Interesting Facts

  • Founded in 2002
  • Located in the historic district of downtown Napa
  • The Lower School (K-5) is housed in a original school house built in 1909
  • Not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization governed by a Board of Trustees
  • Accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Progressive Educators Network (PEN), and the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CTDC) 
  • 1:8 — Teacher to student ratio

Blue Oak was founded in 2002 by two families who wanted to create a school where students would be encouraged to stretch and grow and given the tools to become independent learners. What began as a K-4 school is now a thriving K-8 school with more than 165 students.

While the majority of our students come from Napa, the Blue Oak community includes families from Calistoga, St. Helena, Rutherford, Yountville, American Canyon, Vallejo, Fairfield and Sonoma, along with families who have recently arrived in California from New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington,  and Oregon. Blue Oak’s eighth-grade graduates enroll in high schools near and far.


Blue Oak is the first and only non-denominational K-8 school in the Napa Valley that is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, with full membership in the National Association of Independent Schools. Blue Oak is also an active member of the Progressive Education Network founded over a century ago to create a national network of progressive schools.


  • American Canyon High School
  • Napa High School
  • Brewster Academy
  • New Tech High School
  • Branson School, Ross
  • Brentwood College School
  • Sonoma Academy
  • Justin Siena High School
  • Tabor Academy, Marion MA
  • The College Preparatory School, Oakland
  • Holderness School, New Hampshire
  • The Oxbow School, Napa
  • The Thacher School
  • The Midland School
  • Vintage High School
  • The Putney School
  • Cate School
  • St. Paul’s School, New Hampshire
  • Marin Academy

Join us for our Spring Open House

on Thursday, April 18th 2024

Tk-8 Grade
4pm - 6pm

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