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Oconee Christian Academy Receives Accreditation from ACSI & AdvancED
The accrediting commissions for both the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and AdvancED have approved accreditation for Oconee Christian Academy.
The Association of Christian Schools International and AdvancED are the global leaders in improvement and accreditation services to over 32,000 institutions serving 20 million students worldwide. These two professional organizations conduct rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. Both ACSI and AdvancED have fully accredited Oconee Christian Academy for the next five years.
The ACSI/AdvancED evaluation review team conducted an extensive diagnostic process of Oconee Christian Academy with a focus on the schools:
1. Direction & Purpose
2. Capacity of Leadership
3. Impact of Teaching and Learning
4. Use of Resources
5. Student Assessment
The team interviewed 90 stake holder; including teacher, advisors, students, parents, administrators, and board members. The total number of classroom observations during the review was 26.
In their review, they found that Oconee Christian Academy excels on a national level in the five “Powerful Practices”:
--OCA’s families are given various opportunities to connect with the school through communication and involvement. These opportunities enhance the partnership between the school and the parents in their children’s education and in families’ support and ownership of the school.
--The unique and overwhelmingly positive relationship between faculty and students at OCA isa strength demonstrating familiarity, caring and advocacy that supports each student’s educational experience. -The overall family atmosphere and the genuine concern shown to individual students by the adults who work with them serve to enhance every aspect of the educational program. This powerful practice is of great value and fosters growth in all areas of the students’ development academically, relationally and spiritually.
--To have three teaches with post-graduate degrees on a faculty in a small school like Oconee Christian Academy is a gift from God. With all faculty members being ACSI certified, the students have the benefit of a highly credentialed staff that love them and demonstrate the love of God to those students.
--The leadership of the school, beginning with the board and carrying on down through the administration, faculty, and staff engage the parents, students and community to recognize, understand and support the mission, vision and purpose of Oconee Christian Academy.
--The school’s culture is so unified with a a sense of family that students and families feel they are an integral part of the school community.
The External Review Team specifically noted the school’s high final index score of 253. The AdvancED national average is 282, which includes schools that have been through the accreditation process multiple times over the course of many years. For OCA to score so high on her first attempt is noteworthy.
This score coupled with the Powerful Practices cited in the review team’s report demonstrate the quality of education OCA students are receiving. The AdvancED seal of approval will also give graduates of OCA a leg up during the college application process.
Congratulations to the entire OCA Staff and the OCA Accreditation team, Co-chaired by Executive Director Dean Bare and Kim Oakley with the tireless assistance of Scott Glenn, Robin Neyer, Rene Nicholson and Lisa Strawderman, who served on the steering committee during the process. The number of hours the school put into the application and supporting documents paid of tremendously.
Dean Bare says, “This process required commitment and great effort from the board of trustees, family members, faculty and students. The hard work and demand caused us all to become closer and more thankful for God’s help and provision for OCA.