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Mission, History and Values

our Mission

To dedicate ourselves to Christ in the pursuit of academic excellence, artistic expression, and athletic distinction while growing in knowledge and wisdom through God's abundant grace.

Our Motto
 Preparing Minds for Leadership and Hearts for Service

 

Academic Excellence

From our founding, Oaks Christian has been a leader in innovative, engaging and future-focused academics. 

Artistic Expression

To be human is to be creative! Artistic expression means every student has an opportunity to develop their creative side.

Athletic Distinction

Athletic distinction is more than titles or medals. It is about character and integrity developed through teamwork and unity. 

our History

Impacting Young Men and Women for a Quarter Century

 

Beginnings

The 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 Los Angeles school, the Prices felt led to consider the Conejo Valley as the place for their dream. 

 

Early Days

Original Headmaster Jeff Woodcock laid the foundation two years before the doors opened in 2000 with 198 students in grades 6, 9 and 10. Grades 7 and 11 were added in 2001. 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. 

 

Championship Year

The 2002-03 sports season was a banner year for athletics when the Lions won four CIF championships early in the year - boys' basketball, girls' basketball, girls'soccer, and softball. In December 2003, varsity football won its first CIF championship. That began a winning steak which included six consecutive CIF championships, establishing the Lions as an athletic powerhouse in SoCal.

 

Arts Expansion

In 2007, the new 30,000-square-foot Bedrosian Pavilion opened as a multi-purpose, modern performing arts center. The Bedrosian Pavilion enabled students to flourish in the beautiful facility equipped with highly advanced technology and theatre-specific features that exceeded that of many colleges and universities. "The Diary of Anne Frank," and "Thoroughly Modern Millie" were some of the first shows.

 

Campus Growth

in 2009, a seven-acre site was developed to create a new middle school campus complete with modern facilities and creative programming specifically geared toward students in grades 6 through 8. The grand opening in August 2009 marked another chapter in the school's history. The middle school also built its own cafeteria, unique grade-level pods, and athletic facilities.

 

Athletic Facilities

The rennovated baseball stadium complex was dedicated in April 2009. The $500,000 project included elevated bleacher seating, a new press box, and concession stand, and a team room complete with players' lockers. In addition to the baseball field, Oaks Christian also built the Leko playing fields, the Sotelo Aquatic Center, and the Huffman Field in middle school.

 

Online Outreach

In 2011, the online school was established to serve full-time online students and offer online courses to the main campus students. Today, OCO serves students from other schools, private or public, and homeschool students. Students can also blend online and brick and mortar learning.

Oaks Christian Online

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The Learning Center

In 2012, the Learning Center pilot program grew to 80 students, and became a formal program providing tutoring help. The program experienced great growth, and in 2013 Oaks Christian purchased the adjacent Westlake Plaza to house the Learning Center (now serving over 800 OCS and community students, annually).

The Learning Center

 

Residential Dorm

Forty students made history on Aug. 10, 2019 when they moved in as the first residents of the brand new residential dorm. The state-or the-art facility rivaled college dorms. Students from China, Vietnam, Ghana, Indonesia and locally, from Orange County were among the first residents.

Residential Dorm

 

The Ross Family IDEA Lab 

The Ross Family IDEA Lab (innovation, design, engineering and aeronautics) opened in fall 2019. The 14,000 square foot facility gives students a jump in STEM careers. It features fabrication machines, 3D printers, and a variety of other useful tools that are typically reserved for college or industrial labs. 

The IDEA Lab

Institutes Launched

The Institute of Arts and Innovation launched in 2019, and was soon joined by the the Institute of  Engineering and the Institute of Global Leadership, further delivering unparrelled opportunities for 21st century learning. The institues of Health Science and Bible and Discipleship launch in 2024.

Our Signature Institutes

 

Elementary School Begins

In the spring of 2022, the board of trustees approved expanding Oaks Christian to a TK through 12th grade school.  Head of School Rob Black made the announcement at the April gala dinner auction, and planning began. In fall 2023, fourth grade opened with 35 students in two classrooms.

Elementary School Interest

Staying true to our mission and motto, Oaks Christian has shaped and molded hundreds of young men and women who have become difference-makers, impacting their communities and succeeding in many ways. In just two short decades, we have become a nationally recognized leader in education. Beginning with less than 200 students, we now enroll over 1,600 students, domestic and international. As we prepare to celebrate 25 years, our commitment to stellar Christian education and the bonds of our community are strong and steadfast. We are grateful for our founders' vision and the early pioneers who have made Oaks Christian the special place it is today.

our Values