Oakwood began in the hearts and minds of a small group of parents who had three things in common: 1) one or more of their children attended the same nursery school; 2) they were equally disturbed by post-war overcrowding in the public schools; and 3) they disagreed about almost everything else!
1964年的冬天, 阿古拉夏令营开始开放, 那个秋天, 奥克伍德开设了第二校区:人文校园, 大学预科日制学校, grades 7 through 9; the assumption being that one grade would be added each year should the school prove a success. 领导这个新校园, 玛丽·斯波茨伍德雇佣了哈姆林·史密斯, 来自芝加哥北岸乡村走读学校. 哈姆强调了学校的道德, 它强调艺术, 以及它作为“学习社区”的品质，在这里，个别师生交流是一个不断丰富的过程. 1965年增加了10级，1966年增加了11级，1967年增加了12级.