School Profile

LOCATION: 701 South Parrott Avenue, Okeechobee, FL 34974


SCHOOL: Okeechobee Christian Academy (OCA) is an interdenominational school that exists to serve all in the Okeechobee area by providing an education that is Christ-centered, Bible-based, and academically distinguished.

Okeechobee Christian Academy began as Grace Christian Schools, a ministry of the Grace Brethren Church of Okeechobee in August of 1976 with a student body of eighteen. The school has advanced considerably from its humble beginning of three grades and two teachers. We now have programs from K5 to 12th grade and students participating in dual enrollment at Indian River State College. 


  • Melissa King, Principal
  • Linda Rickards, Office Administrator
  • Jenna Williams, Administrative Assistant
  • Michael DeSarro, Data Coach

CALENDAR: 36 weeks; 4 grading periods. The policy is consistent with the Florida Board of Education Rule 6A-1.045111 of at least 180 actual school days and not less than 720 net instructional hours for students in kindergarten through grade three, and not less than 900 instructional hours for students in grades four through twelve.

ADMISSIONS: The admissions process is designed to ensure a student’s readiness and potential for having a successful and rewarding experience at Okeechobee  Christian Academy and to determine proper academic placement. It also plays a valuable role in confirming compatibility in Christian values, philosophy, and essential beliefs between the Christian home and school. The admissions process includes an interview with prospective students and their parents, a review of previous school performance, and admissions testing.

ACCREDITATION: Florida Coalition of Christian Private School Accreditation (FCCPSA) since Cognia and now.

AFFILIATIONS:   Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), since 1979; Florida Department of Education (FDOE), since the 2011-2012 school year.


  • K5-12th Grade: 174
  • Elementary (K5-6th): 115
  • Secondary (7th-12th): 59
  • Senior Class: 4


A= 90-100 B= 80-89 C= 70-79 D= 60-69 F= 0-59

FACULTY: 16 Teachers: 15 full-time, 1 part-time. 1 administrator. 44% with advanced degrees. 12 support staff

Okeechobee, Florida