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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Mission: We exist to nurture, develop and educate the whole child – mind, body, heart and soul as an image-bearer of God. Vision: We accomplish our vision through an experiential classroom model, a Christ-centered Biblical worldview, community service partnerships, and a year-round calendar that promotes a love of learning.

Results: OCS opened its doors, renting space from Providence Baptist Church, in September of 2018 with 8 sweet students. Today, just three years later, we now serve 58 students in grades K-5, a 700% growth rate. For the 2021-2022 school year we will be teaching students in grades TK-6th, with the strategic plan to increase one grade level for the following two years. We desire to be a school rooted in the Word of God, executing the mission and vision with excellence, and planting oaks of righteousness for the display of God's splendor and glory for generations to come.

Target demographics: nurture, develop, and educate the whole child - heart, mind, body, and soul - as an image-bearer of God.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 58 students - OCS is a missional model school, meaning one does not have to be a Christian in order to attend, but rather, welcomes any person from any background. We take to heart the command in Matthew 28:18-20, go and make disciples of all nations.

Geographic areas served: Charlotte, North Carolina

Programs: a convenient year-round calendar, local and global service partnerships, experiential, hands-on, creative and critical thinking learning environments, and a Christ-centered, biblical worldview.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oaks Christian School is an entirely unique education model in the Charlotte area. The combination of the school's excellent academic program and Christ-centered worldview provides students with a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning rooted in Biblical truth. Features of the OCS model, such as experiential learning and a year-round calendar, both promote a love of learning and allow children to fully experience the joy of childhood. Oaks Christian School is truly an environment where children can grow in their knowledge and love of the Lord.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Oaks has been a tremendous blessing to our family. We were there the day the doors opened with only a few sweet kids and have watched with joy, anticipation and thanksgiving as they have grown to educate 58 kids. 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. My two oldest children come home every day bubbling over with enthusiasm about the subjects the are studying. The year-round school calendar allows our family weeks off throughout the year to recharge before school burnout... there are never Sunday Scaries in our house! We are grateful to the founders, board, and fearless teachers for their hard work and vision and look forward to our last two children joining the inaugural TK class in August.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With all the chaos in the world today we have been so blessed to have the stability, love, strength and peace that The Oaks School has given to our children. The Oaks School is a gem, a treasure and we are grateful to be a part.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Oaks! Their mission and commitment to the students is like no other! The teachers and administrators teach students more then math and English but inspire a love of Jesus ❤️

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oaks Christian School is the best K-8 educational investment I have witnessed in my 26 years in Donor Development. Inspired by the proven outcomes of Danish education, OCS is uniquely postured with four programming pillars of being Christ-centered; providing Experiential Learning; Learning in a Year-Round Calendar; and Engaging in local and global service. The founders, leadership team, and Board are brilliant, humble, Godly visionaries who desire to provide the most nurturing environment to educate the whole OCS child as an image-bearer of God. Each faculty/staff member I interact with is so passionate and enthusiastic about OCS and their role in growing our students as oaks of righteousness.

As the Advancement Specialist and a monthly donor, OCS provides an excellent return on investment to each donor. Every OCS donor dollar is stewarded responsibly and wisely. OCS recently applied to become a member of the Evangelical Council For Financial Accountability (ECFA), which sets much higher standards for donor transparency than most non-profits. I highly recommend investing in Oaks Christian School for your family, friends, and loved ones' children to attend AND to invest as a donor.


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Board Member

Rating: 5

I absolutely love Oaks Christian. I am a grandmother and have had the pleasure of picking up my grandchildren from The Oaks. Every time I pick them up they are so excited to tell me about their day and all the wonderful things they have learned. I believe that the use of experiential learning with a Biblical Christ-centered view helps develop a true love of learning. The teachers and homeroom shepherds are phenomenal and so nurturing of the students. I wish that there had been a school of this caliber when my own children were growing up. I would recommend The Oaks to any prospective parent.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

OCS has been such a gift to our family this year. With public schools closing, we knew our oldest son needed to be IN school and OCS has surpassed all of our expectations for this year. They deeply know my son - personally and academically - and he has truly developed a love for learning. OCS weaves the gospel into everything they do and his spiritual growth has been remarkable to watch. We are so thankful to be a part of this unique community in Charlotte and to have two children at Oaks Christian School next year.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oaks Christian School is a unique model of education in the Charlotte area. Their focus on experiential learning, service to the community and non reliance on technology is commendable. The leadership truly wants kids to be able to learn in the best way possible. Every student at Oaks Christian School is seen, known and championed for the image bearer of God they are! Oaks Christian is truly a gem in education!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Oaks Christian School is an excellent place all around! Their leadership cares so much about the mission of the school, the staff and most of all the students! I have seen first hand how hard the OCS team works every day and would recommend them to any family. They truly are a place for the next generation to grow and bloom.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've worked in schools for more than 25 years, and what's happening at OCS is truly unique and special. The Christ-centered environment, intentionally small class sizes, and the implementation of active, hands-on learning within classrooms are aspects that I wish my adult children could have experienced. If you are looking for a novel approach to education that facilitates a lifelong love of learning, please explore Oaks Christian School.