The history of Oaks Christian School (OCS) begins with the generosity of David Price and Dallas Price-Van Breda. Their vision was to create a Christian high school of the highest caliber in the West Los Angeles area. Their search for a suitable property began in March 1994, but yielded few options and no success.
In 1997, after much prayer and patience, an 18-acre piece of property became available in Westlake Village. Although at first this location seemed too far away from the original vision for a West L.A. school, the Prices felt led to consider the Conejo Valley as the place for their dream. Shortly thereafter, the property was purchased and board members were secured. In 1998, Jeff Woodcock was appointed as the founding headmaster.
He laid the foundation for two years before the doors to the school opened in 2000 with 198 students in grades 6, 9 and 10. Grades 7 and 11 were added in 2001 and enrollment was at 441 students. Grades 8 and 12 were added in 2002 and the school year began with 646 students. The first graduating classes of 8th and 12th graders participated in the historic inaugural commencement ceremonies in spring 2003.
It soon became evident that the growing middle school needed its own distinct campus. Oaks Christian was presented with an opportunity to secure a property adjacent to the current campus.
Oaks Christian School founders Dallas Price-Van Breda and David Price were honored at the 15th anniversary celebration.
Middle school groundbreaking ceremony.
This seven-acre site was developed to create a new OCS Middle School campus replete with modern facilities and creative programming specifically geared toward middle school students. The grand opening of the new middle school campus in August 2009 marked another chapter in the school's history--the fruits of the Price's generosity and an extension of their original dream and vision.
In 2007, the new 30,000 square foot Bedrosian Pavilion opened on the high school campus as a multi-purpose, state-of-the art performing arts center.
In 2011, the online school was established to serve full-time online students and offer online courses to the main campus students. One year later, the Learning Center pilot program grew to 80 students, and became a formal program providing students with tutoring help. The program experienced great growth, and in 2013 OCS purchased the adjacent Westlake Plaza to house the Learning Center (now serving over 800 OCS and community students, annually), as well as the online school.
In 2014, OCS added Academy V, a fifth grade program with one class which has now grown to two classes. In 2016, the Pet Best Plaza was acquired and will be converted to the Lions Athletic Center.
That original seed has flourished to become a thriving student body of nearly 1,400 students, encompassing grades 5-12. Oaks Christian School continues to prosper in its efforts to meet the needs of students and families that dreamed of a school that integrates academics, arts, athletics and Christian values--all in a nurturing, family environment.
Oaks Christian High School today - the Price Academic Building housing the high school classrooms and administrative offices.