OAKS currently employs seven full time teachers and offers 112 students a rigorous academic program. OAKS students perform 6 months to 2 years above the national grade level and 6 to 15 percentiles above their Adventist peers in the Georgia Cumberland Conference. OAKS also offers a fine arts program of technology and music education in band, chimes, and classroom music theory.
After-school options include an aftercare program that runs until 6:00pm and after-hours seasonal athletic camps such as basketball and soccer.
For several years OAKS has entered a team in the spring Lego League challenge. This STEM class provides training in building robots with software and design elements!
Ooltewah Adventist Kindergarten and School was opened in 1978 by the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church for the purpose of providing a small school education option for the Collegedale and Ooltewah area. One teacher managed the instruction and operation of the school for students in grades 1-6. The second year grades 7-8 were added and kindergarten was added the third year in 1980.
The school continued with two teachers and grades K-8 until 1989 when enrollment dropped to ten students and only one teacher remained. This time period was a crossroads for the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church as many on the operating board felt that the school should be closed. Others insisted that OAKS should continue to be funded and the Lord would send the students. The school remained open and by the spring of 1992, there were enough students to support three teachers.
By 1993 there were four teachers instructing 68 students and the school was evaluated and certified for a 7 year term of accreditation. By the year 2000 OAKS was firmly established in the Collegedale/Ooltewah area as a viable Adventist school of choice and enrollment has hovered around 100 students ever since.
The ultimate aim of the student is to be restored in the image of God. The student will, through an experiential relationship with Christ, accept service as a principle of life and will serve home, church, and community.
OAKS is a Christian organization that seeks to inspire its students to think deeply, live fully, serve unselfishly, and love God completely.
OAKS recognizes that God is the Creator and Sustainer and the Source of knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge of this personal God is derived from divine revelation as found in the Bible, nature, and human reason.