Several visionary parents and educators met in January 1993 to explore the possibility of providing Christian education in Oconee County. These individuals recognized that the educational process should not only prepare students academically but should also nurture their personal growth, especially in the realm of spiritual development. Out of this meeting emerged the Oconee Christian School Forum, which established the feasibility of such a school and appointed an advisory board.
In April, 1993, this board prayerfully concluded that an independent, interdenominational school was within God’s will. On July 1, 1993, the nonprofit corporation known as Oconee Christian Academy (OCA) was chartered.
OCA opened its doors to children in classes K3 through the seventh grade on September 5, 1993. An additional grade was added to the school each successive year and in June of 1999 OCA graduated its first high school class. For the first eight years of its existence, OCA was blessed by the generosity of Bounty Land Baptist Church, which housed the school within its facilities. It soon became clear, however, that if the school were to survive, it needed more space to grow. In a timely answer to prayer, God provided a miracle. Less than a mile from where classes were being held, 54 acres of land became available.
Stepping out in faith, the OCA Board of Directors decided to secure a loan for the property in March of 1997. God affirmed this decision with another miracle, as the loan was paid off within two years. Soon after, the Jeremiah Project capital campaign was born, with the goal of raising enough funds to begin construction of a new school building. In 1999, the Board membership was frozen, and a Building Committee was appointed to work with Trehel Corporation and Signature Architects to design and build the new school. Although the official groundbreaking ceremony for the public was held on November 11, 2000, actual construction did not begin until February of 2001. In another notable miracle, construction was completed in only seven months. On September 4, 2001, OCA opened its new facilities on Highway 188 in Seneca.
OCA earned full accreditation from ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and AdvancEd on July 1, 2015.