Oakdale Christian Academy - Review #1

Oakdale Christian Academy

About the Author:

College Enrolled Alice Lloyd College
Home Town, State (Country) Lawrenceville, IL
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Oakdale, because of the small class sizes, gives every student an opportunity to be involved in so many activities. While I attended OCA, I was involved in the nursing home ministries, I ran the coffee shop, I was on the basketball team for a year, and played soccer. These are just a few of the many activities I participated in. Oakdale also has many opportunities for students who love music with their new recording studio. Oakdale is a great place to get involved in so many things.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Oakdale Christian Academy is like a huge family. Each student gets a unique opportunity to see different aspects of families and the many ways we can choose to interact with others. Oakdale also has a great Job Training program that gets students ready for many jobs that they might endure through there lifetime.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I have learned so much about what it means to be a Christian. God has really worked through OCA and the people there to help me be a better person. Oakdale is a motivating place as well as one that will push you to do the right thing.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
BOARDING SCHOOL IS NOT HORRIBLE!! I have heard that boarding school was horrible. In 2008, I was terrified to go. At my graduation four years later, I didn't want to leave. I have completely changed my life around from being a problem student to going to college with a full ride scholarship! It can help anyone who wants to be helped!`
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The aspect that we were all a family. I still keep up with 90% of the people I met there! It is amazing.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
All of it is amazing. It looks pretty crazy and in the middle of nowhere but the reality is, it is an amazing place! Let yourself go and work hard and live for God!


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Oakdale is a college preparatory boarding school who not only focuses on students having good grades, but having students learn through different methods, integrating Jesus, and having higher standards for each student. If you don't work at OCA, then you will probably not make it. The classes are more challenging than public school but also more rewarding.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Athletics at Oakdale are amazing. They give each student an opportunity to play whether that student has experience or not. Each student who decides to be on a team gets some playing time throughout the season. I played soccer, basketball and was the assistant volleyball coach. There was a competitive side with many of the schools that we played but each time we played, many teams would tell us that they could see Jesus shine through us! That is what makes a good team.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Each student is required to take a drama class during the second semester of there senior year. During the other time that each student is there, they may be in choir or in another music class, depending if their schedules have an open time frame for these classes. On Sunday there is a worship team that leads the worship at the Oakdale campus church. Here students can use their God-granted abilities to express their love for God and worship him through song and music.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
All of the activities would be too long to explain. Oakdale gives each student the opportunity to become active with volunteer work and student organizations. There is a student activities board who helps decide activities to do on the weekend. Oakdale has many extra activities that any student can do.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
The dorms are a great place for students to gain confidence. As a freshmen at OCA, I was a shy student, or so I thought. As I began to attend OCA, my dorm deans and fellow students encouraged me in many ways. They helped push me to better my grades and they also helped me to become more outgoing. I have always appreciated the men who headed the dorm. The dorms are filled with staff that love the students and have personal relationships with them.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
For breakfast and lunch students choose where to sit in the dining hall. Dinner, on the other hand, was so unique. At Monday dinner each student is given a designated seat with a staff family. They remain at this seat for one week. During that week, the staff get a chance to interact with the students and share with them. It is a great opportunity for each student to see a healthy family and learn from it.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town that is located nearest to OCA is an impoverished area that deals with a lot of drug and alcohol abuse. OCA is a place away from that area that sends groups to help the town and the people who live there. This gives many students the opportunity for community service.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Oakdale is a great place for one to have an interaction with others that they might not have had that opportunity. Students become like siblings and can interact positively together.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMSchool
11:45 AMLunch
1:00 PMSchool
4:00 PMEnd of School
4:30 PMJob Training
5:30 PMDinner
6:15 PMStudy hall/ free time
10:00 AMBed time
6:45 AMbreakfast
10:45 AMWoship team
12:00 AMLunch
2:00 PMBegin quiet hours
4:00 PMend quiet hours

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