The Oxbow School is now accepting junior, senior, and gap year applications for the Spring 2023*, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 semesters and rising sophomore - gap year applications for the 2023 Summer Art Institute.

Oxbow welcomes applicants who are motivated, curious, and excited to learn. Apply now for a semester or summer like no other!

*Applicants interested in attending the Spring 2023 semester are encouraged to complete the application as soon as possible. Oxbow will continue to accept applications until Spring is fully enrolled. Limited need and merit-based scholarships are available.

Applicants interested in the 2023 Summer Art Institute should aim to complete their applications by our January 1st early summer application priority date. Those interested in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 should complete by our February 15th early application priority date. Students that complete by the priority dates are in the best standing for early acceptance and our largest scholarships. After the priority dates, Oxbow begins rolling admissions and will continue to accept students until all programs are fully enrolled.

Please contact admissions@oxbowschool.org with any questions.


Semester + Summer Application Process

Part 1 - Online Application

Fill out and submit Part 1 (online form) of the application and select the Summer, Fall, or Spring semester you are interested in applying for.

Once Part 1 is completed, the Oxbow Admissions Team will contact you to help complete your application, assist you in applying for Financial Aid as needed, and answer any questions you might have.

Please feel free to reach out to us directly at admissions@oxbowschool.org.

Apply Part 1

Part 2 – Semester Application Documents

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

1. β€œArt 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. Project yourself 50 years into the future. You have just finished your 250 page autobiography. How does the 3rd chapter begin?

GAP SEMESTER APPLICANT ESSAY PROMPT (Not required for students looking to attend Oxbow as sophomores, 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.

Part 2 – Oxbow Summer Art Institute Application Documents

Application materials can be emailed to admissions@oxbowschool.org or mailed to (please no original artwork):

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.


Working With Your Sending School

At Oxbow, we are fully committed to working with you and your school to best support your experience on campus and return to your sending school. 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 in our application process is for families to meet with their sending school and review our Curriculum Guide with the counselor or advisor. This will allow your sending school to assist you in planning your class schedule. Please feel free to contact our Director of Admissions, Jason Tucker, with any questions about working with your sending school - we are here to help you with any questions that may arise.


Questions can be directed to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions at jason@oxbowschool.org or 707.363.0449.