- 75 % of the graduating class of 2015 were honor students (3.75 GPA for their entire high school career).
- 50% of the graduation class of 2015 were high honors students (4.25 GPA for their entire high school career).
- The majority of the students taking the TerraNova Standardized Test in 2015 scored at or well above the national average.
- The class of 2015 earned 128 college credits while at OCA.
- The class of 2015 performed more than 5,000 hours of community service.
- The class of 2015 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, USC, Georgia Tech, Anderson University, Southern Wesleyan and many other notable colleges.
- OCA athletic teams (Boys Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf and Baseball) competed for state championships in 2014-2015 academic year.
- OCA provided in excess of $150,000 in financial aid to deserving students in 2014-2015.
Meredith Hutton- 2015 Graduate
I recently graduated from OCA. As excited as I am about going to college, I am sad to be leaving OCA. OCA isn't just a school, it is a family. The support you get from not only the teachers but students is unbelievable. They welcome everyone with open arms!
OCA preaches the gospel in everything they do. Every single day you pray in school. Every student takes a Bible class. In Bible class you learn everything from Bible doctrine to your own personal walk with The Lord. I have learned so much about other religions, my own religions, and how to share my faith. OCA really does prepare His leaders. Going out into "the real world" now, I feel prepare spiritually and academically.
Academics are very high quality at OCA. Since they now offer dual enrollment classes, I was able to graduate high school with 10 college credits. That put me almost a semester ahead of everyone else. I am so grateful to attend OCA. I would recommend it to anyone! You won't find a better school.
The 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 OCA 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.
Our faculty members at OCA 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 core values in the classroom core curriculum, in the employment of Christian teachers and staff members who readily demonstrate a Christian life style and with activities outside the classroom to reinforce, demonstrate, biblical principles taught within the classroom that are put into practice in life what is taught in the classroom.
OCA teachers are not only trained professionals, but also 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.
Therefore, our teachers enable students to discover how God’s word provides direction, correction, comfort and encouragement in all aspects of life.
OCA is founded upon conservative, evangelical Protestant Christian principles as manifested in the inerrant Word of God, the Old and New Testament Scriptures. Therefore, OCA 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.
OCA 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:
1) 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.
2) We believe in one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
3) 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.
4) We believe in both the deity and humanity of Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, and His numerous miracles.
5) 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.
6) 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.
7) 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.
8) 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.
9) We believe that all Christians are unified in spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ.
10) 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 OCA 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.
Before the start of the 2014-2015 school year OCA formed a partnership with Southern Wesleyan University to offer dual enrollment courses on the OCA campus. Southern Wesleyan sends one of it's professors to OCA to teach English 101 and 102 to our seniors while one of our own faculty members teach Biology 101 to both the junior and senior classes. A student has the opportunity to obtain a Carnegie unit in both English and Science that counts toward high school graduation while earning college credit for each course completed.
One hundred percent of our seniors over the last four years have graduated with a high school diploma. 95% of our graduates have continued on to higher education.
Upon graduation, development of godly character and a biblical worldview are two of the key goals established for every OCA student. OCA strives to teach students to be hardworking, dependable, positive, self-motivated, team oriented, organized, work well under pressure, effective communicators, flexible, and confident. Throughout their career at OCA, 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.
There are several different opportunities offered for OCA students in grades K5-12th to worship and to serve. 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 OCA community. These opportunities include serving at local retirement centers, food banks, hospitals, churches, and so on. Classes and school groups often identify needs within the community and then plan and carryout those services honoring Christ by serving the ones in need.
Our Athletic Programs
OCA students have numerous opportunities beginning in middle school to participate in athletics. Athletic programs offer varsity and junior varsity options, as OCA teams successfully compete in the South Carolina Association of Christian School division (SCACS).
OCA participates in seven different competitive sports: Cross Country (Boys & Girls), Soccer (Boys & Girls), Volleyball (Girls), Basketball (Boys & Girls), Baseball and Golf. Our athletes have competed for State Championships over the last several years, with our Golf Team being State Champs.
Our athletic facilities include a soccer field, a cross country track, and a baseball field. OCA has also partnered with Seneca Baptist Church to use its gym as OCA's home gym.
Athletic success is not only measured by the number of wins, losses and final standings, but also upon 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 & Technology
OCA students participate in the fine arts programs. Recent school plays include “Dr. Evil & The Basket Of Kittens,” "Straight from the Horses Mouth." These productions are presented to the community at Walhalla Civic Center. The plays run for three showings from Friday to Sunday. Each role is played by an OCA student and most of the sets are built and moved by other OCA students.
Students are encouraged to try out for the school play, and the praise band. Praise band members perform in various churches throughout our county.
An OCA goal is for students to affect the world for Christ using and developing the gifts God has given them.
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.
OCA 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 OCA students including spelling bees, music, science fairs, warrior impact training, student government, beta club, and yearbook, are some of the options available for middle school and high school students.
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.