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Oasis Christian Academy

Private | PK-12 | 230 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $63,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $670.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 29, 2014

I could not be more happy that my children attend Oasis Christian Academy. My kids came to Oasis from a large Christian school that considered itself to be a school of academic excellence. I found out that my kids were actually behind in their academics. I am so thankful to the teachers and staff at Oasis for their high standards in academics and I now know that my children are now receiving a better education than before. This school has great administration, quality teachers and staff, a great choice of extracurricular activities such as the sports program and drama, and a great vision for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2014

I'm so blessed to be a part of Oasis. I enjoy getting to work alongside teachers who are passionate about their subjects and the students they teach. I love my job!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 26, 2014

The preschool program at OCA is second to none. As a parent, I love the domain centered hands-on approach to teaching my little one. He is frequently coming home with completed projects, and is telling me constantly about "awesome" things they do in class (even science experiments)! Both of the teachers have wonderfully warm, gentle, and kind spirits with a genuine love for each of the little ones they teach. I could not be happier with our choice for preschool. Thank you, Oasis!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

OCA is a wonderful place. The technology initiative this year has been phenomenal to watch. The smart boards, Kindle Fire lab, Mac book Pro lab and document cameras have made education so much fun and interactive. Thank you Oasis for continuing to be a center of educational excellence!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2014

My daughter has been part of OCA since kindergarten. When we first chose this school for her, we were impressed with their dedication to academics and a Christian worldview, while still giving students freedom to express their individual personalities in the classroom. She is now about to enter the OCA middle school, and that dedication has not changed. She is definitely a "think outside of the box" kind of kid, very involved in the arts and very hands-on with her learning style. Over the years, at OCA, she has enjoyed music, art, and Spanish classes in addition to her academic classes. She is very much looking forward to middle school and the opportunities there for more music, art, language, and drama classes. The teachers in ALL of the classes strive to present material in creative and hands-on ways for the students. This school has been a lifesaver for a family needing a mix of Christian character, strong academics, and creative opportunities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

Oasis provides strong academics from an equally strong biblical worldview. All three of my children graduated from Oasis, earning Bright Future Scholarships, and were/are well-prepared for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2014

As a teacher at Oasis Christian Academy I am constantly impressed with the quality of students at our school. We partner closely with parents to help them achieve a Christ-centered education for their sons and daughters. I can truly say that I do enjoy going to work every day. We teach Christ and character development. We happen to do that through English, Math, History, Science, Spanish, Fine Arts, and Athletics. What a blessing to be part of a community of God fearing professionals that love educating young people. Oas-ian for life!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2014

I am so thankful to be involved with the ministry of Oasis! The administration is supportive and I have made many friends with the staff and parents. God is definitely working in our school!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2014

Oasis Christian Academy is a wonderful, safe and family friendly school. My family has been a part of the OCA family for 3 years and we are blessed to be a part of such a wonderful Christ like community. We have experienced the elementary, middle and high school areas of the school and are pleased with the teachers, the curriculum and the administration. The school is fully accredited through ACSI, which is quite an accomplishment. There are very few schools who seek accreditation as it requires a tremendous amount of work on the part of the school, teachers, and administrators. Way to go OCA! I am proud to be a part of Oasis and my children are blessed to be educated by wonderful teachers who truly care for them as they teach everything from a Christian Worldview. The teachers are what make the difference. They run everything that is taught through a Christian filter and equip their students to face the world educated and prepared to stand for Christ. I am so thankful for Oasis and the firm foundation that is being laid as my family partners with the best school in Winter Haven! WE LOVE OASIS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

Fantastic, rigorous academics! Curriculum standards could not be higher at Oasis. As a fully accredited member of ACSI, the curriculum as been approved by some of the most rigorous inspection available, and I, as a parent, am thrilled that my children get to attend OCA. We have been there multiple years, and have truly come to love the faculty there as they are very transparent in their desire to teach to such high standards but with a Christ- centered worldview. Every subject for each grade is run through a Biblical filter; I love that! The devotion of the teachers and administration in the way they strive to support the intellectual, emotional, social, and most importantly, spiritual development of each and every student there in order to prepare them to serve wherever the Lord calls them is readily evident in the way they regularly communicate and focus on and endeavor to partner with parents for success in each individual from tutoring before and after school, to providing a student counselor with a heart for youth, to giving social opportunities for relaxing and mingling, to weekly chapels, and as mentioned, filtering everything that is taught through a Biblical filter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

As a long time parent at Oasis Christian Academy I could not be happier with the improvement the school has made year after year after year. What I appreciate is the Biblical Christianity I see lived out in the teachers and administration and taught through the subjects. As I said I have been a parent at Oasis for a long time. My kids are safe, and happy, and growing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

I teach at Oasis Christian Academy and I love it here. I appreciate the emphasis our school puts on education. We can be Christian and still hold our students to high academic standards. The school is almost finished installing smart boards in every classroom. I also appreciate a work environment where I am allowed to teach with tools I deem appropriate - even the occasional warehouse school textbook to reinforce our Christian curriculum.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 22, 2014

My children have been in several different Christian schools. As a parent, I have really appreciated OCA for its diversity in curriculum. They have helped my children see the world as a mission field through the use of both secular-based and Christian-based texts. The teachers at OCA have a love for each student as well as a desire for each student to succeed. I am very thankful that when I drop my children off at school, I don't have to worry about the influences around them. Thank you OCA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2014

Oasis Christian Academy is a wonderful Christian environment for my children. My son and daughter have thrived under the care and direction of their wonderful Christian teachers. All of the staff from the receptionist to the teachers to the administrators are so helpful and poor themselves into my children daily. Thank you Oasis for loving my children and partnering with me in the education of my children. I would not want my children to be at any other school. Oasis is the best school in Winter Haven and the only school in Winter Haven fully accredited through ACSI. Good job Oasis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2014

False advertisement. Christian character is not practiced. Curriculum substandard -rejected books from the public school board sent to a warehouse, are used by the students. Counseling not provided. Sports program NOT available for Homeschool students -except, if prospect full time student at school. Communication is poor between teachers and parents. There is an unhappy mood among staff, workers, even some administration personnel.


Posted May 21, 2013

Oasis Christian Academy This school has been a blessing ever since I entered it. I came to the school nine years ago and could never imagine being anywhere else. I was quite the character when I first came, especially since I came from a public school, so it took a lot of diligence and studying to keep up with the rest of the students. It took only a few months and help from the teachers to get me to where I am today. The staff and teachers are such beautiful christian people, they never hesitate to pray or help you with any issue one might have.they care for you as if you were one of their own children. I am going to miss this school, as I am graduating next week and venturing out to get my degree at PSC, but I will never forget about the relationships I have gained with the students and teachers. My relationship with God is stronger than ever and without the help of many of the teachers I would not have the relationship with God. Thank you to every one. I highly recommend this school to any parent wanting their child in a safe, friendly, loving, family like environment.


Posted April 29, 2013

Very bad communication u call and call leave messages noone ever gets back to u...i go there they say someone is going to call u it never happens...how I say it started on the foot it will end in the wring foot...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

This is our 3rd year here at Oasis Christian Academy. The changes that I have seen in my son are unbelievable. He attended public school from K-6th grade at Westwood Middle, where he was in Honor classes. As that year ended I could see my son was headed down the wrong path in life. (he wasn't a problem child) I just saw characteristics coming forward that WEREN'T Christ like. With prayers we found Oasis. My son DIDN'T want to go here, as all his friends were in public school. The staff were so helpful and kind to my son even when he wasn't. As the year progressed I saw my son coming out again, the kind, gentle, fun loving, helpful and caring young man that I had raised. I know that most teens are difficult, but with this terrific christian staff guiding the teens they will go far in life. Now, my son loves this school and tells everyone about it and 5 friend have now joined. He loves the sports program, if he's playing or just watching. He feels very proud to be a student at Oasis. This school has so much to offer to everyone. Just open your heart and the staff will fill it up with christian love and learning. We are so blessed to be a part of this great school. Thank you!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2012

Oasis is a wonderful school. The teachers under the direction of quality leadership are striving for an academy of excellence. Many necessary changes have been made and the school is better because of them. The curriculuum is stronger, the teachers are better equipped and the students are learning using "best practices". Oasis is an excellent school and earned full accreditation from the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) this year. This came with the hard work of the leadership, teachers and parents. Way to go Oasis!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

I love our new Oasis Christian Academy formerly known as HCA. Our children have attended this school for more than 8 years now and I can't say enough good about it. There has been administration changes that have been great for the school and it's future. Many upgrades to the facilities and equipment have been done. The teachers are caring, not just for the education of our children, but their character as well. We have an excellent array of sports for the students to be involved it which is hard to find in good christian schools.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 80% 42%
Black 12% 23%
Hispanic 4% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 50% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 40% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 5% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation Polk State College
USF
Southeastern University
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Gardening teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Security personnel
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • 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

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Matthew Wiggins
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • pam@myfamilyoasis.org
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • SACS/CASI
Fax number
  • (863) 293-0429

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • 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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  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • 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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Swimming
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Drama club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What are your chances?


7 out of 10students were accepted for the 2012-2013 school year.


Students accepted for the 2012-2013 school year
87
Applications received for the 2012-2013 school year
130

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2012-2013 school year
$4000 - $5000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Polk State College
USF
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 50%
4 year college - 40%
Military - 5%
Vocational - 5%
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151 King Rd
Winter Haven, FL 33880
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Phone: (863) 293-0930

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