The Oxbow School is now accepting junior, senior, and gap year applications for the Fall 2022 + Spring 2023 semesters!

Oxbow welcomes applicants who are motivated, curious, and excited to learn.

Applicants seeking to attend the Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 semester are encouraged to complete the applications as soon as possible. Now that the February 15th, 2022 priority date and subsequent round of reviews has passed, the Oxbow Admissions Office has rolling admission and will continue to accept students until all programs are fully enrolled. Limited need and merit-based scholarships are available.

The 2022 Summer Art Institute is now fully enrolled. Oxbow will open applications for Summer 2023, Fall 2023, and Spring 2024 on September 1st.

Please contact with any questions.

Semester + Summer Application Process

Part 1 - Online Application

Fill out and submit Part 1 (online form) of the application and select the Summer, Fall, or Spring semester you are interested in applying for. Once Part 1 is completed, the Oxbow Admissions Team will contact you to help complete your Semester or Summer application, assist you in applying for Financial Aid as needed, and answer any questions you might have. Please feel free to reach out to us directly at

Apply Part 1

Part 2 – Semester Application Documents

Fill out and submit Part 2 (pdf) of the application. Part 2 may be handwritten or submitted digitally and includes:

1. “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.” - Pablo Picasso

Choose one work of art or one artist that allowed you to realize a truth about yourself and/or the world around you. Discuss.

2. Choose a contemporary (Post WWII) work of art that you think best reflects a self-portrait of you. Describe.

3. Project yourself 50 years into the future. You have just finished your 250 page autobiography. How does the 3rd chapter begin?

GAP SEMESTER APPLICANT ESSAY PROMPT (Not required for students looking to attend Oxbow as juniors or seniors)

  • Describe a project and area of interest that you would like to focus on during your semester as a Gap student. What open-ended question(s) would you like to explore in depth? Which studio(s) would you like to concentrate in? If you would like to pursue a leadership role within the The Oxbow School community or pursue an internship, please explain the skills you would like to develop during your semester as a gap student. Leadership roles might include: studio teaching assistant, culinary arts intern, elementary school volunteer, or residential life coordinator.

Part 2 – Oxbow Summer Art Institute Application Documents

Application materials can be emailed to or mailed to (please no original artwork):

Admissions Office
The Oxbow School
530 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

In its consideration of applications for admission, The Oxbow School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

Working With Your Sending School

At Oxbow, we are fully committed to working with you and your school to best support your experience on campus and return to your sending school. Oxbow regularly hosts students from some of the nation's top public and private high schools and has over twenty years of experience helping students stay on track with their academic needs. The first step in our application process is for families to meet with their sending school and review our Curriculum Guide with the counselor or advisor. This will allow your sending school to assist you in planning your class schedule. Please feel free to contact our Director of Admissions, Jason Tucker, with any questions about working with your sending school - we are here to help you with any questions that may arise.

Questions can be directed to Jason Tucker, Director of Admissions at or 707.363.0449.