OCA offers one of the most academically challenging environments in West Plains. The student body is composed of young people from many different backgrounds and we invite you to join them.


Admissions Timeline:

  1. January 1 - June 1 of each year: New applications will be dispersed, and completed applications will be collected. Date of application will be recorded but will not be a consideration in acceptance.

  2. June 1 – June 30: Interviews, school visits and requisite documentation related to each new student will be evaluated. (After June 1, applications will still be accepted and reviewed according to the same selection standards but only after the initial pool of applications has been considered.)

  3. June 1 –  July 15: Notification of acceptance or denial will be mailed to each applicant. Accepted applicants will receive all appropriate information for preparing for school, including financial arrangements.

  4. After July 15 (or after all notifications have been mailed): Applications will be considered as they are received and as space permits.

A student’s academic achievements will be considered in the application process but only for grade placement, not as the primary determinant for acceptance. Again, we are seeking to enroll those students who, because of their own families’ priorities, will most benefit from what OCA can offer to them.

Admissions Process:

Application Forms:

The application process will begin upon submission of the following enclosed forms and the $25.00 application fee:


An interview between Headmaster, Board and prospective parent(s) and student(s) will be scheduled upon receipt of the above forms.  This interview is required for acceptance into OCA. 


All applicants for Kindergarten must meet only age and maturity requirements for developmental readiness. 

Applicants for 1st grade and above without standardized test records are required to undergo admissions testing as follows:

  • The Math and Reading portions of a standardized achievement test are used.

  • Admissions tests are given by appointment only.

  • Results of individual tests are confidential.


The Headmaster and Board reviews an application file only when it is complete.  Parents will be notified of acceptance by mail.  Upon acceptance, an appointment must be made to complete the enrollment process.  The enrollment appointment will consist of the following:

  • Completion of Contact and Emergency/Medical Form

  • Payment of Curriculum Fee of $200.00 Per Child ($150 for Preschool)

  • Distribution of Teacher’s Welcome Letter and School Supply List

Admitting Mid-Year:

Given the rigorous and sequential nature of the curriculum, OCA reviews students applying admission in a semester in progress on a case-by case basis.  Qualified candidates may enter after the start of the school year with the Board’s approval.  Some classes such as Latin are not conducive to mid year enrollment; OCA reserves the right to limit a student’s schedule to classes the school deems appropriate.  OCA may also defer enrollment until semester break.