The Oxbow School Semester Program & Summer Camp

530 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559

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The Oxbow School Semester Program & Summer Camp The Oxbow School Semester Program & Summer Camp

Mission – Think, create, and grow.
The Oxbow School: an innovative, interdisciplinary program combining visual arts with academics – helps and encourages high school students learn and develop the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly complex and interdependent world. Through rigorous studio art practice grounded in creative and intellectual inquiry, the program extends each student’s critical thinking abilities. Oxbow students develop a new sense of identity, self-worth and confidence that enables them to take more active responsibility for their own learning and lives.

Semester Program
The Oxbow School is a semester program focusing on studio artmaking and interdisciplinary humanities. This program provides juniors, seniors, and post-graduate students the opportunity for intensive studio experience in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and photography/digital media. Each art discipline occupies a fully equipped 1,250 square-foot studio with eighteen-foot ceilings and roll-up doors that open to an inspiring view of the Napa River. Studios are open during the evenings and on weekends and students are encouraged to create independent work in addition to the assigned projects.

The atmosphere at Oxbow is one of intense artistic exploration combined with the rigorous academics necessary to complete high school and be ready for college. The art curriculum is taught along with the English, history, mathematics, and science courses necessary to enable students to fulfill their graduation requirements. Studio art and academic topics are interwoven. The course offerings are similar in depth and structure to those that students encounter in the first year of college. The student’s immersion in a project-based approach to research, writing, and making art becomes an internalized working model for personal growth.
We invite students to enlarge their artistic vision and enhance their technical skills in an environment dedicated to supporting artistic inquiry. Take this opportunity to further your education, expand your social horizons, explore your passion for art, and create a new foundation for your future.

Visiting Artist Program
The Visiting Artist Program is one of the most compelling aspects of the Oxbow experience; there are three facets to the program: artist residencies, a lecture series, and studio visits. Taken together, these elements comprise a new model for art education at the high school level. Each semester two established artists are invited to work with students on a collaborative project. The residencies are opportunities for you to gain firsthand experience in how artists think and work.

The lectures showcase emerging and established artists who introduce you to a broad range of approaches to art-making and art careers. The studio visits are perhaps the most potent elements in the Visiting Artists Program as you get ‘behind-the-scenes’ in the artistic process–where and how artwork is created.

Summer Camp
Oxbow Summer Art Camp is a unique 16-day residential program for 14-16 year olds that encourages the exploration of each student’s creativity and vision. Summer faculty members support the discovery and development of camper’s individual artistic process in an inspiring, fun, and challenging environment. Teens develop art skills, conceptual ideas, life-long friendships, and personally significant artwork during the art-immersion camp program.

  • Arts Focus

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory, Visual Arts
Grade RangeBoarding — Coed Grades 11-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address530 3rd St, Napa, CA 94559
Year Established1998
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$24,500/sem
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded40
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$500,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester

Graduate Placement


Applications DueRolling
Application Fee$0


AdministratorStephen Thomas
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since1998
Director(s) of AdmissionsHolly McVeigh, Director of Admissions

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment96
Boarding Students96
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)96
Average Class Size16
Teaching Faculty10
Male Teaching Faculty3
Female Teaching Faculty7
Faculty EthnicityWhite 80%, African-American 10%, Other 10%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage3
Buildings on Campus14
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