Chess matches, basketball pick-up games, study hall, Dress Dinner, laughter with friends, and so much more. Resident Life at OVS gives students in grades 3-12 the opportunity to live and learn among their peers with a support of a family-like environment and caring dorm parents. Learn more about the Resident Program under the Student Life tab.
Or learn from the experience of two current parents.
Lew and Joy Dowdy, shared their story of enrolling their daughter, Wendy, five years ago. In May, Wendy will graduate with honors from the Upper Campus and attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, her first-choice college. Here is their story:
“Our visits to OVS Lower Campus remind us of two special moments. The first is when we attended the Open House on January 20, 2014. Notwithstanding our residence in a highly ranked school district, our daughter, Wendy, was languishing in seventh grade. The stressful social environment of her middle school resulted in debilitating headaches which we now realize are common symptoms of anxiety-based ‘school refusal’ syndrome. Although we had never previously considered private school, it was clear a major change was in order.
Our search for an alternative revealed that OVS accepted middle school boarders and offered equestrian P.E. with horses on campus. Not completely convinced that boarding school was the best option for Wendy, we drove north to see the campus for ourselves, and it was love at first sight. Admissions Director Tracy Wilson took the three of us on a campus tour including dropping in on several classes, meeting teachers, and a walk through the equestrian barn and the girls’ dorm. When we got to the Activity Center, we saw a banner that said, ‘Go OVS Spuds.’ What a suspicious (but delightful) coincidence: ‘Spud’ had been Wendy’s family nickname since she was eight months old. It was unanimous; we were sold.
The second special moment came only three days after classes started in September 2014. Wendy phoned home and gushed, ‘I love my classes, and I love my teachers!’ We could not have asked for a more delightful confirmation that enrolling her at OVS was the best decision we could have made.
In the five years since, OVS teachers and staff have become a ‘second family’ for Wendy and us. The Family Weekends, awards and graduation ceremonies, Festivals of Talent, musical productions, teacher conferences, and pink sunsets are now ensconced in our collection of treasured memories. Everyone at this special place has contributed to her academic success, her personal growth, and the noteworthy expansion of her repertoire. We will be forever grateful.”