- 75 % of the graduating class of 2017 were honor students (3.75 GPA for their entire high school career).
- 50% of the graduation class of 2017 were high honors students (4.25 GPA for their entire high school career).
- The majority of the students taking the TerraNova Standardized Test in 2017 scored at or well above the national average.
- The class of 2017 earned 128 college credits while at Oconee Christian Academy.
- The class of 2017 performed more than 5,000 hours of community service.
- The class of 2017 was offered on average $41,000 each in college scholarships
- Recent graduates have gone on to further their education at Notre Dame, US Naval Academy, Clemson University, University of South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Anderson University, Southern Wesleyan and many other notable colleges.
- Oconee Christian Academy athletic teams (Boys Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf and Baseball) competed for state championships in 2016-2017 academic year.
- Oconee Christian Academy provided in excess of $150,000 in financial aid to deserving students in 2016-2017.
- Accreditations and Memberships:
- AdvancEd accredits Oconee Christian Academy. AdvancEd accredits public and private schools throughout the United States. Their representative serves on the five-year site visits to the Oconee Christian campus.
- The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) also accredits Oconee Christian Academy. ACSI accredits Christian Schools throughout the United States and around the world.
- Current enrollment (Kindergarten – 12th grade) is 152
- Lower School enrollment (Kindergarten – 6th grade) is 73.
- Middle School enrollment (6th – 8th grades) is 31.
- High School enrollment (9th – 12th grades) is 47.
Our faculty members at Oconee Christian Academy are committed and qualified to effectively teach within their area of specialization as all teachers hold 4 year degrees, most are certified in their content area, and many hold master degrees and doctorates.
Oconee Christian Academy has integrated biblical truth in our core curriculum. Our Christian teachers and staff members readily demonstrate a Christian life and view their calling to teach as a ministry to each student. Our teachers are empowered by the Holy Spirit to effectively address the students’ spiritual, academic, emotional and physical needs in the context of their relationship with Jesus Christ.
Within the classroom, our teachers help students to discover how God’s word provides direction, correction, comfort and encouragement in all aspects of life.
Oconee Christian Academy is founded upon conservative, evangelical Protestant Christian principles as manifested in the inerrant Word of God, the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Therefore, Oconee Christian Academy believes the Bible to be the foundation for all matters of life and learning. We hold firmly that God as revealed through Jesus Christ is sovereign and the center of the universe; as such, He must also be the center of our lives and the focus of our every endeavor.
Oconee Christian Academy believes that God speaks to us through His holy scriptures; therefore, we must submit unconditionally to the authority of the Bible, and recognize His scriptures as the exclusive standard for Christian education. In addition:
- We believe the Bible to be the only inspired, infallible Word of God; as such, it is the final authority in all matters of life and faith.
- We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that God created man in His own image and granted man free will; that man chose to sin against God, leading to physical and spiritual death; that this spiritual death separates man from God; and that all people are born with a sinful nature.
- We believe in both the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, and His numerous miracles.
- We believe that Jesus Christ died a vicarious death as an atonement for our sins, and that all who believe in Him are justified by the blood He shed.
- We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, His ascension into heaven, His seating at the right hand of the Father, and His eventual return to earth where He will rule His Kingdom in power and glory.
- We believe that salvation cannot be earned through any work of our own, but is only available from God through His grace; therefore, salvation can only be achieved by confessing sin, faithfully accepting Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and being reborn and regenerated through the work of the Holy Spirit.
- We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: those that are saved unto a resurrection of eternal life, and those that are lost unto a resurrection of eternal damnation.
- We believe that all Christians are unified in spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ.
- We believe that the indwelling of the Holy Spirit enables the Christian to live a Godly life.
Oconee Christian Academy students in grades K-8 annually score well above there national counterparts on the Terra Nova Test. Additionally, all Oconee Christian Academy graduates are encouraged to take the ACT (American College Entrance Test) or the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and score higher than the national average on these tests. On the PSAT, ACT, and SAT, many of our students have performed above state or national norms in all subject areas.
In 2014, Oconee Christian Academy formed a partnership with Southern Wesleyan University to offer dual enrollment courses on our campus. Currently, two of our Oconee Christian Academy faculty, who are also adjunct instructors at Southern Wesleyan University teach college English 101 and 102, Algebra/Trigonometry, Calculus and Quantitative Reasoning. A student has the opportunity to obtain a Carnegie unit in both English and Math that counts toward high school graduation while earning college credit for each course completed.
In 2017, Oconee Christian Academy offered its first Advanced Placement course, AP Physics 1 (Algebra Based). Juniors and Seniors who take this college level course can take the AP Physics 1 exam in May at Oconee Christian Academy and can earn college credit with a score of 3, 4 or 5.
One hundred percent of our seniors over the last four years have graduated with a college-prep high school diploma. 95% of our graduates have continued on to pursue a higher education.
At Oconee Christian Academy, we seek to help each of our students develop godly character and a biblical worldview. Oconee Christian Academy strives to teach students to be hardworking, dependable, positive, self-motivated, team oriented, organized, effective communicators, are flexible, and confident, and who work well under pressure. Throughout their career at Oconee Christian Academy, students are given many opportunities to achieve these goals and traits.
Each student is required to participate in various outreach projects within their church and community, beginning during elementary years and continuing throughout their high school experience. Additionally, many students also choose to participate in short term mission trips to serve, evangelize, and demonstrate God's compassion around the world.
Chapel services are held each week for both lower and upper school students. Most of the chapel services are student-led with invited speakers providing biblical messages of faith and challenge.
Many opportunities are made available for mission work in the local community, including serving at retirement centers, food banks, hospitals, and churches. Classes and school groups often identify needs within the community and then plan and carryout those needed services while honoring Christ through their efforts.
Our Warrior Athletics
Beginning in middle school, Oconee Christian Academy students have numerous opportunities to participate in athletics. Athletic programs offer varsity and junior varsity options, as Oconee Christian Academy teams successfully compete in the South Carolina Association of Christian School division (SCACS).
Oconee Christian Academy participates in seven different competitive sports: cross country (boys & girls), soccer (boys & girls), volleyball (girls), basketball (boys & girls), baseball and golf. Our athletes regularly competed for state championships. Most recently, our golf team won the state championship in 2016, and out golf and baseball teams both finished second in state in 2017.
Our on-campus athletic facilities include a soccer field, a cross country track, and a baseball field. We also partner with Seneca Baptist Church to use their gymnasium as our home basketball and volley ball courts.
Athletic success is not only measured by the number of wins, losses and final standings, but also the by the quality relationships that are built between players, coaches, opponents, and ultimately with the Lord Jesus Christ. Athletic competition provides significant character building opportunities for athletes and coaches.
Our Fine Arts
Oconee Christian Academy is developing a strong fine arts program to give students an opportunity to use their God-given creativity for the glory of God.
Middle and high school students can participate in an annual school play, performed at the Walhalla Civic Center for three nights in the spring. Students also have the opportunity to help build sets and stage the show.
The Praise band provides another opportunity for students to perform, both at chapel and school special events as well as in local churches.
Art classes are also taught, and students are able to expand their skills and abilities through this art form.
The integration of technology into educational practice is offered to elementary, middle, and high school students teaching them keyboarding skills as well as how to use programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
Oconee Christian Academy has also made it possible for students to purchase an electronic copy of the course textbook on an iPad, Kindle, computer, or Nook. Students use the electronic textbooks in the classroom and at home.
Our Extracurricular Activities
A diverse array of student activities are available to Oconee Christian Academy students including spelling bees, music, science fairs, Warrior Impact Training, student government, beta club, national math competitions and yearbook.
Each one of these programs is designed to provide a specific niche that will empower every student to develop the gifts and talents that God has placed within them and enhance their educational experience.