Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the school hours?
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 a.m. in the gym. Afternoon care starts at 3:25 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. Students must be signed in and out of Oasis. Charges are billed monthly from the Business Office. Parents who arrive after 6:00 p.m. to pick up their child may be subject to an additional fee.
Oasis rates are $12 until 4:30 p.m. and $25 until 6:00 p.m. During the first month of school, families may purchase an annual pass for $1,250 for unlimited Oasis care.
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 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.
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.
Grades & Middle School Placement
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. 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 through . 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 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 in 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 all day Oasis on parent conference days
One (1) Gala/Soirée Ticket at no cost
Up to 50% off the Summer at The Oaks program
Do you take applications for 1st through 6th grades?
Yes. 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 parent volunteer requirement?
Although there is not a volunteer requirement, Oaks parents 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.