Oakdale Christian Academy - Review #4

Oakdale Christian Academy
5

About the Author:

College Enrolled Central Christian College
Home Town, State (Country) Champaign, IL
Years Attended Boarding School 2
Activities During Boarding School Job training- a campus program which teaches students responsiblity and hard work. It encourages students to take ownership in the program by the promotion program. Students learn how to supervise their peers in upper job training levels./ Level IV Supervisor Peer leaders Big Buddies

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
the Oakdale experience is one of family. Moving to a new school my junior year was a very hard and potentially isolating experience, but at Oakdale I was welcomed into a community were I was surrounded by love. The staff are really there for the students, my teachers actually knew outside of class, all the students and staff live on campus together - we eat together,learn together, worship together, and grow together. I am convinced that it was God's plan for me to go Oakdale. Attending gave me a second chance to learn the things which I had neglected to learn earlier in life.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
Like many students, when I first came to Oakdale I was at very high risk for not graduating high school. It's not that I wasn't a good student, but my home life had become so difficult that my academics were suffering also. Oakdale gave the distance from my "problems" that I needed to grow. I learned a lot in school, and even more in job training, but the most important lesson I learned in Oakdale was about love. The staff modeled unconditional love in my life by loving me even when I wasn't making the best descisions. They encouraged me to live up to my potential, to seek God about his plan for my life. They showed me that there are families who care about each other in a godly way. Watching their marriages and parenting helped me realize that there are still healthy families, and their willingness to share their chlidren with me, made them heros in my eyes. My grades soared and I learned how to make life-long friendships. I ended up graduating valedictorian of my class and receiving a substantial scholarship from the college of my choice.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Pray about it - boarding school is not a match for everybody.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The best thing about Oakdale is the level of relationship you experience there. Before I went to Oakdale I felt like I stumbling around life in darkness. I didn't have honest relationship with anybody. The staff reached into my darkness and led me to daylight.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Make sure to buy clothes in dress code.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The Academics at Oakdale are challenging. The teachers strive to impart a love for learning and excitement about their subject. Students can expect to have to work hard to achieve success. Poetry performance and anthologies are common projects in english. In science students tackle the challenge of hands on projects - from blood typing to raising a goat. Across the board the curriculm inspires students to learn. Every week students receive their current grades and an effort score. Being evaluated weekly on effort helps students, teachers and dorm parents assess how they are actually doing in class and what is needed for their academic success. Based on effort scores dorm parents assign mandatory supervised study halls for all ineligeble students to motivate them to study or give them extra help in a trouble area. At Oakdale students have the privilege of having their teachers on campus. Teachers are willing to help students who are making an effort in class.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Oakdale has both boys and girls basketball team and competes with the surrounding Christian schools. Outside of organized team sports Oakdale offers different intermurals every week. During summer school students participate ina variety of outdoor challenges: rapelling, caving (spelunking), rock climbing, canooing, hiking, camping and swimming - to name a few!

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are many opportunities to participate in the arts as a ministry at Oakdale : choir, puppet team, drama team, poetry recital etc... Every student is required to take semester of art history and a semester of drama for graduation. Senior drama is a particularly bonding experience. The senior class is requred in the spring semester to select a play to perform for the schol. The cast is the senior class, and it requires a huge group effort to pull together to learn lines, build a set, find costumes/ props, choreograph movement, pull of the dress rehearsal in front of the student body, and put together a quality finished product for our parents the night before graduation. The play is the last final and after a successful play the senior class becomes the graduates elect.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There are many extra-curricular opportunities at Oakdale from prayer group to visiting the local nursing home. On spcial program is Big Buddies which helps the students at Oakdale reach out to the children of the community. Students prepare pupet shows, in songs, and play games with the children who come to attend the weekly event at the park. Breathitt county has a unique culture very different from that of most students and Big Buddies give both students and community members a chance to learn more about each other.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorms are small. The people in the dorm become like family. Inevitably there are fights but in the end everyone loves each other. Students are expected to do chores and keep their rooms clean. Dorm parents model what it is to have a loving family to the students.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Everyone, including the school president, eats together. This helps to foster the feeling of community. During supper students are assigned seats to help staff and students get to know everyone. Meal clean-up is on a rotation basis and supervised by the students.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The school is located admist the hills of rural Kentucky. There are brooks outside the dorm windows, and the mountains and trails are absolutely beautiful.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The size of the student body fosters a close knit environment. Students truly care deeply about their peers. Every day there is time set aside for social, and on Saturdays there are planned social events such as the "stupid" social, movie night, staff open house, student vs. staff basketball game, and fourty hour famine. The school has formal banquets for homecoming, Christmas, Valentine's day, and Junior Senior appreciation.

Daily Schedule:

Weekday
7:15 AMBreakfast
7:30 AMBreakfast dishes/ Dorm clean up/ chores and bedrooms checked
8:00 AMHomeroom/ classes/ boys library time
12:15 AMlunch/lunch dishes
1:00 PMgirts library time/ classes
4:15 PMSocial
4:30 PMJob training
5:30 PMdinner/ dinner dishes
6:00 PMfree time
7:00 PMmandatory study hall/ evenin activity (2-3 hours)
9:15 PMdorm snack
9:45 PMIn room time
10:00 PMbedtime
Weekend
9:15 AMJob training supervisors meeting
9:30 AMJob training
11:00 AMbrunch with job training crew
12:00 AMJob training coupon distribution
1:00 PMSaturday dorm and room cleaning/ rooms checked
2:00 PMTown trip
5:00 PMDinner
6:00 PMSocial
8:00 PMDorm Movie
11:00 PMbedtime/sleepovers

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    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. . .
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville
    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. . .
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    Oakdale is an interesting and solid school. I have not attended other boarding schools, yet I was home-schooled as a child and spent one year in the public school system. I found Oakdale to be. . .
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    the Oakdale experience is one of family. Moving to a new school my junior year was a very hard and potentially isolating experience, but at Oakdale I was welcomed into a community were I was. . .
  • Greenville College
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