Frequently asked questions
Q: What kind of school is Ozark Catholic Academy?
A: Ozark Catholic Academy (OCA) is an independent Catholic high school. A 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, OCA is governed by an independent board of directors, in accordance with its articles of incorporation and bylaws. The Governing Board currently has 14 board members, all of whom reside in Northwest Arkansas. The Governing Board is responsible for school governance and ensures that OCA remains true to its mission and vision.
Q: What is an independent Catholic school?
A: OCA is an independent Catholic high school. As such, OCA has no specific connection to a particular parish and does not receive financial support from the Diocese of Little Rock or any parish. The school’s relationship with the Roman Catholic Church is overseen by the Bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock in all matters of faith and religious education; otherwise OCA is governed by its Governing Board. This independent status allows the OCA Governing Board to create a culture that closely suits our community. OCA is independent from the Diocese of Little Rock in decision making powers and in finances, but seeks to cultivate and maintain a working relationship with the Diocesan board of education.
Q. Is there a relationship between the Diocese of Little Rock and OCA?
A. As an independent Catholic high school, OCA operates as a “Catholic school” within the Diocese of Little Rock with permission from the Bishop and maintains an ongoing relationship with the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools. OCA also leases, with permission from the Diocese, the school’s facilities from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown.
Q: Where is Ozark Catholic Academy located?
A: Ozark Catholic Academy is situated in Northwest Arkansas, on the campus of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown, centrally located and convenient to Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale and Fayetteville. Our physical campus address is 192 E. Henri De Tonti Blvd. Springdale, Arkansas 72762. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 1240 Tontitown, Arkansas 72770.
Q: Does Ozark Catholic Academy offer transportation assistance?
A: Yes. Ozark Catholic Academy is excited to serve students from across Northwest Arkansas and has van/carpool service. OCA has organized carpools from major pick up areas, including St. Stephen parish in Bentonville, St. Vincent de Paul in Rogers, Exit 81 on I-49 at West Pleasant Grove, and St. Joseph parish in Fayetteville. OCA is also exploring other transportation options that would be fee-based.
Q: Does Ozark Catholic Academy offer hot lunch?
A: Yes. Ozark Catholic Academy offers a catered lunch option for students. The service is fee-based.
Q: Is there a uniform for an Ozark Catholic Academy student?
A: Yes, students wear uniforms.
Q: What are the houses of the crest?
A: The four houses of the crest are Mountain, Elk, Oak, and Water. Each student is assigned to one of the houses. Through three festival days and other celebrations, the four houses compete for the Star, a trophy representing leadership and vision. The clans are symbolic of virtues esteemed by OCA graduates: holy purity, peace, generosity, and holy piety.
Q: What is the average class size?
A: Class size varies; however, an ideal class size will be 15 students per classroom.
Q: Is the faculty qualified?
A: Our faculty is our greatest asset. Their primary goal is to mentor each student toward success, both academically and in life, as a well-rounded Christian. OCA hires faculty who are masters of their academic fields and who love what they teach.
Q: What is OCA looking for in prospective students?
A: OCA admits spirited, well-rounded, young men and women who desire to reach their full potential both as students and as individuals. Accepted students should have demonstrated academic excellence and strong moral character. Also, because OCA recognizes our faculty as secondary educators, a key aspect of the admissions process involves ascertaining that the applicants’ parents share the vision of the school and are determined to work together with the faculty in the education of their children.
Q. Do I have to be Catholic to attend OCA?
A: No. Our doors are open to anyone who shares a desire for a challenging academic curriculum in a Christian environment.
Q. What is the cost of an OCA education?
A. The OCA Governing Board has set 2019-20 academic year tuition at $9,750.
Q. What does tuition cover?
A. All day or overnight field trips, technology, and textbooks are included in tuition. Uniforms, a school wide academic planner, lunches and school supplies are not included. OCA also recognizes that for some families, these costs may be a burden and will work with individual families needing assistance.
Q: Does OCA offer financial aid?
A: Yes. OCA is committed to making a Catholic secondary education available to families from a variety of economic backgrounds. OCA utilizes 20% of our tuition revenue to provide financial assistance to students with need.
Q. How rigorous is the OCA curriculum?
A. The curriculum is a rigorous college-preparatory curriculum that meets or exceeds college admission standards and all Arkansas state requirements. Students are challenged and will be expected to work hard to attain the skills that will lead them to success in college and beyond. Students are encouraged to ask questions and to seek answers in an ever-changing world of technology, but to understand the world they will enter into with faith and integrity. The mission of OCA is to educate the whole student and to prepare them for college and beyond with a spirit of service for their family and community.
Q. Do you plan on offering AP classes or dual credit courses?
A. Although we do not offer AP designated classes at this time, the rigor of those classes will be integrated into every subject. As with many other high academic schools, OCA will allow for their students to take AP exams because the content courses will meet or go beyond AP expectations. As we hire faculty and hear of the personal interest of our students, OCA may arrange for students to take AP exams. Dual credit courses will also be offered.
Q. Is OCA an accredited school?
A. OCA is pursuing accreditation through the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (ANSAA) and AdvancED. ANSAA requires that a school is open for a year before applying for initial accreditation. ANSAA is the regional private school accrediting organization. AdvancED is the world’s largest accrediting agency.
Q. What is the role of athletics at OCA?
A. Athletics is a vital part of OCA, as athletic programs are a key vehicle for learning and character building. All athletic activities are determined by student population and interest as well as facility and financial considerations.
Q: What sports will OCA offer in the 2019-20 school year?
A: For 2019-20, OCA plans to offer boys basketball, girls basketball, cross country, golf, softball, track and volleyball. Additional sports teams may be added based on student population and interests.
Q: Are there plans for facilities for practices and games?
A: OCA leases gym space at AAO for athletics practices and physical education classes. For basketball and volleyball games, OCA may also utilize the St. Joseph and St. Vincent de Paul school gyms.
Q: Who coaches OCA athletic teams?
A: OCA’s Head Coach is Cody Vaught (Head All Star coach, as well as Coach and Teacher of the Year). In addition, OCA has an Athletic Director.
Q: Is OCA part of an athletic league or conference?
A: OCA has applied for AAA (Arkansas Activities Association) membership and accreditation. In March, 2019 OCA will become an official member of AAA. OCA will play as an independent team in 2019-20 and join the 1A conference in 2020-2021. OCA plans to compete for conference and state championships in athletics in the future.