Mount Pleasant Gets New Charter School Focused on College Courses and Athletics

Original article from: http://patch.com/south-carolina/mountpleasant-sc/mount-pleasant-gets-new-charter-school-focused-college-courses-athletics

Oceanside Collegiate Academy (OCA), a unique charter school combining a rigorous academic curriculum and a high-level athletic program, announced today it has closed a deal on a 20 acre tract of land in Carolina Park, Mount Pleasant. As a dual-credit high school, OCA will offer its 600 students the opportunity to earn up to two years (64 transferable credits) of college credit in a safe, small setting. The OCA model will allow students attend either a morning or an afternoon academic session focused on the core high school and general education college-level classes. The opposite session (a.m. or p.m.) will be focused on athletic training.

OCA will offer families and students the opportunity to:

  1. Save money. Entering college with one to two years already completed reduces the college freshman drop-out rate and college expenses for the parents/students.
  2. Earn an advanced degree. Because students can begin their collegiate careers needing only an additional two years of coursework, they will have the opportunity to apply for advanced degrees under their four years of academic or athletic scholarship eligibility.
  3. Gain athletic scholarships. Athletically, students will have the opportunity to participate in competitive extra-curricular athletic programs coached by highly skilled and experienced coaches. OCA student athletes will be ranked above same skill athletes at recruiting time due to proof of performance in college classes.
  4. Participate in community service. The OCA educational program will offer students a service learning component that seeks to develop service to others. Each OCA student will be required to participate in 25 hours of community service before graduation.

“We are very excited to open this innovative school in the Charleston area. Students will be challenged both academically and athletically, better preparing them for successful college careers,” says Dr. Marvin Arnsdorff, Chairman of the Board, OCA. “One of the innovative aspects of OCA is the typical day. Students attend either a morning session (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) or an afternoon session (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) for all core courses, plus two electives on-line. Student athletes practice opposite their academic session and are home by 5:00 p.m. giving students and families more time together.”

A variety of sports programs will be offered at OCA including baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse, cross country and possibly football for boys and competitive cheer, volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, golf and tennis for girls. More will be offered in years to come.

OCA is not bound by district lines so students may reside in any county and attend OCA. OCA is currently taking applications for students who will be in 9th through 12th grade for the 2016-17 school year. Interested parents should submit their student’s information at www.oceansidecollegiateacademy.org. Applications will close on February 28, 2016. At that time, if applications outnumber the 600 student goal, a public lottery will be held.

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