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    Educating Compassionate and Creative Global Citizens
    When we talk about compassion, we understand the literal meaning of the word, which is co-suffering. Compassionate people understand the plight and difficulties of others and work to alleviate suffering wherever it exists.  We can demonstrate and practice compassion to others, to animals, to the environment. Children learn about compassion by observing adults practice it and by what they hear adults say.  Schools can teach students about compassion in many ways, through literature, history, discussion, and by providing opportunities to do good.  

    Creativity is the spark that makes life interesting.  We all possess it and it is important that a school system help students to discover it within themselves and nurture it. Creative people are interesting, solve problems, have open minds, and see the world in new ways.  Creativity is probably the most important '21st century skill.'  

    We are citizens of our locality, of our state, and of our nation. We are also citizens of the world.  When we look at the Earth from space we do not see borders and boundaries.  We are part of a web of people who share this place. Being a good global citizen means participating in our own democracy, having a sense of social responsibility for the people around us, of our nation, and of the world, and caring for the environment we all share and will pass on to our posterity.

    About Oak Park Unified School District

    Oak Park Unified School District is a high performing public K-12 school district located in Oak Park, an unincorporated community in south Ventura County on the border with Los Angeles County, nestled between the cities of Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks. The school district was formed in 1977 when residents voted to create a new school district to better meet the needs of its residents, beginning a long tradition of placing the highest priority toward ensuring a high quality education. 
    The comprehensive (grades K-12) public school district serves approximately 4500 students and comprises three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, as well as an independent school and a continuation school for students with unique needs.  Students from the entire region are drawn to attend Oak Park schools with about 35-40 percent of students coming from neighboring districts via the District of Choice program as well as through inter district transfers and permits. 
    All of the district's schools are California Gold Ribbon schools and have been nationally recognized as Blue Ribbon schools. The district has also been recognized as a national Green Ribbon school district for its focus on environmentally progressive policies and practices. 
    Kindergarten & Discovery Kindergarten Age Requirements for Fall 2020 

    Your student must turn 5 years old by September 1, 2020.
    Discovery Kindergarten: 
    Your student must turn 5 years old anytime from September 2, 2020 - December 2, 2020. If your student is admitted into our Discovery Kindergarten program, he/she will be placed in Kindergarten for Fall 2021.
    Cut-off dates are firm for Kindergarten and Discovery Kindergarten based on California State Law.