Australian Student Enjoys Freedom of American Christian Online High School

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Jonathan Evans travels the world with Planetshakers while attending Oaks Christian Online School.

Jonathan and Russell Evans

We went on a journey and prayed about the best school choice. We just felt that a Christ-centered education was so important.

Oaks Christian Online School freshman, Jonathan Evans, is a shy and creative student whose family is anything but quiet. Jonathan’s parents, Sam and Russell Evans, founded the Planetshakers Christian Conferences in Australia. These conferences started in Adelaide with 300 delegates in 1997 and have grown to over 30,000 participants. Conferences in 2013 are scheduled for San Diego, California, in January and Melbourne, in April. Jonathan’s mother and father pastor an eight and a half thousand member church, Planetshakers City Church, in Melbourne and have just started a new campus in Cape Town, South Africa. Mrs. Evans is also a member of the Planetshakers band, which has released over 20 internationally acclaimed albums.

Jonathan loves to travel the world with his family, but he hasn’t always found a good fit for schooling with his local high school. His mom said, “We went on a journey and prayed about the best school choice. We just felt that a Christ-centered education was so important.” They took their search online and enrolled in the college-preparatory program with Oaks Christian Online School for the 2012 school year. In the winter months, before school started online, Jonathan was able to travel to the U.K. and New York with the band. Now that school is in session, he is free to work his school schedule around the travel and weekly meetings of a busy pastor’s family. Jonathan loves the United States and is so glad that going to school online may mean that he’ll be able to meet other Oaks Christian Online students when he travels to the conference in San Diego, CA, next year.

The main campus of Oaks Christian School in Westlake Village, CA, opened in the fall of 2000 and Oaks Christian Online School (OCO) opened for full-time, online students in the fall of 2011. The online school provides a rigorous and challenging college preparatory education for high school students all across the world in a Christian environment. Oaks Christian Online School continues to enroll part-time and full-time students throughout the school year and regularly hosts information sessions on its main campus – 31749 La Tienda Drive, Westlake Village, CA 91362, as well as virtual information sessions for prospective student families. Interested students can visit the website to R.S.V.P.

For additional information about Oaks Christian Online School, its courses, curriculum, admissions or application process, please visit, call 855.462.6257, or contact a school representative at online(at)oakschristian(dot)org.

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