Below are answers to frequently asked questions about OCA's various grades and program offerings:
For FAQ's related to the Blended Model (K-6th grade) Program please click here.
What are the school hours? School hours vary slightly per program, campus, and grade level however you can generally expect your child to arrive at school between 8:15-8:30AM (9AM for PK) and be picked up between 3:30-3:50PM (12:50PM for PK). Middle School students get out of school at 3:10PM. Specific carpool time frames for each program (including tardies and late fees) will be detailed to you in back to school information packets.
What is the difference between the Blended, Full Time, & Hybrid Program?
K-6th Blended Model students attend school 2 days a week (T/Th)
K-8th Full Time students attend school 5 days a week (M-F)
7th-8th Hybrid students attend school 3 days a week (M,T & Th)
What is OCA's Homeschool Connections Program?
6th- 9th graders registered as homeschoolers may take à la carte classes through OCA's Homeschool connections program. For more information on this program click here.
What is the highest grade OCA currently offers?
OCA currently goes up to 8th grade. We hope to offer High School in the future as we build a strong Middle School program and there is demand for a High School. Homeschool student in 9th grade will find course offerings available in OCA's Homeschool Connections Program including High School English and Math.
When do Preschool students attend school? Preschoolers are given options based on their age
-PK3 (3 year olds): Attend school 3 half days or 5 half days a week ( 5 half days only if demonstrating readiness)
-PK4 (4 year olds): Attend school 5 half days a week
-TK (5 years old by December): Attend part week Kindergarten (Full Days M,T, Th). TK students do 1 year of TK (part week Kindergarten) and 1 year of Full Time or Blended Model Kindergarten
Are there Scholarship Opportunities available? OCA accepts the North Carolina Opportunity Scholarship for students in all grades and programs (Kindergarten- Middle School). OCA offers a limited amount of internal scholarships to families with children in the K-6th Grade Full Time Program from under-resourced communities. Internal scholarships are offered through an application process and dependent on available funds at that time. Please visit our Tuition and Fees Page for more information on scholarship opportunities.
What is OCA's first and last day of school? Does OCA follow Wake County schools with breaks, snow days, etc? As a private school, OCA does not follow Wake County calendars, breaks, or days out of school. Please visit our Calendar Page for sample calendars from the current school year.
What is the student to teacher ratio? In preschool and elementary school we generally strive for around a 1 to 13 teacher to student ratio in PK & Full Time K-6th grade. However, we understand that some unexpected situations may slightly alter normative/desired ratios (example: a Primary classroom with 3 teachers may only have 2 teachers on a day a teacher calls out sick last minute and a sub is not available). Middle School class numbers are higher in number and vary depending on the track and subject taught. However, OCA still boasts of our smaller class sizes for core subjects even in the higher grade levels!
Does your school have host school clubs? Yes! After school clubs are parent led for full time elementary students through Middle School students so offerings vary each year. Examples of past clubs include Woodworking Club, Art Club, Chess Club/Board Game Club, Flag football Club, and Yearbook Club.
Does OCA provide before and after school care? OCA has temporarily paused our Extended Day Program until the construction of the new building. Stay tuned!
Does OCA provide a hot lunch program? OCA offers a hot lunch program through Chick fil a for our Blended K-6th Grade students and Middle School students. We are expanding this program alongside our amazing parent volunteers.