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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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