Yoona Chang joined Oaks Christian Online School half way through her sophomore year in order to pursue her dream of becoming a golf professional and complete her American diploma online. Yoona is from West Hills, CA, but her family is from Seoul, Korea, and they knew about the rise of women golfers from the more than 500 golf academies there. While Yoona has only been playing for a year, she attended her first junior tournament in Korea’s Jeju Island in April of this year. Her score was not what she had hoped for, but she states, “There are so many good women golfers in Korea; it makes me realize that if I keep it up, I will get better.”
During the school year, Yoona goes to the Korea Golf Academy where practice can be all day. Playing on a course is very expensive in Korea, so practice usually consists of lots of time on the driving range and perfecting her swing. She has been in the United States for the summer where all day practice is followed by going on a course each evening. “I like playing here for the space and expense, but my instructor, Kim Haksu is in Korea,” she says. Yoona started playing Varsity golf for El Camino High School in West Hills as a freshman, and she found out that she had a natural ability for the game. She realizes that in Korea many of the women in junior golf academies do not go to school, but if she wants an American diploma and to go to an American university, she has to work extra hard to do both her sport and her college-preparatory, high school courses.
Yoona’s dream is to play golf and attend USC after high school. She would enjoy studying Psychology or other subjects that would lead to working with the government. Her fluency in Korean will probably also help her. Her time working online with Oaks Christian Online High School has already taught her a lot about work ethic. She remarked, “Online school is harder than I thought it would be. You can’t do it at the last minute. Just like golf, it’s all about putting in the time to get better.” Yoona will be returning to her Korean Golf Academy and Oaks Christian Online School in the fall.
The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. One of the nation's finest accredited online schools, Oaks Christian Online High School provides a rigorous, NCAA approved, college-preparatory education for high school students all around the world in a Christian environment. OCO and Oaks Christian School are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges as well as by the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Oaks Christian Online School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website https://www.oakschristianonline.org/ to R.S.V.P.