Planning your child's education is an important decision. We understand that at times, parents and guardians might have additional questions as they consider if Open Door Christian Schools is the next right step for their family. Below are some frequently asked questions families might have when exploring ODCS. Our hope is that these questions and answers help you see the value in an exemplary Christian education.
If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions Department. Our team is eager to hear your story, answer questions, and see how we can partner together in preparing your child for their next.
No, in fact over 100 churches are represented in our student body. Families that apply to ODCS for grades K-12 must be active attendees of their church. A pastoral reference is part of the application process.
Yes! Open Door Christian Schools (ODCS) standardized test results are above the national average. ODCS students continue to excel as compared to other students in Ohio in both public and private schools. Private schools include all other ACSI schools, Catholic, Lutheran and Christian schools, and non-religious private schools. We are proud of the quality education ODCS provides. 95% of our graduates go onto higher education.
Maybe. It is our desire to help every student at ODCS reach their fullest God-given potential. Our schools are currently designed to help a wide range of abilities. However, we are not equipped to instruct every child with special needs. Your application would need to include your child’s academic performance thus far and any assessments (ETR and IEP or 504) he or she may have. We would use this information, conversations with parents/guardians, and our own screenings/assessments to see if we can help your child.
Yes! By having small class sizes in every grade, we continually endeavor to challenge our students in class with individual attention. Beginning Kindergarten programs like Accelerated Reader and Accelerated Math challenge our most gifted students to reach individual potential while also increasing the performance of all students. Honors courses begin in the Upper School (grades 7-12). Advanced students in grades 7 and 8 may take select High School classes for credit. In High School, we offer a wide range of Advanced Placement courses and we participate in the College Credit Plus program.
Yes! ODCS is chartered by the State of Ohio (this is not the same as a “charter school,” which ODCS is not). Our preschool program is licensed by the Ohio Department of Education. Preschool-12th grade, ODCS is accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). This rigorous accreditation process is a high mark of distinction. In fact, we are the only Preschool-12 school that is ACSI accredited within 60 miles of Elyria. We are also accredited through the North Central Association which is under the authority of Advanced Ed, the region’s premier accrediting agency. ODCS is one of only 12 schools in the state to be dually accredited by ACSI and Advanced Ed.
No. While ODCS incorporates and surpasses Ohio’s new content standards, our curriculum is not created or dictated by the state. Our curriculum is based on a Christian worldview using the Bible along with excellent textbooks for instruction.
Tuition is based per grade. And we are pleased to offer a multiple child discount. Click here for a tuition schedule.
Yes! Many parents tell us that they would love Christian education for their child, but they just can’t afford it. What many people don’t know is that it is more attainable than they might think. With multiple child discounts, monthly payment plans, financial aid, and two state scholarships, there are options to help. Click on these links for more information: Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid.