson Rice who has been with the Oak Grove School for 13 years, Joy Maguire Parsons is the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid and has been with the school for 9 years and Posy Smith is the Assistant Head of School and has been with the Oak Grove School for over 23 years.

This progressive school offers students a college prep academic curriculum in addition to hands on, project based interests including visual and performing arts, fitness and sports that include soccer, volleyball, tennis, basketball and track and field; and outdoor education and travel. Each fall, Oak Grove students and teachers participate in a week long camping trip and each spring students take part in a week long backpacking trip, with both trips containing a community service project. Senior students participate in a month long transformation trip to one of the seven sister schools in India and participate in cultural events, sightseeing, daily living and work on volunteer projects (community service overseas).

For students enrolled in the boarding school, this option is available for students in 7th and 8th grades that are "developmentally ready" and for students in grades 9-12. All students on campus eat a vegetarian diet, with produce grown in Oak Grove's organic garden, no meat is allowed on campus, but students may eat meat off campus. Weekend trips and activities for boarding school students include trips to local beaches, sightseeing, shopping and leisure time on campus.

[This information came from the Oak Grove School website.]


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