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Oldsmar Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 200 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $102,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,110.

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Posted April 4, 2014

I posted a review yesterday. It did not violate the terms of service, but this website chose to delete my review. Therefore I have lost all faith in this website. They are not allowing parents like me to tell the truth about schools when it is not good news. I will keep this short. If your child is on a McKay scholarship, I would advise to look elsewhere. You will not get any consideration for your child's situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

Oldsmar Christian is by far the best school. The class sizes are small so each child gets lots of attention from a caring, loving, nurturing teacher. Going to school shouldn't be stressful and at Oldsmar Christian it isn't. My son never really enjoyed school, that is, until he went to Oldsmar Christian. Now, he loves going. I highly recommend this school, especially to someone that is fed up with the rigmarole of public school and is looking for a fantastic Christan- based education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2013

Be careful not to go by what a bitter parent has to say about this school. Discipline is crucial to the well-being of a child. If writing Bible verses feels like cruel and unusual punishment for children, we have to fear the type of adults they'll grow up to be! If you are looking for a school that will allow children to do whatever they please, take them to the nearest public school. If you are looking for a school to help train up your child in the ways of the Lord, OCS is for you. As for the comments made about the quality of teaching, talk to graduates of OCS who are amazing their college professors with their advanced knowledge... which they attained at OCS. As the parent of a high school graduate of OCS, I can also tell you that parents have complete access to their child's grades at all times. They also truly care about the well being and future of their students. No place is perfect, but I would choose OCS again in a heartbeat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

This used to be a fairly good school, but the quality of teaching & facilities is rapidly diminishing. Kids are having more & more trouble actually learning. The current teachers are demerit-crazy at this school. I know children with physical problems that make it difficult for them to write so many demerits, but the teachers and office staff don't seem to care. I agree with the statement someone else made about their brand of discipline and the extremes they take it to inspire rebellion more than change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2011

My son is finishing up his first year of kindergarten at OCS, and his teacher this year was my kindergarten teacher 25 years ago. I attended OCS from kindergarten until I graduated high school. This is a prime example of why this school is such a gem...it's more than a school, it's a family. If you are looking for the latest technological advancements or multi-million dollar facilities, this may not be your first choice in schools. But if your top priorities are that your child's education be rooted in Biblical principles, that they be nurtured in a loving environment with small class sizes and one-on-one attention in a family atmosphere, then you don't need to look any further than OCS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

My son has been attending OCS for 2 years an my family and I are very pleased. The teachers are very nice and are concerned about him. I love the coach because hes not only interested in the team playing and winning, but he is also concerned about their education.OCS is a home away from home. Anyone interested in a Christian School, OCS is the place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

My son has been attending OCS for 2 years now and i could not be happier, the staff is wonderful and the school is a wonderful environment, compared to these schools nowadays where the kids all they do is hang out, i think the disciplanary actions are good and the mentoring as well, my son will continue at ocs until he graduates HS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2008

I am a student at OCS, and have been for 10 years. The school is a wonderful school. The staff there are excellent. The teachers are wonderful and care very much for every single one of the students. OCS has a great sports program, our golf team has been undefeated and our Varsity Basketball has succeded very greatly and still is. There are a few flaws to our school, it is a run down school, a lot of the money and time goes to uneccessary things, and some other things, but over all that stuff it is a great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2008

I'm currently a student, and I have been attending OCS for 5 years. Like what the other reviews say OCS' strongest quality is teacher student interaction. I'm also very involved in there sports programs. I love playing for them, but alot of time, money, and effort goes to specific unneeded areas. But all in all an ok school with pretty good discipline.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 1, 2008

My son has attended Oldsmar Christian for 3years. The interaction between the teachers and the students is wonderful. I would recommend this school to those who want to focus on the family. Close knit, kindness and caring teachers are what make this school awesome!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2008

My daughter has finished K-4 and K-5 at Oldsmar and I have to say that I am thrilled with what she has learned. All the kids are well mannered and the staff is wonderful. The only place where communication lacks is in the office. That is one place that could be improved upon. I read all the other reviews and the one that mentioned that all money goes into the sports program bothered me. My daughter is not yet involved in the sports program but all of it's money is made from gymnastics classes, cookie and book sales through out the year. The tution is only $4000 per year and that includes your books and registration fee. The school is not modern but they focus on education they do their best. I would like to see foreign language get introduced at an earlier age. Excellent FAMILY school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2007

Only attended the past 2 years and we won't be going back. No discipline in the class rooms, Upper grade students are not respectful. Teachers aren't accredited. Lacks comminication with parents, parents don't have a clue what children are doing. No agendas for assignments. Too many students being tutored for a fee, money is going somewhere. I believe they need to spend more timeon accademics rather then sports. No art, Music is limited. Computers are limited. 1 field trip a year. Children are not thriving. We are out of here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

Decent academic program, and very good student teacher intereaction. Some of the staff members in the office need to learn better disciplinary skills. Perhaps a different method that would inspire change, and not rebellion.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 13, 2006

This school is good when it comes to academics. The teachers are very supportive. The school offers a gymnastics class that my children enjoyed. The school offers no early spanish and not any art classes. I am somewhat concerned with the safety. It seems they pour all their money into sports and none in improving the school facility.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2006

My daughter attended for 3 years and we were very pleased with her academic achievements. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

My daughter is in her first year in the Kindergarten class. She loves it & the teachers there are amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

This school is a great school for one on one learning and the Boys basketball program is wonderful. The school is strict in certain areas, but only in needed areas. This school has changed the lives of many people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2004

I have had 2 students graduate from Oldsmar Christian, and I have one in the 9th grade in 2004-2005. Teachers are unmatched in Tampa Bay area for active involvement in the students life. The school has one of the best Basketball programs in the State of Florida, currently ranked 7th in all classes, and the school rallies around their team. Their is no better high school in Florida for student, parent and administration particiaption in an athletic program!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2004

After two years of attending (5 and 6 grade), I can attest to the classroom quality. The teachers care for each student's individual progress. The teaching staff is their #1 asset. There is lack of communication from the administration however. I can only recall two meetings (one each year) where I've seen the principle. From my view, OCS method of communication is not effective enough to penetrate to all parents (i.e., flyers provided to children that often times do not make it home). Other than sports events, I often feel that I am in the dark in regards to what the administration is doing to improve the teaching quality, elective classes, safety and school facilities. I would suggest a website and quarterly PTA meetings to augment the efforts of the teaching staff and complement the quality of teaching already provided.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2004

Oldsmar is a family-oriented Christian school with an emphasis on academics while providing a Bible-based curriculum and a dynamic sports program. The tuition is the most affordable in the Tampa area and there are scholarships available. The elementary teachers are creative and provide fun and exciting classroom activities, musical programs, and plays. The high school teachers are very dedicated and go beyond the 'call of duty' to help struggling students. There is a computer lab where students learn keyboarding, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint. They also have access to the internet for research purposes. In Sports, they offer golf, basketball (2003 District Champions), baseball, softball, volleyball, and cheerleading. There is a mandatory uniform policy. Lunch is provided in the cafeteria. The school also offers a K-4 program.
—Submitted by a teacher


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 42%
Hispanic 11% 29%
Black 10% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 50% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 10% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 10% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of South Florida
University of Tampa
University of Georgia
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

School facilities
  • Music room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:10 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • Bro. Eddie Preston
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • FACCS
Fax number
  • (813) 855-4476

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Chaperone school trips
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$3000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of South Florida
St. Pete College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 20%
4 year college - 50%
Military - 10%
Vocational - 10%
Workforce - 10%
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650 Burbank Rd
Oldsmar, FL 34677
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Phone: (813) 855-5746

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