Frequently Asked Questions
Please note: Details regarding school hours as well as the lunch, Oasis, and enrichment programs for the fall of 2021 will be determined using the recommendations and guidelines from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
What are the school hours?
Extended Care Program
Extended care is offered every day that school is in session, except for the last day of school and days with early dismissal. Extended care runs from 7:45 to 8:30 a.m. and from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Contact the business office for information on daily rates and annual passes.
The after-school enrichment program offers classes that are both fun and educational. Weekly courses range from physical activities including sports and dance to improvisation, magic, and chess. Courses are taught by outside instructors as well as Oaks faculty members. The courses provide a way for students to expand their learning beyond the school day in a safe, nurturing environment.
Classes are offered in the fall, winter, and spring and are available to students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Each session lasts for six to eight weeks and the pricing varies.
Do you have a lunch program?
Families have the option of enrolling in a lunch program through Organic Kids LA. Lunch is available each day that school is in session for students in grades K through 6th. Enrolling in the program is not required. If you choose to enroll, all payments, orders, and cancellations are made through Organic Kids LA. Questions for Organic Kids LA may be sent to CustomerSupport@OrganicKidsLA.
Do you have a summer program?
Yes, our Summer at The Oaks program usually runs for the last two weeks of June and the first two weeks of August.
Where do students attend middle school after The Oaks?
We use detailed progress reports in K - 6th grade that include narratives and skill continuums. Our sixth graders fare very well in the middle school placement process, attending a range of independent, charter, and public middle schools. Middle schools work closely with our Head of School, Ted, and Assistant Head of School, Patty, during the placement process. The schools have a deep understanding of how to interpret our progress reports and appreciate the ability to see the demonstrated growth of our students. They also take into consideration standardized test scores, student and family interviews, and letters of recommendation. We work closely with students and families on all of these aspects throughout the process. Below are the schools our graduates have attended over the past five years.
How much homework do students have?
Homework in K-2nd grade consists of reading and inquiry. Teachers ask families to build time to read and discuss learning together on a daily basis. In 3rd-6th grades students receive purposeful assignments to hone reading, writing, mathematical, and critical thinking skills and build time-management strategies. We work to keep homework and reading time to approximately one hour a day. Please note that this is an average and varies as students enter the upper elementary grade levels.
How does The Oaks develop curriculum?
Our Assistant Head of School is responsible for curriculum development. She utilizes teachers across grade levels to assist her in the development of curriculum to ensure that scope and sequence are smooth and to expand the thinking and creativity in our curriculum.
What is the teacher/student ratio?
How much physical activity do students get per day?
All grades have 30 minutes of P.E. every day. Students also have two recess periods on the big yard and green space: a morning snack break and an afternoon lunch period.
What is the relationship between The Oaks School and Hollywood United Methodist Church?
The Oaks School is located on the campus of the historic Hollywood United Methodist Church (HUMC) which was constructed in 1927. In December 1981, the church was declared Historic-Cultural Monument #248 by the City of Los Angeles.
The Oaks School operates within this magnificent environment as tenant with a long-term lease. Recent renovations have modernized the infrastructure and restored much of the campus to its original beauty. In addition to grade-level classrooms, there is a library, a maker lab, and art, music, and drama studios. A full-sized gymnasium is used for physical education classes and a new field and outdoor green space has been added, providing a beautiful outdoor environment. While The Oaks is not affiliated with the HUMC, the school and church work together to maintain and preserve the campus.
The Oaks School operates within this magnificent environment as a tenant with a long term lease through 2043.
Do you take applications for 1st through 6th grades?
Yes. Please check-in with the Admission Office about which grade levels we are currently accepting applications for by contacting Admission@OaksSchool.org.
Do you have a family volunteer requirement?
Although there is not a volunteer requirement, families at The Oaks come together as a community to provide enriching events that support the school and the students. The service and dedication of the Parent Association is integral to the very essence of The Oaks.
Is The Oaks accredited?
The Oaks School participates in a rigorous yearlong accreditation process every seven years conducted by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). In 2019 we were granted a seven year accreditation. Our next accreditation process will commence in 2026.