The Oxbow School is a single-semester art and academically-focused program for high school juniors, seniors, and gap-year students located in Napa, CA. The Oxbow School also offers an spirited and engaging 6-week Summer Art Institute for rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and gap year students.
Our vision is for Oxbow students to develop a stronger sense of identity, self-worth, and the confidence to embrace the responsibility for their own learning and lives.
The Oxbow School is a one-semester coeducational boarding school located in Napa, California with a visual arts and academic focus. High school juniors, seniors, and gap year students can choose to attend in either the Fall or Spring semester. Founded 1998, and opened in 1999, the school is set in an urban environment. The campus is located at the oxbow of the Napa River and includes 15 buildings: studios, classrooms, dining hall, and two campus gardens; students reside in three bedroom suites in two dormitory buildings.
Enrollment is limited to 48 students per semester at maximum capacity, supported by a staff of 8 faculty, a residential life advisor, 4 office staff, 4 kitchen staff, and 2 facilities/housekeeping staff.
Since 1999, more than 1,600 students from all over the country have found their way to Oxbow. Half of them have come from public schools, and half from private schools; they have been divided equally between students from California and students from other states and countries. Some have experienced living away from home, and for others, this is the first time. Some students are already seasoned artists, and some have never before made a painting or sculpture. Some of them want to pursue art or design, and others are looking towards, medicine, education or public policy; many are still open and searching.
The Oxbow curriculum is sequential, project-based, experiential, and interdisciplinary. Courses are team-taught across disciplines and media. Academic and art projects are based on research, reading, writing and study skills that extend the students capabilities to fully engage with the topics through experimentation, testing, and revision. With a heuristic emphasis on taking risks and assuming responsibility for decisions made, the sequence of the projects builds basic foundation skills so that at the end of the program, each student is prepared to embark upon a comprehensive, month-long Final Project on a topic of their choice, supported by research in relevant domains.
Oxbow welcomes applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. Previous art and studio experience is helpful but not required, as instruction at Oxbow supports emerging talents in a nurturing but rigorous environment.
We seek a diverse group of mature, academically sound, naturally curious students who have a lively interest in the visual arts. All students are required to live on campus and adhere to the Oxbow community standards and, by choosing to attend Oxbow, they commit to fully engaging in the challenge of forging mature relationships with peers and faculty.
Oxbow accepts applications for either the Fall or Spring semester of their junior or senior year in high school, and, if there is space in the Fall semester, we accept applicants who are recent high school graduates. The 6-week Oxbow Summer Art Institute is designed for 10th-12th grade and gap year students.
Questions about admissions should be directed to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions at 707.363.0449 or firstname.lastname@example.org.