At Oaks Christian School, students have the opportunity to explore and develop their passions in and out of the classroom. While OCS offers a broad range of rigorous academic courses, students also participate in a rich student life that encourages fun, altruism, leadership, and a dedication to serving others. Through their involvement in community service, clubs, class retreats, and class projects, students forge lifelong friendships and integrate a growing spiritual life into everyday actions.
As part of the Oaks Christian Middle School experience, students attend an annual grade-level retreat. The purpose of our annual retreats are to engage our students in outdoor experiences that blend scholastic learning, adventure, spiritual development, and personal growth with the overarching goal of building a unified school culture and individual human development.
We have partnered with the Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Foundation (W.O.L.F) to supervise and coordinate our team building and outdoor activities, while our Dean of Student Life and Spiritual Life Director oversee the spiritual and personal growth emphasis.
Below are the locations for each grade level retreat.
In the spirit of the independent school tradition, our students have the opportunity to grow in self-reliance and in building community through various class retreats.
- 9th Grade: As freshman, students travel down the Colorado River, learning about the environment, life, and one another. Faculty attend as chaperones, facilitating a "living curriculum" by modeling Christ to the students everyday and encouraging them all along the river. The trip is a great beginning of what surely can be a wonderful four-year experience for this great group of students.
- 10th Grade: During a one day retreat, students take a respite from the rigors of academic life and spend time playing together and bonding as a sophomore class. The retreat includes individual and group times designed to nurture the soul and build community.
- 11th Grade: The junior retreat focuses on college selection. Each year, juniors spend a day visiting a local college. While more than 150 colleges and universities visit OCS each year, juniors spend at least this one day visiting a southern California institution. They receive a comprehensive tour and meet with admission office personnel.
- 12th Grade: Seniors take two days away from campus at the beautiful Oakbridge Young Life Camp to reflect on their collective experience at OCS and have one last hoorah as a graduating class. One of the seminal moments occurs when each student reads a series of letters written to them by faculty, staff, parents, and fellow students. In the end, students are given the opportunity to receive encouragement from their mentors and friends and hear the reflections of their fellow classmates.
Student Governance and Leadership
Oaks Christian School student leadership is composed of three branches:
Community service is at the very heart of Oaks Christian School, and students are encouraged to serve and become involved citizens in their local community. All students are required to pursue at least 15 hours of yearly community service. The hope is for individuals to graduate from Oaks Christian School with a desire to give back, and to gain an understanding of their responsibility to be engaged in the global community. Highlights of student community service include:
- Walk for Wishes Walk-A-Thon
- Special Olympics
- Mr. OCHS Charity Event
- Annual Blood Drive
- Community Service Fair
- Action Christmas Shoppe
There are many clubs on campus, but a few represent significant influence and demand considerable student time. Students who are members of these organizations are typically devoting many hours to the group and its goal. These include:
- Lion Leaders (peer counseling)
- National Honor Society (peer tutoring and community service)
- Eco-Friendly Club (campus-wide recycling program)
- Mock Trial
- Debate Team
- Comedy Sportz Team
In addition, many students contribute meaningfully by way of their involvement in sports, musical events, theatre, technical production, local community service, and international mission efforts.
Oaks Christian offers a variety of clubs and activities in which students may participate, enhancing their intellectual, spiritual, physical, and social skills. Students are encouraged to initiate clubs so they can pursue their passions with those of like-minded interests.
- Access Books
- Art Club
- Beach Volleyball Club
- Breathe Stretch Bible Club
- Business and Investment Club
- Camera Club
- Crash Course Club
- E-Sports Club
- Eco Club
- Equestrian Club
- Exchange Club
- Fear Factor Club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club
- Footy Club
- For the Troops Club
- Hockey Club
- IJM Club
- International Affairs Club
- Knowledge Bowl Club
- Korean Culture Club
- Latino Club
- Medical Industry Education Club
- Mountain Biking/Outdoors Club
- Political Debate Club
- Prayer and Worship Club
- Project Positivity Club
- Red Cross Club
- Relay for Life Club
- Robotics Club
- Rock and Roll Club
- Rocketry Club
- Rotary Club
- Science Fiction Club
- Self-Defense Club
- Special Olympics/Project Unify
- Speech and Debate Club
- Spirit Club
- STEM Club
- Student-to-Student: Pen Pal Club
- Teens of Vision Club
- The Veritas Club
- UNICEF Club