James Astman, HeadmasterJames Alan Astman, Ph.D.

At the heart of every meaningful educational endeavor are two inseparable ideas: one is about childhood and the other about time. In the blink of an eye, both can pass us by. The work of an educational philosophy is to slow us down, to make us keenly aware of how important every minute of every day should be in the life of a young person. Our philosophy is not an inert set of words to us; it captures the core values that shape the school. Those values help us stay focused on what matters in every classroom, in every interaction, in every opportunity for the development of children’s character and thought. While the Oakwood philosophy is deeply rooted in the school’s founding vision, it also grounds us in the present moment, where all learning and discovery and growth occur. 


After four decades of leadership and service to Oakwood School, Headmaster James Astman will retire from his role on June 30, 2019.

Read more about our Head of School transition here.

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