Devoted since its inception to fundamental Quaker values, Oakwood Friends School puts this belief into practice by focusing on the individual learner and cultivating a diverse community. Oakwood Friends School encourages students and adults within the community to learn through inquiry, reflection, and silence. We have designed our curriculum to reflect the mission statement. All students take part in athletics and the arts. Our classes focus on depth over breadth, and stress the development of an individual, learned viewpoint over factual recall while using challenging, college-level texts. Our classes are intentionally small to facilitate individualized programs. We offer independent studies and a wide range of elective courses tailored to student interest.
One of the very oldest coed boarding schools in the United States of America, Oakwood Friends School has always been ahead of the trends – far earlier to embrace coeducational schooling, racial diversity and an international student body than anyone else around. From the moment students arrive on campus as prospective members of our community, they universally characterize the school as warm, friendly and embracing. Oakwood Friends School puts forth great effort to ensure that the spirit of the community passes safely from one year to the next despite being embodied by different people every year. We are proud of this culture and work hard to sustain it.