History of The Oaks School
In the autumn of 1985, a small group of parents began the search for an elementary school in their neighborhood. Their children attended the same pre-school, and the parents were looking for a Kindergarten program that would continue to provide the same progressive, individualized education. Unable to find a good program in the Hollywood area, they decided to start their own Kindergarten on the premises of St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Under the leadership of Deborah Wyle as the first principal and program director and Tinker Beatty as Board Chair, The Oaks School opened in September 1986, with 11 children enrolled in Kindergarten.
In 1986, The Oaks School incorporated as a non-profit educational institution and moved to the historic Hollywood United Methodist Church, renting two classrooms for a kindergarten and 1st grade in 1987. In July 1990, Chloe Eichenlaub joined as Head of School, and in 2000, Mary Fauvre, Ph.D. became the school’s third Head of School. In 2010, after a national search, Ted Hamory was named the fourth Head of School.
Now in its 28th year and with full enrollment at each grade and successful graduating 6th grade classes, The Oaks School has become a respected elementary school, matriculating an average of 22 students into a wide variety of independent and public middle schools in the Los Angeles area.
The Oaks is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The Oaks Board of Trustees has grown from 7 to 19 members and is a mix of parents, educators, and community representatives. The history of The Oaks is still writing itself, as every year the dream takes deeper root, and continues to flourish.