Middle School Application Process


Our Middle School program is focused on helping our students successfully transition into high school both academically and in terms of their social and emotional development.

A full day of classes keeps our students busy. Students have course work in the humanities (English and Social Studies), Math, Science, and Spanish as well as opportunities to explore the world of Art, become physically fit through PE classes and to experience the world of Performing Arts (music & drama). Each year, more than 30 Exploratory Classes are also offered to Blue Oak Middle School students as elective courses of their choosing. Examples of Exploratories recently have included  Debate, Documentary Film Study, an Introduction to Marketing, Rock Climbing and STEM with 3D Printers!

In addition to our academic program and exploratory offerings, students meet regularly with their advisor and participate in grade level, middle school school and whole community meetings regularly. Blue Oak Middle School is also home to a flourishing Bobcats Athletic Program. We offer competitive team opportunities for our students in volleyball, basketball and track and field.

Step 2: Schedule a Visit to our School.


You may schedule an individual visit, join a group tour or attend an Open House. Open Houses are offered outside of regular school hours.

They are designed to provide a more in-depth look at progressive education, our program, and community. During this event, you will hear from our Head of School, visit teachers in their classrooms, meet current parents, and hear from our students and alums.

School tours are given during the school day and are an opportunity to see our classrooms in action. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and are intended for adults. Reservations are required.

Step 3: Schedule a Student Shadow Visit

A Shadow Visit enables the student to spend the school day with a current Blue Oak student, attending classes and participating in all of the day’s activities. Candidates for sixth and seventh-grade visit with a current sixth grader, while candidates for eighth-grade will visit with a seventh-grade student.

Step 4: Complete Application for Admission

Complete the Blue Oak School Application for Admission and submit it along with the $75 application fee. Students are asked to complete a Student Statement as part of the application process.

Step 5: Request Letters of Recommendation

Request a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Recommendation forms are provided in each application. Parents should also request that a copy of all school records be sent to Blue Oak. Forms are available in the Blue Oak application.

Step 6: Visit & Assessment

Once the completed application is on file, we will schedule a full day visit to Blue Oak. Candidates visit the grade that they are currently enrolled in and will also have an opportunity to meet with a member of the Middle School faculty to complete a general assessment of their academic strengths.

Part of the Middle School Assessment process is to help each student make a personal connection with a faculty member. To accomplish this, we ask that our shadow students participate in the activities that are available to them during their shadow day.

The important thing is to come to campus with an open heart and open mind and come prepared to talk with students and teachers alike.  We also encourage students to bring examples of their academic work in their current school – perhaps a book report, a recent math exam or a project that was worked on in class, should they wish.

Application Process Questions

If you would like to discuss the application process, please email Meredith Wilson, Director of Admissions or call 707.261.4522

The TADS website is www.tads.com.