OAKS is a Christian school tucked away in the rolling hills of Southeastern Tennessee. It is located just minutes from Southern Adventist University in Ooltewah, TN, only ten minutes from Hamilton Place, and a scenic twenty minute drive from downtown Chattanooga.
OAKS is operated by the Ooltewah Seventh-day Adventist Church and is part of a world-wide network of elementary schools, secondary schools, and colleges & universities that include over 1,000 schools and 10,500 teachers.
Our vision is to:
- Lead learners to know God and His Word
- Foster servant leadership
- Provide a caring atmosphere
- Enhance the learning environment
- Develop an interactive teaching style
- Infuse technology into curriculum where appropriate
- Create partnerships in education
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.
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 was built in 1978 with a few classrooms and a gymnasium. In 2007, an extension was built on the front of the building and porches were added down the sides to update the entire building. OAKS now has seven classrooms, two music rooms, a library, computer lab, kitchen, and a main office and workroom. Our building is protected by a state of the art security system with security cameras that are recorded and monitored.
OAKS offers grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. OAKS intentionally offers a small classroom setting in order to meet the unique gifts and needs of its students. While some classroom teachers teach two grades (with a teacher’s assistant), most of our classroom teachers teach one grade with a maximum teacher-student ratio of 1:18.
OAKS provides a well-rounded program to encourage social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual growth in our students. Our teaching staff use curriculum approved and provided by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists Office of Education. For more information about our curriculum, visit the Adventist Edge website.
OAKS uses Saxon Math in grades K-5 and Big Ideas Math in grades 6-8. Our instruction in reading is centered about a balanced literacy program that includes reading, writing, grammar, and the Saxon Phonics curriculum in grades K-2. The interactive Encounter Bible curriculum is used in every classroom.
Tuition and Application Process
OAKS has a tuition rate (download PDF) that is competitive with other Adventist schools in the Collegedale area. We offer multiple discounts. Families can also enroll in the Partnering for Eternity (PFE) Program to earn additional tuition assistance. Our application process is online and opens in late February every year.
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 hovered around 100 students for many years. Recently, Ooltewah Adventist School (OAKS) now serves 120+ students on a yearly basis.