To create faithful disciples we strive to offer a family atmosphere to the students while providing a rigorous academic program.
Our conservative community believes that children should be allowed to grow up in an unhurried, yet richly enhanced learning environment…and we want JESUS infused in everything they learn. If the world’s self-centered messages to our families and young people do not appeal to you…OAKS may just be the place for your family.
OAKS students all have teachers that have dedicated their lives to bring children closer to Jesus. They start and close each day with time to learn and reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus made for all of us and they connect all lessons with aspects of God and His plan of salvation for us. Our discipline programs are redemptive and communication with the home is a high priority. Students have opportunities to serve in the community through donation drives and music programs. We have weekly chapels that offer opportunities for local pastors to come and speak. Students lead out in the singing and often offer the message as well. Students pray for each other and are prayed for by staff on a daily basis. OAKS Sabbath is a highlight every semester at the Ooltewah SDA Church.
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 Partner for Eternity Program to earn additional tuition assistance. Our application process is online and opens in late February every year.
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 six classrooms, a music room, a library, computer lab, kitchen, and a main office and workroom. We have state of the art security system with inside and outside cameras that are recorded and monitored.
Classroom Size & Curriculum
OAKS offers grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. (Our kindergarten students must turn 6 years old before Christmas.) Most classroom teachers teach two grades. This offers advancement and remediation opportunities for students and creates a family atmosphere in the school. The fuller classrooms have two certified teachers to create a low teacher student ratio of 1:13. Our teaching staff uses curriculum approved and provided by the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists. OAKS has enjoyed teaching Saxon math in grades K-6 and the Big Ideas math program grades 7-8 Our instruction in reading is centered about a balanced literacy program that includes reading, writing, grammar, and the Saxon phonics curriculum grades K-2. We are excited to be implementing soon the new social studies and bible curriculums provided through the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.