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Testimonials

Students' experiences at Oak Arbor

"The support of the teachers helped me feel safe and comfortable. The friends I made at Oak Arbor School are still some of my best friends today - the cream of my childhood crop."

Curtis Childs attended Oak Arbor School from 1990-1996. He recently graduated from Oakland University with a degree in Communications.

"Oak Arbor gave me a strong sense of self and taught me how to stay true to my morals. I loved my time at Oak Arbor School because it was the best foundation anyone could ask for."

Catherine Steen attended Oak Arbor School from 1991-1996. She recently graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in Choral Education.

"I look back at my four years at Oak Arbor as some of the best in my life so far. It was a very productive and open learning environment. Other exciting and great parts about Oak Arbor were the class trips a few times a year. Not only did they help my classmates and I become better friends, they also served as informative learning experiences. The plays are also a highlight of the four years I spent at Oak Arbor. It is valuable to learn how to take on a character, sing and dance and produce entertainment."

Rachel Gladish attended Oak Arbor School from 2002-2006 and is currently a senior at the Academy of the New Church High School in Philadelphia, PA.

"My teachers at Oak Arbor did everything they could to make sure each of us got the best education we could. My teachers knew me and could help me learn in my own way. With the small number of students we were able to take field trips to far away places!"

"Growing up with teachers who believe and love the same things that I have come to love is what I thank the Lord for every day. Growing up with religion classes honestly didn't seem too significant at the time that I was taking them, but those classes turned out to be the base of everything I believe in now."

"My teachers at Oak Arbor taught me so much more than just academics. They were steady role models of what a good person is."

Heidi McCardell graduated from Oak Arbor School's 8th grade in 2006 and is currently a senior at the Academy of the New Church High School in Bryn Athyn, PA.

"I loved my time at Oak Arbor because I was always surrounded by my best friends. I also rarely dreaded going to school because each day was fun and different. "

"The teachers taught me more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. They taught me to have respect for everyone around me. The small class size was one of the best features of the school. It allowed for extra help, awesome trip opportunities and a relaxed, flexible atmosphere."

Chandler Clay attended Oak Arbor School from 1st through 8th grade and graduated in 2007. He is currently a junior at Stoney Creek High School, Rochester, MI.

"The support of the teachers helped me to become more confident inside and outside of the classroom. Oak Arbor is different than many other schools. It allowed me to connect with people on a higher basis. It really opened my options and understanding of not only academics, but a true understanding of God and all His works. "

Arie Elder attended Oak Arbor School from 1999-2004 and then transitioned to the local Hart Middle School for 7th grade. He is currently a senior at Stoney Creek High School, Rochester, MI.

"Looking back on my time at Oak Arbor, I can tell that the people who worked there truly loved what they did. The support of the teachers helped me become confident."

Russell Pitcairn, an Eagle Scout, attended Oak Arbor School from 1996-2002. He is currently attending Bryn Athyn College of the New Church, Philadelphia, PA. 

"I appreciated the small class size because it allowed all of the students to receive so much one-on-one attention from the teachers. I always felt that I was listened to. I felt that my progress was of interest to my teachers and that they were always working to challenge me at the appropriate level and according to what I was ready to learn."

Anjuli Carter attended Oak Arbor School from 1988-1994. She recently married and currently attends A-B Technical Community College in Asheville, NC.

"I loved my time at Oak Arbor because it was a personal place, because the Lord was acknowledged, and because we were treated with value. I could see that the teachers cared about my growth and my spirit, and that they valued innocence as well as education. "

Denielle Schnarr attended Oak Arbor School from 1989-1996. She is married and busy raising 2 toddlers.
 

Students' transitions to other schools

"I was able to test into 9th grade Honors English and enroll in the National Honor Society."

Chandler Clay attended Oak Arbor School through 8th grade and graduated in 2007. He is currently a junior at Stoney Creek High School, Rochester, MI.

"Academically, school was a breeze when I went to public junior high. Socially I had such a firm footing about who I was. I made plenty of friends with others like me, and had no problems with other students."

Steven McCardell attended Oak Arbor School from 1980-1986. He is a graduate of Oakland University. He and his wife are the owners/operators of The Biophysics Center in Rochester, MI. He is also the father of two sons who are now students at the Oak Arbor School.

"Academically I was well prepared for public school."

Rebecca Barry attended Oak Arbor School from 1978-1984 before moving to the local public school. After high school she attended the College for Creative Studies and Oakland University. She and her husband own and operate an independent business. She has one child currently in Oak Arbor School.

"I was more than prepared academically for the transition into my next schooling experience. I found that the class material in my next school was very manageable, and I continued to enjoy learning."

Anjuli Carter attended Oak Arbor School from 1988-1994. She recently married and currently attends A-B Technical Community College in Asheville, NC.

."I found that I had been well prepared academically to transfer to another school."

Lael Odhner is a graduate of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"The one-on-one interaction between teacher and student is crucial to a good education. What I received at Oak Arbor gave me an incredible advantage entering my later years of education."

Lon McCardell attended Oak Arbor School from 1987-1993 and is currently the owner/operator of Great Lakes Car Connection.