School Details

Oak Grove School

220 West Lomita Avenue, Ojai, CA 93023
(805) 646-8236

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-12 190 students 7 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Oak Grove School is a private high school in Ojai. The principal of Oak Grove School is Meredy Benson Rice, whose e-mail is 190 students go to Oak Grove School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Oak Grove School is 7:1. Nordhoff High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 82% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 8% %
Asian 7% %
Black, non-Hispanic 4% %
Hispanic 4% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Multiracial 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    For the past 8 years my children have blossomed at Oak Grove. I am beyond satisfied with the quality education as well as the kindness of the teachers and staff. This year I wasn't surprised to learn that Oak Grove School had TWO alums featured in Forbes 2014 30 Under 30." Thank you Oak Grove!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has attended Oak Grove School for the last six years. The learning environment is very supportive of the individual needs of each student while balancing the overall needs of the group. I have watched my son's love of learning grow as his education progresses. I am happy to be a part of the Oak Grove community.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is our first year at Oak Grove and we are so happy and amazed with this school's approach to education. We came from the public school system and watched the class size's grow to 40 and higher. The curriculum became test-centric and very limited. The food was horrible. Our child was unhappy and getting lost in the shuffle. Oak Grove changed all that. She loves going to school at Oak Grove and she loves the food. It is made fresh and healthy everyday. Her class size is only 17 and her teacher is bright intelligent and engaged as all the teachers are at Oak Grove. He stays after school and gives what ever extra help is need to any of his students. Every student is evaluated for who they are and the teaching approach is geared toward what that child needs. The campus is beautiful as is the Krishnamurti philosophy. We have no doubt our daughter will find her greatest skills and true path with this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My two sons have been enrolled at Oak Grove from kindergarten through their High School Graduation. I can honestly say that Oak Grove was instrumental in forming who they are and being in such a supportive environment has been crucial in helping them navigate a very challenging childhood. The combination of nurturing teachers inventive programs and small class size ensures that no student gets lost. When they needed help we learned about it. The music program which begins in kindergarten has given them the gift of musicianship and public confidence and likely a career. In the past the administration was unfocused and ineffectual but in the last four years the direction and goals of the school have become clear and realistic. Also the camping/travel program which starts small and progresses to major backpacking and literally worldwide travel is something that builds confidence and cultural understanding and close friendships. I only wish I'd been able to attend a school like Oak Grove and I'm glad to have given that gift to my sons.

  • (4 years ago)

    Much has changed at Oak Grove in the past few years - it's now the 2010-11 - and one can sense a much improved faculty administration and overall direction. The food is excellent and award winning. I wish I had this quality of lunch at my work place believe me. The grounds are amazing and well maintained the staff has solid experience and degrees behind them too. I really appreciate that Oak Grove also has kept Krishnamurti's philosophies as a guiding light. Oak Grove is the best non-competitive school in the Ojai Valley. -)

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my child's second year at Oak Grove School and I have to say it has FAR EXCEEDED MY WILDEST EXPECTATIONS! The teachers are as good or better than anything I have encountered at any other school public or private. As a former Montessori student I was pleased to find that not only did the environment offer my child some of the things that made my Montessori experience such a pleasurable one including engaging curriculum but it also includes the added depth of a child lead educational experience. While I'm sure this program may not be a fit for every child or family I can only speak to the fact that my child absolutely thrives at Oak Grove. Additionally the vegetarian school lunch program is quite gourmet and the few meals I've had there with my son included Shepard's Pie Indian Curry w/ Potatoes and Cauliflower and Butternut Squash Soup.

  • (4 years ago)

    For the first time by eight grader wants to go to school! I am thrilled. I find the academic expectations uniquely balanced with the sense of community creativity and care for each student as an individual. The travel my son has done so far has enriched his horizons greatly and the meals prepared on campus are some of best vegetarian fare we have ever had. We look forward to many more happy years here and applaud the staff for it's commitment to creating an educational environment that has allowed my son to flourish.

  • (4 years ago)

    I had enrolled my children in Oak Grove School after reading the reviews on this site however as a parent and as a former Montessori teacher I was deeply disappointed w/ their lack in quality of teaching and academics were non-challenging for my children. School lunches were horrible and limited it's veg. diet that consists of either salads pasta or cheese pizza. I would NOT recommend any parent to enroll their kids in this school. It's over-priced paying $$$ for not even meeting expectations. Don't be deceived by their captivating website!

  • (5 years ago)

    because it is a good progessive school which teaches kids a consious way to thing and behave.

  • (5 years ago)

    Oak Grove School creates an environment of learning-a climate of inquiry- that is safe friendly non-competitive & encourages open-mindedness and a spirit of inquiry.

  • (5 years ago)

    Oak Grove School assists students in developing those qualities of mind heart and spirit that will enable them to function with excellence care and responsibility in the modern world.

  • (5 years ago)

    All three of my children have positively thrived at Oak Grove School. A caring community fantastic teachers wonderful program and beautiful campus. We love it!

  • (6 years ago)

    Great experience for my 5th and 8th graders. Classes are small and challenging and students are encouraged to really think for themselves. Campus looks more like summer camp than school and there is a strong sense of community. We love it here. Perfect for families looking for a small school that's both progressive and college prep.

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellence in education small student teacher ratios and a varied and integrated curriculum are the givens at Oak Grove. The bonuses are the humanity and depth with which the teachers relate to the students and the students relate to each other. There is no better preparation for college and life.

  • (9 years ago)

    This has been the best choice for my daughter for middle school. It's very nuturing no cliques very supportive and the class is very close. We have loved oak grove! Great arts program terrific campouts and field trips-only weak in music and computers.

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