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Frequently Asked Questions


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

What are the school hours?

Kindergarten to 4th-grade

5th and 6th Grade

8:45 am to 3:15 pm

8:30 am to 3:15 pm

Classrooms are open 15 minutes before the start of school.

Oasis morning care

Oasis afternoon care

7:45 am to 8:30 am

3:25 pm to 6:00 pm

Oasis is offered every day that school is in session, except for the last day of school and days with early dismissal.

 

Enrichment classes

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

 

How does before and after school care work?

Oasis Program

Oasis is offered every day that school is in session, except for the last day of school and days with early dismissal.  Morning care begins at 7:45 am in the gym.  Afternoon care starts at 3:25 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. Students must be signed in and out of Oasis. Charges are billed monthly from the Business Office. Parents who arrive after 6:00 pm to pick up their child may be subject to an additional fee.

Oasis rates are $12 until 4:30 pm and $25 until 6:00 pm. During the first month of school, families may purchase an annual pass for $1,250 for unlimited Oasis care.

Enrichment

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 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 K 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.com or you may call their office at (310) 734-7332.

Do you have a summer program?

Yes.  We usually have two weeks of Summer at The Oaks in June after the last week of class and two weeks in August. 

Grades & Middle School Placement

We use narratives K - 6th grade.  If you are curious about the middle school placement process, our students fair very well.  Middle Schools work closely with Ted and Patty during the placement process.  They 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 test scores and the interview, both of which we assist families in preparing for, and letters of recommendation.

 

How much homework do students have?

Homework in K-2 consists of reading and inquiry.  Reading can be adult reading to student or visa versa.  Students may be asked to ask their family members or other adults questions during the family study.  They would then bring the answers back to class to complete a project/assignment.  3rd through 6th grades receive homework in all subjects.  We work to keep homework and reading time to approximately one hour a day.  Note that this is an average and varies.

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?

7:1

How much physical activity do students get per day?

All grades have half an hour of PE every day.  Students also have one snack break and a lunch on the big yard and green space.

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) 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 through . Recent renovations have modernized the infrastructure and restored much of the campus to its original beauty. There are classrooms, a music studio, an art studio, a drama studio, a maker lab, and a large library. 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 tenant with a long term lease through 2043. 

Do you have Tuition Assistance and what does it include?

The Oaks realizes that the cost of educating a child at an independent school extends beyond tuition. We want all families to have access to and the ability to participate all aspects of the community. When a family receives tuition assistance they also receive the following: 

Three (3) free Enrichment Classes

Free OASIS before and after care

Up to %50 off conference all day OASIS

One (1) Gala/Soirée Ticket at no cost

Up to %50 off Summer at The Oaks 

Do you take applications for 1st through 6th grades?

Yes.  Check in with the admission office about which grades we are accepting applications for. ​Admission@OaksSchool.Org​

Do you have a parent volunteer requirement?

Although there is not a volunteer requirement, Oaks parents come together as a community to provide enriching events, support the school, and guide their children. 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 and our next accreditation process will commence in 2026.