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

The Oxbow School is now accepting Semester and Gap applications for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 Semesters

Now that our February 15th priority date has passed, The Oxbow School is in the rolling admissions period for for the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters and will continue to accept students until both semesters are fully enrolled. Interested students are advised to complete all parts of their applications as soon as possible.


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 (also found in part 2 PDF)
  • a student questionnaire (also found in part 2 PDF)
  • a copy of your most recent official high school transcript (Official only if mailed or emailed directly from school)
  • two teacher recommendations (teacher instructions pdf), and
  • a 300-word essay on one of the following subjects (if applying for a Gap Semester, please use the Gap Semester prompt below):

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.

GAP SEMESTER APPLICANT ESSAY PROMPT (Not required for students looking to attend Oxbow as juniors or seniors)

  • Describe a project and area of interest that you would like to focus on during your semester as a Gap student. What open-ended question(s) would you like to explore in depth? Which studio(s) would you like to concentrate in? If you would like to pursue a leadership role within the The Oxbow School community or pursue an internship, please explain the skills you would like to develop during your semester as a gap student. Leadership roles might include: studio teaching assistant, culinary arts intern, elementary school volunteer, or residential life coordinator.

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.

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Working With Your Home School

At Oxbow we are fully committed to working with you and your school to best support your time with us and your return home. Oxbow regularly hosts students from some of the nation's top public and private high schools and has over twenty years of experience helping students stay on track with their academic needs. The first step is for families to meet with their home school and go over our Curriculum Guide 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 our Director of Admissions, Jason Tucker with any questions about working with your home school - we are here to help and happy to talk with your school!

Questions can be directed to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions at jason@oxbowschool.org or 415.717.9256.

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 may be asked to interview in person or via Skype. You will need to work with our admissions office to obtain any necessary student or visitor visas. We will need to receive all application materials in english. International students are not eligible for Financial Aid.

Questions can be directed to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions at admissions@oxbowschool.org or 415.717.9256.