Oxbow welcomes applicants who are motivated, curious, and excited to learn. 

Oxbow is fully enrolled for the Fall 2017 Semester. We are still accepting applications for Spring 2018, and ask all interested families to complete their Spring 2018 applications by Oct 1st. 

Oxbow is now accepting applications for the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 Semesters! Please be sure to apply and complete the application by the February 15th Priority Date.



Application Process

Part 1 - Online Application

Fill out and submit Part 1 (online form) of the application. Once you have submitted Part 1 on-line, the Oxbow admissions department will contact you to help complete Part 2, answer any questions, and assist in applying for Financial Aid as needed.

Apply Part 1

Part 2 – Application Documents

Fill out and submit Part 2 (pdf) of the application. Part 2 may be submitted digitally or via mail, and includes:

  • a self-portrait in any medium
  • a parent questionnaire (found in part 2 PDF)
  • a student questionnaire (found in part 2 PDF)
  • a copy of your most recent official high school transcript
  • two teacher recommendations (teacher instructions pdf), and
  • a 300-word essay on one of the following subjects:

1.) “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” - Pablo Picasso

 Choose one work of art or one artist that allowed you to realize a truth about yourself and/or the world around you. Discuss. 

2.) Choose a contemporary (Post WWII) work of art that you think best reflects a self-portrait of you. Describe. 

3.) “A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.” - Vladimir Nabokov

Describe the interrelationship between poetry and science. Identify and write about a time in your life in which these two realms intersected.

Apply Part 2

Application materials can be emailed to admissions@oxbowschool.org or mailed to:

Admissions Office
The Oxbow School
530 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

In its consideration of applications for admission, The Oxbow School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.


International Students

Oxbow welcomes international applications from students in schools where the core curriculum is taught in English; Oxbow does not offer ESL courses or curricula but is SEVIS certified to accept international students. Students who attend Oxbow can expect to be immersed in English conversation and writing. In addition to your application, you will need to submit your most recent TOEFL test results and provide us with a telephone number so that we can schedule a telephone or Skype interview. You will also need to work with our admissions office to obtain any necessary student or visitor visas.

Questions can be directed to Holly McVeigh, Director of Admissions at holly@oxbowschool.org or 707.363.0449.


Working With Your Home School

At Oxbow we are fully committed to working with you and your home school to best support your time with us and your return home. The first step is for families to meet with their home school and go over our Curriculum Packet with the student's counselor or advisor. This will allow your home school to help you plan your class schedule in a way that is most compatible with the Oxbow curriculum. Please feel free to contact the Director of Admissions with any questions about working with your home school-we are here to help!


Supporting Your Education Goals

Math and Language

For those students that will be taking math and/or language while at Oxbow, we suggest that you meet with your sending school math and/or language instructor to ensure that work completed at Oxbow will satisfy the sending school diploma requirements, and to collect books, syllabi and any other materials needed to support your work at Oxbow.

Online Courses

Some students have found that online courses can be a way to earn credit for coursework not offered at Oxbow. Credit for online coursework is at the discretion of the sending school. Please talk to your school about online coursework to insure that you will receive credit for any online courses before you arrive at Oxbow.

For students who are taking an online class through Brigham Young University (BYU), there is a possibility that tests associated with that program can be proctored at Oxbow; Jennifer Jordan the Academic Dean is a certified proctor for the BYU Independent Study program.

Advanced Placement Credit

While Oxbow does not offer AP (Advanced Placement) courses, students interested in continuing their AP coursework can do so independently while at Oxbow, and can take AP tests in the Spring at Napa high. There are many potential solutions to AP or curriculum conflicts, please contact Admissions for additional information. It may not be possible for students enrolled in full IB (International Baccalaureate) programs to continue IB coursework while at Oxbow; students enrolled in full or partial IB programs should consult with their sending schools to ensure that they will receive credit for Oxbow coursework.

The Oxbow School is fully accredited by WASC (The Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and AdvancedED and is a non-profit organization as designated under section 501(c)(3).