Frequently Asked Questions
- Does OCO grant high school diplomas?
Oaks Christian Online School is a diploma granting, accredited online high school based in California for full-time high school students. OCO is considered by many to be one of the best accredited online high schools in the country. Click here to see more about the graduation requirements.
- Is OCO accredited?
Oaks Christian Online School is an accredited online high school under the WASC accreditation umbrella of Oaks Christian School. OCO is pursuing full, separate accreditation along with UC and NCAA approval for all core classes.
- What types of students will be successful at OCO?
Students who decide to enroll at OCO full-time for American online high school classes should have an openness to learning from a Christian worldview and a desire to learn independent study habits while working on rigorous, college preparatory courses. Please click here to read more about our students and read testimonials stating OCO is amongst the best accredited online high schools in the country.
- Do you offer part-time courses for credit?
Yes. Students can take individual courses for credit. It is very important that students check with their local high school counselor to make sure that the course will count for credit towards their graduation requirements as well as for any future college they may attend. Go to the Part-Time Student Process for admissions for more information.
- What types of teachers do you have?
Our credentialed teachers for all OCO online high school classes are selected for their content knowledge, Christian worldview and dedication to their students. Our teachers go through a thorough online teaching training and engage with their students weekly through required discussions, timely grading that has significant feedback, weekly live online teaching sessions, live oral exams and through secure system email. Our teachers are also reviewed on a weekly basis and engage in an online school culture by meeting monthly with their online peers.Click here to see the some of the characteristics of an online teacher.
- What extra activities are available to full-time students?
Full-time students enjoy a kick-off picnic, clubs, field trips, retreats, college visits, weekly chapel discussions, and other face-to-face and virtual events. Online students will also have the time and flexibility to pursue their own passions. OCO encourages students to find a blend of online and offline activities to balance their lives. For this reason, many of our students find their experience at OCO to be one of the best accredited online high schools in the country.
- What are the Community Service Requirements for full-time students?
Full-time students take a yearly Credit/ No Credit Spiritual Life Course where they are guided in the process of selecting and completing semester-long community service projects. Students are required to complete 10 hours of service per semester. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in face to face community service field trips. Students must pass their Spiritual Life Course in order to receive an OCO diploma. Click here to read more about the course.
- What are the courses like?
Our courses are primarily OCO original courses that are aligned with the rigorous courses offered on our main campus. We also offer award-winning Florida Virtual Schools’ curriculum and these courses have been reviewed by the teachers of Oaks Christian School main campus. Our courses are web-based, rigorous and college preparatory. Click here to access the Course Catalog with a brief course description, list of prerequisites and required materials.
- How can parents become involved in their student’s learning?
We are excited to partner with parents! Monthly, online Parent – Teacher Fellowship meetings will be held along with access to recordings of college evenings, chapels and other events. A back to school picnic will provide a face to face opportunity to meet other parents. Parents can also get directly involved with their student’s day to day schooling through the use of a mentor account.
- What kind of school calendar does OCO have?
Full-time students are on a traditional school year calendar. Click here, to access the school calendar. Applications are accepted for the full-time school from January – August. Part-time students can enroll on a weekly, rolling basis throughout the year for several terms offered: Summer, Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2. Online summer high school classes are also available for interested students. Click here information about the application process.
- What does the 4 Year College Counseling Course involve?
Students participate in activities per quarter, based on grade level, that help them prepare for selecting their reach, target and safety college choices. A few of the many activities include preparing for SAT and ACT tests, understanding individual learning styles and talents, and visiting colleges.
- Does OCO have online summer high school classes?
Oaks Christian Online School offers many summer school remediation and enrichment courses. These online summer high school classes are 18 week, semester-long course offered in a 9 week session. Students should plan on spending approximately 10 hours per week over the summer in order to complete the 90 hour, semester-long course. Students receive the same live sessions and regular, weekly teacher interaction offered in our regular semester term courses. Students also cannot complete the semester courses in less than 8 weeks and should expect the material to roll out in a week to week fashion to ensure this pacing.
- What kind of computer do I need to have to access the courses?
- Do you offer AP or Dual-Credit courses?
Yes. Students have the option of Advanced Placement and Dual-Credit courses with participating universities. Click here for more information.
- Are books required for the courses?
It is important for each student taking high school classes online to view the materials requirements for each course. While some courses require textbooks, others require novels or additional materials that can be found at the library. AP and honors courses, may have additional requirements. Go to the Course Catalog and click on a specific course for the list of materials.
- How do students get technical support?
Students taking high school classes online can get help in a number of ways. They can contact their teacher, access the frequently asked technical questions data-base, or use the help tab in their course to report a problem. Additional information about Systems Requirements can be found here.
- How long do students have to complete a course, and can they work at their own pace?
Students complete semester-long courses in 18 weeks. In the event of an unforeseen emergency, students can extend the course for an additional 2 weeks. Also, students can suspend their semester-long course in the event of an emergency, but the course must be concluded during the following term within 26 weeks of the course start date.
Students are given a set pace for each semester, and those dates are loaded into their course catalog for ease of tracking, and so they can move through their course with a cohort of other students. Students do have some flexibility within the term through the use of the late policy. Students have up to two weeks after a due date to submit without penalty. Students are issued warnings at 7 days and at 14 days, and zeroes are entered for their work at 16 days. They may submit late work with a 20% penalty. Students are encouraged to stay on pace and parents (who are also loaded into Canvas with usernames and passwords) can track student work against the deadlines in the calendar. Student Advisors also aid parents and teachers in helping students stay on pace throughout the semester.
- Where can students find information about school policies such as academic honesty, online safety, refund requests and transcripts?
Part-time students taking online high school classes agree to the following school policies when they sign up for a course: Click here to see the policies. Full-time students also receive and sign a school policy handbook at the time of enrollment. Email Contact Us for specific policy questions ahead of the admissions process.