After school sports for students in fifth through eighth grades include cross-country, volleyball, basketball, and futsal. Coaching focuses on skill development, good sportsmanship, and leadership, while providing a positive opportunity for social and group interaction. Live Oak competes against other San Francisco independent schools.
Jackson Park is home to our organic garden, a shared neighborhood resource. Using the garden as a classroom, our curriculum includes regular urban farming activities and a second-grade farm stand unit. Our goal is to highlight and deepen the connections between food, health, and community.
Equity & Social Justice
With our Equity and Social Justice standards, we strive to build community through empathy and encourage students to demonstrate social justice leadership. Students recognize and analyze bias, as well as understand the histories and values of diverse cultures, and the effects of positive and negative stereotypes.
Technology is carefully integrated into the curriculum. Beginning in the Lower School, students gain instruction in computer essentials and practice thinking like programmers. Chromebooks are provided to all middle school students for reading, research, and the completion of homework.
Middle school students may opt into the Science Extension program and work on a wide variety of independent projects, including robotics, VR game design, anatomical modeling/sculpture, and much more. This program is an elective during the school day and is offered after school several days per week.
The Live Oak School library program fosters enthusiasm for reading and helps students become discerning consumers of information. Staffed by two professional librarians and supported by a team of dedicated parent volunteers, the library offers a large and comprehensive collection open to all students, faculty, staff, and parents.
Connecting with the community allows students to explore societal issues while engaging in concrete experiences to effect change. Projects include recycling, food pantry volunteering, clothing drives, and an ongoing partnership with The Family House. We host a family service night as well as a schoolwide Day of Service.
High School Guidance
Bringing a combination of academic achievement and active citizenship, our students are sought after by competitive schools; most are accepted into the school of their choice. Families are supported throughout the placement process, and students arrive at high school prepared, enthusiastic, and ready to take on new challenges.
Twice a year, Live Oak middle school students stage a full play geared for the enjoyment of San Francisco families. Students have the opportunity to choose an on-stage performing role or a backstage theater tech role, which fosters a high level of enthusiastic participation. These performances are open to the public and sell out every year.
Middle school students meets weekly in a grade-level advisory group, comprising one faculty member and 12 students, to discuss topics relating to school and/or their personal lives. The Advisor acts as each student’s advocate and is the primary contact for parents regarding academic, social, and disciplinary matters.
Every grade and middle school section is responsible for preparing and running two assemblies per year. Middle schoolers gather monthly in the Grand Hall on Wednesday mornings to share interests, class projects, special events, and presentations from guests. Lower school assemblies are held every Friday morning.
Field trips are planned at every grade level to enrich the academic program. Beginning with weekly field trips in Kindergarten and culminating with an eighth-grade trip to Washington, DC, students in every grade experience the ways in which lessons at school have relevance beyond the classroom walls.
Student Resource Group
The Student Resource Group is a collaborative team of administrators and members of the learning services and counseling offices that meets regularly to ensure that teachers, administrators, parents, and specialists work together to effectively support our diverse range of learners via positive interventions and holistic strategies.
Middle School Electives
Students take a once-a-week rotation class each trimester to explore an area of interest for focused study. Class choices vary every trimester, and include options such as yearbook, literature studies, urban farming, soccer, library, math support and homework helper.