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Many Recent Wins for Oakland Christian School Robotics

November 09, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

Pictured here, Theresa Doan, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Genisys Credit Union, smiles for the camera with the Oakland Christian School Robotics team, their VEX robots, and team leader Mr. Greg Favaro. Genisys, which sponsors 12 robotics teams, recently paid a visit to learn more about robotics at OCS because they recognize the importance of forming community ties.

“We are excited to expand our commitment to include the OCS robotics team. I was so impressed with their presentation. Our sponsorship will continue to promote key skills of leadership, communication, and team collaboration,” says Theresa.

The team is also sponsored by Gestamp, an international group dedicated to the design, development, and manufacturing of metal automotive components. 

Robotics Program Details

OCS Robotics, now in its sixth year, has achieved an impressive 12 tournament champion titles. During the past three years, the team participated at the state level, and for the last 2 years—world! They practice year-round with 20 students in grades 7 – 12.

Staying competitive requires funding to attend tournaments, and purchase design elements, VEX metals, and robot controllers in order to adapt to new games every year.

“Robotics encourages students to find solutions and develop critical thinking skills. STEM principles prepare students to become innovators,” says high school senior Avery Almy, during the team’s recent presentation. 

Team Qualifies for State Championship

In other recent news, the OCS Robotics team composed of seniors received an Excellence Award at a tournament held at Kettering University. There they competed against 25 teams representing six different schools. This award qualifies OCS to compete at the State Championship at Kettering on February 26, 2023. Additionally, the team was ranked at the top for their engineering notebook rubric, exhibited a high-quality team interview, and displayed positive team conduct, good sportsmanship, and professionalism. 

Baker College Education Advocate Nomination

Celebrations continue with the recent news that Oakland Christian School was just nominated, thanks to Robotics, for the Baker College Education Advocate Award in the Gold and Silver Awards hosted by the Auburn Hills Chamber. This award will be presented to the company with the most progressive education initiatives. 

Thank you to Rochester Media and Walker News of Rochester Hills for sharing our story! 

Learn more about Oakland Christian School Robotics HERE

 

Posted in OCS Life

The Goetz Family

October 28, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

What do you love about Oakland Christian?

The teacher's passion for Jesus & our children radiates through the hallways of this amazing school.

Why choose Oakland Christian?

We fell in love with the tree house library, the small class sizes, the Christian education that was integrated throughout the entire day, and the feeling that we were a part of a family from the first day we walked in.

How has your child's faith grown at Oakland Christian?

Our children now openly pray at larger family gatherings, they constantly volunteer to lead the Christian pledge at chapel, are jamming to Christian music in their rooms while singing all the words, and most importantly they turn to God & pray with any feelings or struggles. 

Describe Oakland Christian in one word.

A true blessing. 

Why consider enrolling at Oakland Christian School?

It is life-changing in the best way. Our children are so happy here and so are we. 
 

Share your story HERE.

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The Meyer Family

October 09, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

What do you love about Oakland Christian? 

The relationships our children have developed with their teachers, in elementary, middle school, and high school. They truly are known as individuals and cared for as a "whole" person in every sense of the word, not just solely focused on academics.

Why choose Oakland Christian?

First and foremost we chose Oakland Christian for the faith fit our family was looking for. Our oldest came as a Freshman and the AP Capstone Diploma track was of particular interest with the many AP course selections.  Another child was specifically drawn to OCS for praise and worship band opportunities and smaller class sizes. We wanted a smaller, Christian environment without giving up academic excellence.  

How has your child's faith grown at Oakland Christian? 

All three of our children have grown in their faith tremendously. While they are involved in church programs, the partnering with teachers and home has provided growth we may not have seen otherwise. Having bible class as a core class each day, bible studies, and overall Teaching for Transformation model in all subject areas has aided in their faith journey. In addition, relationships with teachers has proved to be a source of personal connection for them to turn to with faith questions regardless of the subject being taught.

Describe Oakland Christian in one word. 

Blessing

Why consider enrolling at Oakland Christian School? 

Come and check it out! Take advantage of personal tours and shadow days for your student to visit OCS for a day so they can see it for themselves and experience why OCS is different and what makes it special! 

Share your story HERE.

Tags: Secondary
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The McFarland Family

August 19, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

What do you love about Oakland Christian? 

We love that our children are being/have been taught in an environment that matches what we provide them with at home.  

Why choose Oakland Christian?

We chose OCS (way back in 2007!) for the Christian values and small class sizes that allowed more individual & personal instruction. We continue to choose OCS for those same reasons as well as for the relationships we have made while there.

How has your child's faith grown at Oakland Christian? 

Since our kids have all been at OCS since a very young age, we haven't noticed any significant leaps or bounds in their faith, but we do know that the continual feeding has given them a strong foundation and we can't wait to see how God shapes them as they take responsibility for their own faith in adulthood.

Describe Oakland Christian in one word. 

Home.

Why consider enrolling at Oakland Christian School? 

Come take a look and fall in love with the OCS family. Don't be turned away by the cost. If God wants you there, He WILL provide! I never thought we'd be able to put 1 kiddo through Christian schooling, but here we are with 2 (lifer) graduates and a 3rd one making his way through. God cares about the desires of our hearts. 

Share your story HERE

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Introducing our 2022-2023 Spiritual Theme

August 06, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

Based on Colossians 3:16-17, the spiritual theme at Oakland Christian for the 22/23 school year is, “Dwell Richly.” The apostle Paul wrote this letter around A.D. 60 to the church at Colossae while serving his first prison sentence in Rome. Here is the text from the ESV translation (emphasis ours):

"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." - Colossians 3:16-17

"Dwell" in the Greek language is best translated as, “to live in,” “to be at home,” or “to inhabit.”

Paul then is admonishing those in Colossae to emphasize that the Word of God is to live in them, to have a home in their hearts, and to inhabit their minds.

At first glance, these verses from Colossians 3:16-17 seem quite simple to understand, but upon closer examination, we can see their true challenge come to light. We find this Greek translation of “dwell” ἐνοικείτω (ENOI-KEE-TOE) in a few additional places in the New Testament. 

First, Romans 8 uses it to describe the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that dwelled in Jesus, that raised him from the dead, dwells in the believer.  

Second, 2 Corinthians 6:16 also uses "dwell". It references an Old Testament scripture from Exodus 29 stating that The Lord God will dwell among His people.

We can’t wait to explore this theme together as a school community!

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Mission Trip to Juan Tomás, República Dominicana

July 01, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

“This mission trip to the Dominican Republic can be described in so many different ways it’s hard to think of where to begin. God worked in so many incredible ways this trip and changed my heart to understand the importance of community. Right off the bat, we saw how much we take for granted at home in America, yet despite having little, the people of the Dominican had such joy, hospitality, and community. These sweet kids showed nothing but love despite us being complete strangers. The teens we lived with immediately became our friends. And within our own group, I was able to see how important it is to have community with others and to support and encourage one another in all that we do—no matter how hot it got or how hard the work became. This trip certainly had its highs and lows, but God remained faithful through it all. I am beyond grateful for this experience, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. Serving God and loving on others is so incredibly important and being a part of this trip has been a blessing!” -Abby Meyer, 12th Grade

Sometimes God allows one door to close so that another may be opened... and such is the story of how we were able to embark upon our very first mission trip to the Dominican Republic. When the Europe trip was canceled in March of 2020, it gave me the opportunity to pivot and follow my passion—coming alongside God’s people in Latin America. What an absolute blessing it was to then see students understand firsthand what impacted my life in profound ways for the first time some 28 years ago—a depth of joy, passion, hospitality, and community that is the essence of the Latin American people.

Helping to Build a Home

On our first day of work, we formed a long assembly line and passed endless buckets of concrete in order to start building a home, a “primitive act” that seemed to both set the tone for the week and symbolically represent the nature of this team.

Working with the Children

After day one, we interacted with and received hugs from more kids than most on our team have probably encountered in a lifetime. We employed more paint strokes than even Daniel LaRusso (“I’m going to be painting in my sleep—I just know it!” -Aaron Frasa). Working with children both inside and outside of the classroom—we tore down and built walls in deteriorating classrooms, sanded more walls and iron bars than one thought humanly possible, connected with “new children” in a refuge home for girls, and played endless games of soccer, volleyball, and cards every day with the locals (who never seemed to know where “Uno” wandered off to).

A Bonding Experience

Through it all, we sensed that we were all part of one family instead of two cultures maintaining their distinctiveness. From the moment we arrived and were met with smiles and help to put up our mosquito nets—we bonded. Spanish students bridged the gap by practicing the language they have acquired, but even non-Spanish students made precious heart connections through other means... but none more rambunctious than Mr. McCarty frequently yelling, “¡Dios es bueno!” Yes, there are many stories to share, and quite a few inside jokes to keep to ourselves, but these are all part of creating memories that we will forever carry with us.

Ridiculous Faith

We know that God went before us, paving the way and allowing us to all stay healthy and safe the entire time. We also need to give credit to Walkiri, Lucenis, and Lina—three wonderful ladies that served us with incredible food, timely cleaning, and labor-intensive laundry services all week. We are also confident that our daily small group devotionals, focusing on “ridiculous faith”, helped us to keep our eyes focused on our team’s personal mission—Hearts on Fire: For God and For Others.

Ongoing Support Through Sponsorship

Not only did we donate over $500 in supplies to the school Manantial de Vida, but we also still had $1500 left to determine how God wanted us to use it while we were there. As the week progressed, so did our love for the Dominicans and their culture grow, and therefore after hearing only a couple of testimonies, we knew what we wanted to do with the money. To date, Oakland Christian School is sponsoring two girls (an elementary student and a high schooler), allowing them to enjoy a Christian education for a full year. Three students and one staff member also felt led to sponsor children, and so they and/or their families are able to provide these with a Christian education as well. These five children will be ongoing sponsorships… and in the future, we hope to sponsor even more children through the support of our OCS community.

A Sense of Community

Finally, not only did we see our love of the Dominicans grow, but we also saw our care for and support of one another flourish. It is now our prayer that we will take all that we experienced—in particular, the sense of community—and use it to bring unity to Oakland Christian School in the fall in the name of Jesus and for His glory. After all, what happened in the Dominican can’t stay there! 

View our event photo album HERE

Laura Frasa 

Secondary Spanish Teacher, and lead teacher for the Dominican Republic missions trip
 

Tags: Secondary
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Art and Writing Competition Winners

June 14, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

Congratulations to Oakland Christian School Art students who had work selected by The Zekelman Holocaust Center to win the Kappy Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel Night Art & Writing Competition. This competition seeks to educate students about the Holocaust, engage them through Anne Frank and Elie Wiesel’s profound stories, and empower them to move from thought to action using creative expression. Congratulations to Lillian Scheu, Katie Austin, and Avery Miller!

“Remembering the Holocaust means choosing to take a stand against bias, hatred, and violence. It means standing up for what is right and good. By using their voices through art and writing, students share their messages in a creative and meaningful way. Art and writing have the power to touch people's hearts and minds. By using your voice and speaking about the Holocaust, you can help ensure that such suffering never happens again. That is the Power of Your Voice. What lesson from the Holocaust will you impart with the power of your voice? How will you use your voice—through your art or writing—to impart your message about the Holocaust?” -The Zekelman Holocaust Center

"Many images and words moved me personally this evening. It’s good that children today study and know about past atrocities. May the wrongs of that time in history never occur again." -Jane Hunter

A Voice of Hope,  Avery Miller, 11th Grade

Statement of Purpose

“This piece portrays four Jewish boys with little hope left, but one, still has some to remain, and with it he not only calls upon the Lord for strength and protection but also for future generations to not forget. They are to not forget the turmoil, strife, and pain, but rather look to the Lord for their ultimate deliverance in all times of trials. As Psalms 91:1-15 fills the background, it shows that with the power of their voice, calling upon the Lord, He will answer them. As the light grows stronger around the boy who spoke out, it shows how with his voice he can gain strength, and hope, and become a sign of remembrance for those who will later look upon this devastating event. From here, we are called to be further voices, in order to not forget and to not become accomplices in disregarding the real horrification that took place.” -Avery Miller

 

Lost Childhood, Lilly Scheu, 11th Grade

Statement of Purpose

"How was it possible that men, women, and children were being burned and that the world kept silent?” (Elie Wiesel). This quote demonstrates the power of voices. People could have used their voices during the Holocaust to stop the horrors that went on. Today we can use our voices to honor and speak for those who were lost. My art represents the children that were killed during World War II. The names of kids whose voices were taken from them through concentration camps are written throughout the form of the piece to show remembrance of their lives. The drawing shows the near-death experience that no children should have to go through. I hope that my piece shows how we can use our artistic voices to remember the lives of those lost." - Lilly Scheu

 

Hope Takes Flight, Katie Austin, 12th Grade

Statement of Purpose

"During the Holocaust, there was little to no hope for the Jewish community; however, the few that had hope in the worst situations could handle it the best. Some would even use their voice as a powerful tool to spread hope against the Nazis and their corrupt regime. The Jewish girl depicted in the image utilizes the power of her voice by shouting out hope, as symbolized by the dove, into the sky. The dove chases away the ravens representing corruption, death, and destruction. As the dove spreads its wings, it becomes more prominent than the other birds. Though darkness may seem overwhelming in times of despair, hope cuts a clear path through the shadows and becomes a beacon of light. By utilizing our voice and spreading hope, we can chase off the darkness that may lurk in our lives today and even bring about change." - Katie Austin

Check out the competition's catalog of winning pieces of art and writing from numerous participating schools, and learn more about this year's theme: The Power of Your Voice HERE.

 

Tags: Art, Secondary
Posted in Student Highlights

Anne Wilson Visits Oakland Christian

April 30, 2022
By Oakland Christian School


   
 

Armed with a powerhouse voice and mountain-moving faith, Anne Wilson burst onto the Christian music scene with her No.1 debut smash, “My Jesus”. As the first female debut artist to reach No. 1 on the Billboard AC chart, Wilson’s “My Jesus” was the longest-running No. 1 for 2021. Wilson was also Billboard’s Chartbreaker Artist in the 21 Under 21 issue (Oct. ‘21).

 

My Jesus

On April 22, 2022, Oakland Christian School had the privilege of hosting Anne Wilson for an exclusive visit! In celebration of the release of her new album, “My Jesus”, Anne sang songs and shared her testimony as well as the story behind the inspiration for the album. After her performance, students gathered outside with Anne to celebrate with confetti poppers, and a few lucky students were able to get an autograph!

A special thanks to Anne for visiting our school and blessing us with her music! View more photos in our event photo album HERE

Tags: Chapel, Secondary
Posted in OCS Life

2022 Excellence in Education Awards

April 26, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

In participation with the Auburn Hills Chamber of Commerce, we were thrilled to nominate students, Matthew Douglas (5th grade), Joesey DeLong (8th grade), and Zanaria Ware (12th grade) for the 2022 Excellence in Education Awards. 

Excellence in Education celebrates qualities of excellence within students and their educators. Students are selected based on character, community service, academics, and involvement in extracurricular activities. 

Excellence in Education Award Winners

As part of the program, the selected students name a teacher who has made a significant impact in their lives. Mrs. Hosmer was nominated by Matthew Douglas, Mrs. Gross was nominated by Joesey Delong, and Mrs. Hall was nominated by Zanaria Ware. 

In addition to the Excellence in Education Award that Zanaria received, she also was awarded the Forvia Future Leader Scholarship. The following testimonies were submitted by our award winners about their significant-impact educators.

"I have attended Oakland Christian School since Kindergarten. Mrs. Hosmer was my fourth-grade teacher. She is nice and was fun to have as a teacher. Mrs. Hosmer created games for us to play to help us learn our subjects. My favorite game was “Math Basketball.” We also did several different projects during the year. One of my favorite projects was “The Oregon Trail” in Social Studies. She helped us learn about the hardships that the people experienced and how it is important to prepare for things in life. Mrs. Hosmer is also always very kind. She started a Friendship Club to teach us about being kind to others. I am glad I have the chance to recognize her as one of my favorite teachers." - Matthew Douglas

"The teacher that has helped me be where I am today is Mrs. Gross. I have always struggled a little with math and did not have a lot of courage trying to work it out by myself. Mrs. Gross started tutoring me in 6th grade. She always would encourage me and build me up even when I doubted myself. Whenever I had a homework problem, math test, or an exam she would always be there to help me and build up my strength and confidence. I am so very thankful and blessed that I have had the privilege of Mrs. Gross being my teacher." -Joesey DeLong

"I nominated Mrs. Hall as I have been extremely grateful to have her in my life. Although she never taught me in a class she has gone above and beyond to support me as I transitioned from the International Technology Academy. She was a constant encouragement, pushed me not to fall behind, and celebrated with me my successes. She also filled in the parental gaps that have been missing in my life. When my grandma passed away, she organized a Christmas surprise of gifts from Oakland Christian school teachers and staff. For that simple act of kindness and so many others, I am very grateful." -Zanaria Ware

Congratulations to both students and teachers! 

Posted in Student Highlights

LifeBuilders 2022

April 22, 2022
By Oakland Christian School

 

What is LifeBuilders? 

LifeBuilders is the school's largest community event and fundraising celebration of the year! This year, live auction highlights included four parking spots, premium graduation seating, and dozens of unique items and gift cards from local businesses and beyond. Additionally, three program initiatives were highlighted: STEM/Science, Elementary, and Spiritual Formation.

This year’s LifeBuilders event was held at Palazzo Di Bocce where local businesses, families, teachers, and staff in attendance enjoyed a casual evening of fellowship, food, networking, a live auction, and Bocce!

Event Sponsors 

 

The Fisher Family Foundation

Oakland Christian School Alumni

The Lancer Foundation

Paletz Law

Georgia Quality Carpet Outlet

Penske

Hello Fancy Boutique

Grit Obstacle Training 

Covington

Dennis Uniform

Diamond Vault of Troy

Crane Technologies

Prefered Realty Pros 

The Milby Family

Browe Skin and Brow Bar

Schoenherr Roofing

The Yatooma Foundation

Animal Surgical Center of Michigan

 

Event Success

The event brought in over $84,000 with 90 guests in attendance. Proceeds from the event will provide for a variety of needs including general operating expenses, science lab equipment, an additional whiteboard for elementary staff, along with a new piano and drum set for the music department.

The investments made by families and sponsors make it possible for Oakland Christian to live out the mission of equipping students to fulfill their unique God-given purpose.

A huge thank you to our sponsors! View our event photo album HERE.
 

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The Klein Family

December 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

 

 

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The Courtney Family

August 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

 Jason, Patricia, Keira (6th grade), Keigan (3rd grade)

We initially heard about OCS through friends.  We love that it is a faith-based school with a focus on academics. We love the culture of the school, the support of the community, and the camaraderie amongst the students. We love the spirit wear!

Keira really enjoyed playing “Sourwood Mountain” with the Middle School Orchestra. She raves about Chapel and being moved by the worship, the talent, and being in community with everyone.

Some of the activities we’ve participated in include: Keira joined the Middle School Kindness Club during advisory hour. Patricia volunteers any chance she can although limited due to the pandemic The last activity was with the PTF.  It was the post-it notes project!  Leaving encouraging notes for the middle and high schoolers to fill their hearts was such a great idea, so fun!  

Everyone has been so welcoming and helpful to integrate us in, Even with the restrictions of the pandemic which have limited so much.

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The Sanchez Family

July 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

Manuel, Viviana, Adrian (6th), & Alexa (4th)

Education is the most important heritage for our children besides the Christian faith. They have always been attending private school. Their prior school did not offer Middle or High School. So it was time for a change when Adrian moved into 6th grade and we started looking for his preparation for college. The previous school was not a religious school. Therefore it was very important to us to find a school that would allow our children to freely express their beliefs in the Christian faith. That will not only encourage but will actively support their growth in the knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

Another important criterion for us was a school that would offer opportunities like AP Program in High school. After evaluating a couple of options we decided on OCS.  We live in Oakland Township, so we were familiar with the school and we also have a couple of friends whose children attended OCS in the past and they recommended it to us.

We have felt welcomed from the beginning, the teachers and classmates have helped my kids to be integrated pretty quickly.  Even though we have had little interaction with other families so far due to the pandemic. They both enjoy chapel and are learning important fundamentals in the faith and also how to defend their beliefs when they will be challenged. Both children were in the ski club. Adrian participated in the Science & Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit representing OCS and he was awarded Second place for his project, "How Fast an Alka-Seltzer tablet Makes Gas?".  He was also nominated to participate in the 2021 Broadcom Masters Science Fair.

What’s unique about Oakland Christian School is the online education platform and more importantly, the ability as parents to be able to oversee their students’ progress without having to be in constant contact with the teachers.  This has been an extremely valuable tool for us this past year during the pandemic. And it will continue beyond this year. The teachers are always available when you need to speak to them.

The preparation to transition to online learning was solid. In Middle and Elementary school, online learning was not required this year, but we felt that the infrastructures were in place. And they were ready anytime when there is a quarantined situation, to make the switch seamlessly. Especially compared to last year when so many schools were scrambling to make online learning successful.

The school and Elementary communications keep us up to date with the school activities and how they have handled the pandemic. This has been very important to us.  Alexa's teacher, Mrs. Hosmer has been a great support to her and definitively helped her to quickly integrate into the classroom. She is truly a blessing. The teachers challenge them but also offer so much support and praise to our children. 

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The Brooks Family

May 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

 James, Debra, Jaycee (8th), Molly (5th), Landri (3rd) and James Jr. (1st)

We were drawn to OCS because we knew our children would get a top-notch Christian education. We are a military family and when we were told we were moving to this area we reviewed the Christian schools in the area and OCS stood out in academics, fun activities for the kids, sports, and everyone was so friendly.

Chapel is actually one of our kids' favorite activities during the week. They come home singing and signing songs they have learned and always have a lesson they are eager to share. Sports activities are also a favorite.

We would recommend OCS to anyone looking for Christian education. My children have felt so much love from their teachers. Although COVID has made some things a little different, OCS has gone above and beyond to try to make things as normal as possible. Oakland Christian School offers a faith-based, Godly education and we are most thankful! We move around a lot and it usually takes months before our kids are really known by the faculty and staff at the school. At OCS it was not the case, our kids were treated like family and known by name immediately. It was so refreshing! 

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The Usztan Family

April 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

Boris, Christina, Taras (OCS 6th Grade), Vladimir (4th) & Ivan (3rd)

We loved OCS from the minute we walked in!  We were welcomed with open arms. Taras started in 6th grade last October and next school year in the Fall, our other two younger boys will be attending 4th & 5th grade here at OCS!

We were drawn to our son’s relationship with God and knowledge of the Bible growing by attending OCS. We love the challenge academically and how the staff helps our son be successful.  Everyone has been so kind and loving. You can see how much every staff member cares about the success of the students and their individual walk with God.

We love everything OCS has to offer. For a small school, there are many extracurriculars for the kids to participate in. Taras is playing basketball now and looks forward to football in the fall.  We are looking forward to the upcoming 5K!   We enjoyed participating in the LifeBuilders auction.

OCS is unique in regard to the amazing staff they have and everything they pour into the children. The students are receiving a high-quality education along with highly educated, God-loving teachers and staff providing guidance and character building.  We have been amazed at how welcoming every teacher and student has been! My son is now playing the trumpet and loves it! He enjoys all his classes. He feels challenged and also feels encouraged to rise to the occasion and be successful! 

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The Dinverno Family

March 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

Matt, Elena, Isabela (10th) & Shane (6th)

Our children's education is a priority. You only get one shot. Our local school district was not providing a quality education for our children so we decided to look for a school that was. We were drawn to OCS because we have always heard amazing things about the school and loved that Faith is first in all things which is a pillar in our family.

We love that Faith is first in every class in every experience. The STEM program for 6th grade is phenomenal. In high school, we love hearing about the "real" stories from teachers about how they came to follow Christ to help the students relate.

Ways we’ve gotten involved this year include being the OCS Ski Club sponsor and helping out with the PTF, and the basketball team for Shane in 6th Grade. These are great ways to connect in the community of OCS even in a time of restrictions.  

Mrs. Frazee has been a great resource as we navigate a new school. She’s always accessible, always wanting the best for the students. My advice for new families is to start plugging into something when you come to the school. For your kids and for the parents, it's a great way to get connected quickly!

Photo credit:  Aly Darin Photography

Tags: Secondary
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The Budzinski Family

February 01, 2021
By Oakland Christian School

Jesse, Amber, Cora (3rd), Sienna (Kindergarten), Mila & Brooks

Our family was drawn to OCS from its reputation in the community as being a school that teaches Biblical principles coupled with strong academics. We also felt very welcomed by the staff and current families that attended OCS to become a part of the school family. We knew our kids would thrive in a place like OCS and be shown and taught the Love of Christ in their classrooms while also being challenged academically.

Due to the current state of the country, we know it has been slightly different than past years to get involved and participate. However, we have been very thankful that the teachers have kept us informed on all the classroom activities and kept things fun and exciting for the kids! We look forward to being able to be more involved in person in the future. As a first-year family, we have only had close experiences with Mrs. Morga and Mrs. Ream. We have been blown away by how much they pour into our daughters and how they really focus on not just teaching them school work but also on developing their characters and encouraging them to make wise decisions and grow their relationships with the Lord. We are so happy with our decision to send our kids to OCS!

OCS is truly a one-of-a-kind place! From the frequent emails and devotionals encouraging the OCS families with scripture and prayer over our children to the teachers who continually update us as parents and pray over our students, I don't know of another school that strives to provide an excellent education along with instilling strong Biblical values all while making education so exciting and fun quite like OCS does.

 

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The Kolb Family

December 01, 2020
By Oakland Christian School

Kevin & Madeline, Mason (12th Grade), Lucas (9th Grade), Colin (7th Grade)

We have been at OCS for 10 years. What initially drew us to OCS was first and foremost a school where our kids could talk about Jesus. We wanted them in a Christian environment where they would be challenged and grow closer to God. We can guide them at home, but kids are in school so many hours a day. We wanted them to be with Christian teachers and leaders who love them and help them to deepen their love for Jesus.  With 3 boys, sports is also a big priority. We love that OCS offers so many different programs. We have good competition and great coaches. We also knew that OCS offered really good academics.

Some activities my kids have been involved in include football, basketball, baseball, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Battle of the Books, and Strings. I (Madeline) have always loved being involved in my boys’ activities. I have been a room mom during the elementary years, have been a chaperone for many field trips, was involved with the PTF,  and have volunteered for many athletic events. I now work in the EEC as a preschool assistant. I have been there for 6 years, and still love seeing their little faces each day.  Kevin has been involved in coaching football, basketball, and baseball throughout the boys' years.

We have had so many good memories here at OCS. We would choose this school all over again if we had a second chance. We love the positive Christian atmosphere, and how the teachers genuinely care for our kids.  What is unique about OCS is that they teach the kids to embrace their faith and to live it out each day. Also, because it is a small school, we are able to really get to know the other families and develop some lifelong friendships.

Tags: Secondary
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The Lucido Family

November 01, 2020
By Oakland Christian School

Sebastian & Kris, Francesca (OCS 10’), Jack (Ocs 11'), Alexandra (OCS 12’), son-in-law Adam Exelby (OCS 12'), Isabella (OCS 15’), Victoria (OCS 17’), Antonina (OCS 19'), & Sophia (11 grade)

Before we get started, I don’t want you to view this like one of “those” family Christmas letters you dread reading. We have a lot of children.  :-)

Our children are uniquely designed by God.  With that being said, throughout the years our children have been involved in so many activities.  Athletics plays a large part for many of our children. Our son was involved in football, baseball, bowling, and golf.  The girls were involved in cross-country, track, bowling, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and cheerleading.  Cheerleading was out of their comfort zone but taught them how to use their voice and get in front of a crowd. We love that some of our children could achieve All-American, and All-State status while others were just happy to be a part of a team and grow as individuals.

Our children have also been involved in OCS mission trips to China, Costa Rica and Mexico. On those mission trips, they learned that some of the happiest people were the poorest people. One of our girls went on a Europe trip. That trip was an amazing cultural experience.  Our children have been involved with the National Honor Society, student council, peer tutoring,  LEAD, Band,  Side by Side, Home Economics club,  Eco Club, and book club. Furthermore, our children have developed beautiful relationships with some of the International students.  

We became part of the OCS family back in 2007, we have always desired a Christian education for our children from preschool through college.  We want them to learn through the lens of the Word of God.  Years ago, our first meeting with Doc Johnson, we felt comfortable with the Christian and spiritual aspects of OCS as well as the high academic standards.  The students would gather, on their own, to have once a month student-led teaching and worship bonfires.

I’ve always dreamed of having a large family and being a part of each of my children’s lives.  I have been a team mom, field trip chaperone, volunteered at athletic events, PTF, substitute teaching, room mom, lunchroom mom, and transition committee, and continue to assist the elementary staff with projects.  I love laminating for the elementary, it’s free therapy.  The paper goes in plain and comes out shiny!  

What’s unique about OCS is that we appreciate the multi-faceted Christian thinking from a diverse group of dominations and non-denominational church members. We love the spirit of the school.  OCS can balance high academics, “heart” work, spirituality, and have fun while doing it. The OCS student body has always embraced their peers for exactly how God created each individual regardless of their economic status, personal shortcomings or disabilities.

My advice to new families is to enjoy each and every opportunity to be involved in their children’s lives. They grow up quickly! You truly get what you put into it. Our family is still very connected with many OCS families from our initial years and enjoying the current families.

 

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The Yates Family

October 01, 2020
By Oakland Christian School

We joined OCS last Fall (2019), what initially drew us here is knowing that Christ is the center of everything done at Oakland Christian. We've been around OCS for over 15 years as I (Josh) have had students that attended there (youth pastor). I have spoken in chapels and coached basketball over the years, I’ve even officiated a few basketball games, too!

Our girls have participated in activities such as HS Choir, Resonance (worship team), basketball, softball - Kylie, 4-5th Grade basketball, Battle of the Books, and iLead5 - Sydney. Some of the favorite things I like to volunteer for keeping score at varsity girls' basketball games, admissions/concessions at games, coaching 5th-grade girls basketball and helping coaches wherever I can (basketball/would've been softball, too!).  

What’s unique about OCS is Jesus - pretty simple.  We came from a public school and the difference is amazing. Our girls have deeper relationships with peers that share their beliefs and devotion to Jesus. They hadn't experienced that before...and it's invaluable.

For a new family coming to OCS...the biggest thing is to GET INVOLVED. Get to know some people. Spend time with teachers, coaches, and other families. It's a great place for our kids...and we are so thankful that God made it possible for us to be a part of OCS.

We love the OCS Family!  It does feel like a family. We are newer and still getting to know our new extended family, but we do feel welcomed. The teachers & staff really care for our kids. The way they pour into them not just academically, but to impact them for God's Kingdom is such a blessing. 

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The Tison Family

September 01, 2020
By Oakland Christian School

Michael (1987 grad), Sarah (1988 grad), Kayla (2015 grad), Zachary (2017 grad), Seth (2020 grad), Micah (11th grade), Lydia (10th grade), Brand New Son-In-Law Zachary Bouren (2015 grad)

Mike began his OCS journey in 1983, I (Sarah) did in 1984, and our kids in 2008.  Mike and my parents both wanted a strong Christian education and sacrificed greatly to afford for us to go there.  

My mom, Freddy Kemler, worked as the secondary admin for 25 years (retired in 2008) and it was always Mike and my dream to send the kids to OCS someday since the school had such an impact on our lives.  We too knew the sacrifice was big but were willing to give it and have never regretted the decision.

We love all the sporting activities the kids are involved in and go to all their games, Mike is the Varsity Softball coach and has coached Middle School baseball and basketball boys and girls. I am typically volunteering as the team mom for any of the sports the kids are playing and ran the Spiritwear booth for 8 years.  I am now serving on the committee to start the boosters club.  Some of the activities my children have participated in include:  Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Bowling, Baseball, Softball, Orchestra, Band, Student Council, NHS, and LEAD.  

What’s unique about OCS is the closeness you have with other families.  They really are all family to us and have many VERY close relationships that started at OCS.  The teachers really do love our kids.  They want them to succeed and want to partner with the families to ensure they do succeed.  They are easy to talk to and go the extra mile. Since we are a sports-oriented family, we love the fact that our kids can participate in any sport.  In many large public schools, sports are very difficult to get involved in unless you have been playing it all your life and are a high-level player. The coaches pray with and for the kids and are more concerned with their character than their skill. Although we have top-notch coaches that really do know and love the game.

To new families, seek out someone who you can ask all those "silly questions". So many times we take for granted that those of us who have been around for a long time know things that new families do not. We would love to come alongside and help navigate with them.

To the teachers, in this uncertain time, know that we parents love and appreciate all you are doing and know it isn't easy how much you have had to change the way you are teaching.  We are continually praying that you receive an extra measure of patience and endurance.

Photo credit:  Liz Erban Photography

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The Miller Family

August 01, 2020
By Oakland Christian School

We’re beginning our sixth year at OCS this Fall. What initially drew us to OCS is the Christian environment. Activities that our girls are involved in include: soccer, volleyball, softball, strings, Honor Society,  LEAD, and Geo Challenge.  

Programs and activities around campus that we’ve loved volunteering are class field trips /activities, sports volunteer opportunities, and the SCRIP gift card program.

What’s unique about OCS is that the teachers display the love of Christ to their students. As the world is becoming a darker place, OCS seeks to walk with the Lord.

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The Franey Family

October 01, 2019
By Oakland Christian School

We began our OCS journey when Alaina was going into 3rd grade and Abby was in 1st. My (Lisa) dad was a public school teacher and I taught in the public schools for 8 years. I was grateful to share the love of Jesus in this ministry. However, as our children grew we became more and more concerned about these vital years.  Before we visited OCS for the first time, we prayed for clear signs to guide our decision and God was faithful to answer! From the moment we stepped in the door, we felt His peace and presence.  Many Spirit-led conversations and interactions with staff members made our decision clear. OCS was the place we wanted our children to be "trained up in His Word" so that when they leave this place they are fully prepared to step into the joys and challenges of adulthood!  

Alaina is involved in varsity basketball and volleyball, National Junior Honor Society, and will begin serving as a member of the LEAD team this year. Abby participated in middle school volleyball, basketball, softball, and soccer. She is also part of the National Junior Honor Society, plays the violin in the orchestra, and will be joining the praise band this upcoming year as she enters high school.

Together, Brian and I served on the FOLK team for 3 years, planning events for families at OCS. Brian has truly enjoyed his time as the varsity girls' assistant coach and now as the head coach. He joyfully pours into these girls and their families, and reaps the benefits of growing spiritually every year!  I enjoyed volunteering for field trips and helping in the classroom during my elementary years and now enjoy supporting my husband and these amazing girls.  The biggest blessing has been being a part of the OCS prayer team since the first year we joined this OCS family! Nothing can compare to praying with other brothers and sisters in Christ and seeing God doing amazing things within His body of believers!  

My advice to new families? Embrace this family as your own! You will never regret the time you've spent investing in your children's future!   Jesus is at the center of OCS... and for that, we are so very thankful! The staff and administrators truly care about every child and work hard to help them become the best version of who God created them to be!  

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The LeRoy Family

September 01, 2019
By Oakland Christian School

Our children started at OCS 7 years ago, back in the Fall of 2013. We were looking for a faith-based program that also provided strong academics. Athletics were a large part of our decision- we wanted a place where our kids could play sports and have a large variety to choose from. Our kids have participated in football, basketball, baseball, soccer club, art club, and science club.

I love that our students can start in preschool together and travel all the way to graduation together. They really become like siblings who take care of and watch out for one another. This also allows the parents to bond and communicate with each other.

PTF and Lifebuilders are a huge part of my life here at OCS. I love to support our staff and show them how loved they are. Raising funds for the school to be able to provide even more programs and opportunities for students has been a blessing.

OCS has become our family. With all three kids there, being involved in volunteering, sports, and after-school activities, this school is a part of our everyday lives. Families take care of one another and love your kids as you love them. I know that if I need anything I can count on the staff or families for help. Our social life is really intertwined with OCS and we are so grateful for the friendships we have here. We can raise our kids and grow in our faith together.

Photo credit:  Blonde Tulip Photography

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The Lopes / Kubinski Family

August 02, 2019
By Oakland Christian School

We’ve been at OCS for 6 years for the kids (since 2014), and I (Jessie) am an OCS alum from the Class of 2000. Efraim plays basketball and was on the Elementary Robotics team. Ben is on the worship team. Hannah and Efraim are in the Spanish Immersion program.

God opens a way and easily leads you there. When we arrived back, it felt like we stumbled upon OCS but really it was God's kind hand guiding our path. He has many beautiful purposes in which he plants our feet.  

One of my favorite things at OCS is praying with a few teachers Monday or Tuesday mornings every week before school on campus. What a foundation this laid to dedicate our weeks, and lift them up to the mighty God who would carry us and all our burdens throughout that week so faithfully. Covering the teachers and students (with the teachers) in prayer was always my favorite.  I also love volunteering at the used uniform sale!  It has always lightened my load and blessed me. I have always felt clothed and provided for through this sale, and God's hand has always been present in clothing us beautifully!

There are pathways around every corner to find Jesus! He is hidden in different aspects of the culture at OCS and I love the way we encounter him. I love the open spaces, teachers, mission trips, student prayer and Bible study, worship team, and endless other ways that Jesus meets the people of Oakland Christian, and they experience him in a new, personal, and intimate way.

I believe the best days of OCS are yet to come. There is a beautiful field there with ground to be worked on and foundation to be laid, so a more beautiful and diverse landscape can come up...a place where God's Spirit is comfortable to stay and abide, transforming the lives within into their God-given purposes and destinies so that no one leaves their gifts unused.  We love OCS!

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The Ahn Family

August 01, 2019
By Oakland Christian School

We began our OCS journey in August of 2012 when our daughter, Taylor, started Kindergarten. We sought out OCS for Christian education. We stayed because the instruction is excellent. We have embraced the community at OCS, it is home. At OCS we can unapologetically declare our love for Jesus. We come together to worship and pray as a body. Our kids are taught to serve others and give all the glory to God.

Taylor is entering 8th grade in the fall of 2020. She plays the violin in the Middle School Orchestra. She plays Lancer Softball and Soccer. She is a member of the NJHS (National Junior Honor Society). Our son, Cameron, is entering 6th grade this fall. He plays Lancer Football, Basketball, and Baseball. He is also a member of the elementary Robotics team.

There are so many ways to engage in the community at OCS. Chris has served on the school board for many years, but he really enjoys his time in the booth announcing the Lancer elementary football games. Kristi enjoys helping the class with service days and field trips, but her favorite experience is creating the Fear Factor room for the Middle School Lock-In.

One of our favorite events at OCS is the Elementary Fall Fun Night. It is a great time to build relationships with other OCS families in an outdoor setting. We relax and enjoy chili on a cool fall night before heading through the trails to watch the Lancers bring home a football victory.

Photo credit: Devin Parrish Photography

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