Q. Is Oostburg Christian School controlled by a certain church?
A. No. Although Oostburg Christian School is definitely faith-based by nature and is unquestionably Christian, OCS is not a parochial school.
Q. If OCS is not a parochial (church-controlled) school, what is it?
A. Oostburg Christian School is a parent-run, Christian school. The school board is made up of ten people elected by the parents and supporters (Association members) of the school. The purpose of the school board is to formulate policies which will help the school reach its stated mission and goals, and to be sure the school stays true to the its Biblical foundation as stated in the Statement of Basic Philosophy.
Q. If OCS is a parent-run school, is it at all affiliated with any church?
A. There is not one church or denomination that controls or governs the school. However, the Christians who began the school came from two neighboring churches: Bethel Orthodox Presbyterian Church and First Christian Reformed Church of Oostburg. Both churches had the same heritage - that of being traditionally, Biblically reformed in their interpretation of Holy Scripture. Oostburg Christian School therefore is most closely connected with the conservative, Christian world views found in the rich histories of these denominations. “Our world belongs to God.” “Jesus is Savior and Lord.” “There are creational norms found in Scripture that are just as relevant today as they were when written.” These are just a few of the sentences that summarize the beliefs still held by these churches and by Oostburg Christian School.
Q. Can people who do not belong to one of these “original churches” and who perhaps have a slightly different Christian world view still enroll their children at Oostburg Christian?
A. Absolutely YES! In 2016-17, twenty-five different churches were represented by the families attending Oostburg Christian. The only requirement for attendance is belief in Jesus as the only begotten Son of God and the only way to salvation. A wonderful summary of the Biblical beliefs held at Oostburg Christian School is found in the Apostles’ Creed. All such statements of belief are seen as subservient to the Holy Scripture. These documents are listed in the parent booklet that is sent home before families register their children.
Q. How long has Oostburg Christian School been in existence?
A. Oostburg Christian opened its doors for the first time in the Fall of 1947. The class of 2013 will be the 66th class to graduate from Oostburg Christian School. For this we praise our faithful God and Savior.
Q. Tuition is quite expensive. Does tuition cover the complete cost of education at Oostburg Christian School?
A. No. Tuition covers approximately 67% of the cost of education. The rest of the cost is covered by church offerings, school fund-raising projects (see the GRACE Board), corporate gifts, individual gifts from friends, and grants.