Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can I still apply for the 2016-2017 school year?
A: Families interested in Blue Oak for the fall of 2016 should contact the admissions office at 707-261-4522. At this time, there is limited tuition assistance available to families applying for the 2016-17 school year.
Q: What are the points of entry at Blue Oak School?
A: The primary entry points are Kindergarten and Sixth grade. The number of spaces available each year in grades 1-5 and 7-8 can vary from year to year.
Q: Do you have a cut off age for Kindergarten?
A: Yes. Children applying for the Kindergarten program must turn 5 by September 1 of the year they will begin at Blue Oak.
Q: When is the best time to start the admissions process?
A: Blue Oak begins accepting applications for the 2017-18 school year in September. Families are encouraged to visit the school between September and December either by scheduling an individual visit or participating in an Group Tour, Information Session or Open House program. For more information, click here.
Q: How are prospective students assessed?
A: Children applying to the Kindergarten program participate in a one-on-one assessment activity. All candidates for the Kindergarten program also participate in a morning “Kindergarten Play Day” which allows us to observe children at play and interacting with others. This year, Kindergarten Play Days are to be determined.
Candidates for grades 1-5 are asked to spend a day at Blue Oak, completing a short academic assessment during their visit. Candidates for grades 6 - 8 also spend a day at Blue Oak but will participate in a separate academic assessment activity. This year's assessment activity dates are to be determined.
Tuition & Fees FAQs
Q: What does it cost to attend Blue Oak School?
A: Our comprehensive tuition for 2016-2017 is:
$21,600 - Kindergarten
$22,400 - Grades 1 - 8
Q: What is included in the Tuition?
A: Tuition includes all expenses related to the academic program at Blue Oak. This includes books, supplies, and the cost of field trips. It does not cover Choice Lunch, Neighborhood Care costs or enrollment fees for after school enrichment programs.
Q: Does Blue Oak School offer tuition assistance?
A: Through its Indexed Tuition program, Blue Oak offers more than $1.1 million dollars in tuition assistance. Families who believe that they will need tuition assistance to enroll their child at Blue Oak are encouraged to complete the process of applying for an Indexed Tuition contract by completing the TADS application for assistance. For more information, refer to the Tuition & Affordability page.
Q: Does applying for tuition assistance impact the admissions decision?
A: No. All admissions decisions are made prior to reviewing a family’s request for tuition assistance.
Q: What percentage of families receive tuition assistance from the school?
A: In the 2015-2016 school year, more than 45% of the students enrolled at Blue Oak are receiving some level of tuition assistance from the school.
Q: Do you give grades? Standardized tests?
A: No, Blue Oak does not assess a student’s performance by grades, and we do not engage in standardized testing. To learn more about our Assessment process, click here.
Q: What information do you have about your student body (racial/ethnic diversity, geographic diversity, socio-economic diversity)?
A: The 2016-17 student body is drawn from American Canyon, Fairfield, Napa, Rutherford, Sonoma, St. Helena, Vacaville, Vallejo and Yountville. Thirty-six percent of the students attending Blue Oak identified themselves as non-Caucasian. Forty-five percent of our students received indexed tuition contracts.
Q: How many students are in each grade in the Lower school? In the Middle School?
A: Lower School class size currently ranges from 10 - 21. The Middle School grades vary from 24 to 28 students total. Each grade in the Middle School is split into two sections. Middle School elective classes are multi-age and range from 8 to 12 students.
Q: How long is the school day?
A: The Lower School day begins at 8:30 and ends at 3:00; The Middle School day begins at 8:10 and ends at 3:15; The Middle School Homework Cafe is open until 4:15.
Q: Do you offer an extended day program? Enrichment classes?
A: Yes. The Neighborhood program is available in the Lower School from 3:15 to 5:45 for all Blue Oak families. In the Middle School, students may choose to participate in the Homework Cafe program, which provides a supervised study space until 4:15.
Blue Oak School offers a rich selection of after-school classes for both Blue Oak School students and students from the community. Classes change every six to seven weeks. For more information, click here.
Q: Do you offer child care during the holidays or teacher professional development days?
A: Child care is not offered during the holidays. Child care is offered on professional development days and conference days. It is also offered for special programs presented throughout the year such as the Heads Speaker Series. Child care is not provided for Back to School Night.
Q: Do you have a cafeteria?
A: No, Blue Oak does not have a cafeteria but does offer a hot lunch program Monday - Thursday. Working with "Choice Lunch", students may select from a many different choices. Parents create an on-line account and may choose to purchase a hot lunch for their child every day or for just one day.
For students who bring a lunch from home, we strive to be “waste free” at lunchtime, asking students to bring their lunch in reusable containers.
For more information, email Michele Sanchez, Director of Admissions or call 707.261.4522