International Student Boarding Program

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Oaks Christian School welcomes international students to our high school. We issue I-20's for diploma-seeking students (F-1) as well as accept one year study-abroad students (J-1). Recent international students have attended Oaks from Australia, Korea, Italy, Mexico, China, Ghana, Germany, Russia, Portugal and Brazil.

International Boarding Philosophy

  • Oaks Christian Homestay is a unique feature of our boarding program. We believe that international students living with American families creates a much better educational environment and provides more social and emotional support than an impersonal boarding dorm.
  • Host families are carefully chosen by Oaks Christian School after a background and reference check and personal interviews.
  • Orientation and ongoing support is provided for both host families and international students.

About Us

History

Oaks Christian School was founded in 2000 and continues to build a reputation of being one of the most respected private Christian high schools in California. The school mission statement reflects a top-notch academic program with an outstanding and competitive athletic department and a visual/performing arts division rivaling the top schools in the United States.

Motto

Preparing Minds for Leadership and Hearts for Service.

Accreditation/Credentials

  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Member of Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)
  • Member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
  • Complies with the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice

School Calendar

  • Early August: International Student Boarding Orientation
  • Mid-August through mid-December: First Semester
  • Mid-December to early January: two week Christmas Vacation
  • Mid-January through early June: Second Semester

Arts

  • State-of-the-art facility for performing and visual arts
  • Performing arts facilities include-500-seat theater, dance studios, orchestra and choir rooms, and a TV broadcast studio.
  • The visual arts facility features 2- and 3-dimensional art rooms, a ceramic kiln, a 20-station photography lab with dark room, and a graphic design studio.

Athletics

  • The athletic facilities at Oaks Christian School are among the finest in the nation: a 1200-seat gymnasium, a world-class outdoor Olympic-size swimming pool, Astro-Play baseball and softball fields, a soccer field, and complete training and locker room facilities.
  • Oaks Christian has earned 61 California League Titles and 24 CIF titles.
  • International students are encouraged to participate in our athletic program.

Los Angeles

  • Oaks Christian is uniquely located in the beautiful and very safe suburban community of Westlake Village, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles and provides accessibility to a wide range of metropolitan cultural experiences.
  • Los Angeles, the second largest city in the United States, is one of America's most popular destination locations and places to live. The weather is mild, and the entertainment and cultural options are endless.
  • Most popular Los Angeles destinations include Hollywood, Disneyland, Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, Malibu, The J. Paul Getty Center, The Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, as well as a wide variety of professional sporting events.
  • Los Angeles is the home to many prestigious universities including UCLA, University of Southern California (USC), Pepperdine University, California Institute of Technology (CalTech) as well as several others.
For more information about Oaks Christian School, please click here.

Academics

Academics

  • Oaks has a comprehensive media center, eight science labs, and a visual arts wing.
  • Seventy classrooms are fully networked for the most advanced technological tools to enhance learning. Students pursue a rigorous academic curriculum in the academy tradition while having the freedom to pursue their own academic passions.

Advanced Placement Courses

  • Offer scope and depth of college courses
  • AP test mandatory 16 AP courses available
  • Average passing score is 4

Honors Courses

  • Offer more in-depth study of subjects
  • Proceed at a faster pace for students
  • Expand opportunities for independent work

College Preparatory Courses

  • Provide students with the skills and knowledge imperative for college success
  • All major courses not otherwise designated are college preparatory

Graduation Requirements

  • Oaks works with each international student to build a personalized graduation plan according to previous academic background and preparation.
  • Oaks requires 23.5 semester credits to graduate.

Faculty

  • Oaks Christian School has attracted faculty from around the country. There is a 13:1 student to teacher ratio.
  • Forty-three percent of our faculty members hold advanced degrees. Our highly qualified, dedicated Christian teachers act as mentors and role models to our students, and inspire them to the highest levels of purpose and achievement.
For more information about our academic program, please click here.

University and College Counseling

University and College Counseling

  • Oaks offers an extensive college counseling program to insure that all Oaks graduates find the perfect fit for their university experience.
  • Oaks Christian School graduated its first class in 2003. Since then, our graduates have reached significant and noteworthy destinations for higher education.
  • 93% of graduates are attending 4-year universities including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Stanford, Duke University, USC, UCLA and the United States Military Academy. The other 7% are attending a community college with plans to transfer.
For more information about our college counseling, please click here.

Tuition & Costs

Tuition and Fees: Approximately $52,000

Tuition and Fees include: Room and board, health insurance, enrollment and orientation fees, yearbook, special fieldtrips, special dinners and excursions, college counseling, college application assistance, tutoring center, international processing services and tuition insurance.

Estimated Additional Costs Purchased From Online Vendors:

  • Uniforms $200 - $400
  • Textbooks $350 - $750
  • Return to home country during Christmas break
  • Must bring $1000 Visa card for incidental expenses (non-uniform clothing; shoes; weekend entertainment; instrumental music rental; extra art, dance, athletic lessons, etc.)
For more information about tuition and fees, please click here.

Apply to OCS

Step #1 - Submit the online admissions application between October 1, 2015, and February 1, 2016.

Step #2 - While completing the online application, please send the following to ckirchner@oakschristian.org by February 1, 2016:

  1. An official copy of student's grades/ transcripts from past two years of academics, including English translation and school seal
  2. A scanned copy of student's passport (and visa or green card, if applicable)
  3. Documentation of iTEP SLATE exam: sign up here
  4. A scan of a recent photo of applicant
  5. A scan of an official copy of bank statement with sufficient funds for tuition and fees
  6. A scan of international immunization record in English to our school nurse at nurse@oakschristian.org

Step #3 - Once we receive the application and all documents, schedule a Skype video interview for student and parents. Video interview will be about 90 minutes. We greet and meet student and parents for the first 15 minutes. If parents don’t speak English, they are welcome to have an interpreter with them during the Skype video interview. We will have an interpreter with us on our side of the Skype video interview that can help with translation too. Then we will conduct about a 45 minute interview with the student alone, followed by a 30 minute spontaneous writing assignment that the student will complete.

Step #4 - Following the interview, a decision will be made regarding admission to Oaks Christian School. The decision is made based on the student application, Skype interview, availability of host families, and the fit of the student with the available host families. The acceptance decision will be emailed to the student and parents.

Step #5 - If the student is accepted, the I-20 will be sent to the family by mail after the full tuition and fees are paid and the enrollment contract is submitted by May 1, 2016.

FAQs

Q. Does OCS issue I-20s?
A. Yes.

Q. How many international students are at OCS?
A. 4% of our high school student body is international (40 out of 1000 students).

Q. Does OCS accept middle school international applicants?
A. No. We only accept 9-11 grade international applicants.

Q. How much does it cost for an international student to attend OCS?
A. For 2014-2015, it will cost about $50,000 USD, which includes room and board, medical insurance and much more.

Q. Can I apply for the Spring Semester?
A. No. We only accept applications to start in the fall semester of each school year.

Q. Does OCS have an ESL program at OCS?
A. No. A student's English proficiency has to be high enough to be successful in our mainstream college preparatory classes.

Q. Do I have to take the TOEFL?
A. No, but you can submit a TOEFL score as extra documentation of your English proficiency. We use the SLATE test for admissions documentation.

Q. Can I take the SLATE test in my country?
A. Yes. Sign up for the SLATE here: iTEP SLATE

Q. What is the minimum score on the SLATE exam to be accepted?
A. We don’t have a minimum score for acceptance. We do however expect the proficiency to be high enough to be successful in our mainstream college preparatory classes.

Q. Does OCS offer SAT/ACT prep classes?
A. Yes. You can find out more about our tutoring program and test taking center here: OCS Learning Center

Q. What is the average SAT or ACT score for OCS students?
A. You can find out all that information here on our OCS School Profile

Q. Do I need to find my own homestay?
A. No. The tuition and fees include a homestay with our own OCS families.

Q. Can I live with my auntie and uncle or close family friend who lives near OCS?
A. No. We require all F-1 students to live with our OCS host families.

Q. How many international students are in one homestay home?
A. We place one or two students in each home depending on the students and the home.

Q. Will I have a private room in my homestay?
A. Some international students have their own room, some share a room with another international student or their American host sibling.

Q. How are host families chosen?
A. Our host families are carefully screened and background checked. Most of our host parents either work here at OCS or have their own children here at OCS.

Q. Will I live with the same host family for all the years I attend OCS?
A. Some students do live with the same host family for multiple years and others do not and live with different families every year. There is just a one-year placement commitment for both the host parents and the student.

Q. Can I play sports at OCS?
A. Yes, but the regulations state that you have to “sit out” for the first 30 days of the sports season your first year

International Student Admissions and Boarding Contact

Office of International Student Program
818.824.9407

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Application Tracker

  • Using this feature, you can track the status of receipt of your supporting application materials in real-time.  Items marked with a green check have been received and processed by the school; items with a white box remain outstanding.  To begin, click on the "Online Checklist" button and log in by using the student's first name, last name and birth date.

2015-2016 Mission Report

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