June 1, 2015 — This week we conclude the academic year at Ojai Valley School and hold graduation ceremonies for our eighth-graders and seniors. We are thrilled that more than half of our eighth-grade students will move on to the Upper Campus in the fall, continuing an education rich in academics, sports, outdoor education, equestrian, fine and performing arts. Our seniors, who have just concluded a busy spring calendar filled with Advanced Placement exams, will graduate on Friday and prepare to head to top colleges in the fall.
We are confident the school has prepared them for the next step in their lives, and we look forward to seeing what they will accomplish with the confidence, character, and academic skills that an OVS education has given them. Senior Matt Gustafson (L11, U15) spoke eloquently about this during our recent Pons dinner.
“As I prepare to leave OVS and go off to college, I have some of the same fears I had going from middle school to high school,” Matt told the eighth graders. “The road ahead is filled with so many choices — student housing, classes, academic major, career — all of which will eventually determine so much about the future course of my life. Fortunately, I feel that what I have learned from my family and everyone at OVS has given me the ability to make good choices and the confidence to tackle each new experience one day at a time.” We could not have said it better.
The final days of the 2014/15 academic year have been filled with traditions, rehearsal ceremonies, celebrations — and adventures. Our fifth-graders enjoyed a fabulous day on the Ropes Course at the Upper Campus, challenging themselves to climb the wall, collaborate as members of a team, and bravely leap from a 35-foot platform to ride down the zip line.
It’s all part of the learning experience at Ojai Valley School.