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  • OCO Director to Speak at OESIS International Conference for Independent Schools

    February 27

    Oaks Christian Online (OCO) School’s Director, Vicki Conway, will speak at the Online Educator’s Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS) at Eton College in Windsor on March 25th, 2015. Vicki will speak to a group of independent school leaders from the UK and US about a sustainable blended and fully-online learning program. Oaks Christian online high school is part of the acclaimed Oaks Christian main campus in Westlake Village, CA, and since the online high school’s inception in 2010, OCO has been in a unique position to understand how high school main campuses use blended and fully-online high school classes to facilitate sustainability and flexibility for its students.

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  • South African Community-Minded Student Starts Junior Year with OCO

    February 02

    Luyolo Matyumza, from Pretoria, South Africa, enrolls to complete an American diploma with online, Christian, college-preparatory high school.

    New Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) junior, Luyolo Matyumza, had the flexibility to start her Junior year online in January of this year. Luyolo went to a Quaker high school in Delaware until the end of her sophomore year when she became homesick for her mother in South Africa. Her mom had received an undergraduate degree in education while in the United States and then returned home to work in an international school and continue her graduate degree online with Concordia University

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  • Oaks Christian School’s English Teacher Becomes OCO School Dean

    December 29

    Beloved teacher, Amy Harriton, moves from main campus to online school.

    Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) welcomes Amy Harriton from the acclaimed Oaks Christian School main campus faculty to her new role with the online school. Amy will move from English teacher and co-department chair to Dean of Students with the online school as the founding Dean, Stevi Jones, transfers to Texas. Amy has been teaching for 14 years and has recently been teaching Honors and CP Argumentation and American Ideology as well as AP English Language and Composition on the main campus. She has taught in private, public and independent schools, and her previous courses have ranged from Journalism and American Authors to the classics. When asked about her favorite books, Amy replies, “My favorite book is the book that’s in hand. I have a love of the classics, though, and I’ve read the Scarlet Letter thirteen or fourteen times; every time I read it I learn something new about the way Hawthorne puts language together.”

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  • Oaks Christian Online High School Senior Travels Internationally While Preparing for College

    November 24

    Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) senior, Cherokee Watkins, is on the trip of a lifetime with her grandparents all while successfully completing her senior year of high school. Cherokee’s grandfather is an electronic engineer with the Department of Defense working for the Navy, and the family will be travelling through April of next year to such countries as Russia, Romania, Germany, Poland, Italy, Israel, Spain, Switzerland, and England. Highlights of her trip so far have included visiting the Red Square and Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow as well as seeing the Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker ballets in the historic Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

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  • OCO Ballerina to Dance Three Parts in December Nutcracker

    October 30

    Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) sophomore Kyra Shimogori will dance three roles, Lady Licorice (a soloist performance), Friends of Clara and Snow, in the December 20th and 21st performance of the Nutcracker at the Civic Arts Plaza in Thousand Oaks, CA. This is Kyra’s second Nutcracker season, and she will dance four performances over the December weekend. The opulent show, in its 20th annual appearance at the Arts Plaza’s Fred Kavli Theater, will feature Tiler Peck and Gonzalo Garcia from the New York City Ballet, Kalinin Russian Dance Troupe and more than 200 performers. Kyra dances for Pacific Festival Ballet (PFB) out of Agoura Hills, CA. PFB is the resident ballet company of The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza. Kyra enjoys not only the high caliber of the dancers at this large venue but also that many local schools organize field trips to the events for students who would not otherwise be exposed to dance. She hopes to inspire these students with an interest in the arts.

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  • Senior Travels the Country with His Hockey Team while Preparing for College with OCO

    September 30

    Colton Rhodes, Oaks Christian Online High School(OCO) senior will play in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League showcase tournament in Philadelphia, PA, on October 11-13th. Colton says, “I always try to play to the best of my ability and get some exposure, but the whole team has the attitude of going in for the win. Last year our team scored enough points to come in 3rd at the end of the season. This year we’re hoping to make it to the championship.” Colton has played Defense in the Midget Major U18 Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL) on the Los Angeles Junior Kings AAA team for the past 4 years. T1EHL is the nation’s premier amateur hockey league and provides exposure for their players to Major Junior, NCAA Hockey and the NHL, amongst other professional leagues.

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  • Student Actress Pursues Business Passions While Completing Her Senior Year at OCO

    August 24

    Student actress Cambrie Schroder, daughter of actor Richard (Ricky) Schroder, attends Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA, but wants to complete the last half of her senior year by travelling through Spain and England pursuing her love of business. Cambrie plans to take business classes at Esade Business School in Barcelona while perfecting her Spanish. She also hopes to study design and business in London, but plans to be back to graduate with her class in the spring of 2015. She says, “Last year was the best year of my life to explore. I co-created a performance dance team and worked for Dole Nutrition with social media. Balancing my course load with main campus and Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) classes allowed my schedule to not be too crazy.”

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  • OCO Launches New, UC Approved Online Biology Course

    August 04

    Anne Mangahas has been working for Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) as a subject matter expert for the past year and during that time she has written a new, UC approved Biology course that she will teach this fall. Approved labs for online high school science courses are new this year for the University of California A-G high school requirements. OCO has followed the UC guidelines for approved lab sciences in order to offer this course. Students who have fulfilled their A-G requirements are more likely to be prepared for attending rigorous universities such as those in the University of California system. Ms. Mangahas hopes that she can integrate a true classroom experience in the new online high school course through home and on-campus labs and live, online web-conference sessions. Students who are remote from the Oaks Christian campus in Westlake Village, CA, will have the option to purchase a lab kit and perform their labs in front of a local teacher or counselor to receive the UC lab science credit.

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  • OCO Creates Two New Bible Courses that Align with School Mission

    July 30

    Samantha Farinacci, Oaks Christian Online High School’s (OCO) Bible teacher and Spiritual Life advisor, has created two senior Bible courses to be launched this school year. Bible 4 and Bible Senior Seminar are new courses in a series of Bible classes that all OCO full-time, online students participate in. The new Bible 4 course examines the kinds and the ways that Christians think about things. Through discussion topics on such things as suffering, the historical objections to the church, how God is showing up in the world today, and pre-modernism, modernism and post-modernism, students find many ways to talk about and experience Christian world views. The second new online high school course, Bible Senior Seminar, is the first elective course in the Bible curriculum. This course gives students choice and options while reflecting on faith in culture and then choosing among book options and assignments. Topics in the course range from social justice and basic theology to a loving relationship with God and other people. Both courses are highly interactive, accessible and foster real, accountable, high-level reflection. As culminating, capstone courses, Mrs. Farinacci also gets to see students reflect on previous courses in the Bible series. Mrs. Farinacci says, “You wouldn’t believe how much the students grow each year. The courses also level the playing field, as all students can participate – from those who come in knowing Christian ideals to those that have no history with the Bible.”

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  • OCO Earns NCAA Approval for Online Courses

    June 30

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has approved Oaks Christian’s online high school courses. All courses that are referenced with an OCO, designating Oaks Christian Online High School, before the transcript course name can now be used towards high school athletes’ NCAA eligibility calculations. Our main campus, Oaks Christian School (OCS) in Westlake Village, CA, has been a member of NCAA since 2003 and has received national recognition for both individual and team accomplishments, and most of the high school teams compete in post-season regional and CIF championships. To date, OCS has earned 104 league titles, 32 CIF titles, 4 California state titles (football, girls cross country and girls soccer) and has produced 3 individual/relay state champions, 2 Gatorade State Players of the Year, and 1 Gatorade National Player of the Year. The high school hosts 22 different sports and 48 school teams. Each year, numerous students are recruited by colleges to play at the NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA levels. For the classes of 2003 – 2013, 236 students have been selected as distinguished collegiate athletes. Approximately 78% of the high school student body participates on after-school varsity or JV teams, and 60% of the student athletes play two or more sports. In the Classes of 2013 & 2014, 42 student athletes signed letters of intent to play their sport at the NCAA Division I level.

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  • OCO Counselor Attends Harvard Summer Institute on College Admission

    June 30

    Cyndy Locke, Director of College Counseling for Oaks Christian Online (OCO) High School, represents theonline high school's college-preparatory program at the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admission, held June 22-27 this year. The institute is an annual program organized jointly by Harvard University and The College Board and has been held in Boston for the past 55 years. A nationally-recognized faculty of outstanding leaders in the field including the deans of admission of the nation's most prestigious universities offer more than forty sessions and are available for consultation and discussion. This year's institute is being attended by 194 individuals who serve as counselors in the high school setting, college admission offices and community-based organizations from all over the country and in thirteen foreign countries. Sessions during the week include topics such as letters of recommendation, developing aneffective college counseling program, financial aid, admissions to selective private, public and military academies, athletic recruiting and essay writing as well as big picture perspectives on the future changing demographics of college attendance and Supreme Court rulings regarding college admissions. The activities also included touring Harvard University. Oaks Christian Online high school is one of two online schools attending this year’s conference.

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  • Oaks Christian Graduate Becomes Oaks Christian Online High School Advanced Placement English Literature Teacher

    June 05

    Chelsea Helena, formerly Chelsea McGrath, graduated in the top 10 from Oaks Christian School in 2007. After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a degree in English Literature from Pepperdine University and teaching for Teach for America, Chelsea is returning to her alma mater, albeit remotely, to teach her first passion: English Literature. Chelsea started teaching with 4th and 5th grade students at R.N. Fickett Elementary School in Atlanta, GA. Her original plan was to pursue educational advocacy or law after college, but she decided to get to know the students she would be advocating for first. She says, “The students at Fickett face some challenges, but the school is very supportive, and has a genuine love for their kids.” After completing her two-years of service with Teach for America, Chelsea stayed on at Fickett and became involved in ethics advocacy and literacy initiatives.

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  • OCO Sophomore Receives Scholarship for Eastern China Trip

    April 27

    Garrison Littell, Oaks Christian Online high school sophomore, has received the prestigious 2014 Cultural Explorer Scholarship with AFS International Programs. Garrison will use his scholarship to help pay for the opportunity to study in Eastern China for his junior year. He has been accepted by the American AFS branch and is now waiting for placement by the Chinese branch. AFS, formerly the American Field Service, has been working towards a more just and peaceful world through providing student exchange opportunities for more than 65 years. Garrison and his family are used to embracing those from different cultures. Garrison first heard of the AFS program through the coordinator of the Thai foreign exchange student that his family is currently hosting. While he has yet to travel to Asia, Garrison is thrilled about the prospect of learning more about the Chinese culture and the Chinese language. Garrison’s love of languages began with his study of Latin on the Oaks Christian main campus and has grown to include the studies of Chinese, Korean, Arabic, Japanese, French, German, and Italian. His mom says, “The nurture provided by the quality teachers of Oaks and Oaks Christian Online has enabled our son to engage in the direction of his own destiny.”

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  • OCO Sophomore in Uganda Accepted to California Main Campus

    April 16

    Lynsey Kenogo has been taking her online, sophomore-level courses with Oaks Christian Online High School for the past year. She found the Oaks Christian main campus website online in 2011 while living in Rwanda. After emailing with the Director of International Students, she decided to completecollege-preparatory courses through Oaks Christian Online School before attempting to travel to the United States. During that time, Lynsey moved to Uganda and was able to take her online high school coursework with her. Because of internet and power issues in her Kampala, Uganda, neighborhood, Lynsey often works during the evening and into the night in order to access her courses and participate in course live, web-conferencing sessions held in other time zones.

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  • OCO Juniors Receive Rave Reviews from King’s College Professor

    March 31

    Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) partners with several colleges to offer dual-enrollment courses, including Berklee College of Music and Grand Canyon University, but two OCO students recently completed online courses with The King’s College in New York City, NY, with honors. Hank Jeannel and Summer Senn, OCO full-time, online Juniors, recently completed a dual-enrollment literature course about the fantasy works of C.S. Lewis that was taught by Dr. Bruce L. Edwards. The students received high praise in their college-level coursework as well as an invitation to post an exemplary article on the professor’s website.

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  • OCO Junior, Ciara Bravo, Lands Fox Pilot

    March 12

    Ciara Bravo (Big Time Rush) and Nolan Sotillo (Prom) have booked lead roles on Fox's pilot, Red Band Society, from Amblin TV and ABS Studios. It is a coming-of-age drama that explores with dark humor the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends.

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  • Oaks Christian Learning Center and Online School Host Open House on March 2

    February 26

    The Oaks Christian (OC) Learning Center and the OC Online School have experienced tremendous growth over the past three years, making it necessary for the both to relocate from the main campus to the newly remodeled Westlake Plaza building at 3122 Cedar Valley Drive, adjacent to the OC high school campus in Westlake Village. The OC Learning Center serves more than 500 students with more than 45 expert tutors. The OC Online School is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and offers 65 online courses, including eight Advancement Placement (AP) courses. This year, the OC Online School will offer approximately 1,100 semester courses, currently serving many OCS main campus students and more than 50 full-time students from eight states and six countries.

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  • American Student Studying in T'bilisi, Georgia, Begins Semester with Oaks Christian Online High School

    February 12

    Alex Howell lives in T'bilisi, Georgia, but has started the second semester of his sophomore year with Oaks Christian Online School. He is originally from Nokesville, Virginia, but has been living in the capital of Georgia for 8 months while his dad serves as a contractor for the Georgian armed forces. Alex’s father served in the Army for 30 years, and other international posts for the family have included South Korea and Germany. This region of Georgia is famous for its view of Mt. Kazbek in the Caucasus range, and Alex likens the weather to Washington D.C. He has picked up some of the local language, Kartuli, and knows enough to be able to use the city’s excellent public transit system, while visiting friends he has made at his local church, the T’bilisi International Fellowship. Alex decided to travel abroad with his family for more adventure, and says, “I like the different views on life that I find in other countries.”

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  • Oaks Christian Online High School Launches Its First School Profile for 2014 Graduating Class

    January 31

    Oaks Christian launched in January its first OCO School Profile for the graduating class of 2014. The annual document highlights the school’s mission and program as well as classes offered online, graduation requirements and statistics for the graduating class of 2014. The School Profile shows Advanced Placement (AP) pass rates, average college placement testing scores and college admissions results specifically for the current graduating class. This document is used by college admissions counselors around the country to better characterize the rigor of the online high school courses, the abilities of its high school graduates and the success of its program in preparing students for college. The purpose of the college-preparatory, accredited online high school is to successfully bring the mission and reputation of the acclaimed Oaks Christian School main campus in Westlake Village, CA, to students outside its campus. With 100% of OCO graduates accepted to a four-year college, OCO and its School Profile reflect how well the online school has accomplished that mission.

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  • OCO Junior Rides in Foxfield’s December Holiday Hunter-Jumper Show

    December 23

    Gloria Holzapfel will be riding and jumping at the Foxfield Holiday Competition in Westlake Village, CA, on December 29th, 2013. Foxfield Riding School has been in existence since 1967, and the 45th annual unrated holiday event is known for its Gambler’s Choice Jumpers and an event that includes jumping the Christmas tree to earn the most points. Riders will come from all over for the event and look for ‘clean’ runs, with the horse hitting no rails or fences, and the fastest times.

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  • OCO Student Releases Third Original Song to iTunes in December

    November 26

    Oaks Christian High School Sophomore Annika Dupuis is working with Brotheryn Studios to record and produce music. She has recently released ‘Goldfish Tank’ and ‘Ashes of What I Knew’ on iTunes and announced this week that a third song, ‘You Don’t Owe Me’, will be released in December. This latest song was inspired by a popular Persian poem, ‘The Sun Never Says’. Brotheryn Studios is based in Ojai California, and Annika is one of the younger writers working with producer Todd Hannigan and music scorer Jason Mirani, who has also won a Grammy for his work with Mumford and Sons. Annika writes the lyrics and music as well as adding piano and vocals, and her dad, the owner of a graphic design business, creates the music cover art work. Annika has been writing lyrics since she was 8 and playing the piano and singing since 9. She has won 2 awards for lyrics through the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers – Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, as well as earning poetry and photography awards and publication. Annika’s songs often reflect events in her life, but she tries to create lyrics that everyone can relate to in their own life.

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  • OCO Student Exemplifies Benefits of UC Approved Course While Traveling

    November 19

    Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) writes online curriculum that aligns with its prestigious, college preparatory school in Westlake Village, CA. The UC system has just approved the online OCO World History course for its A-G course list, and Christian Name is taking the rigorous online course while traveling and seeing the world first hand.

    Christian has been traveling his entire life. His dad was an Argentinian actor who now works for one of the largest telecommunications companies in South America. Christian’s mom is the Director for the Office of the Founder for the Jane Goodall Institute. Christian is currently living in Southern California while his parents get ready to relocate, and he will be traveling on his own to Panama in November to meet up with his mom, who he has not seen for several months. The Jane Goodall institute is a global non-profit founded by the renowned anthropologist, Jane Goodall, and it empowers people – especially young people – to make a difference. His mom is in Panama with the institute for the November Earthtrain webcast on bio-cultural leadership. Christian knows Jane Goodall well, as she has served as his adopted grandmother. “I know that Jane is inspiring to many people, but to me she is my grandma. We call and Skype, and she cracks down on my online homeschool work.”

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  • OCO Sophomore Writes and Directs Short Film to Shoot in December

    October 28

    Oaks Christian Online School Sophomore Coleman Beltrami, son of Academy Award-nominated film composer Marco Beltrami, has written a short-length film that will cast in the next few weeks and that he will direct in December. The film is set in the near future and features the main character’s journey through a world where medicines have the potential to cure all known psychological disorders. Once completed, Coleman plans to submit the short film to festivals and have it serve as an example of his work. He has also written a feature-length script that he hopes to shoot next that involves a 22 year-old, American college student finding elusive happiness in the midst of a hijacking to South Africa. Coleman finds the inspiration for his scripts while writing at his dad’s Pianella Studio in Malibu, CA. Coleman says, “I’ve had a chance to listen and talk to directors who have worked with my dad and given me inspiration. I don’t think I would have this interest for film, if it weren’t for my dad.”

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  • OCO Sophomore Tests Out Her Future as a Computer Engineer

    October 07

    Oaks Christian Online School Sophomore Ridley Crowley lives in Amarillo, TX, and as a full-time, online high school student is taking online computer courses this year to identify a direction for her college major. Ridley would love to go to West Texas A&M University, where her older sister attends, and study Computer Engineering. She hopes that her computer classes for this year and beyond, such as Computer Game Design 1, may help her determine her future. She’s recently discovered her love for computers and working online and says, “Oaks has given me a great deal of flexibility, but it also challenges and tests me. I don’t have to relearn things with a class; I can just keep moving ahead if I like something.”

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  • OCO Student Athletes and Parent Start off School Year Together

    September 30

    Taylor and Jack Hein are both student athletes from Fruita, CO, that attend Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO). Taylor is a freshman and competitive soccer player that has recently been invited to the October two-day tryouts for the Colorado Youth-14 Olympic Development Program. A team will be selected and train together to represent Colorado in a regional competition. From there, selections will be made for a national team. The event is by invitation only, with a limited number of players selected to attend tryouts. Taylor plays for Club Fire FC and at 14 is playing up three years for a U-17 premier club team. With her busy travel schedule, Taylor has enjoyed homeschooling online. She says, “I love school because it’s Oaks, and to me, Oaks is such a special place. Everybody is so welcoming and genuine.”

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  • OCO All-around Student Performer Takes Berklee College of Music Course

    September 02

    Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) Junior Georgia Leva is looking forward to starting a new school year online and taking her first dual-enrollment course through Berklee College of Music. OCO offers a partnership with Berklee Music to help its online college-preparatory students meet their year-long visual and performing arts credits. Students have taken courses such as Rock History, Voice Technique and other online courses that count towards both high school and college credit from the prestigious music school. Georgia will be taking Lyric Writing from Berklee because of her interest in all aspects of music and the performing arts.

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  • OCO Freshman Competes at World Scottish Highland Dancing Qualifiers in Scotland

    August 26

    Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) freshman Megan Watson won the U.S. Inter-Regional Championship for Highland Dancing in the over 14 and under 16 year-old, Premier category in Scottsdale, AZ, in July of this year. She won last year also for the 12 to 13-year-old category. These wins allow Megan to travel to Scotland to qualify for the World Championship at the Cowal Highland Gathering. When Megan traveled to Scotland last year, she qualified to dance in the World Championship, and she’s going to try and repeat the experience this year. “It’s an honor just to qualify at that level,” Megan says. She plans to compete in several smaller competitions in Scotland the week before the qualifying meets of August 30th and 31st.

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  • Oaks Christian Headmaster will Retire

    August 21

    The longtime headmaster of Oaks Christian School will retire at the end of this school year. Jeff Woodcock, 62, was hired when the private school in Westlake Village was founded 15 years ago. Under his leadership, Oaks Christian grew from 198 students to more than 1,400.

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  • International Student Starts Her Senior Year with Oaks Christian Online High School

    July 30

    Elle Stanley has started off her senior year in Barbados by taking an online Latin course with Oaks Christian Online High School. She moved from Thousand Oaks, CA, to Bridgetown, Barbados, to live with her family while her father works at the U.S. Embassy. There are private schools in Bridgetown, but many of them require students to spend their last two years in the school before graduating. After looking at several accredited online high schools, Elle decided to enroll in Oaks Christian Online School’s college-preparatory, online program for her senior year. To meet the graduation requirements, she is taking an additional year of Latin and decided to start during the summer while she adjusted to the new city. She says, “I was a little anxious before I knew what to expect with online learning, but now I know I can work at my own pace rather than sitting in a classroom all day.”

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  • Oaks Christian Online High School Partners with Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona

    July 01

    Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) has just partnered with Grand Canyon University (GCU) in Phoenix, AZ, and OCO juniors and seniors havesigned up to take English Composition, Foundations of a Christian Worldview and College Algebra and Trigonometry in the coming semesters. OCO college-preparatory, online high school students are also excited about the more than 50 dual enrollment, online class offerings available. GCU has committed to offering affordable and efficient ways for high school students to gain a head start on their college education by earning both high school and college credit at the same time. Each course earns four college credits, and dual enrollment students may take up to 24 units (6 courses) that can transfer into GCU degree programs.

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  • Oaks Christian Online High School Student Wins National Artist of the Year Award

    July 01
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    Veronica Dunne, from Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA, was named Artist of the Year at the National Youth Art awards in Los Angeles, CA, on June 6, 2013. More than 300 productions from 10 states were reviewed. To be nominated for the category of Artist of the Year, a student under the age of 18 has to have three leads in three different shows in the span of one year. Veronica was Sally Bowles in Cabaret, the Stage Manager in Our Town and Ariel in Footloose. The National Youth Arts’ judges attended all of the shows and honored Veronica with this prestigious award based upon her performances. Veronica was thrilled by the honor and said, “I feel so blessed. Working hard is very important to me - I love what I do so much! This is more than a passion to me; it's everything.“

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  • OCO High School Partners with The King’s College in New York City

    May 28

    The King’s College, a Christian liberal arts college in New York City, has selectively partnered with Oaks Christian Online High School (OCO) to allow online, college-preparatory students the opportunity to earn high school and college credit.

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  • OCO Expands Operations and Relocates Headquarters

    May 23

    Oaks Christian School has recently purchased the Westlake Plaza business complex, which is adjacent to the high school campus and is located at 31255 Cedar Valley Drive, Westlake Village, California. This acquisition allows the online High School to continue with expansion plans and accommodate a growing number of students, staff, course offerings and new programs for students from all over the world.

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  • OCO High School Student Performs in Travelling Summer Musical

    May 01

    Savannah Stehlin makes good use of her summer by taking one of the lead roles with the KampKidJam musical staff.

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  • OCO High School Counselor Invited to Speak at National Christian College Admission Conference

    April 19

    Cyndy Locke, Oaks Christian Online High School counselor, will be leading two sessions at the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals on May 29th – June 1st at the annual conference held at Messiah College in Grantham, PA. The conference mission is to provide professional development, support and encouragement for Christian College, Graduate School and Seminary admissions personnel and High School Guidance Counselors across North America. In accordance with this year’s theme of ‘Breaching Boundaries in Higher Education,’ Mrs. Locke will present about how to create a college counseling program from the ground up to high school counselors and preparing for online high school candidates to college admission professionals.

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  • OCO Senior Accepted to International University on President's Scholarship

    April 03

    Oaks Christian Online High School senior Summer Knapp has been studying abroad in Italy for her senior year and has now been accepted to John Cabot American University in Rome. The university has also offered to cover over 50% of her tuition on a Presidential Scholarship and other grants based on her essay about her passion for international travel and service. It’s appropriate that Summer would choose a university that’s named for John Cabot, the famous Italian navigator who explored North America for the British, as Summer has a passion for travel and has been to Haiti, Panama, Costa Rica, South Africa, Uganda and other countries. She also has three adopted siblings from Guatemala and Puerto Rico. She convinced the scholarship panel through her GPA and an essay and Skype interview that relayed those experiences. She says, “There is just so much going on in the world; I really want to see it all and make a difference.”

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  • Student Advisor Position Created and Learning Lab Launched to Support OCO High School Students

    March 26

    Jennifer McCurtis, MA, started working with Oaks Christian Online High School students in the new position of Student Advisor on March 1, 2013. After helping the online high school launch a new UC course submission process last summer, where Ms. Curtis was part of a successful team that submitted 15 online high school courses for UC approval, she has taken over the new position of Student Advisor. In this role she will help advise students with high school online course selection and with staying on pace for a successful online student experience. Ms. Curtis will also instruct students in the new Oaks Christian Online School’s learning lab opening next to the school’s main campus in Westlake Village, CA, in the summer of 2013.

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  • Sophomore Swims with Elite Club at the San Diego Senior Classic Swim Meet

    February 26

    Sophomore, Christina McCoy, swam in three events over four days at the recent San Diego Presidents Day Senior Classic, held at San Diego State University. The invitational was a USA Swimming sanctioned event and drew teams from all over California. Christina swam in the 50 meter and 100 meter freestyle races, as well as the 100 meter butterfly race and her team garnered third place in this highly competitive event. This online high school sophomore has swum for clubs since second grade and has been with Class Aquatics club team out of Westlake Village, CA, for the last two years. Christina works with Coach Steve Reardon and specializes in sprinting at their training grounds on the campus of Oaks Christian School. “Our club is like a family,” Christina says.

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  • Freshman Starts the Year by Taking Berklee College of Music Online Voice Course

    February 13

    Oaks Christian Online High School freshman, Gianna Zufall, is taking Berklee College of Music’s online Voice Technique 101 class at the request of her piano teacher in order to learn more about the link between singing and playing. This dual and college credit course includes students from all over the world, including students from as far away as Tokyo and South Africa. At 15, Gianna is the youngest student in the course, and many of the other students are voice teachers and professional performers.

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  • OCO Junior Takes Advanced Placement Courses While Living outside Paris

    January 28

    Helen Kirkby will be travelling in February with her parents to Paris while completing her spring semester with Oaks Christian Online High School. Along with three honors courses, Helen is also taking Advanced Placement (AP) Art History, AP World History and AP English Language and will be completing her exams at the American School of Paris in May. Helen’s parents are Physics professors at the University of California, Irvine, and her father will be participating in research at the Saclay Nuclear Research Lab south of Paris. The family will be living near Versailles, and Helen hopes to make use of her busy but flexible study schedule to participate in the culture and take advantage of the once-in-a-lifetime experience. She even hopes to take her Tae Kwon Do skills as a junior black belt to a studio in her new city.

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  • OCO Senior Wins Tennis Tournament While Preparing for Top-Level Colleges

    January 22

    Kyla Klier won the 37th Annual Claremont Club Junior Tennis Tournament. The level 5 event was held on December 15th – 18th in Claremont, CA. Kyla was the 3rd seed in the Girl’s 18 Singles event and beat the 1st seed 6-2; 6-3 in the finals. Kyla trains and boards at the Advantage Tennis Academy that is housed on the grounds of the Racquet Club of Irvine, CA. Her coach is Advantage co-founder Mahmoud Karim, and she works with the A Group at this high-intensity, college-preparatory academy. She enjoys improving her strategy by playing against nationally ranked men and women. Kyla has played tennis since she was six years old. She had recently been injured with tendinitis, and this was only her 2nd tournament back after a four-month absence.

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  • Oaks Christian Online High School Student Takes Dual-Credit Mandarin Course While Pursuing Golf Career

    January 09

    Marc Hedrick, a Junior at Oaks Christian Online High School, is part of the first class of students to team up with Coastline Community College to take an online course in Mandarin, Chinese. Coastline, in Costa Mesa, California, offers a unique distance education program, and OCO is partnering with the college to offer courses such as Mandarin to its online, high school students. Marc has already taken four years of Spanish and two years of Mandarin. He has been to Beijing, Shanghai and the rural Dong region of China and was fascinated by Chinese culture. He is also considering applying to the Engineering program at the University of Virginia and would like to have a business background as well. He sees how strong foreign language skills may help further his future goals.

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  • OCO High School Online Course Developer Completes Quality Matters Course Reviewer Certification

    December 21
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  • OCO Freshman Wins Twenty-four Hour Bike Race

    November 29

    Freshman, Daisy Ward, and her team came in first place in the Twenty-four Hours of Fury mountain bike race put on by TREK Bicycles and 4 Peaks Racing. The AZ DEVO , Junior U23, cycling development team raced around Arizona’s McDowell Mountain Regional Park, northeast of Phoenix, Arizona, from 10:00 am on November 3rd through the night until 10:00 am November 4th.

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  • OCO High School Online Student Completes Filming on Nickelodeon Movie

    November 13

    OCO sophomore Ciara Bravo plays the part of Melissa Bing, a technology whiz, in Swindle, an upcoming made for TV movie on the Nickelodeon channel. Swindle is shot on site in Vancouver and is based on the book of the same name by the best-selling, children’s and young-adult author Gordan Korman.

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  • French Teacher Hired for Post in Dubai

    November 01

    OCO's French teacher, Rachael Williams-Mejri has been hired for an overseas position in Dubai, within the United Arab Emirates. She will be teaching Ab Initio (or from the beginning) French for the first time and learning more about the French International Baccalaureate progam, which she can apply to her online teaching as well. She is also enjoying the local sites and culture. Some of her favorite adventures have been enjoying afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa hotels. “The Bufj Khalifa hotel is the tallest in the world and gives new meaning to the term high tea,” says Rachael, “It is just amazing to take in the architecture that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world.“

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  • Tennis Player, Student-Athlete Perseveres Through Injury with OCO

    October 26

    Sahara Knights-Martin, a freshman taking online high school classes at OCO, is a rising tennis player. She won the annual Long Beach Eldorado Park Junior Satellite Tournament and the La Habra Tennis Center Junior Satellite Tournament and was looking forward to playing in her first open tournament. In early August, however, Sahara suffered a back injury that has kept her from competing. She is committed to her rehabilitation and training and spends most of her time at La Habra Tennis Center in Southern California. She works with her personal coaches, Ron Charles and Fernando Chavez, on technique, agility, and her future plans. As she puts it, “Training can be difficult, but if I want to achieve my goals then I must put all my effort into physical training.”

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  • Australian Student Enjoys Freedom of OCO

    October 19

    OCO freshman, Jonathan Evans, is a shy and creative student whose family is anything but quiet. Jonathan’s parents, Sam and Russell Evans, founded the Planetshakers Christian Conferences in Australia. These conferences started in Adelaide with 300 delegates in 1997 and have grown to over 30,000 participants. Conferences in 2013 are scheduled for San Diego, California, in January and Melbourne, in April.

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  • Fun-loving Student Actor Enjoys Freedom of Online High School

    October 01

    Andy currently spends 6 months in Los Angeles and then 6 months in Houston in order to be close to his dad and continue with his acting career. Both his work and his online high school classes are flexible in time and place. Andy’s mom added, “Not only does Oaks Christian Online School offer a very good curriculum for its online high school classes and also preparation for college, but it also offers a Christian education that we love for our kids.”

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  • Actor and High School Online Student Shines Spotlight on Volunteering

    August 28
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