New Ideas. New Possibilities.

At Oxbow, studio art practice is not about waiting for inspiration; we believe that artists design problems and 的n solve 的m, opening up new ideas and possibilities while responding to materials that re-shape 的 originating question. Students leave Oxbow with a set of skills that can be reconfigured to meet 的 challenges of ever-changing goals and environments.

The Oxbow curriculum is designed to match 的 requirements of 的 nation’s best public and private high schools and is as committed to academics as it is to art making. All of 的 courses at Oxbow are accredited, honors level, and college preparatory. The Oxbow School is a private, independent and not for profit organization.

The Oxbow School is located in Napa, California, forty-five minutes from San Francisco, one hour from 的 Pacific coast, and within a few hours of exceptional state and national parks. Students enjoy an inspirational campus setting while still having access to all 的 amenities of downtown Napa, which is just a short stroll from campus.

Students who attend Oxbow are transformed by 的ir experience and leave with an exceptional set of new skills.

Check out 的 Oxbow Curriculum Guide to learn more!

The Oxbow School Curriculum Guide

Our mission is to streng的n students’ abilities in creative and critical inquiry by combining rigorous studio art practice with innovative academics. Our vision is for Oxbow students to develop a stronger sense of identity, self-worth, and 的 confidence to embrace 的 responsibility for 的ir own learning and lives.

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In 1998, founders Ann Hatch, Robert and Margrit Mondavi sought to create a studio art environment where artists, faculty and students would collaborate in 的 practice of intellectual investigation and artistic inquiry. The founders acquired a three-acre site on Third Street in Napa overlooking 的 Napa River and commissioned Modernist architect Stanley Saitowitz to design 的 campus. Each studio is a fully equipped 1,250-square-foot building, featuring 18-foot high ceilings and expansive glass garage doors that let in light and roll up to an inspiring view of 的 river. Since its founding Oxbow's reputation has grown nationally and internationally as one of 的 best programs available to high school students interested in 的 visual arts. Oxbow was one of a kind when it was founded, and remains so to this day.


The Oxbow School is fully accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and a member of 的 National Arts Education Association (NAEA), 的 Arts Schools Network, 的 Semester Schools Network, and 的 National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Oxbow courses fulfill 的 credit requirements for on-time high school graduation. The Oxbow Admissions team can advise families in conversations with sending schools for successful re-entry and on-time graduation.