Oaks Christian Online High School Sophomore Tests Out Her Future as a Computer Engineer

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Ridley Crowley looks forward to online classes such as Game Design 1 to decide on her future at West Texas A&M University.

Oaks Christian Online High School Sophomore - Ridley Crowley

Ridley Crowley

Oaks has given me a great deal of flexibility, but it also challenges and tests me. I don’t have to relearn things with a class; I can just keep moving ahead if I like something.

Oaks Christian Online School Sophomore Ridley Crowley lives in Amarillo, TX, and as a full-time, online high school student is taking online computer courses this year to identify a direction for her college major. Ridley would love to go to West Texas A&M University, where her older sister attends, and study Computer Engineering. She hopes that her computer classes for this year and beyond, such as Computer Game Design 1, may help her determine her future. She’s recently discovered her love for computers and working online and says, “Oaks has given me a great deal of flexibility, but it also challenges and tests me. I don’t have to relearn things with a class; I can just keep moving ahead if I like something.”

Ridley also enjoys the pace of Christian distance learning because it works with her life as an older sister to an adopted, 9 year-old sister and 4 year-old, foster sister. The Crowley family has worked through A World for Children organization, headquartered in Round Rock, TX, to identify new family members. “I used to be the youngest in my household,” Ridley says. “I have had to learn how to share my space and my parents; I try to be a good role model.” Her youngest sister has thrived in the Crowley household and, in the last 6 months, has gained more than 13 pounds, grown 5 ½ inches and can now walk, run and climb like other children her age. “My youngest sister has had a lot of doctor’s appointments in the last few months, and working online has allowed me the flexibility to help with how she has grown and changed.”

Working online has also allowed Ridley to start fencing classes at Amarillo College, her local community college. She is taking beginning fencing to complete her high school physical education requirement and also to get her first college credits. She understands that most community college classes are not available to high school students in a traditional classroom and is grateful for the opportunity to try so many different things. “I started off last year feeling like an online homeschool student, but this year I have become more involved, and I feel like I am part of a community of learners who are excited about their college future.”

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 accredited online high school provides a rigorous and challenging college preparatory education for high school students all around 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 http://online.oakschristian.org to R.S.V.P.

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

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Vicki Conway
Oaks Christian Online School
since: 06/2011
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