At OakTree Academy, we constantly ask God for wisdom on how to lead the school well. We strive to always provide the best opportunities for our students. In this current 2020-2021 school year, we have 229 students K4-12th grade. We love that our school is the size that it is and that we operate as one big family, fully accredited through both Cognia (SACS), Christian Schools Internation (CSI), and recognized by the Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE). When it comes to offering a full athletics program, there are challenges. Some years we can offer certain sports, and then other years there aren’t enough students to form a team.
The long-term vision for OakTree Academy athletics is to offer the following varsity sports consistently: girls volleyball, boys soccer, girls soccer, boys basketball, girls basketball, baseball, softball, and golf. OakTree Academy at that time would seek entrance into a local private school athletic conference. OakTree Academy would also once again apply to be members of the Virginia Independent Athletic Association (VISAA), whose organization we have been a part of these last several years.
The good news is that our school is growing! Our projected number for the 2021-2022 school year is 267 students in K4-12th grade. Starting in 2021-2022, in addition to our fully accredited K4-12th grade offerings, we will have two Kindergartens, two 1st grades, two 2nd grades, two 3rd grades, two 6th grades, and two 8th grades! As we watch the school grow in numbers, we asked ourselves the question, how could we provide the best athletic opportunities for our current students until we are able to fulfill our long-term vision for the athletics program? We have decided on the following opportunity as a solution.
OakTree Academy has entered into an athletic partnership with the BEACH Breakers for the upcoming 2021-2022 school year! The Grizzlies will hibernate for a season and become Breakers. For those of you who don’t know who the BEACH Breakers are, here is their Purpose Statement and website:
BEACH Breakers sports is an athletic progam governed by T.E.A.C.H. The goal of this organization shall be to glorify God in all that is promoted and accomplished, in accordance with His truth. This sports program is an opportunity to develop and encourage Godly character and positive interpersonal relationships through athletic training and scholastic level competition. In order to provide our sons and daughters with Varsity/JV/Middle School-level experience and competition in team sports, along with growth in physical ability and moral character, TEACH has determined to establish a sports program to provide leadership by example. We have determined to select a coaching staff made up of Christian men and women of good report.
BEACH Breaker’s website: https://teachhomeschool.com/h-s-sports
What this partnership does is that it allows our current students the opportunity to play multiple sports, and multiple levels of those sports, NOW! As our school grows and when we have enough athletes to form our own consistent athletic teams again, we will. BEACH Breakers supports this vision and would welcome us back as opponents at that time.
We are grateful to T.E.A.C.H. and the BEACH Breakers for this opportunity. We will keep everyone updated on our athletics program as it moves forward.
Kevin D. Turley