Our Story

One family, with a passion for education and justice, joining arms with their community and hoping in their big God.

Our Story

The vision of Oak City Academy originated out of a desire to make an exceptional education accessible to the urban community. Danny Breed and his family moved into the urban community and were members of the community for four years before starting OCA. Out of a passion that all children deserve an excellent education, regardless of what they own or where they come from, Danny felt that starting a school was one of the best ways to practically love the community. At the same time, he was burdened that Jesus Christ could be more connected to the curriculum than was typical in most schools. Thus out of these two convictions, and a prompting from an elder at his church, Danny established the foundation for a school. Danny’s wife, Kari, was instrumental in blazing a new model of curriculum bringing together the Montessori Method with a Classical model of curriculum. Kari continues to be instrumental in curriculum development as well as developing the school’s fine arts program.

 

In 2009, Oak City Academy was incorporated and a board was formed. In 2010 OCA received its 501c3 status and created the foundational structures for the school and the curriculum. The Lord answered many prayers along the way, including providing $70,000 in the first week of July, 2011, which provided the startup capital to begin. In the Fall of 2011, Oak City Academy opened its doors with 11 students, one teacher, and one assistant. Every year the Lord has continued to bless the school with upward growth. OCA is becoming increasingly more visible in Raleigh and the broader triangle area, increasing its student population by 25 percent every year, and also growing in community support.