Student Admission Committee

A unique aspect to the secondary school admission process is the role that students play. Over 150 students in grades seven through twelve volunteer to serve on the Student Admission Committee (SAC). These students take their role as ambassadors of the school very seriously. In addition, they partner with admission staff, help plan events, give tours and perhaps most importantly, participate in the interview cycle during the admission season. They commonly express a deep love of the school and a desire that its tradition of excellence continue.

To lead this wonderful group of students, the Admission Office relies on the help of our Student Admission Committee Chairs.  These are students that have been on the Admission Committee for some time and want to take more of an active leadership role.  The Admission Office is happy to introduce our new 2019-2020 Student Admission Committee Chairs:



Favorite Oakwood Event: My favorite event is Spirit Night. I really love this event because it’s a great opportunity for the school to get together and show school spirit (Go Gorillas!). The boys’ and girls’ basketball games are always a highlight, not to mention the food trucks, dance crew, face painting, and the half-time show.

Favorite Oakwood Spot: My favorite spot on campus is the Old Senior Lot. At lunch, our student radio KOAK, DJ’s music, and numerous clubs set up tables to spread awareness about their cause. The Old Senior Lot is always very welcoming and in some ways represents the core of our campus.

Oakwood pro-tip: Don’t be afraid to speak up. When I first arrived to Oakwood in 7th grade, the school didn’t offer golf. With the help of the Athletic Director, I was able to play golf for Oakwood and even represent at the CIFFS Finals. 



Favorite class: My favorite class is Sculpture. I love all of the projects and it’s incredible to generate art through 3D printers, power tools, and different mediums. Plus, our class always listens to great music.

Favorite spot on campus: I love working with other students to plant and take care of the vegetables as well as working the automatic irrigation system.

Favorite immersion: My favorite immersion was sailing because it was so fun and challenging running Roseway for a week, learning the ins and outs of the boat, making bonds with new people, and being in one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Virgin Islands.  



Favorite class: Philosophy and social issues.

Favorite event: My favorite event at school is diversity week!! It's amazing to see everyone in the school take a step back and focus on diversity and equity inclusion both at Oakwood and in the world at large. Teachers and Students are able to find and/or create safe spaces where they not only educate the school on the topic, many students give speeches and least many different seminars about their own experiences and how they want to change and make the world a better, more accepting place. 

Favorite Oakwood Spot: This is kind of odd, but I love the Sanctuary. That's where my Advisory group meets and we have really beautiful, formative discussions inside its towering brick walls and technicolor stained-glass windows. There's a big piano that sits in the corner of the stage and sometimes the Orchestra leaves some instruments behind and we'll have an impromptu jam session for several minutes.



Favorite event: Arts Festival happens annually when the entire school comes together to celebrate our appreciation of the arts at Oakwood. The day is filled with dance, music, song, theatre performances done by students and faculty. The school is decorated with unique art installations that students have worked on all year. There is a feeling of togetherness during Arts Festival each year and it always reminds me about how special of a place Oakwood is -- (oh and how talented our community is).

Favorite spot on campus: The red couch in the History Office has provided me more than just a comfortable place to study. I have had some of the most valuable conversations on or near that couch with the History Department. Aside from being extremely knowledgeable and wise, the History teachers (and really all teachers at Oakwood) truly care about you. There are at least a few students hanging out on the couch at all hours of the day.

Oakwood pro-tip: Don’t be afraid to get involved at Oakwood! Students and teachers being engaged in clubs and other extracurriculars make Oakwood special. Club leaders love seeing new students attending meetings. By joining clubs or sports teams means that you are making an impact on the community which is a great feeling. Getting involved has made my experience at Oakwood richer and has made me a better person.



Favorite class: My favorite class has to be history! I love the interactive class format because it immerses you more into the material and makes it easy to follow! The majority of the history classes that I have taken thus far have been this way. It's nice to have fun and be in class at the same time!

Favorite spot on campus: My favorite on-campus spot is the Old Senior Lot because the entire school is there during break and lunch. I love seeing everyone interact with each other. 

Favorite Immersion: My favorite immersion was the trip to the Dominican Republic! I am half Dominican so I wanted to go to experience more of my culture as there is not a huge Dominican community here in LA. While on the trip, we spent time with the locals. We played basketball together and taught each other dances. I especially appreciated the time we spent touring Santo Domingo! On top of that, the class was based around marine life preservation and was very hands-on. We went dolphin watching and saw 14 of them on their trail through the Atlantic. So basically not only was I immersed in my culture for 10 days, but I was also studying and helping save the marine life all while in paradise!



Favorite spot on campus: The Library is the quietest spot on campus. It’s perfect for getting homework done during free periods or for hanging out before school starts in the mornings. 

Favorite Immersion: NOLA. The New Orleans immersion was one of the coolest trips I’ve done for immersion. We were able to go to different jazz clubs every night and listen to some of the most prominent musicians in the city right now. 

Oakwood pro-tip: Take advantage of how approachable your teachers are. They love to talk to students any time and you are always welcome to hang out on the couch in the History office.



Favorite class: My favorite class that I have taken at Oakwood (so far!) has been Campaigns and Elections in the United States. Not only did we get to learn about the electoral process while the 2016 election was underway, but we also did a simulation where we ran our own presidential campaign. 

Favorite event: Arts Fair! The whole school is decked out in decorations and sculpture installations. Throughout the day there are art exhibits, film screenings, and tons of performances. It’s so incredible to see the talent and passion of Oakwood students manifest in a day of celebration before school is out for the summer. 

Favorite immersion: I reject the premise of choosing only one favorite immersion since everyone has been great, but one of my favorites has been the Grapes of Wrath. As we read Steinbeck’s classic novel, we visited historical archives and old labor camps, talked to Dust Bowl survivors as well as migrant workers today, and visited farms in the Central Valley to supplement and deepen our reading of the book.



Favorite event: I honestly can't decide between Spirit Night and the Halloween event. I love seeing everyone in Oakwood colors and coming to see the girls basketball team play but I also love seeing the Oakwood community in their glamorous Halloween attire. Especially the faculty! 

Favorite spot on campus: My favorite spot on campus is the history office because it offers both a physical comfort, the red sofa and a mental comfort, talking to teachers. 

Favorite event: My favorite immersion has been SDLC. (Student Diversity Leadership Conference) I loved going to Atlanta with my fellow peers and being able to talk to kids from around the country about their different leadership and personal experiences. It helped me gain perspective as a leader on the Oakwood campus. I also got to try my first ever Waffle House!

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