Live Oak’s mission is to fulfill the potential and promise of each student. We create a joyful learning environment where students are active and engaged learners who bring their whole selves to school. We know each child well, which allows us to teach them well and support them in knowing themselves well. Our students learn how to advocate for themselves and to advocate for others, and graduate Live Oak ready for high school with a commitment to make their communities and the larger world a better place for everyone.
We are delighted that you are considering Live Oak School for your child. Enrolling a child at Live Oak School begins a journey of lifelong learning. Every fall we welcome 44 new kindergartners, new sixth graders, and a variety of new students in our other Lower School and Middle School grades. We actively seek a student body that reflects the diversity of San Francisco and the Bay Area.
The goal of the admission process at Live Oak School is to offer families numerous opportunities to get to know us – our mission, values, and educational approach – and for us to get to know your family and your child. That is still the goal for this year, but our steps to accomplishing it are a little different. For the time being we are not hosting prospective families on campus. So in order to get to know us before you apply, we will replace our usual Tours and Open Houses with a variety of virtual events you can attend and videos exploring different aspects of our school that you can watch at your leisure. After you apply, we will get to know your child and you during the assessment and parent interview, both of which will be held virtually. Finally, you will have a chance to meet our community at Zoom Parent Receptions later in the season. This process is structured to provide you all the information you need to choose the best school for your child and your family.
Kindergarten Entry Admission
Live Oak has two kindergarten classes of 22 students, with two teachers in each class. Every year, we enroll approximately 44 new kindergarten students. All students must be five years old by September 1 of the year they enter kindergarten.
6th Grade Admission
Live Oak’s Middle School begins in sixth grade. Each of our Middle School grades has approximately 54 students. There are 18 students and one teacher in each class session. Each year we enroll new students to join our current fifth grade students as they move up to sixth grade.
Grades 1 – 5, 7 & 8 Admission
Applicants for first through fifth grades in our Lower School, as well as for seventh and eighth grade in our Middle School, are considered if space becomes available.