Experiential Learning

Oakwood’s Statement of Philosophy compels us to have students “grapple meaningfully with ideas, to discover relationships among disciplines, and to become independent and moral thinkers.”
Experiential learning engages students viscerally and intellectually, employing their senses to challenge their understanding of the world, and open doors to developing new concepts and ideas. We center the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and their “supremely ambitious and transformational vision...for the future of humanity and of our planet.” Through experiential learning, we seize opportunities to inhabit the spaces between traditional and progressive pedagogy, and we dissolve the barriers between the classroom and the world around us.

Immersion Program

Oakwood’s Immersion program provides an intense two-week period in the academic year for students to be fully engaged in rich and challenging learning experiences. Immersion courses are experiential—learning is hands-on, exploratory, and unrestricted by the boundaries of the regular classroom. Courses are designed to spark passion, help students discover relationships among disciplines, and safely take risks for the sake of learning.

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    • California Land and Sea
    • Computer Animation
    • Cooking Through Cultures
    • Engineering the Electric Car
    • Exploring Biodiversity in Tropical Ecosystems
    • The Fall of Industrial America
    • Fashion Design
    • Freedom Fighters: A Civil Rights Road Trip
    • Grassroots Activism
    • Robotics
    • Marine Biology
    • Public Art
    • Race Matters
    • Young Investors
    • The Art and Culture of Florence
    • Mandarin Language and Culture
    • Indigenous Culture and Sustainability in Peru
    • Touring the World throughCooking and Culture

Outdoor Education

The goal of Oakwood’s Outdoor Education program is to encourage socialization and class cohesion while giving students the opportunities to make curricular connections beyond the classroom. Class-level trips include 7th Grade to Kings Canyon & Sequoia National Park, 9th Grade to Kennedy Meadow Campground, 11th Grade to the Russian River, and 12th Grade to Palomar Mountain.

Student Clubs & Organizations

Student life at Oakwood is enriched by participation in a wide variety of clubs and organizations. Working with both peers and facilitators, student passions are engaged to instill a sense of purpose and help create proactive members of our community.

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    • Animal Rights
    • Appreciation for Women Athletes (AFWA)
    • Art & Lit
    • Chess Club
    • Children’s Hospital of LA
    • Community Youth Partnership (9th–12th)
    • Cultural Awareness Association
    • Debate
    • Dungeons and Dragons
    • Environmental Justice Club
    • Film Club
    • Gender Equality Club at Oakwood
    • Global Nomads (10th–12th)
    • Horizon Hydrogen Grand Prix
    • JPL Invention Challenge
    • JSA (9th–12th)
    • KOAK Student Radio
    • International Thespian Society (10th–12th)
    • Investment Club
    • LA Family Housing
    • Model UN (9th–12th)
    • Mock Trial
    • Robotics
    • Student Government
    • Middle School Newspaper
    • High School Newspaper
    • The Pad Project
    • Yearbook