Different by Design

Our Distinctives

At OCS, we have created a unique model that develops the whole child – body, mind, heart, and soul. Our primary goal is to foster an authentic love of learning in each student. When students leave our campus, they are equipped to do so much more than memorize facts and pass tests; they are confident in their abilities to think for themselves, create with their own two hands, and use their God-given talents to impact the world.

Hands-on Learning

At OCS, we believe students learn best by doing. Hands-on project-based learning encourages students to develop 21st-century skills, connect concepts to the real world, and cultivate a genuine love of learning. 

Limited Screen Time

21st-century learning is all about innovation and creativity. Unfortunately, screen dependency can hinder these skills, especially for young students. Limited screen time  allows students to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.

Intentional Mentoring

Each student at OCS is paired with a Homeroom Shepherd, a faculty member dedicated to their holistic development. Homeroom Shepherds nurture the social, emotional, and spiritual growth of their students.

Light Homework

Time to play, socialization with family and friends, and adequate rest are essential for young learners. At OCS, we believe in giving our students time for social and emotional development outside of the classroom. Any assigned homework is intentionally light, relevant and practical.

Year-round Schedule

Research shows that when students attend school year-round, they avoid regression commonly referred to as the “summer slide” and remain energized throughout the school year. Students at OCS enjoy short breaks every few weeks, with an extended Christmas break and a one-month break in July.

Shorter School Day

At OCS, we’re all about redeeming childhood. Our schedule is 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Friday – about 1.5 hours shorter than the traditional school day. This provides more time for students to be outdoors, spend time with family, and learn through play.

“OCS has been a tremendous blessing to our family. Its model of both academic excellence and cultivation of a heart for Jesus is unrivaled. Their hands-on, holistic approach to teaching not only results in learning milestones and excellent test scores but also instills a curiosity, resilience, and love of learning.”

OCS Parent