Oakdale Christian Academy - Review #2
About the Author:
|College Enrolled||University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|Home Town, State||Newnan, GA|
|Years Attended Boarding School||2|
|Activities During Boarding School||Job Training Program- Supervisor Peer Leader Volleyball Choir Praise Team|
1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Oakdale offers a unique atmosphere that I had never and haven't since experienced. There is an intentional student teacher relationship that is instated when you attend. Whether it is during dinner, where you are assigned specific staff families to sit with, or in the classroom, where the teachers will stay offer extended class tutoring hours, I always felt that I wasn't just a number. The size may seem too small, but it is because of this small size that each student received this treatment. I also learned how to interact with my teachers, which upon returning to school at home I quickly realized wasn't a skill most students have. This may seem unnecessary, but in college, I find it very useful. This atmosphere gives each student a feeling of being at home and also enhances the education the students are receiving.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Oakdale inspired work ethic and actually led me to the major that I am now pursuing-- Chemical Engineering. The teachers and other staff members really poured themselves into my life all the time. I still consider Oakdale home.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Just always behave and get involved. Don't lock yourself in your room!
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The staff and families.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
There is nothing specific I can say, but just go in with an open mind and OCA will grow on you.
1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I believe that the academics are top notch. I transferred home for personal reasons, but I quickly realized that I was not being challenged in my public school the Oakdale challenged me. The teachers invest their time and life into the students. So many of them could be working elsewhere earning massive checks, but they chose to live on barely anything to invest in the students at OCA. The class sizes are obviously small which is very beneficial if you need extra help or just want to interact more. OCA isn't a breeze but it also isn't what I would deem "academic suicide." The workload is very doable, and it prepares you for college. The environment is just as competitive as a student will make it. Most students strive for excellence there. Grades are not a secret at this school and it is known whether you are on academic probation each week. This inspires students to try harder by positive peer pressure.
1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The athletic department is rather small. All there is is volleyball for girls and basketball for guys. This is because of the small size of the school in general. It's a great way to get involved and a lot of fun. If you don't play just attending the games is fun enough. Each student knows each other which inspires a lot of school spirit in my opinion.
1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The only program that is open to all high school students is the music program. This is a simple high school choir. It is fun and we are invited to different events and churches to sing. If you enjoy music, choir is an enjoyment. The only theater is offered senior year during the mandatory senior play. Each year a fantastic production is put on by the seniors. The practice is tied in with senior English, so if a student has a heavy schedule senior year, it won't cut in.
1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
The main extra-curricular activity offered was peer-leadership. This is like the SGA of Oakdale. You must apply and have high grades and be a good worker and leader on campus. Being a peer-leader instates a sense of self respect and respect from other students.
1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms were small, but I always felt at home because the girls quickly felt like sisters. Rooms are randomly assigned and sometimes it can be cleared to keep a roommate by the Dean of Students. The dorm parents really make a point to involve themselves in each student's life. They quickly become a second set of parents. The dorms will eventually be replaced when the funds come in, but for now they are pretty old. Oh, and community baths.
1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Great food! Homemade bread! It was great food. Dinner has assigned seating Monday-Thursday and lunch Sunday, but other than that free seating. There are usually two options each meal for main entrees and there is always a variety of things that are cooked. The students do the dishes, which inspires work ethic. (and it's not as bad as it sounds) I loved the food though.
1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Tiny town. We took trips to Walmart every other weekend. Jackson, KY can easily be described as the boonies, but the area OCA is in is beautiful and serene.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were socials every weekend. It was a great time to mingle with friends and just gave you something to do. I enjoyed each social. You could really tell the time that was put into organizing it.
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